Repurposed Home Decor

There’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt for a fabulous yard sale or thrift store find. I love DIY projects and repurposed home decor. It is amazing to see what creative people can come up with using salvaged items that would have otherwise been thrown away. Here are some makeovers I’m loving right now.
Bookshelf made from antique apple crates
Old Windows converted into organization station
Upcycled window collage frame
Next time you go to throw away an item that no longer serves it’s intended purpose, think outside the box and find inspiration to make something old new again. Hope you enjoyed these little finds!
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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Christy posted on September 2, 2011 at 7:35 am (#

    I love all of them! I acctually have the kid’s tray table save in my “to do” list for months now! I really need to make them now!

    • Dorangela posted on September 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm (#

      Christy, that kids table is too cute!

  2. Brandy Miller posted on September 2, 2011 at 7:57 am (#

    I absolutely love the headboard made out of doors. My father-in-law had two doors for me, but my husband made so much fun of me, that I gave up my idea. I forwarded him the picture. Hopefully he will get my vision now and let me run with it without teasing me!

    • Dorangela posted on September 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm (#

      Brandy, good luck getting that headboard! I’m sure the gorgeous picture will help.

  3. Christine posted on September 2, 2011 at 8:44 am (#

    I love all of these ideas…I just re-purposed an old dictionary into a wreath, and I love the way it came out. It feels so good to up-cycle existing items…

    • Dorangela posted on September 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm (#

      Hi Christy! Glad you liked it. I think upcycling is great as well!

  4. Tanya Phillips posted on September 2, 2011 at 9:35 am (#

    Wow, some really fabulous ideas! Love the door bookcase and headboard and the light bulbs.

    • Dorangela posted on September 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm (#

      Hi Tanya, the light bulb vases are my favorite too! Glad you liked the post! Love. D

  5. Smallgood posted on September 3, 2011 at 6:28 am (#

    I recently turned an old shutter into a headboard. It’s my favorite project so far. I’ve been on the hunt for some nice doors though.

    • Dorangela posted on September 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm (#

      I would love to make the door headboard I posted. It’s gorgeous!

  6. Kim@todayismysome-day posted on September 3, 2011 at 8:26 am (#

    Love this so much! The apple crates to bookshelf is my favorite. Do you have a source link for it? Didn’t see one on the post. I’d like to see how they attached them. Thanks ;)

  7. Alison posted on September 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm (#

    I love every single image you posted!!! I think the repurposed light bulbs would look so cute hanging from my lattice covering my patio…I think I may just have to try that tomorrow :)

    Thanks for sharing!!


  8. Valentina@baby quilts posted on September 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm (#

    Wow, old doors and windows seem to experience a real revival. My favorite is the kid’s table, though – never quite sure what to do with old cabinet doors, at one point I was considering turning them into trays but this is a way cutter idea. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Andrea posted on December 2, 2011 at 6:59 am (#

    I love the apple crate bookshelf and the cabinet door kids table and the old windows organization center. Such wonderful creative ideas!

  10. Kim Xtutler posted on January 7, 2012 at 3:00 am (#

    Wow! You have some great and affordable ideas! I love your blog!

  11. Kim Stutler posted on January 7, 2012 at 3:02 am (#

    Typed my name wrong. It’s Stutler. :o)

  12. Mariana posted on May 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm (#

    Hellow, everything it´s just perfect i love it !

  13. Itumeleng Gabaake posted on February 25, 2015 at 4:47 am (#

    These tips are so lovely and mind open

  14. Gary posted on June 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm (#

    Love the shelf unit made of apple crates. would like to build the same from pallet wood. Would you know the dimensions of the crates themselves?


  15. Maria posted on March 15, 2016 at 3:00 am (#

    Love to see these awnsome ideas for second time, I have seen the old lights using like yours before. Sometimes we throw away lots of good stuff, thanks Jamielyn for great repurposed ideas

  16. Linda at Mixed Kreations posted on July 21, 2017 at 5:27 am (#

    These would all be fun projects! I have been thinking of getting a new headboard, and I really like the one with the doors. I also love the old window collage frame, I have been wanting one of those for a long time but just can’t bring myself to pay what they are wanting at the flea market. Thanks for sharing the fun roundup! Pinned!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm (#

      Love that door headboard! So beautiful!! Thanks for stopping by. :)