One of my absolute favorite magazines and websites to search for inspiration is Country Living and while on their website I recently found a great little picture gallery of things that were "trash" and made into treasure. Here are a few of my favorites and ones that I'd love to use in my own home.
This tennis racket mirror is easy but probably slightly more expensive than the others. To create this look you will need to take the rackets to a glass shop and ask for a custom-cut beveled-edge mirror that will fit inside the rim of the racket - Country Living estimates that this will cost about $30 to $50. After the mirrors have been cut, head to your local hardware store and buy a package of liquid nail mirror adhesive. There's no need to remove the string that is already part of the tennis rack, simply squeeze the adhesive onto the back of the mirror and press the mirror down firmly. Be sure to put something underneath the rackets so that any of the adhesive that oozes through doesn't ruin the surface underneath. Let the liquid nail adhesive dry over night and then you're ready to hang them wherever you please!
An easy way to repurpose and recycle an old, metal tray. If it's already beautiful than leave as is but if the tray needs a little work, paint it in whatever color and design fits with your decor. Next simply superglue a sawtooth picture hanger to the back of the tray, hang the tray from a nail, add magnets and ENJOY!
Now this unique bookshelf is something that I definitely want to try soon. Instead of throwing out an old dresser you can use its individual drawers to create something like this. This link has a few more details on just how to go about this project, but even these steps don't say how the drawers are connected to each other...perhaps you just stack them on one another but that doesn't seem very steady. If any of you have ever done this project or decide to attempt it before I do, I'd love some advice :)
IMAGES FROM: country living
Do you have any past trash to treasure stories? Anything that you've repurposed or recycled that you just love and are super proud of? If so tell me about it in a comment or if you've blogged about it comment with the link to the post!