Best DIY Upcycle Ideas – 25+ Creative DIY Projects

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Here are some of the best DIY Upcycle Ideas I’ve found, to inspire your next upcycle project!

Yay! I love how creative some people can be when thinking up a new use or look for something. And, these DIY ideas from some of my blogger friends are definitely worth sharing. Here are some of the best DIY Upcycle Ideas I’ve seen, to inspire your next project. 🙂

25+ of the best DIY Upcycle Ideas and tutorials. These clever DIY projects will inspire and help you turn the home decor and furniture you already have into something you'll love again!
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DIY Home Decor Upcycle Ideas

If you have some old home decor that needs a new life and a new look, here are some of the best DIY Upcycle Ideas for your home decor.

Paint is always a great way to update old decor. And, it can be pretty fun to play around with layers of paint to get a stylish new look. I have the easy DIY steps for this Weathered Paint Effect here.

How To Paint a Weather Paint Finish with chalk paint. Easy steps and video to give your decor or furniture a pretty makeover. #Painting #ChalkPaint #DIYProjects #DIYHomeDecor #AbbottsAtHome

Refashionably Late upcycled an old magazine rack into the cutest portable book storage for kids. Loving this idea!
blue book storage with the word books written on it in a living room with two tan studded chairsI love, love, love this upcycle from the DIY Dreamer. This Upcycled Rug Wall Hanging Makeover is genius. I love any excuse to add Tassels to something, so of course this made my list of the best DIY Upcycle Ideas.

Best DIY Upcycle Ideas - Rag Rug Wall Hanging Makeover

Delicious and DIY hand painted this beautiful Anthropologie Knock Off Vase. And, her DIY makes it look so easy, guys! How sweet is this vase!

Anthropologie knock off beautiful DIY Painted Vase using only paints and a vase from the Dollar Store or Thrift Store! Easy Painted look perfect for your home decor and for less than half the price of the original Vase

How sweet is this Upcycled Magazine Holder from Gathered in the Kitchen. So pretty, right?!

Best DIY Upcycle Ideas - Upcycled Magazine Holder

The Songbird Blog upcycled some plain old crochet curtains into a beautiful Boho DIY yarn wall hanging. How fun does this project look?! You should definitely add this to your list of the best DIY Upcycle Ideas.

homemade yarn wall hanging with pompoms and fringe

The Song Bird Blog can show you how to make stamped books to decorate your shelves.

Best DIY Upcycle Ideas - Stamped Books

The Frugal Homemaker turned one old bar stool into 2 Super Cute DIY Upcycled Plant Stands.

Best DIY Upcycle Ideas - DIY Planter Stand from Bar Stools

How creative is this use of faux succulents?! Meegan Makes’ best DIY Upcycle Idea is a Garden Vintage Typewriter makeover.

Best DIY Upcycle Idea - Vintage Typewriter Makeover

And, yay! I have been wanting to paint over some old canvases for months. So glad to see how Savvy Apron updated hers. Here’s how to create DIY art by painting over an old canvas.

How I painted my own diy art on canvas.

This will work on an old canvas, new canvas, or even old decor. I’ve used Copper, Bronze, and Rust Patina Chalk paints to update the mirror in our powder room, some old glass and ceramic vases, and furniture. I love adding some metallic touches around the house. Here’s how to get 20 different looks with patina paint. 🙂

Build a DIY Chunky Wooden Frame for a canvas, print, or anything. You'll save money and get a custom size for your wall decor. #AbbottsAtHome #customframe #DIYframe

Do you love Jute? I do. Gathered in the Kitchen made a DIY Farmhouse Jute Tray from an old cookie tin. You can probably use her steps to update so many things with Jute rope, guys. That’s why this trendy project is on my list of the best DIY Upcycle Ideas. 🙂

Best DIY Upcycle Idea - Jute Rope Tray Makeover

Check out this creative upcycle from Hello Central Avenue! She can show you how to make DIY Custom Wall Decals with wax paper, guys. 🙂

Best DIY Upcycle Ideas - Wax Paper Wall Decals

My Favorite DIY Upcycle Tutorials For Furniture

Now, let’s give your tired, old furniture new life with some of the best DIY Upcycle Ideas for furniture from my clever DIY-loving friends.

Here’s a DIY Mosaic Table Top Makeover for my woodworking friends. It has that wow-factor. 🙂

Here's how I built a beautiful DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top with low cost Cedar from my local big box store. Easy to follow how to video and build tips. DIY Geometric Wood Art idea.

The Frugal Homemaker gave her end table a makeover with milk paint and stain. This turned out so beautiful, right?!

Best DIY Upcycle Ideas - Frugal Homemaker Milk Paint and Stain makeover

2 Bees in a Pod’s DIY Painted Bamboo Chair Makeover is absolutely beautiful. I love her choice of paint and fabric on this tutorial from my list of the best DIY Upcycle Ideas.

