Reuse Old Items

Pack Rat. Urban Dictionary defines it as a person who stores anything they acquire and will discard none of it. Kind of like a hoarder. People normally say that’s a bad thing but is it really? What if you reuse, repurpose, and upcycle all of those old things? It’s a win for everyone! This roundup from The San Francisco Globe has a bunch of fun ideas to get you started.

I like the ladder bookshelf the best! I love to read and we have soooo many books that are always looking for homes. How cute would it be if it was painted? The old book ‘book shelf’ is awesome too. The plastic bottle broom would be nice for the garage. Then my husband wouldn’t ruin mine cleaning the garage. Lol. Which is your favorite? Snappy Pixels has another fun roundup of repurpose projects. The vintage suitcase vanity/bathroom mirror is my absolute favorite.

Here’s the link to all 20 ideas..

SF Globe: 20 Clever Ways To Reuse Old Items You Are About To Toss Out

wood coaster

I hate it when things get ruined. It’s bound to happen and slowly I’ve learned to ‘let it go.’ Hehe, Anyone seen Frozen lately? One area that is especially hard for me to not freak about is with my furniture. Ahhh! Please don’t ruin that! There are little tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way to make it last longer and one of those tricks is coasters. They are very helpful and if you aren’t on board maybe these DIY glow-in-the-dark ones will do the trick! I love ‘em.

Making things glow in the dark isn’t as difficult as you’d think. Cross my heart. You just need some glow powder and a good tutorial. The powder comes in a bunch of colors and the packaging says it can be recharged millions of times. Some brands are super expensive but you get what you pay for. I’d hate to put in all the work and then only have the powder last for a week!

These coasters look easy and I love the end results! Let them sit in the sun all day long then at dusk watch something magical happen. It will turn any dinner, especially an outdoor one, into something super special! I never knew this but you can make your own photoluminescent powder. Check it out here.

Here’s the link to the full tutorial and “after” photos…

Little Things: How To Make Glow-In-The-Dark Wooden Coasters

Lazy Susan

Too small a closet. Too many shoes. Too much frustration. A simple yet all too common tale. It is for me anyways. Someday I will have a ginormous walk in closet but sadly that day is not today. Until then…creative I must be. One of the most creative closet storage solutions I have seen lately is a Lazy Susan for shoes. And it’s a DIY! Bonus!

I’ve never even considered storing my shoes like this! Have you?! It would be perfect for a garage or mud room. Just think of how much space could be saved and how much clutter could be eliminated. Check out the fun pics and pick which one fits you best. I’m thinking pink with glitter.

Have you seen the movie Overboard? Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. He builds a shoe rack that is a thing of dreams! It’s almost a Lazy Susan. Clever no matter what you call it. Here’s the clip.

Get the plans and more info here…

The Owner Builder Network: DIY Lazy Susan Shoe Storage

nosey neighbors

The first thing I do when the sun goes down is close the blinds. I call it the ‘fish bowl’ effect. I don’t want anyone who drives by looking in on us, seeing what movies we are watching, and what we are having for dinner. I don’t want to live in a glass bowl where there is no privacy and everything is exposed. Kfoster (Imgur user) felt the same way. She needed some privacy and a way to get away from her neighbors prying eyes.

She built a tall screen around her deck that gave her that much desired privacy. It has a trellis on top and twinkle lights. We all need a stress-free hiding spot, even in the city. Especially in the city. And kfoster has done just that and transformed her backyard in a stunning way.

Thinking about throwing down your hammer and nails and going green? Pick up a shovel and check out these fast growing trees! Be sure you look at the ones that would thrive in your neck of the woods. I really like the River Birch!

See the finished project and all the “after” photos here…

Little Things: Much Needed Privacy Screen Blocks Nosy Neighbors (photos)


A penny saved is a DIYers dream come true. Don’t believe me? This roundup from Diply proves that with just one cent your dreams could come true. I’m beyond excited to show off this roundup and the 23 (yes 23!) fabulous projects featured in it.

Do you have a change jar? Well it just makes cents to use those coins for something fun. Something like decorating a vase, or making coasters, or flooring the kitchen! Pennies are so fun! I love the necklace (#6 and #12) and rings (#8). They’re so creative. Do you have a favorite?! if you have any cents and are sensible, you will adore them all. Hehe.

Pennies come from the bank all shiny and new. Obviously. But what if your DIY needs aged copper and an older look to it? Like the roof on #14 (birdhouse)? You can artificially age those Abe Lincolns in about 24 hours, giving you a nice patina color. Find the tutorial here.

