Repurposed Wooden Industrial Spool, Written by Loren Crane
What do you do when you see a wooden cable spool by the side of the road? Beg your hubby to stop the car and get them!! I have a sweet hubby who helps me with my addiction to DIY. I got it home and started to wonder what I can do with it. I wanted it to be functional in my home and the first thing that came to mind was a rolling bookshelf.
We took a trip to our local hardware store and got a few things to start our project. We got wood stain, wood and steel wheels. We got the wood to fit snuggly inside the spool. As we discovered that the shelves had to be cut at different measurement because it’s asymmetrical all the way around. We did a lot of measuring and cutting to make it just right. I decided to put four shelves on the spool.
We attached the shelves by screw them from the bottom and the top. It did take a lot of muscle to do it and thank goodness I have my hubby for it. You can also use good glue to make it sturdier. I then stained the spool a dark mahogany. I just love the color of dark wood in my home.
Upholstery is one of my favorite things to do on anything! It’s something I can do every day, even thou at times can be a little frustrating. The reason we upholster the top of the spool was because it had four big bolts on the top which would make thing difficult to placing things on top, so upholstering was the best option. I cut the fabric and the batting the same size and the foam the same size as the top of the wooden spool.
Once it was all cut it was time to place it on the spool. We stapled the batting to the spool so it will hold the foam in place. Then we placed the fabric on the top and stapled it to the bottom of the wood.
We thought that something was still missing and decided to add decorative nails to add that extra touch. Now my kiddos have a small bookshelf in their room and some where they can sit and read.
What will you do with a spool, if you found it on the side of the road?
Pandora’s Craft Box
I first saw this trash to treasure idea on the Dukes & Duchesses blog. Randi made the most adorable Pop Top Valentine in a Can. She also made Christmas pop top tins. It just so happened that I was at my crafty older brother’s house helping purge his things for a move and he had been saving these cans specifically for this purpose! Score! I made mine a little differently than Randi’s because my brother had already taken off the top of the can, so here is my version of a fun recycled gift wrapping idea, pop top cans.
- Any cans with a pop top
- Smooth Edge Can Opener
- Scrapbook paper
- Glue or tape
- Strong glue
- Something heavy
Use a Smooth Edge Can Opener to open the can. Remove the contents and label and thoroughly clean and dry the inside. I used tuna cans for this project.
Once the can is clean and dry, fill it with the desired gift. I was wrapping the Modpodgeable key chains I made for my best friends. I put a little burlap scrap inside to pad it.
I’m not going to lie. I had a little trouble at this part. First I tried hot glue, BUT the glue dried too quickly and it was also too thick. I ended up using Elmer’s Probond Advanced glue. I set my craft jar I made on top of it to add pressure and left it there overnight to dry.
Once it was dry, I wrapped them in some pretty paper and added a ribbon.
I gave them to the girls and it worked beautifully! Success! Thank you to Randi Dukes for the original inspiration! Make sure you stop by her blog and tell her DIY Inspired sent you! :)
I am always honored to share the amazing creativeness of Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box. I have shared several of her projects in the past, including two of my favorites, her Repurposed Vintage Camera and her beautifully Upcycled Upholstered Chair. Today, I am sharing an industrial chic Vintage Wood Letterpress Tray Table she made.
Loren purchased this vintage wood letterpress drawer printer’s tray shadow box over a year ago on ebay. She decided to turn it into a table with iron hairpin legs she also bought from ebay. I really need to check out the deals on ebay! She loved the idea of storing little vintage items that she has collected through her travels to antique stores.
She decided to install poster frame plexiglass on each section of the vintage wood letterpress drawer printer tray. She used scissors to carefully cut it to fit each section.
She bought the hinges from graphic 45 line that can be found at Aaron bothers. The hinges come with brads which she attached to the plexiglass and then nailed the hinges and attached them to the wooden letterpress tray. She also added hitch fasteners to act as a door handle to each section of the letterpress printer tray.
You can see Loren’s full tutorial along with more photos on her blog, Pandora’s Craft Box. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Thank you so much Loren for allowing me to share this fantastic project! You are amazing and inspire me every day with your unique style and creative eye.
I can completely relate to my guest feature today, my friend Monika from Life with Lovebugs. Both of our daughters are super girly and love to twist and twirl in skirts and dresses. She made the most adorable skirt for her daughter made from bandanas she found for $1.00 each at Walmart. With some help of Joann Crafts for inspiration and a brochure for how to use wide knit elastic as a waist band, she started working.
Monika used four bandanas to make her daughter’s skirt. In four easy steps and a few supplies including four bandanas, elastic, and basic sewing supplies, she made this whimsical skirt.
