120 clever new uses for old things

I’m a sucker for sentimental value. So, it makes my heart happy when someone is able to find a new use for an old thing.

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It was love at first sight when I saw this charming ship helm turned into a front door wreath.

Buy you a drink?    This trendy little outdoor bar had a former life as a sewing table.

upcycled bar

 

So many vintage treasures went into creating this potting bench turned outdoor kitchen.

outdoor kitchen

Now, I tend to lack vision when it comes to dreaming up new uses for old things.  So, not only have I curated a collection of over 120 ideas from Hometalk,

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but, I turned to two ladies who are authors on the subject,  and them some, for inspiration.

Who are those ladies, you ask?   Susan from Living Rich on Less and Cristin from Eve of Reduction.

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Susan is serious about creating a home on a dime, chocolate and cheese. :) But more than being thrifty, Susan has set out to edit her life to make room for the people and things she cares about most. Susan also recently released an e-book, called ” The Heart Improvement Project: 5 Tips to Help you Overcome the Obstacles in Your Live and Live the Life you Crave.”

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Cristin is also an author, who recently published her book, “Live Simple, Free and Happy.” This is a DIY lifestyle book that gives you tips for taking control of your time, money and home.

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1920′s child’s dresser rescued from garbage: Eve of Reduction

Cristin and Susan are joining me today on “After Class” with Mrs. Hines, a live show on G+ where I team up with fellow bloggers and resident experts to talk all things Home & Garden.  I’m so excited that they were both available today!

Please tune in for more inspiration on repurposing, upcycling, thrifting and so much more… 

And for more great inspiration on repurposing:

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Sherry at Pondered.Primed.Perfected has curated a collection of ideas for old windows, doors and drawers.

 

 

See you in class,

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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Blogging allows Mrs. Hines to hone her natural skills as a writer and has led to the launch of The Write Touch, an online editorial service. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

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Comments

  1. Excited to hang out today!

  2. I’ll definitely try to make the hang out today! ~~Angela

  3. Yay, thank you so much for sharing my ship helm wreath, and I look forward to checking out the other projects as well :)
    ~Katie

  4. You’re very welcome. I absolutely love it!

  5. Oh thank you…you sweet thing! Love seeing something repurposed or made over to be “new again”. I can’t get enough. You’ve put together some really awesome projects. :)

  6. I love your clipboard, Sherry. I was more than happy to share it.

  7. I’m loving these ideas. I bet I have several old things just waiting to have new uses.

  8. How fun! I’d love to see what you come up with. Thank you for visiting!

  9. Love these upcycle projects. So many clever ways to make old new again!

  10. You have found some great photos here! Wow, I love it all! Just started following you on hometalk~

  11. Welcome, Jenna! Hometalk is filled with inspiration.

  12. Sharon, I can’t wait to check ALL of these out, because….well, I have a LOT of old thing! :) Thanks so much for all of the inspiration and tips! Have a great Sunday!

  13. I wish I had some old things! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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