DIY: Household Helpers

1 Sep

We all know this recession is kicking people’s money spending habits in the butt.

So how on earth are you supposed to outfit your home with beautiful, unique personality-filled decorations that are likely to be super pricey?

If there’s one lesson I have been learning in life, it’s that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Seriously! (Like my car for example. She is an oldie but a goodie if you know what I mean) I highly advocate checking out resale shops, garage sales and discount stores for inexpensive decorations, furniture and odds ‘n ends.

However, there is a place literally closer to home where you can find old things and repurpose them to be new and exciting.

It’s your time to become a Recessionista and Do-It-Yourself-ista…

If you look around your house, garage, storage unit, attic, whatever…I bet you can find some of the following items:

  • Ladders
  • Old Doors
  • Old Chairs
  • Shutters
  • Window panes
  • Chains


Simply hang sideways and voila! A shelf.

Inspired by: A Rustic Garden

Depending on ladder thickness, you can place tons of things on your new shelf securely.

Inspired by: Trash to Treasures Decorating

Here an old wooden ladder makes a unique towel hanger in this bright bathroom.

Inspired by: Bijou Kaleidoscope

Check out this baby ladder as a desktop ornament.

Inspired by: Trash to Treasures Decorating

A quick and easy night stand when used with clip on accessories like this desk lamp.

Inspired by: The Lovely Undergrad

Shelving + Showing Off your favorite books and things to collect.

Inspired by: Networx

Use ladders in the kitchen to hang your pots, pans and cute little lights!

Inspired by: Trash to Treasures Decorating

This close up should help your turn that ladder into a hanging pot rack to die for. All you need are some chains and pegs and you're good to go.

Inspired by: Decorating Addict


Repurpose old french doors as interesting artwork against a wall.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Even these cute antique cottage-inspired doors can act as great room decor.

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

An old friend of my sister's, Lindsey, sent me this picture. She took an old door and bought door knobs to screw in all over. Then she could hang her pretty jewelry and purses for display and storage. This is the kind of thing anybody could do and everybody has a use for! Thanks Lindsey 🙂

Inspired by: Lindsey W.


Recycle your old, uncomfortable metal chairs by applying a fresh coat of fun paint and hang on the wall.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy


This is one of my FAVORITE things in the world. A younger girl in my sorority at UGA, Chi Omega, used old shutters in her room to display her pictures.

Here's a close up. She used clothes pins to hang the pics giving it an extra home-y feel. Thanks for your contribution Ashley!

Inspired by: Ashley H.

Maybe Ashley got her idea from here? These are posted with office clips. SO PRESH!

Inspired by: Decor8

Or just post old window panes against the wall with...giant scissors? Hmm...

Inspired by: Living Etc.


Grab an old window pane and post your pictures in the glass.

Inspired by: Trash to Treasures Decorating

We've already seen this little number in my past article on Real Reader (and Real Sister), Caroline.

Inspired by: Caroline

And this one dates back to one of my first posts, from Sydney's house!

Inspired by: Sydney


Use a chain not only to hang ladders up as pot racks, but as an industrial way to pull back curtains!

Inspired by: The Decorista

So now that you know all of these wonderful things can exist if you just re-think old furniture and knick-knacks, get out there and repurpose some junk! This is your project for over the Labor Day weekend…I better get some pictures people…


One Response to “DIY: Household Helpers”

  1. bendedspoon September 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    this is great

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