When it comes to re-purposing old stuff, there endless ideas to reinvent an item and give it a new purpose. Call it up-cycling or recycling, it’s all the same – we’re taking something old and giving it a new purpose in our life.

In compiling some of my favorite re-purposed items (like I had done in my past article “25 Creative Ways To Turn Old Junk Into New Junk“), it was difficult to stop because there are so many creative ways in which something can be transformed. So my focus in this article is to take really old stuff (yes, even stuff that’s junk) and turn it into a new treasure. Even then, it was hard to stop at just twenty-five, oh my!

1. Old Books

Old books can become really cool vintage bookmarks


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Old books can be turned as a storage box for old love letters, jewelry, you name it.


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Old books can be made into a bird feeder (and turn your outdoor birds into book worms!)


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Old books can be used as wall shelves that display your cool nic-knacks ( or more old books).


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2. Old Upright Bass

An old upright base (or guitar) instrument can be gutted out into hip bookshelf display.


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3. Old LP Records

Old LP records can be warped into a wall magazine holder


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4. Old File Cabinet

An old file cabinet can be used as a garage utility storage


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5. Old File Cabinet Drawers

Turn old wood file drawers into a coffee table that has storage


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Spiff up an old wood file drawer into a dog feeding station


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6. Old Window Shutters

Old window shutters can be converted into a table


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7. Old Chairs

Display part of your old chairs as a wall bathroom wall rack


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Turn an old chair into a comfy dog bed


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8. Old Table

Old coffee table treasures can be turned into a wall shelf


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9. Old Ladder

An old ladder can be used as a decorative piece to frame your framed photos


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10. Old Rake

An old rake can easily be converted into a kitchen utility holder


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Old rakes can also be used as a wine glass holder


11. Old Drawers

Old drawers can serve a new purpose as a wall memo board


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Old drawers can also be used as a wall shelf for books or things


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You can also turn an old drawer into a bookshelf


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12. Old Pillowcase

An old pillowcase can be utilized as a laundry hamper


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13. Old Ironing Board

Take an old ironing board and make it into a thread spool holder for the craft room


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14. Old Dishes

Stack up some of your old dishes into a jewelry or makeup holder


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15. Old Kitchen Graters

Old kitchen graters have been found to have another use – as ceiling light


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16. Old Cutting Board

An old cutting board is transformed into wall art which also functions to hold kitchen items


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17. Old Luggage

An old luggage case could be turned into a bathroom mirror cabinet


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18. Old Spring Frame

Old baby crib spring frame is turned into a ceiling hanger


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19. Old Jeans

Stuff old jeans with dirt and use as a planter


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20. Old Tires

Take old tires and paint them with color as new garden planters


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21. Old Tire Rim

Use an old tire rim as a garden hose holder


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22. Old Car Side-View Mirror

An old car side-view mirror can serve another purpose as a wall display shelf


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23. Old Game Boards

Old game boards can be turned into wall shelves


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24. Old Crates

Old crates could be used as an outdoor bar


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25. Old Globe Stand

An old globe frame can make a great paper towel holder


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As I said, it was difficult to stop looking at all the vast creative ways people have transformed old stuff into useful, functional new treasures. So, if you’ve been storing inherited heirlooms in your garage (or storage place) or having trouble letting go of certain things you no longer have a use for, try giving them a new purpose in life that will give it new value to you.