She folded each bandana to make triangle shapes all around the skirt. Using a zigzag stitch, she sewed each end down on each side. In ten minutes and no hemming she was able to craft this very cute and simple skirt!
Thank you SO much Monika for letting me share this fun and colorful skirt that I think my daughter would love too! I’m not great at sewing but Monika’s tutorial looks easy to follow that even I may be able to do it!
For all the detailed step by step instructions and photo tutorial, visit Monika on her blog Life with Lovebugs! You can also purchase her amazing creations at her shop. You will find baby clothes, bibs, headbands, hair clips, and more. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Tell her DIY Inspired sent you!
I had yet ANOTHER successful trip to the Goodwill! I found this old red and white play hutch that I thought was too cute to pass up for $9.99. I knew I needed to hunt for a second piece to complete this repurposed kids play kitchen hutch I had in my head. It just so happens that my best friend was storing an old wooden vanity table in my garage… and guess what? She said I could have it…FOR FREE!!! So, here’s what I ended up doing with these two fab pieces.
Materials I used:
- Old kids play hutch and kids table
- Electric sander
- Spray paint
- Drop cloth
- Spray adhesive
- Painter’s tape
- Wooden knobs (3)
Here is the hutch BEFORE. It had painted drawers and little flowers on it. It’s a little scratched and warped on the bottom but for ten bucks, I was OK with that!
Here is the vanity table BEFORE. This was caked with paint.
Both were pretty beat up so I had to break out the electric sander. The table had survived two previous makeovers.
I spray painted both of them white.
I measured and cut three pieces of fabric to fit the three bottom shelves. I had fabric left over from the little upholstered stool I made over.
I attached the fabric strips to the hutch with spray adhesive.
Next, I liked the fake drawers that the hutch had originally, so I taped off three drawers and painted them blue (of course).
I added little knobs that I had left from an old dresser I upcycled a while ago. Since the bottom of the hutch was hollow and the way the hutch and table aligned, I had to use an industrial strength E6000 glue to attach the two together.
Here are a few AFTER photos. I love that it matches the repurposed toy storage stuffed animal cage I made and the upcycled play table I painted.
I have had some great luck lately on my thrift store outings. I found this great mirror for five dollars at a local thrift store the same day I bought my $5 shelf that I refurbished. I loved the long hexagonal shape and immediately thought I would repurpose it and make the perfect DIY serving tray for entertaining. Here’s a photo of my great find! The style is questionable but I could see right past its outdated tackiness!
Here is what you’ll need:
- Two cabinet handles (I chose 3”)
- Spray paint
Using a ruler and sharpie, measure where your handles will be drilled. A Sharpie works great because it’s dark, plus you will paint over it so there is no need to worry about the marks.
Drill the holes for your cabinet handles and remove any picture frame hardware from the back. If it is not removed, the hardware can scratch your tabletop or countertop.
Protect the mirror by covering it with newspaper and securing it with painter’s tape.
Spray paint your tray in the color of choice in a well-ventilated area and allow it to dry completely. I decided to paint it my favorite color… GREEN!
Once the paint is dry, attach your handles with a screwdriver. If you choose, cover the screw heads with a small piece of felt to prevent scratching any surfaces.
Here are a few after pictures. I just love it! I keep it out in the kitchen at all times and use it for a display with my apothecary jars.
For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.
I am very close to publishing 500 posts on this blog in less than two years! Geesh!! Looking back, many of these posts (if not all) are focused on reuse and repurposing. I thought I’d put together a round-up of some of these amazing ideas I have found over the past several months. Once you get the repurposing and upcycling bug, you see the world differently. All of a sudden, you become a hoarder of toilet paper rolls and spaghetti jars. You even think twice before selling a piece of furniture on Craigslist. I stopped at 100, but I know there are many more! They range from furniture transformations, craft projects, and home décor and organization ideas. Some are quite simple, and some will take some DIY experience. Here are 100 Creative Ways to Recycle. Here we go!
8 Ways to Recycle Coffee Filters
16 Stylish Headboards
7 Unique Repurposed Table Ideas
5 Repurposed Storage Ideas to Update an Entryway
15 Ways to Reuse Old Shutters
10 Ways to Repurpose a Door
6 Upcycling Ideas for the Kitchen
My Top 15 Recycled Craft Projects of 2012
7 Ideas for Repurposed Furniture in your Bathroom
11 Upcycled Lighting Ideas
I hope you enjoyed my recycling inspired round-up. Like I said, there are many more on this blog… at least one hundred I know for sure!
What are some creative ways that you recycle? Are you a toilet paper hoarder like me?
