11 Reinvent a desk
22 Make a memory box table
Turn a deep photo frame and similar-sized side table into a venue for celebrating treasured keepsakes.
33 Driftwood becomes coat rack
44 Art frame becomes message board
55 Books become art
Make your literature work for your aesthetic. Try taking the sleeves off hard cover books and arranging the spines by color.
66 Wire basket and mason jars become outdoor chandelier
Romantic outdoor lighting: With a wire basket, a few jars, and some tea lights and adornment, add a little handmade glow to your garden.
77 Mirrors become headboard
Arrange small light weight mirrors grid-style for a glamorous regency-style look in the bedroom.
88 Scrap wood becomes fence shadow box
Make display frames out of wood remnants and celebrate small plants as living art.
99 Closet becomes office
No room for workspace? Convert a closet into a home office―complete with hide-the-clutter doors.
How to do it: Empty a closet and remove the closet pole. Move a desk, or thin table into the space, allowing enough room to close the doors. Use a dining chair as a desk chair.
1010 Turn a drawer organizer into a bento-box guest tray
Tuck a drawer organizer into a storage tote with some thoughtful amenities to make your houseguests feel like royalty. (Be forewarned: They’ll be eager for a return invite.)
How-to: Slip a drawer organizer into a fabric-covered box or other storage tote and stock it with a few travel-size essentials in coordinating materials and hues. Tie a washcloth with colorful string; wrap a bar of soap with wide ribbon; use letter stamps and a label sticker to personalize a scented candle.
1111 Fireplace becomes candle sanctuary
Turn your wood burning fireplace into a decor statement―and trade air-polluting wood smoke for a little ambiance.
1212 Vintage cafeteria tray becomes collection display
A collection of found objects become a museum-quality vignette in a tray nostalgic of elementary school years.
1313 Plates become wall art
Celebrate a mismatched but beloved collection by arranging them in an asymmetrical wavelike pattern on a plain white wall.
- The blank canvas of the white wall allows the dishes to pop without competing for attention, but a colored wall works too, as long as the hues are complementary.
- Try the same technique with themed collections such as vintage postcards or old 45 rpm records.