Hello! I’m Carrie from Lovely Etc. and I’m so happy to be posting as a guest blogger here today. I was thrilled when the play kitchen I made for my sons was chosen for the “I Did It” feature in the August issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. This cute little kitchen really represents my outlook on decorating. I believe a gorgeous, unique home doesn’t need to be expensive; there’s nothing better than finding a new life for something that’s no longer useful; and a little paint can transform absolutely anything! This little kitchen started out as an outdated entertainment center that nobody wanted, but with a little paint and imagination, it now gets used every single day.
That is what I love the most about upcycled DIY projects — giving something old a brand-new purpose. Below are a few more of my favorite upcycled projects!
Finding a bathroom vanity with great character can get expensive fast. An easy way to get a one-of-a-kind piece is to start with an old dresser. I made this vanity from a family friend’s childhood dresser. It didn’t start out in the best condition, but with some paint, a new sink, and a little work, it turned into one of the favorite parts of our home.
I love cute candle lanterns, but as much as I love candlelight, I almost never take the time to actually walk around and light candles. One day, inspiration struck! Why not turn some of my lanterns into lamps that can be turned on with the flip of a switch? Now this cute little lantern gets used nightly in my son’s room.
Nothing dresses up a piece of furniture like some really great hardware. Unfortunately, gorgeous hardware is hard to find and can get expensive fast. This is a fantastic way to make your own using those huge brooches and earrings that are at every estate sale. These DIY drawer pulls are the perfect hardware for a statement piece of furniture.
Vintage cameras are easy to find at yard sales, Craigslist, or Ebay, and they add vintage style to any room. Even better, it’s easy to turn an old camera with a flash unit into the perfect nightlight.
I see cute old vanities at estate sales and yard sales all the time but never had a use for one. When I was searching for a matching pair of very skinny nightstands, I realized these old vanities can be taken apart pretty easily. It is an inexpensive way to get a pair of unique nightstands.
I truly believe that almost anything can be given new life again with a little creativity. (Or, let’s be real, sometimes a lot of creativity.) Do you have a great upcycling idea or need help seeing the potential in something you already own? Share in the comments or tag me on Instagram @lovelyetc. I’d love to see what you are working with!