I e-meet so many inspiring and creative artist every week, especially on my Facebook page. Recently, I had the honor of meeting Vicky from mush.room studio. Mush.room studio is a collaboration of architect and design. They turn ordinary objects such as newspaper or glass bottles into fabulous yet useful art. I wanted to share some of these unique creations with you today. Here are six Upcycled Designs by mush.room studio.
This is a custom made floor lamp with an old metal structure, bottles of Coca-Cola, and wooden bottom.
Here is a clever table lamp with a black shade from an old jar and newspaper sculpture.
This is a unique Marilyn Monroe inspired lamp with a metal structure and a piece of salvaged drift wood for the base.
Made from an old drawer and reused as a shelf, this piece is painted inside with the Abraham Lincoln quote, “I am a slow walker but I never walk backwards.” This may be my favorite one. I would have never thought to have put a quote on the inside of the shelf. It’s a nice touch that can be personalized. Also pictured are custom made cushions with one –of-a-kind designs.
These are custom handmade signs made from old wood or drift wood with sayings like “home sweet home”, “imagine”, and “dream “. You can use them as ornaments, gift embellishments, or hang them in your home.
Thank you so much, Vicky for sharing your designs! Don’t forget to show your support on the mush.room studio Facebook page!
I don’t know about you but I spend a lot of time in the bathroom…wait…that didn’t come out right! What I meant to write was that I spend a lot of time in my bathroom, getting ready, doing my hair, sorting laundry, and giving (my daughter) and taking baths! So today I wanted to share some fun finds, and creative I might add, of repurposed furniture for your bathroom.
Check out this very cool upcycled vintage suitcase turned medicine cabinet. (Sorry! I can’t find the correct source for this one!). Add some wood shelves and a mirror and voila…instant medicine cabinet and fun conversation piece for your house guests.
Oh I love this table vanity from Haute Nature. I think it’s the blue that is attracting me. I like the mix of the modern sink and metal hardware with a rustic table.
Another fun sink design is this bicycle sink by Benjamin Bullins… now THAT is a conversation piece!
Here is a beautiful dresser turned bathroom vanity. I love the added baskets for more storage.
I personally have my laundry baskets in my bathroom. This clever rolling hamper is by Apartment Therapy made out of old screens.
This is one idea I definitely would like to steal! This upcycled drawer I found on Woman’s Day. Simply add legs from a hardware store or salvaged legs from a thrift store table, and you have this unique and extremely useful storage table for all your bath time needs.
I saved the best for last. This is one is from one of my new favorite blogs, Infarrantly Creative (LOVE her). This is a stacked end table shelf Beckie made from what she calls a “Roadkill Rescue.”
Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!
This painting I found was in a pile of unwanted garage sale items about to hit the trash. Lucky for me, I was able to salvage a few of them before their journey to the garbage dump and ultimate demise. I am re-doing my office into a craft room…yay… and wanted to turn this old painting into a craft organization board. I made an organization board for my daughter’s room with an old painting and her first baby blanket, but for this one, I wanted to make it a little different. With a little tender loving care I literally turned this piece of trash into my treasure.
Here is a Before and After shot.
Materials You May Need:
- Old Painting (best if it’s free!)
- Paint or spray paint in the color of choice
- Paint brush
- Painter’s tape (optional)
- Material (amount depends on the size of the frame)
- Staple gun and staples
- Hammer and nails (depending on frame)
- Imagination (this one is free too!)
Step One: Disassemble your frame.
For this particular frame the canvas popped right out. It was nailed to the frame, so I had to carefully remove the nails. At this point I cleaned both the canvas and frame as best as I could.
Step Two: Paint your frame.
This frame has a fun natural fiber edge to it (score!) so I had to use painter’s tape to protect the edges. I used left over paint I had from other projects. Otherwise, I would have spray painted it because it would have been easier and faster. I applied two coats of paint.
Step Three: Cover the canvas.
While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I covered the canvas with some utility fabric that I bought using a staple gun. I added a pocket for extra storage, and ribbon as well. I played around with the ribbon until I got my desired pattern. I attached the ribbon using the staple gun as well.
Step Four: Reassemble the frame.
For this particular frame, I had to nail the canvas back onto the frame.
Here are a few After photos.
That’s it! This project was so fun for me, and now I have a fun piece for my new craft room! Sneak peek coming soon!
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I was so excited to make an advent calendar this year because my daughter is finally old enough. I searched online for some inspiration and saw some great advent calendar ideas but none that I really wanted to do. Then one day, I was getting my guest room ready for some visiting friends and saw a CD tower that I had from college. I currently use this piece of repurposed furniture to house guest room necessities like towels, toiletries, pens, paper, and such. The cubbies are so useful and would be perfect to hold little wrapped gifts for my advent calendar… and it’s RED! Here’s how I made my CD Tower Advent Calendar.