Here’s the link to all 23 DIY penny projects…

Diply: Change It Up With These 23 DIY Penny Projects

diy raised beds

So, you want to have a summer’s worth of fresh salads to have with your dinners. Growing your own vegetables is a super healthy, inexpensive and delicious way to feed your family. Here are some great garden ideas for any size backyard. You can spend as much or as little as you would like on these raised garden beds.

Growing up, my mom had a raised flower bed made of old railroad ties. I always looked forward to the big juicy tomatoes and peas her garden produced every summer. There is just something about vegetables handpicked out of your own garden.

I would really like to try number 9 by my back fence. It is a great looking, efficient use of space. Although the dogs may have something to say about that. I’ll need to look up ways to keep them from digging up the garden beds. Any suggestions on how you keep dogs out of the garden? Cesar Millan has some helpful things to say about it!

Here’s the link to all 10 ideas…

Self Sufficient Living: 10 Inspiring DIY Raised Garden Bed Plans

diy teardrop trailer

Don’t want a 5th wheel and can’t afford an RV? Remember all those nights of the neighbor at your campground running his generator day and night to power his satellite television? I bet you judged them a little for not actually connecting with nature. Lol. I would! Try this teardrop camper instead. Not to big but more comfortable than a tent. The best of both worlds

We all love the great outdoors. In our household we are primarily tent campers (not really by choice, I would take an RV). However, as we get older, the ground feels just a bit harder. The ache in your muscles lasts just a bit longer when you wake up. I start to miss my bed on those extended camping trips with the family. Why not take the bed with you? However, isn’t the point of camping getting away from all the modern conveniences? This looks like a compromise I can get behind.

Scott (the builder) is a bit more handy with the jigsaw than I am. But this doesn’t actually look all that complicated. It is light enough you can tow it behind a regular passenger car. (After U-haul installs a trailer hitch for you.) Go get outdoors! Do it now!

Here is another tiny camper that I really want! I can see myself touring Yellowstone in this baby! Just the right level of comfort.

See the full step-by-step photos here…

Truck With A Heart: DIY Teardrop Camping Trailer

salt iron

My mother is an avid ironer, as was my grandmother before her. Tragically, the gene did not pass to me. I guess it’s not that tragic. Who really likes ironing? It’s a necessary evil that can’t always be avoided. Yuck! Another painful chore related to ironing is cleaning the dumb iron. (Are my true feelings coming out yet?) When it has to be done, do it the easy way! Next time it is on your to-do list, try this simple hack, use regular table salt. You will be surprised by the results!

Cleaning hack 101. Be creative, use what you’ve got, work smarter not harder. Get your nasty old iron, some Sodium Chloride (table salt), wax paper, a cutting board, and your iron will be as good as new in no time!

Now that you have a clean iron you need one of these…Let’s give ‘em something to talk about. Lol. I think I should get one of these for my Grandma. She would get a kick outta it.

Here’s the tutorial for a spotless iron…

Watch: Use Salt To Make Your Iron Spotless! (tutorial)

penny shed

A lot of countries have gotten rid of the one cent coin. Australia, Brazil, Finland, New Guinea, New Zealand, and Canada have all done away with their penny/penny equivalent. There is debate in America about whether we should ditch our lowliest coin or not. I’d personally be ok with it, then there would be so many pennies to DIY with.

Pennies are quite versatile. You can use them to cover vases, decorate floors, and add some pizzaz to almost anything. One guy (Reddit user American_Standard) used 5,000 to add the finishing touch to his bar shed. Move over man caves, bar sheds are the newest and hottest things in man-land and after these pics get out, people decorating them with pennies will be another hot trend. Lol. Check out this shed! He did a great job with the renovation and the pennies look fabulous. I might have to try this someday! And you? Chime in on the ‘penny’ debate here. Keep it? Kick it to the curb? It will be interesting to see what happens.

See inside of the shed and get the full story here…

Little Things: Shed Transformation – He Took 5,000 Pennies And Did This…


An old tee shirt. Worthless, right? Wrong! With a cute old tee and some scissors you can create and adorable bag. Adorable with a capital ‘A.’ Fabulous with a capital ‘F.’This is DIY is a no-sew and as simple as they come. Love it!

When you clean out your closet this spring be sure to save a few shirts for yourself for crafts and projects like this one. I suggest donating the ones you don’t need. How the heck do we end up with so many anyways? I think it’s one of life’s unanswerable questions. You can easily make this bag in just minutes! I love repurposing and I love things that I can make quickly!

Speaking of t-shirt bags…this board from Pinterest gives me the warm fuzzies. There are so many options and designs! I never knew you could have so much fun with an old shirt. (P.s. not all of them of are no-sew but all of them are awesome!) Which is your fave?

Here’s the link to the “after” and the full tutorial…

Little Things: Old T-Shirt Transformed (after photos)