Repurposed and Creative Home Decor

Here are some fun repurposed and creative home decor ideas you will love! Grab an iced tea and enjoy these fun repurposed DIY projects!

Pinterest graphic with various repurposed and upcycled home decor pieces

repurposed projects

Let’s start with this adorable farmhouse vignette. For starters, the rustic farmhouse-style table was a yard sale find. It was dark brown and we gave it a couple of coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Picket Fence. We gave it a chippy look and it was finished!

Speaking of picket fences, see that wall decor hanging in the background? Yep, you guessed it – it’s a couple of sections of fence pickets held together with a strip of wood on the back. We added a wire hanger with a couple of screws and wa-la — wall decor!

We have also made these signs with words like ‘blessed’ and ‘thankful’ painted on them. This could be done with a Cricut machine too!

Not into words on signs? No worries – hang a seasonal wreath with the pickets and you have a unique and creative wall decor piece!

repurposed home decor and furniture items staged together

repurposed chair spindle

I am a huge spindle fan. In fact, I have boxes of them spilling out in my workshop! I’m not sure what it is about a spindle, but I love them!

Hubby took a spindle I had leftover from a project and added some interesting pieces from a burl in a log he found. He kept the bark on one of the sections and planed the other side so it would have a level surface.

Isn’t this a unique riser?

repurposed spindle with wood top riser

repurposed sewing cabinet

If you see in the menu buttons at the top of my blog, then you have seen that I have a category called Textile Tutorials. Sewing has been in my life since I was a wee little girl – nine years old in fact!

So when I see these adorable drawers from antique sewing machine cabinets, I can’t turn them down! I added some spindles and gave it a wash of milk paint leftover from another project. Instant tabletop or countertop organizer!

Use it in the kitchen to hold wooden spoons or maybe a selection of teabags. Use it in the bathroom to store makeup or lotions. Add a couple of glass jars and use them for a floral arrangement!

antique sewing table drawer repurposed with spindles as table top organizer

refreshed tea cart

Here is another beauty. It’s not exactly a repurposed project but it certainly is refreshed! This tea cart started our dark, dark brown and it was dull and ordinary. We painted the base of the tea cart in Fusion Mineral Paint and then a whitewashed effect on the top.

Wouldn’t this make an amazing side table between two chairs? Maybe on a sunporch? Think of the conversations that could happen at this vintage tea cart!

repurposed tea cart painted in Fusion Mineral Paint

repurposed toolbox

Vintage toolboxes. Need I say more?? I am crazy over these things! We added a picket fence lid that we made like the wall decor I mentioned earlier. Then we added casters. This is farmhouse portable storage at its finest, don’t you think?

BTW, see that adorable chair in the background? You can see the full post HERE and HERE. You DO NOT want to miss that transformation!!

wood tool box repurposed with picket fence lid and casters as a storage container

repurposed farmhouse style

Here is another vignette with several repurposed items grouped together. We’ll take a closer look but here is a quick list of what you see in the image. Try to pick each one out as you go through the list:

  • furniture piece wall decor
  • tray/lamp base riser
  • vintage paper roller floral display
  • wood tray on antique casters riser
  • reclaimed wood cutting board
  • vintage wooden tool caddy
  • grain sack tote bag
  • metal tool caddy with florals
  • antique farm table on casters kitchen island
various repurposed and thrifted farmhouse style home decor pieces on top of antique farmtable

repurposed tool caddy

Here is the vintage wooden tool caddy. Just like toolboxes, I love these because they represent a craftsman who worked with his hands. This one got a good scrubbing and a coat of hemp oil.

