​Creativity reigns in budget decorating, and there is no better place to showcase your creativity then repurposing old things. Just a couple of great ideas can make a room scream with style, and add loads of personality. Our featured photo below, is a door frame project by Photogmommie.




1. Crate It!

Use an old wooden crate once used for pop bottles or wine as a shelving or wall display unit. Be sure to attach it to the wall studs with heavy duty hardware. Display pretty knick knacks, books or use it as storage in the kitchen or bath.

repurposing wood crates

2. Bring in the Birds

Pick up an old concrete birdbath at a thrift shop or yard sale for a song. Top it with a round of glass for a one of a kind end table. Love this one from Bees Knees Bungalow!

Bird bath table


3. Open Doors for Your Dining Room

Another creative table idea is to use an old door as a dining table. Have glass cut to top the table, and add legs from a home improvement store. The shabbier the door, the better! Peeling paint and rusting hardware adds character to the piece, and the glass adds elegance. Get instructions on how to make this door turned dining table from Embracing Change.

picnic table 083

4. Mirror, Mirror

Find small wall mirrors at your local thrift or antique store and use as candle trays. Place pillar candles on the trays in groups of three to five. The mirror will reflect the candle light, doubling the sparkle! This table decoration is by Songbird Blog.


5. Fence in Your Pots

Find an attractive piece of iron fencing at the salvage yard and use as a pot rack in the kitchen. Hang from the ceilling with chain. Be sure to secure the hanging hooks into studs for safety. Use metal s-hooks to hang pots, pans and utensils.



​6. Serve Coffee on a Bench

Yard sales are full of old wooden garden benches with lots of character. Use them in a casual home as creative coffee tables in the living or family room. They can also serve as entry tables.



7. Make Candlesticks

Old turned table legs or stair balusters make wonderful candlesticks. Use a paddle drill bit to create a seat for the candle just and inch or two deep. You can both sand and paint the candlesticks to match your decor, or enjoy their weathered appearance. Find out how at This Old House.



8. Use Old Fabric

Old tablecloths can be sewn into wonderful curtains, and pretty quilts can make wonderful table covers! Cut up stained pieces to create chair covers or placemats. Evan a worn floral gown can be salvaged and made into pillows.


9. Plates and Cups

Glass, stoneware and china plates and cups can be re-used as wall art, flower vases, planters and candle holders. Check out thrift shops for a great selection for only pennies per piece!



10. Picture Frame Panels

Dollar shop picture frames can be used to add traditional wall panels at a budget price! Remove the glass and backing from the frames, and hang in square or rectangular groupings beneath the chair rail. This will mimic the wood molding panels in expensive homes. The photo below is an example on how you can use this idea.

molding on wall

Image Credits: Embracing Change, Photogmommie, not on the high street, Bees Knees Bungalow, Songbird Blog, Royal Port Antiques, BHG, This Old House, Notebook/ HomeLife Au, Country Living

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  1. Kristi May 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    You’ve found a ton of fabulous ideas!!! Sharing in my Friday Finds tomorrow morning :) Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Kathy Woodard June 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Kristi!

  2. Lynn June 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Some great, great ideas.
    I’m actually going to get off my duff and get busy.
    Thank you so much and have a blessed weekend.

  3. pat February 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Could you give me some idea’s for using old vinyl records pls not just making bowls

  4. joyce March 27, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    These ideas are things we were doing in the early 80’s!!! Did someone dig up an old Martha Stuart decorating you raised ranch coffee table book?

    1. Kathy Woodard May 22, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Ouch Joyce! :)

  5. Nancy June 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    All novel ideas but especially love the bird bath as an end table! Thanks for posting!

  6. Sherry J January 4, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Really like the drop leaf table for a night stand. We repurposed an old louvered door and old 2 shelf bookcases as night stands in our bedroom. May be watching for a drop leaf for one side. Thanks for the great website.


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