12 Cool Ways to Upcycle Old Stuff

12 stylish DIY ideas for upcycling old stuff from Babble.com

Remember that time we talked about 10 ways to refashion your old shirts? Well today we’re talking about more old stuff and how you can gussy it up and make it all exciting and new again. From inexpensive flea market finds to those hidden treasures buried deep in the recesses of your basement, there are few things in life that spray paint, fabric and a bit of elbow grease can’t help. So instead of tossing your empty pickle jars out with the recycling this week, here are 12 cool ways to upcycle old stuff!

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  • Folding Chair Facelift 1 of 12
    Folding Chair Facelift
    Have some dingy old folding chairs laying around? We all do! Give yours a facelift with paint and fabric and they'll be like new again!
    Get the how-to from Design for Mankind.
  • Soup Can Pencil Cups 2 of 12
    Soup Can Pencil Cups
    Soup cans take on a whole new life as cool, colorful pencil cups! Find old cans or snatch up these throw-back cans available now at Target!
    Get the how-to at Young House Love.
  • Gilded Flatware 3 of 12
    Gilded Flatware
    Have an old set of mismatched flatware that could use a little makeover? Gold spray paint to the rescue!
    Get the how-to at The Sweetest Occasion.
  • Fabric-Lined Jars 4 of 12
    Fabric-Lined Jars
    I love this idea for old baby food jars or other random jars you might have lying around. Line them with fabric or patterned paper and use them for storage or to hold battery-operated votives!
    Get the how-to at Fellow Fellow.
  • Screen Door Pot Rack 5 of 12
    Screen Door Pot Rack
    Such a clever idea for extra function and beauty in the kitchen! Turn an old screen door into a cool hanging pot rack!
    Get the how-to from Better Homes & Gardens.
  • Three-Tiered Stand 6 of 12
    Three-Tiered Stand
    This three-tiered stand is so versatile - use it for entertaining, for holding art supplies or for showcasing seasonal fruit. It's made from old baking pans and candlesticks!
    Get the how-to from The Crafting Chicks.
  • Washi Tape Jars 7 of 12
    Washi Tape Jars
    Next time you have a bunch of jars to recycle, gussy them up with washi tape instead! Then use them to hold makeup brushes, pens, pencils, rubberbands and loose change!
    Get the how-to from Little Helsinki.
  • Thrift Store Art Redo 8 of 12
    Thrift Store Art Redo
    I love this idea for making over a piece of thrift store art using vinyl letters and a wash of white paint!
    Get the how-to from A Beautiful Mess.
  • Rake Wine Glass Holder 9 of 12
    Rake Wine Glass Holder
    Brilliant! Take an old rake, remove the handle, attach to the wall with screws and voila! Instant wine glass holder.
    Get the how-to from Tattered Style.
  • Door Knob Towel Hooks 10 of 12
    Door Knob Towel Hooks
    Definitely one of my favorite ideas of the bunch, I love the idea of using a collection of vintage door knobs as towel hooks in the bathroom!
    Get the how-to at Not Just a Housewife.
  • Vintage Strainer as Planter 11 of 12
    Vintage Strainer as Planter
    Have an old pot or bowl you love? Turn it into a cool, weathered planter that's sure to draw compliments!
    Get the how-to at Apartment Therapy.
  • Old Chairs = Bench 12 of 12
    Old Chairs = Bench
    These old chairs were scored at a flea market with broken seats. No worries! Together they become a beautiful and functional entryway bench.
    Get the how-to at Country Living.

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