Best DIY Upcycle Ideas - 2 Bees in a Pod Bamboo Chair

These stools were looking pretty rough. Here’s how I Stain Wood Furniture Without Stripping. This DIY made these stools look new again.

Furniture takes a beating over the years. Luckily, there's a pretty quick and easy fix. Here's how to stain wood furniture without stripping. Yay!

I’ve been following The Handyman’s Daughter for years now. She always shares great DIY’s and remodels. This pretty design for a DIY Potting Bench with Sink is definitely a favorite of mine. You can build this from new wood or scrap wood from an old build, like she did.

Kenya Rae turned an old dresser into this sweet buffet by removing some drawers and adding doors. Clever lady! And, she has the DIY to tell you how to do this best DIY Upcycle Ideas makeover.

how I turned a dresser into a buffet

If you’re thinking about trying a new upholstery look on a chair or couch, check out my tips and favorite tutorial videos I used to give my wingchair a blue velvet makeover.

A few tips, DIY upholstery pictures, and my favorite tutorials to upholster a wingback chair. I'm so glad I gave this wingchair a makeover and it doesn't require any fancy sewing skills, guys. Plus, I am loving that Blue Velvet fabric!! #AbbottsAtHome #Upholstery #DIYProjects #Reupholster #Wingback #Velvet

Repurpose and Upcycle can show you The Best Way to Paint Cane Back Chairs in this tutorial.

Best DIY Upcycle Ideas - Paint Cane Back Chairs

T Moore Home rescued her beat up old desk with this classic looking update. But guess what, guys? That burl wood isn’t really wood. Check out this Burl Wood Furniture Update here.

How To Give A Thrift Store Desk An Upscale Makeover For Cheap: Getting the look of expensive burl wood for less than $20 and un under 20 minutes #furniturehack #trashtotreasure #vintagevibesGive any piece of furniture a beautiful new look with this DIY White and Grey Distressed Paint Makeover.

Here's how I get the perfect layered paint and distressed paint finish with chalk paint on furniture. East how to distress paint steps and video to help you do it too! DIY White and Grey Distressed Furniture Look #PaintTips #Painting #Crafts #DIYCrafts #ChalkPaint
I love this table base, guys. The paint and the shape is exactly as I hoped it would turn out. You can see the woodworking plans for that Wooden Pedestal Kitchen Table here. That $20 DIY Red and White Barn Quilt tutorial is here.

You might also like this DIY Shabby Distressed Paint Finish tutorial to get a vintage thrift market look. It’s one of my favorite paint makeovers on this list of best DIY Upcycle Ideas.

I'm so in love with this DIY Shabby Distressed Paint Finish. Here are the easy DIY steps and how-to video.You can get that perfect Vintage, Rustic Paint Look with 7 easy DIY Steps. #AbbottsAtHome #FurnitureMakeover #PaintingFurniture #Vintage #DIYIdeas #PaintTips

How about this Blue and Copper Chalk Paint tutorial. I love how paint can totally change the look of furniture.

I love an easy to follow how-to video. This pretty dark blue and copper chalk paint DIY makeover adds tons of style and character to boring furniture. #AbbottsAtHome #FurnitureMakeover #FurniturePainting #ChalkPaint

Yay! Here are some of the best DIY Upcycle Ideas to inspire your next project. With tutorials to show you how to do it at home. #AbbottsAtHome #UpcycleIdeas #Upcycling #Upcycle #FurnitureMakeover
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Looking for more Awesome DIY Upcycle Ideas and Inspiration? Check out how I converted some of our cabinets into this DIY Mudroom Bench.

Love this DIY! Here are the cheap and doable DIY projects I used when I Added a Mudroom to our Laundry Room. #LaundryRoom #Mudroom #HomeRemodel #MudroomBench #AbbottsAtHome

Or, make some pretty wall art or drawer liners with my fun and easy DIY Acrylic Pour tutorial with videos.

This Fun & Easy DIY Acrylic Pour Tutorial is a great way to make unique and low cost art. But, how about using that acrylic pour on drawers and furniture?! #AbbottsAtHome #AcrylicPaint #DIYHomeDecor #AcrylicPouring


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16 thoughts on “Best DIY Upcycle Ideas – 25+ Creative DIY Projects”

  1. Love this list! I’ve made note of a couple projects I wanna try. I mean, I’ll probably see that potting bench in my dreams, omg. Thanks for sharing. Pinned

  2. I love recycling projects. I would take that blue chair in a heartbeat. I have an old chair in great shape that my cats have clawed the fabric off of. They ignore velvet. I might give it a try! #Pitstop

  3. Lots of inspiration here Stephanie. I am itching to work on some art projects, I only wish I had more time to do it. Thanks for the push!

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