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Repurposing Items: 10 Highly Useful Things At Home That Most People Throw Out

We live in a time of disposable goods. Rather than reusing or repairing broken items, it’s often easier to discard and replace them. But did you know there are hundreds of domestic objects that can be given a new lease of life? If you’re looking to reduce waste, here are ten household items you can upcycle and repurpose.

Glass jars

Glass jars are infinitely useful! Rather than recycling them, why not wash and repurpose them? You can use jars of various sizes to store herbs, spices, and other loose ingredients.

Alternatively, you could paint them and create beautiful candle holders or decorate and fill them with sweets for a cute gift.

Worn or stained clothing

Got some old clothes that aren’t wearable? Don’t worry, ripped or stained clothes that can’t go to the charity shop can still be reused!

Rag rugs are an excellent way to upcycle old clothing. All you need is some hessian and strips of fabric. It’s a fun and mindful craft that can result in fabulous furnishings.

Wooden crates

Old crates can make beautiful shelves or storage units. You can keep them as they are, and attach them to the wall for a rustic look or paint them to match your home’s aesthetic. Or why not stack them, side-up, to create a quirky bookshelf?

Egg cartons

Rather than throwing egg cartons into the recycling, you can use them to grow seedlings. Each cup is the ideal size for sowing seeds.

Broken dining chairs

You have a few options when it comes to broken furniture. And if the seat has fallen out of your dining chair, a quirky way to upcycle it is to transform it into a stunning planter.

Line the space where the seat used to be with planter lining, then add soil and whichever flowers you fancy!

If furniture DIY isn’t your thing, you could always get in touch with the experts. Upcycling companies have the skills and know-how to transform broken furniture into showstopping centrepieces.

Old doors

Have you ever wondered what to do with an old door? Repurposed wooden doors can make excellent tabletops, headboards and benches, once the handles are off. The only limit is your imagination!

Old oven cooling racks

Whether you’re getting a new oven that can no longer accommodate your cooling racks or they’ve just become rusty, here’s a way to upcycle them:

Transform old oven racks into a boot dryer. Lay the rack over a doormat and set wet shoes or welly boots on top to drain.

CDs and DVDs

With the rise of streaming and digital downloads, we’re using CDs and DVDs less and less. Whether you no longer own a DVD player or you have scratched and damaged discs, you can repurpose them in the garden.

Dangling CDs and DVDs around your veg patch can deter birds and other critters from nibbling at your produce.

Side tables

Have you recently updated your bedroom furniture but can’t bear to part with your bedside table? Give it a fresh lick of paint and top it with a cushion — you’ll have a gorgeous new seat you can use elsewhere.

And if you’re not quite sure how to go about it, you can always get in touch with us here at Furnitureworks — we love taking on commissions to create bespoke repurposed items.

Wooden ladders

Do you have a traditional wooden ladder lying around? Why not transform it into a bookshelf? Whether you attach it to the wall or use some scrap wood to create an apex shelving unit, you can have great fun upcycling this item.

Upcycle with Furnitureworks

Want to reduce waste? Why not upcycle these common items that usually end up being thrown away? Contact Furnitureworks for more info.Upcycled and repurposed items are a great way to reduce waste and save money. And whether you’re looking for antique furniture restoration or upcycling services, the Furnitureworks team is here to help. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.