Do you have the creativity to repurpose with a purpose? Don’t worry, neither do I. Which is why I wanted to research ideas on how I can do just that- repurpose old items in order to bring joy back to that item, my home and others!

It’s never too late in life to pick up a new hobby. Perhaps you’re on a budget, or you want to limit your carbon footprint, or maybe you’re just artsy and enjoy upcycling… Whatever your reason, I share in your goals!

My research led me down a path of never-ending ideas. There really is no limit to what you can upcycle! I’ve narrowed down my two favorite finds that are quick, simple and would add life to your home. You don’t even have to tell anyone you read about it in a blog… just relish in your new found artistic talent! 😉

From Ladder to Shelf!
This one is truly so easy and is sure to be a statement piece in your home! There are numerous different ways you can upcycle an old ladder into a shelf.

Turn an old straight ladder horizontal and hang it on a wall and boom, you’ve got a bookshelf! I recommend using a wooden ladder (rather than metal) so that you can paint it, stain it or sand it to reach any look you want! Be sure to not mount the ladder flush to the wall, but rather mount the ladder about 3-4” away from the wall (brackets like this would do). By doing so you create a 6-7” depth shelf. You can then place a book on the bottom frame which will lean against the wall and stay in place nicely.

Another option would be to use an old (again wooden recommended) step ladder and turn it into an angled shelf that you don’t even need to mount- just lean it against a wall! Simply remove the backside of the ladder and lean the remaining frame against the wall. The natural angle of a step ladder creates level shelves that won’t take up too much room. Store all that seasonal décor or put it on your patio for plants to create a welcoming entrance- like shown here! Ladder shelf with plants

See, I told you simple yet eye catching!

From Paint Bucket to Ice Bucket!
Looking for something to add a decorative touch to your bar cart or serving station? How about a repurposed paint can that is now your must use ice bucket? So cute you’ll be looking for a reason to host after dinner drinks at your place!

Ice bucketThis super simple upcycle involves just 4 easy steps.

1. Soak an old paint bucket in hot water overnight. With a little elbow grease and scrubbing the next day, let it dry, and you’re ready for step 2. Hint: Visit your local paint supply store and I bet they’ve got plenty of empty paint buckets to spare!

2. Spray paint the rim, interior and handles of your bucket whatever color you choose that will compliment your pattern (in step 3).

3. Apply your favorite pattern of peel and stick wallpaper. Measure before you cut, and simply cut around the handles!

There are an overwhelming number of options out there. I’m currently loving gold accents, so here’s an example of one of my favorite pattern options!

4. Apply a clear coat protectant (food safe) and let dry.

Your fabulous new ice bucket is ready to use!

P.S. Don’t limit this simple technique to just ice. Use these same steps to create planters, supply holders, and more!

There is no time like the present to try something new (and affordable)!  Comment below to share your favorite upcycle hacks- and happy crafting!

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