With the fall season around the corner, I can see this filled with pumpkins and dried corn husks. When Christmas comes, fill it with a variety of small trees from Hobby Lobby.

repurposed wood tool box used for farmhouse style home decor

repurposed reclaimed lumber

Here is a peek at the handmade cutting board that my hubby built using reclaimed walnut and oak. If you want to see a better view of this cutting board, check out this post:

Easy Way to Maintain Your Wood Cutting Board

wood piece from antique furniture repurposed and painted and turned into hangin wall decor

repurposed tray

Here is a fun little project! This is a thrifted wooden tray that I attached antique casters to. I just drilled holes the size of the caster, added E6000 glue to the hole, and then inserted the post of the caster into the hole.

The whole thing was painted. Another farmhouse riser! You won’t find something like this in stores. And if you do, tell them it was my idea!!

repurposed tray with repurposed antique caster wheels

another repurposed tray!

I seriously must have something about risers! Here is another one. This is another one of those wooden trays I found while out thrifting. It had a chunk of wood in the center that I think might have held a nutcracker. I removed it and then attached the tray to a lamp base.

Yep, that’s the base of a lamp with all the wires and such removed! I painted the whole thing in milk paint and sealed it with hemp oil.

Don’t you love it??

riser tray made from repurposed thrifted tray and lamp base painted in white

repurposed paper roller

Here is a vintage paper roller. This cast iron piece would have sat at the end of a butcher’s counter with a roll of white paper that would have been used to wrap the cuts of meat. This one had the blade missing but that isn’t a problem for me! We love sparing these items from the trash heap just because they are missing a little piece!

I gave it a good cleaning and then waxed it. Doesn’t it look so pretty with the faux florals? The florals could be changed out so easily depending on the season.

How about adding some rocks to the bottom and creating a little succulent garden for your kitchen! The ideas are endless!

antique repurposed paper roller with faux florals inside

Here is a peek at that handmade cutting board again! You have to pop over to the FULL POST!!

rescued ironstone

You might be wondering about this little stack of three ironstone plates and thinking about how I repurposed them. I didn’t repurpose them, but I did rescue them.

Since they are a set of three, many people would overlook them. Not me. I have stacks of small ovals ironstone plates that do not match and I love every single one of them!

Use them as dessert plates, or small side dish plates. Use them under a live plant so water doesn’t go everywhere. Use them as a soap dish or to coral the dish soap and scrubber next to the kitchen sink.

But whatever you do, don’t overlook these little gems! Or else, send it to me — I need more 😉

closeup of repurposed and reclaimed wood made into a cutting board

reclaimed fabric scraps

Need to show a little patriotism at your house? Here is a fun way that takes hardly any time to make. Grab a chair spindle (you can borrow one of mine! haha!) and then add a piece of leftover grain sack style fabric in red stripes. Iron on some fabric stars and use some wire on the spindle to hang it on the wall!

You could easily whip up a batch of these and give them out as Christmas gifts to your neighbors. Wouldn’t that be fun to share a little USA patriotism in the neighborhood?

various repurposed home decor pieces staged together on top of table

grainsack tote bag

Here is my last repurposed project for the day. Leftover pieces of grain sack fabric. I used the fabric to reupholster a gorgeous pair of Italian-made caned chairs. That’s a furniture makeover you don’t want to miss!!

Here are the links to the whole series:

Fabrics scraps do not go to waste around here so I repurposed them into various-sized farmhouse tote bags. Each one is a bit different so I could use the fabric scraps with very little waste.

I need to teach a tutorial on making a simple tote bag. These were so easy, I know you could whip up one in a weekend.

Here is another weekend sewing project for you:

How to Sew an Apron | Back Wrap Apron

repurposed grainsack fabric made into tote bags with straps

that’s all for today!

That’s it for today! You can visit this category and see more of the fun repurposed & creative projects we have done. Go grab another iced tea or coffee – you’ll be seeing so many posts you won’t want to stop!

Here is the link:

Reinvented Furniture and Home Decor

a little favor

Can I ask you a little favor? If you enjoyed this post and the other posts we share, could you pin any of the images you see in this post to your repurposing or home decor or thrifted finds or any other Pinterest board that you have! Your friends will thank you and so will I!