This project only costs me $20, including all the little trinkets and presents inside. I know that’s a little more than most advent calendars, but still budget friendly. I bought items in the dollar bins that had three or more items in a package and broke the package up to save money. Some things I bought were pens, erasers, candy, stickers, hair clips, plastic play jewelry, and the last one… the grand finale… a Dora Explorer jump rope that costs $1.50.
I bought red and green paper sacks and different types of ribbon to embellish the packages (of course using my coupons AND shopping on black Friday). I used circle craft punches and printed numbers and letters on my computer. I thought the circles were perfect because they looked like ornaments. I punched a small hole on top and added ribbon for each number ornament. I also alternated the colors. With my left over paper and ribbon, I made a “days til Christmas” banner to go down the middle on the CD Tower.
Here are some more pictures.
Hope you like it!
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Oh! By the way! Uncarved (it that a word?) pumpkins last forever! Geesh! So I had to turn my Hello Kitty pumpkin into a Christmas Hello Kitty!
There is so much inspiration out there for recycled DIY repurposed furniture ideas. I’ve noticed during my recent flea market trips and visits to Habitat for Humanity Restore that you can easily pick up an inexpensive wooden door. Here are some amazing ideas I found for repurposed doors.
How about making a kitchen island? This is gorgeous.
This door frames a coat hanger from Buckets Of Burlap.
This salvaged door headboard is from Goodhousekeeping.com.
I love this bright yellow upcycled barn sliding door! What a fantastic statement piece! You can never go wrong with a yellow, white, and gray color combination.
Door to door versus wall-to-wall!!
So very clever! This is a salvaged door painted with chalkboard paint. You can very chicly stay organized every day of the week!
This is a repurposed screen door from ApartmentTherapy.com. I love the double storage for both up top and hanging underneath.
Not my style, but love and appreciate the creativity of this coat hanger and organization station! There are several hooks, knobs, shelves, and even a basket to hold all of your things.
Green is definitely my color! I love this idea for a door coffee table. It looks fairly simple to make as well.
Lastly, this is a recycled door turned shelving unit.
Shutters are probably the one item that you can find in every flea market, garage sale, salvage yard, or recycling stores like Habitat for Humanity Restore. Not only are they abundant, but they are usually inexpensive. With a little paint and creativity, you can literally turn trash into treasure. Here are some great ideas for repurposed shutters.
In my search to find DIY inspiration for repurposed shutters, I found that most were used for organization. Shutters could be used for organizing everything from mail to potted plants or from family photos and post cards to kitchen utensils.
Here is a great idea using shutters for decorative display from 221 Vision.
Make a big impact in the dining room with these beautiful ideas.
This repurposed furniture idea is an outdoor table is from Goodhouskeeping.com.
I LOVE this free standing headboard from a display at Anthropologie. Once again, GREEN is my color!
This crafty shutter shelf is from BHG.com
Shutters work well for bathroom organization as well.
Additional Photo Sources: Etsy.com, Goodhousekeeping.com, Pintrest.com, Dwellinggawker.com
More Ways to Repurpose!
Thirty creative ways to recycle, reuse, and repurpose:
The foyer or entryway to a home is usually the first impression your guests have when they come over. It’s often an inexpensive and budget-friendly area to remodel, since it is typically a small area. You may consider installing a durable wood or slate floor as a DIY idea to freshen this high traffic area. You can even repaint your front door an unexpected yet inviting color. Other simple and extremely low-cost updates are these repurposed storage ideas to update an entryway. These are my favorite ideas from BHG. Recycling or upcycling a flea market or garage sale finds is a fantastic way to add character and interest.
Use a collection of old mailboxes to help organize mail. Paint them in fun bold colors to add charm and personality.
This shabby chic mail storage idea is an upcycled porch railing. I wish I thought of this! What a beautiful way to organize an otherwise unsightly pile of paper (at least that’s what it is at my house).
I have an assortment of glass apothecary jars I use in my kitchen. This is also a great idea for an entryway. It’s a fabulous and beautiful way to display a collection. Apothecary jars are great investments because they are so versatile. You can use them in a bathroom or atop a mantel to display holiday decorations throughout the year.
Repurposing molding as a shelf is an unexpected upcycling idea. I love the thickness and detail of this particular piece. It adds character that a normal shelf would not have. You can find molding like this one at an architectural salvage or antique flea market.
Finally, use old shutters adding decorative brackets as a shelf for an entryway. Add hooks underneath for coats and hats for added storage. Shutters can be found at most flea markets and recycling centers like Habitat for Humanity Restore.
Photo Source: BHG