10 Upcycled Junk Projects

10 Upcycled Junk Projects

Updated: Apr 29

You often hear, "think outside the box." Well diehard upcyclers are thinking about what they can do WITH the box. Ha, ha! We are a breed of people that look at something and think, "I can do something with that." At first your friends think you are weird, but then they start texting you pics of things saying "Hey, I found this, is it something you can use?"


I thought I would share some of my upcycled junk projects with you. Each one has its own post so if you would like to see a project from start to finish just click on the highlighted (blue) links.


Fan Cover Clock

I found this fan cover at the Shipshewana auction barn. No fan, just the cover. I made it into a clock.



Thankful Cutting Board

I found this old cutting board at a church rummage sale several years ago. Now it hangs in my dining room.

Tennis Racket Bracket

I picket up tennis racket brackets here and there at yard sales. I thought they would make interesting picture frames.



Sewing Machine Cabinet

This sewing machine was in pieces when I found it at a yard sale. It wasn't complete so I used different parts for a variety of projects including this coffee table.

Easel Made from Old Frames

I was helping my best friend with her daughter's graduation party. I came across four picture frames I thought would be perfect to make directional easels.



Pinic Basket Insert Repurpose

I purchased this picnic basket tray insert at an auction. The picnic basket was long gone. Now it is a serving tray.


Architectural Salvage Piece

I love old architectural salvage pieces. They can be used in so many ways.



Vintage Plates

Last year I started repurposing vintage plates. They can be used in a variety of ways.


Vintage Door Panel

I bought two door panels at an auction. They were the perfect size to repurpose into coat racks.


Enamel Pie Pan

Old pie pans are plentiful at garage sales, thrift stores and auctions. They can be transformed into cute farmhouse decor.


"Junk" can be transformed into beautiful decor. I like to do what I can to keep things out of the landfill. Just a little imagination can go a long way, so next time you see a pile of junk on the side of the road, you won't get any judgement from me if you stop and dig through it!


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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.