Pinning is easy — just click the pin button at the top left corner!

Thanks for all the support you offer by reading, commenting, and sharing our blog and our free tutorials. It really means so much to us!

Pinterest graphic with various repurposed and upcycled home decor pieces

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  1. Oh my goodness! So many fun ideas. My favorites are the fence pickets and the repurposed stool. Very cool!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Aren’t the fence picket projects fun? Thanks so much for stopping by Stacey!

  2. Cindy, you’re so creative … how do you think of these things?! I love spindles too and your cake plate is fabulous. So many fun fun projects. Love. xo

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      That’s so sweet of you to say! So glad you enjoyed the projects!

  3. I use to have the exact tea cart! But I sold it. I love all of your tray and stand ideas! They look so pretty! So many creative projects here!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      I love a good tea cart and so do our local customers! We have sold several. They are fun to make over. Thanks for stoping by Daneille!

  4. Repurposing makes my heart happy and all of these are perfect. I’m pinning this to my repurposed board. Thanks for sharing your ideas! 😘

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      And thank you for pinning the post!

  5. Cindy, you are amazing! I love so many of these! I’d pick my favorite and then another would become my favorite.
    Thanks for always inspiring, friend!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Awe, thank you Leslie!! So glad you enjoyed the post!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thank you Paula!! We enjoy coming up with the ideas and sharing them!

  6. so many cute, creative ideas! I really need to learn how to use big girl tools and move past my fears! thanks for sharing!!!!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Yes!! Grab a power drill and get to work!! You will love it Kimberly!

  7. Wow what a collection of fabulous ideas! You really have an eye for picking out cool things and making them new again! Great post!


    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Now that just made my day Karin!! Thanks so much 🙂

  8. Oh my Cindy, all of these have my heart repurposing. If I could I would buy the paper towel piece and the cake stand. Every piece is amazing! You are so creative. Your workshop would be my happy place with all your goodies!


    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      My workshop is my happy place for sure! Thanks for stopping by Cindy 🙂

  9. You are so freaking creative!!!! I just love all of your projects, but I especially appreciate how you are re-using and re-creating to keep all of the oldies around for a while longer. A new piece just can’t compare to something old that has been transformed!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      That is so true! We are too quick to throw items in the trash that still have life in them! Have a great day 🙂

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Isn’t that yellow table amazing?? It’s solid oak and it has casters! Be still my caster lovin’ heart!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Woohoo for all the spindle projects!!

  10. Cindy you make to coolest repurposed items. It is funny to me that there are so many people and influencers out there talking about saving the earth and yet they continue to buy new pieces. Why not “recycle” and repurpose!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      My thoughts exactly Elizabeth! So much good stuff goes into the trash heap!! Agh, let’s repurpose more!! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. I love all your home decor projects Cynthia! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Farmhouse Friday – we’re featuring you at this week’s party!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      I’m so excited !! Thanks so much for the feature!

  12. I love all these great creative ideas. I’d like to share a link to your post on my Sunday’s Dirt Road Adventures. I hope that’s ok.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Yes!! It is most definitely ok to share! Thanks so much, Rachel!

  13. I love your style!!!
    Everything you makeover turns out perfect!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Haha – I had to chuckle at ‘everything’ — we have many projects that don’t turn out! Thanks for the encouragement!

  14. Oh my goodness! So many great ideas. The paper roller is very cool. And of course the picket project 😉 I also like odds and ends dishes!

  15. Girl, these repurpose items are the bomb! I love each and every one of them. I am all about reusing old things and make a new purpose for them. It’s hard to find a favorite, but love the picket fence wall hanging. I could see that in my house with a wreath hanging in the middle of it. So many incredible ideas here and I pinned many of them for you. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thank you for pinning the projects Tammy! Isn’t the picket sign cute? We have assembled and painted words like blessed, grateful, and thankful on many signs like this!