10 New Uses for Old Items

Wed, Jul 06, 2016 at 3:03PM

If you’re like many of us homeowners, you probably have a garage or hall closet that’s full of items you no longer need or use—but instead of viewing this clutter as a problem, see it as an opportunity! These unused items can breathe new life into your home, and can take on entirely new uses in the process.


Below, we will be looking at ten ways to repurpose those old, unused items we all have in our homes.


Ice cube tray to easy organization


If you’ve got a built-in icemaker and no longer need your old ice cube trays, put them to good use as organization tools for small objects, such as hard-to-find earrings or beads and other craft items. You can keep the tray in your desk drawer so that you always have easy access to it.


Unused nightstand to bathroom cabinet


Many of us have old furniture pieces, such as nightstands, that no longer have a space in our homes—or so we thought! An unused nightstand can be painted and refurbished to serve as an easy bathroom cabinet, especially in small bathrooms that don’t have much in the way of built-in storage.


Old chandelier to vintage flower planter


If you’ve got an old chandelier or candelabra in your garage, a fresh coat of paint and some TLC can transform it into a vintage, one-of-a-kind planter for your favorite flowers.


Cheese grater to dresser organizer


An unused cheese grater can be painted and used as an organizer for earrings and other jewelry—or, you can flip it upside down and use it to hold pencils and other desktop necessities.


Mug to bathroom storage


If you’ve collected a few too many mugs and are running out of kitchen space, you can still use them in a special way. Put a few mugs on your bathroom countertop to add a pop of color and serve as storage for cotton balls, swabs and other frequently-used items.


Trunk to cozy pet bed


Your old college trunk can be hollowed out and used as a cozy hideaway for your four-legged friend. Once you’ve hollowed out the side of the trunk—so that Fido can come and go as he pleases safely—add an old blanket for him to sleep on. 


Dish rack to desktop organizer


If you no longer need your kitchen dish rack, you can use it as a desktop organizer for magazines, CDs, work papers and just about anything else.


Baby crib to big-kid bench


Once your child has outgrown his or her baby crib, you don’t need to get rid of it—instead, consider turning it into a cozy big-kid bench perfect for reading or relaxing on. This is a great way to hold on to quality furniture pieces while still letting them grow with your child.


TV cabinet to bar


Most modern TV sets won’t fit in the TV cabinets of five or ten years ago—but that’s okay. You can use your old TV cabinet as a place to keep your drinkware and all your favorite refreshments for when company comes over and you want to entertain.


Old fashion suitcase to coffee table


If you have an old fashion suitcase collecting dust in your garage, consider putting it on legs and using it as a unique coffee table. This piece will be sure to “wow” friends and family, and will add a vintage touch to any room it is used in.


Which of these ideas are you most excited to try? Let us know below! We hope that today’s blog helps you cut down on clutter while improving the look and function of the rest of your home.

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