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Repurposing Projects for any DIYer

Making something old new again is what do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) dreams are made of. But if you are new to the world of DIY, and you want to give it a shot, the good news is, there are countless ways to repurpose old objects like windows, doors, ladders and more! We often see older, less perfect items as local estate sales that are begging to be new again. Here are a few of our favorite ideas.


We have found so many clever ideas that make old windows new again. Check them out:

  • A chalkboard window – tape off the window, and grab a can of chalkboard paint, and you have a fun piece for your home.

  • An artwork backdrop – place your window and attached your artwork at the center.

  • Make it a mirror – replace the windowpanes with mirrors. These look great in an entry way or bathroom.

  • Jewelry organizer – remove the windowpanes and replace them with a fun fabric. Attach hooks to hang your necklaces or bracelets.


Ladders, and step stools can easily be repurposed into something incredible. Check out these ideas:

  • Bookshelf - a clever DIYer took an old ladder and made it into a corner bookshelf. Check it out here.

  • Potholder – shorten the ladder to your desired length, clean it up and hang from the ceiling. Use “S” hooks to hold your pots. Genius!

  • Blanket storage – you’ve likely seen this, but blanket ladders can be quite expensive. You can create your own with an old ladder. Lean it against the wall or attach it. Whatever your preference, it will look stunning.


Teach an old door new tricks by using one of these clever ideas.

  • Coffee table – pair an old door with a few crates and there you have it – a coffee table!

  • Headboard – a large door can be repainted to match your decor and placed behind your bed to make a stunning headboard. Check out this tutorial here.

  • Room dividers – this is a great way to use doors with glass panes.

  • Oversized picture frame – another use for doors with glass panes is to create a large picture frame. It’s a perfect, and inexpensive way to display your precious memories.


Whether they are textbooks or novels, here are some unique uses for old books.

  • Hidden storage – cut the spine off a few books, leaving the front cover on one, and the back cover on another, glue it together and attach a box. Take a look at this great video tutorial here.

  • Bookmarks – remove the spine and attach a ribbon. So clever!

  • Tablet Case – conceal your electronics with vintage tech. Hollow out the book leaving space for your tablet to fit.

Regardless of your experience level, you can always breathe new life into something old. Come check out our upcoming estate sales. You’re sure to find something fun!


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