In this DIY, Steven took old junk - the kind everyone has in their house, especially the basements and garages - and transforms the pieces into amazing new home accents. Reusing old household objects proves to be an eco-friendly way to create fabulous new pieces.1. Knick-Knacks
For this project, Steven gathered and sprayed an assortment of old knick-knacks in a matt white paint in order to breathe new life into them. He arranged them in a small grouping for a fresh display.Supplies:
- Old home décor accessories
- High performance spray paint
- Drop cloth
- Look through old boxes, cupboards, and junk drawers for home décor accessories or objects that have been hidden away and forgotten.
- Do not take into consideration colour, simply look for objects with interesting shapes and textures
- All objects must be clean and dry before the next step
- Many high performance or multi surface spray paints to not require a primer coat; be sure to check the label and choose one that will suit your needs
- Spray all objects in light multiple passes for adequate coverage
- Allow 24 hours for your pieces to fully dry
- Group your objects together in your home (on a bookshelf or console) for a contemporary monochromatic look.
Steven wrapped an old tired-looking lamp with jute cording for a fresh nautical look.
- Old Lamp
- Jute rope
- Glue gun
3. Framed Message Board
- Locate a lamp that needs some updating. In this case a lamp base with simple lines will be easier to work with, however any shape will work. Note: Do not use a lamp with a plastic base.
- To determine how much rope you will need, use a tailors tape measure to wrap your lamp base.
- Begin wrapping your rope at the back or your lamp base, where the power cord is exposed.
- Using your glue gun, adhere the rope in one concentric ring around the entire base of your lamp until you arrive at the light bulb socket.
- Using sharp scissors remove any excess rope.
- Replace the harp and lampshade if needed
Steven took a broken and beat up frame and turned it into a fun chalkboard message center with a soft weathered look. Adding some white paint and a bit of work transforms this piece into a fantastic new accent to any space.Supplies:
- Old Frame
- Hammer and/or Chain
- Latex Paint
- Chalkboard Paint
- Paintbrush and/or roller
- Sand Paper
- Paper tape
- Accent Ribbon or Rope
- With a hammer of some chain distress your frame. In this case imperfections are what will enhance the final look of the piece.
- Paint the entire frame in a solid colour; here we have chosen a soft white.
- Allow paint to dry for 24 hours
- Sand corners and distressed areas to expose the original wood or paint on the frame.
- Cut a piece of thin masonite board to fit your frame
- Paint one side of the board with chalkboard paint.
- Insert and secure chalkboard into your frame with paper tape
- For hanging, add some ribbon or rope to your frame.