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Cool Ways to Turn Old Objects into Useful Everyday Items

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DIY enthusiasts often find clever ways to re-use old, broken and discarded things and turn them into spectacular décor creations. If you love the idea of reusing useless items or re-inventing old stuff to spruce up your home décor, this article is for you!

Find a useful way to incorporate old favourites into your new home design, including old CDs and cassettes, photo frames, books, calendars, collectibles and souvenirs. All it takes is a little inspiration to turn these seemingly useless objects into exciting conversational pieces that showcase your creativity!

1. Trendy Sheer Curtains
Sheer curtains allow more natural light to stream in, illuminating your indoors. But why buy new curtains when your old chiffon, lace, net and georgette dupattas can easily be converted into curtains! All you need to do is attach tabs to the top so that the dupattas can be hung from a curtain rod and drape down beautifully.


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2. Vanity Tray
Repurpose an old vintage picture frame into a vanity tray. Place coloured paper or fabric inside for an elegant touch.


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3. Picture Gallery
Always loved the idea of a photo gallery but tired of hunting for matching frames? Turn an old replaced window into an eye-catching grid of frames! In fact, if you want it to be a stunning piece of art and not a collection of family photos, cut up an old calendar with beautiful images or a favourite picture book with botanical names or even a travel brochure showing dream vacation destinations to fill up the frames.


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4. Jewellery Organizer
Look no further than your garage to find a vintage rake head, and then sort everyday wear necklaces and bracelets on it. Pretty simple!


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5. Magazine Sorter
If your baby is too old for the crib now, use the crib railing to become a stylish magazine holder that sorts the messy magazine pile on the coffee table.


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6. Outdoor Bench
If you loved the above idea, the remaining crib makes an excellent outdoor bench for the veranda or porch.


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7. Artistic Bed Spreads
If you have an eye for colour, pattern and print, fabric scraps from old curtains or sarees in the same colour family can be turned into artistic bedcovers. Pick 3 to 6 pieces in say shades of blues, and combine the prints for an elegant or eclectic design. Any local tailor can do this for you, and you could even get a plain voile fabric backing with light foam filling in between to turn this bedspread into a patchwork quilt.


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8. Cool Hanging Planters
Reuse old light fixtures, metal lampshades and even kitchen utensils like an old colander to make your own hanging planter for the balcony. It’s fairly simple too! Here, this pasta strainer is perfect, as the handles are ideal for attaching chains to keep it aloft, and the holes are both stylish and functional for drainage.


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