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3 Easy Upcycled Projects

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We have spent far too much time dealing with a dealership we purchased our car from 2 months ago (car is in service and unsafe to drive right now), and we actually have an appointment to go back there again tonight so I will keep this short.

I have been re-arranging our apartment over the last week and although I don’t have any super amazing makeovers to show you, I do have 3 easy upcycled projects to share. It’s amazing how even the smallest of projects can make an impact in a room or improve the functionality.

3 Easy Upcycled Projects

We really needed a new key hook rack so we upcycled a piece of reclaimed wood and added some hooks I had from an old key rack. Then we just added some sawtooth hooks to the back and hung it on the wall. Nothing fancy but it goes along with our beachy-rustic vibe, is super functional, took less than 20 minutes to make, and I love that it came from a torn down building that was over 100 years old.

Want to upcycled, but need it to be quick? Check out these 3 easy upcycled projects I recently created to add impact and functionality to our home.

Want to upcycled, but need it to be quick? Check out these 3 easy upcycled projects I recently created to add impact and functionality to our home.

I painted an old storage shelf we got from Target a loong time ago. It’s not my favorite but I wanted to make it useful for us right now and really needed to brighten up our space. This bad boy took waaaayyy too many coats of homemade chalk paint – I’m talking like 6 coats! It’s not real wood but I think if I had used primer it probably would have taken less coats.

Want to upcycled, but need it to be quick? Check out these 3 easy upcycled projects I recently created to add impact and functionality to our home.

I had to add this photo because Kobe is just so darn cute. He always has to get into everything when I’m moving stuff around and he especially loves boxes.

Want to upcycled, but need it to be quick? Check out these 3 easy upcycled projects I recently created to add impact and functionality to our home.

Here is a mirror I bought from Goodwill before we moved into our new apartment. It was my first glaze project but I basically just painted on a couple coats of blue paint and then added some glaze. Not bad for a $5 mirror.

Want to upcycled, but need it to be quick? Check out these 3 easy upcycled projects I recently created to add impact and functionality to our home.

As you can see I moved the wood shim artwork that was in our hallway out into our living room. I then moved the art that was above our bed into the hallway, and now need to work on another project to replace it. Luckily Eric is cool with the fact that I love to move things around, haha.

Want to upcycled, but need it to be quick? Check out these 3 easy upcycled projects I recently created to add impact and functionality to our home.

And now I am off to the dealership, wish me luck!

Comments

  • Great ideas as usual:). Keep ’em coming! Jess

    July 1, 2013
  • Felicia

    I love the mirror, really nice colors.

    July 1, 2013
  • Wow! That shelf and mirror are just gorgeous! They have awesome character! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    July 2, 2013
  • Great projects, I like all three. The mirror and bookcase turned out super, but I really love the hook shelf. How fun is that. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    July 2, 2013
    • Thank you Marty! I am so happy I picked up that wood because I just love the texture and how much character it has 🙂

      July 3, 2013
  • I can’t believe the transformation of the mirror. What kind of glaze did you use? Looks great, I love the color! Good luck with the dealership, such a nightmare!

    July 2, 2013
    • Thank you Shawna! I used Valspar Asphaltum Glaze on the mirror which I had picked up from Home Depot.

      The dealership came through and covered the $1600 service charge. It was on issues we started having with the car within 30 days of buying it so I felt like they should cover it. Especially considering the service manager said it was unsafe to drive and they never should have sold it to us in the first place and he was surprised it passed inspections. It’s crazy though because the car drove great and we wouldn’t have had any idea if the service light hadn’t come on. It’s all figured out though so that’s the good thing. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Katie

      July 3, 2013
  • I love that hat rack and the mirror! They both turned out so well. Sorry to hear about your car…so frustrating!
    Corey from http://www.tinysidekick.com

    July 3, 2013
    • Hi Corey! Sorry for the late response but your comment ended up in the spam folder for some reason. Luckily we got the car situation all figured out, whew! Thank you so much for stopping by!

      July 9, 2013
  • Love the reclaimed wood rack! And the mirror is fabulous 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing on Project Inspired, pinning!
    Nancy

    July 3, 2013
  • Michele

    Kobe is super cute! Love the glazed mirror! What color glaze did you use? I have a cupboard I’d like to try some on. The cupboard is already painted a light charcoal. Pinned:)http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/07/bicycle-basket-up-cycle.html

    July 3, 2013
    • Thank you Michele! I used Valspar Asphaltum Glaze – it was about $8 at Home Depot for a smallish bottle but it lasts a looooooooong time. 🙂

      July 9, 2013
  • Love all three of these projects, but my favorite is the mirror. Love the color and finish.

    July 3, 2013
  • Still love this shelf so much! Simple and rustic! Thanks for linking up at Give Me the Goods Monday! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    July 4, 2013
    • Lol, thank you Jenna! I love linking up to your party and checking out all the projects! Have a great weekend 🙂
      ~Katie

      July 5, 2013
  • Your awesome upcycled projects were featured at Give Me the Goods Monday! I’d love for you to head over to check it out and grab a button: http://rainonatinroof.com/2013/07/give-me-the-goods-monday-features-15/
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    July 7, 2013

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