You might just look at the junk around your home differently after you see what these people were able to do with old furniture, tools, windows, and odds and ends. These craftsmen and craftswomen were able to take something old and make something that’s even better than a new couch or a new table.
By upcycling, they preserve the environment, reduce waste, and create meaningful pieces with stories behind them. Keep reading to see their masterpieces.
A Couch Fit For A King
This couch wasn’t much to look at before. This person completely reupholstered it and gave its wood frame some much-needed love. Now it’s a couch that’s fit for a king.
A New Vintage Chair
We bet you’ve never seen a rocking chair quite like this before. This person took an old plastic chair, gave it a new coat of paint, and attached it to a rocker base.
Not For Sale: Baby Shoes. Worn A Lot.
This person took an old leather purse and cut it up to create adorable baby shoes for her son. Now he’s the most stylish kid on the block. We’re kind of jealous.
A Cot Turned Into A Bench
This mother took her son’s old cot (or crib for those of us on this side of the pond) and turned it into a chic outdoor bench. What a great way to repurpose a crib!
A Gorgeous Changing Table
This mother took an old handmade writing desk and turned it into a changing table for her baby’s nursery. The best part of this piece is that when it’s not in use, it doesn’t look like a changing table at all.
A Vintage Scale
This person got his hands on an old scale and decided to give it some love. Now it’s a collector’s item that anybody would love to display proudly in their home.
Good As New
This item used to be a military filing cabinet. This craftsman got ahold of it, slapped on a fresh coat of paint, shined up the hardware, added a wood frame, and this beauty was born.
A Craft You Can Play
This person found an old arcade game that looked pretty rad, but it didn’t work very well (or at all). He put his knowledge of electronics to good use to get this game in working order.
A New Kitchen Island
This person found an old side table at a garage sale and bought it for super cheap. Then he painted and stained it and made himself a new kitchen island for his apartment.
A Better Bag
This vintage Gucci band looked pretty stunning before, but now that it’s restored, it looks even better. That black color really makes the print pop. It just needed to be spruced up a little bit.
We’re Blown Away
This person found an old fan base that, to anybody else, would look like junk. They decided that they could turn that fan base into an amazing, sleek, working fan.
A Pig Planter
This person took some old tires, painted them pastel pink, added some ears, a nose, and a pair of eyes, and voila, you’ve got a pig planter. Once there are plants in there, it will look like the pig has green hair.
A Fresh Coat Of Paint
This person found an old hutch at a garage sale and decided to turn in into something spectacular. The dark paint really makes the engraved features pop. The new hardware helps too.
A Tool Makeover
You can’t complete these awesome DIY projects without the right tools. That’s why this guy gave his woodworking station a face-lift. We liked that oxidized copper color, but the red is nice too.
This Used to Be T-Shirts
This person took a bunch of her old T-shirts and knotted them together to create this awesome rug. Her cat friend really seems to love it (and we do too!).
This person needed somewhere to paint her gorgeous paintings, and she decided that the perfect place would be on the backs of these vintage handheld mirrors. They all look amazing.
A New Start
Imgur user Jmman (who goes by @moderngoldsmith on Insta) posted this photo along with the caption, “A badly mangled wedding ring! I was contacted to see what could be done to fix it.” That person was lucky that this guy knows how to do magical things with metal.
Another Ring Transformation
This ring was restored by the same person who restored that wedding ring from earlier. Why are so many people mangling their rings? The finished gold ring is absolutely gorgeous.
This person found and old box and transformed it into an old mailbox that he can use as a decor piece or as an actual mailbox outside of his home.
A Table Makeover
This person’s side table had a crack in it, so she decided to get some rope and refinish the top of the table. Now it looks like a whole new table.
A Window Greenhouse
This person found a bunch of old windows, painted their frames so they would all match, and then turned them into a greenhouse. This is the coolest idea. I might just have to attempt this.
From Sweater To Onesie
This person turned her old sweater into a cozy Christmas onesie for her son. Baby clothes can be so crazy expensive. This is a great way to make some yourself.
Some New Stain
All this side table needed to be stained a different color. Now it looks like a brand new table, and it looks so much classier. It looks so much more luxe now.
A Chair Makeover
This person found an old, beat-up chair and turned it into a throne. We could have never imagined that the chair on the left would end up looking like the chair on the right.
Brand New Loungers
This person had three loungers in his backyard that had seen better days. He decided to sand them down and re-stain them, and now they look as good as new.
A Purple Chair
This person saw this pink char that somebody was throwing away and decided that they could turn it into something amazing. They got some purple velvet and black paint and reupholstered it.
Even Better Than Before
This chair wasn’t all that special before, but now it’s got a fresh coat of red paint and it’s absolutely stunning. This chair would look so good on a front porch.
A TV Cat Bed
This person came across an old TV and decided to turn it into a bed for her kitty. We bet you’ve never seen a cat bed this cool looking before.
This table was pretty nice before the makeover. It was missing some parts, but otherwise, it was a pretty handsome table. Look at the table now, though. It’s practically glowing.
A Chair And Desk Combo
This chair and desk piece was rather lackluster before. Now, it’s fancy and black and it even has some animal print fabric on it. It looks like a whole new piece.