Articles in: repurposed

DIY Cake Stands Made from Thrift Store Plates and Candle Sticks

Posted by: on December 16th, 2014 | Make A Comment

DIY Cake Stands

I love the idea of having a huge selection of fancy cake stands to entertain with during the holidays, but I really don’t use them enough through out the year to rationalize buying a whole collection. They can be pretty expensive!

I thought it might be fun to create my own DIY cake stands with simple thrifted materials and a little help from Rust-Oleum Gold Metallic Spray Paint and Primer. For only a couple dollars each, these festive cake stands are perfect for your holiday parties, and year round.

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DIY Wall Art Project Made from Scrap Wood

Posted by: on September 27th, 2013 | 4 Comments

DIY Wall Art Project Using Scrap Wood


Give traditional wall art a fresh spin by creating your own. Liven up your walls with this easy and affordable DIY project. Here’s the tutorial for this DIY wall art project. You can download and print the instructions, too.

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How to Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench

Posted by: on July 19th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Repurpose Chairs to Make a Unique Bench: The Finished DIY Project

Don’t throw out your old, mismatched chairs. Give them new life by turning them into a one-of-a-kind bench. We have step-by-step instructions to repurpose chairs for this DIY project. You can download and print the instructions, too.

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Things Around Your Home You Can Repurpose for Camping

Posted by: on June 5th, 2013 | 3 Comments

So you’re headed off to your next outdoor adventure. Maybe you’re an expert at camping with your gear ready to go. Or maybe you’re more the glamping type, with all the essentials plus a few creature comforts in tow. Either way, we bet there are a few things around your home you can repurpose for camping.

Don’t have these items lying around the house? Think of it this way: Make an inexpensive purchase now to take them on your trip, and then put these items to work once you return home.


Garden stool as end table


Make sure to set up a nice lounging area at your outdoor location. If you bring along a garden stool from home, you’ll see that it can serve as a small end table or impromptu seating. When you’re packing the car, take advantage of a removable top on the garden stool, or put the stools in legs-side-up so that you can transport a couple of pillows or throws inside.

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How to Build Simple Pipe Shelves with Reclaimed Wood

Posted by: on April 11th, 2013 | 20 Comments


Simple pipe shelf displaying vintage items


Ethan Hagan, of the blog One Project Closer, is an expert on just about any aspect of home improvement and DIY projects. Here, he shows us how he created some simple wall-mounted shelving using cast iron pipe and fittings. Pipe shelving is a popular way to add storage space simply and relatively inexpensively, but Ethan’s pipe shelves have an extra stylish twist — they feature beautiful reclaimed wood. The repurposed wood is a perfect complement to the industrial-style pipe.

And as you’ll see, his shelving turned out to be perfect for displaying some treasured vintage items.  

I recently inherited a few items from my grandfather including some old hand tools, a small radio and a 48-star American flag. Needless to say, I was excited and decided to build a space to show them off. I’ve always liked the look of black pipe shelves. Not only are they functional, the pipe and some reclaimed wood add character to an otherwise boring shelf.

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DIY Jewelry: Repurposing Brass Hinges

Posted by: on April 6th, 2012 | One Comment

The hard working aisles of plumbing materials and lumber at The Home Depot may seem worlds away from the the dainty filigree and shiny surfaces of a jewelry store, but we have a DIY jewelry idea that turns a common piece of hardware into something beautiful to wear.

The very crafty Grace Atwood masterfully combines girly aesthetic with the down-to-business hardware supplies. We posted a few weeks ago about Grace’s DIY jewelry project, using valve handles to make a statement necklace. She’s back with a DIY bracelet made from shiny, new brass hinges! Check out the full step-by-step on her blog, Stripes + Sequins.

DIY jewelry: a bracelet from brass hinges

In total, the project cost Grace $10 and 10 minutes! A pretty awesome investment for a beautiful bracelet!

Thanks for letting us share, Grace!

Editor’s Note: Repurposed is a series dedicated to showcasing clever, new ways to use products we all know and love.

Napkin Rings for Your Next Dinner Party

Posted by: on March 27th, 2012 | Make A Comment

We love the idea of taking a very common material and using it in a very uncommon way. Which brings us to today’s installment of Repurposed: copper pipe fittings.

Copper is such a gorgeous metal. Not only does it have a rich, warm color when new, but this metal ages beautifully.

Next time you are in the plumbing aisle browsing for interesting entertaining ideas, how about picking up some simple $3.74 napkin rings?

Repurpose a copper pipe fitting as a napkin ring

Simply roll your napkins up tightly, and slip them through the pipe coupling. Voila! a beautiful metallic napkin ring.

Repurpose a copper pipe fitting as a napkin ring

You can use these napkin rings to add a little shine to your everyday place settings, or to inspire an entire copper color palette at your next dinner party. If you’re interested in giving the copper a nice patina before using them, use a combination of vinegar, ammonia, and salt to give the copper a green powdery finish using this faux aging method.

How do you feel about copper? Do you like it’s shiny, warm finish? Or the green patina it has as it ages? Would you use these copper fittings as a napkin ring?

[Editor's Note: Repurposed is a series dedicated to showcasing clever, new ways to use products we all know and love.] 

Repurposed: PVC Pipe in the Kitchen

Posted by: on February 24th, 2012 | 7 Comments

The Home Depot is a creative person’s dream — aisles and aisles of raw materials just waiting to be put to use in a DIY project or craft. In fact, many of our customers find interesting and unexpected ways to use these raw materials. Floor tiles as a pizza stone, pegboard as a vase for flowers, and even a copper pipe coupling as a napkin ring? The possibilities are endless for repurposed crafts when you have thousands of square feet of lumber, metal and paint to work with.

Here’s another way to repurpose a common item found at The Home Depot — PVC pipe.

Repurposing PVC pipe as a biscuit cutter

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Clever New Use for Pegboard

Posted by: on January 18th, 2012 | 14 Comments

At The Home Depot, we love when people take ordinary products and turn them into the extraordinary. Here on The Apron Blog, we’d like to celebrate bloggers and creative types all over the web for their ingenuity. We loved being reminded of the amazing things you can create when you challenge yourself to think outside of the box!

Repurposed pegboard as a flower vase

Photography by Jasmine Star for Style Me Pretty

The blog Style Me Pretty recently featured a wedding inspiration shoot where pegboard of all things was used to create a truly incredible and elegant table centerpiece. The blooms gracefully float over the table, and small votive candles are integrated flawlessly into the arrangement.

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