Hey there, fellow crafters! If you’re a lover of turning trash into treasure and have a soft spot for all things upcycled, then this blog post is right up your alley.
Brace yourself for a rollercoaster ride of creativity as we dive into three incredible upcycles that will make you believe in the magical power of transformation. From forgotten odds and ends to jaw-dropping masterpieces, these projects will leave you in awe of what can be achieved with a little imagination and a whole lot of DIY savvy.
So grab your hot glue guns, dust off your paintbrushes, and get ready to be inspired by some mind-blowing trash to treasure upcycles that you won’t soon forget! Get ready to unlock the hidden potential of discarded items and witness the beauty that can arise from the most unexpected sources. Let’s dive in!
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Today’s video from Our Upcycled Life is jam-packed with yard sale finds that she wants to upcycle. There’s a lot of work and inspiration here, so let’s get started.
Her first project is upcycling these pot lids. If you’ve been following along for a while, you saw that she did a really big yard sale haul and found a bunch of random pot lids. She had an idea of how she wanted to upcycle them, and today she’s going to show you what she created.
She has four pot lids of different sizes, and she’s going to incorporate them into this old wooden door, which is an old pine cabinet door. The first thing she will do is take off all of the hardware and cut it down to size with her skilsaw. She’ll save the other piece for a project at the end of the video, so make sure you stick through to see what she creates with it.
She thinks this DIY needs a really good chippy paint finish, so she’ll create that with some salt. It’s a really easy painting technique to create that vintage chippy-looking wood. She has painted the piece of wood with some white chalk paint, and while the paint is still wet, she’ll sprinkle on some pickling salt.
After letting it dry in the sun, she’ll apply the next coat of red latex paint. She’ll sprinkle the pickling salt into the wet paint. You can use any type of salt, but the coarser it is, the more chippy the finish will be. She emphasizes the importance of making sure the coats of paint are completely dry before applying the next coat.
After applying the turquoise paint on top of the red paint, she will let it dry completely in the sun. Then, she’ll take her scraper and scrape off all of the salt to reveal the different layers of paint and wood underneath, creating a chippy old vintage look.
After scraping it down, she’ll aggressively sand it with 80 grit sandpaper and seal it with some polyacrylic sealer spray. This is what she has created—a gorgeous piece with pot lids incorporated into the chippy wood.
To screw the pot lids onto the piece of wood without showing the screws, she’ll take off all of the knobs from the lids. Then, she’ll screw holes underneath the knobs so they can be attached to the piece of wood without being visible.
The smallest lid already has a hole in it, so she doesn’t need to create a new one for that lid. The knob of that lid is riveted on, so she can’t take it off. To solve this, she’ll use Gorilla Glue to glue the screw into the pot lid, screw it onto the piece of wood, and then attach the knob back onto the pot lid. It might sound confusing, but once you see how she does it, it will make sense.
With the pot lids securely attached to the chippy piece of wood, she loves the look of the tarnished lids and old knobs. It gives the piece a fantastic rustic farmhouse feel.
She has transformed an old cabinet door and pot lids into a beautiful place to hang kitchen utensils or tea towels in a farmhouse kitchen. It can also be used to hang coats at the front door. She loves the way it turned out.
Next, she found an old candlestick holder and teapot that had been given a rough coat of black spray paint. She is going to fix them up and upcycle them into something beautiful. She’ll paint a couple of coats of her homemade white chalk paint on them.
After letting the paint dry completely, she’ll take a damp rag to rub away the paint in certain areas to give it an old vintage look. This technique works well when you don’t want to sand and ruin the surface underneath. She loves the look it gives.
On the teapot, she wants to put on a graphic. She’ll use the mod podge reverse graphic transfer method. She applies a light amount of Mod Podge Matte on the graphic, places it on the teapot, and lets it dry for 24 hours.
The next day, she wets the paper until the graphic shows through and rubs off the paper, leaving a beautiful graphic on the teapot. She then attaches the teapot to the candlestick holder using E6000 glue and a bit of hot glue.
After letting it dry, she seals it with polyacrylic sealer to protect the finish. The finished product is a beautiful teapot and candlestick holder filled with fresh herbs, perfect for a patio, garden area, or kitchen.
Remember the piece of wood that was cut off the bottom of the cabinet door? She’s now upcycling it by distressing the edges using the vaseline chippy paint technique. After distressing it, she adds a garage graphic using the same technique as on the teapot.
She applies Mod Podge Matte all over the graphic, waits for it to dry, and rubs off the paper the next day to reveal a crisp graphic. She attaches the piece of wood to the garage sign using E6000 glue and hot glue.
After letting it dry, she seals it with polyacrylic sealer. The result is a beautiful chippy garage sign that would make a great gift for grandpa or dad to hang in their garage.