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Upcycled Projects For Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

I’ll admit it, I’m kind of crunchy granola deep down inside. I live for recycling and have been known to sneak recyclable items out of friends’ trash bins to take home with me and put in my recycle bin. I love love love upcycling projects, there is just something so satisfying about finding a new way to use something rather than throw it out. So in honor of our beautiful Earth I thought I’d revisit a few small and large upcycling projects from over the years here on Shine Your Light!


The TV armoire that was repurposed into an office, and then repurposed into a bar cabinet is my all time favorite! The shelves inside the bar cabinet that hold glasses are constructed out of an old ping-pong table that broke. I couldn’t bear to throw the particle board in a landfill so I hoarded it in my garage until I found a way to reuse some of it!Bar Armoire Shine Your Light


My wine cork herb markers have remained my most re-pinned and shared project in six years of blogging,basil pesto

and if you want to use up your entire cork collection on an upcycling project make a tray out of them!!

Wine Cork Tray | Shine Your Light

  Visit my Cork Creativity Pinterest board for a bunch of other fun ways to upcycle wine corks!


My brother gave me this little garden stool when he moved out of state, and since it had a really sturdy frame I upcycled it into a vanity table stool with a remnant of pretty Kravet fabric.A plant stand is repurposed as a vanity stool.


When I painted our kitchen cabinets I took a few of the doors off for a little open shelving action, and the cabinet doors were easily upcycled into picture frames.Cabinet doors repurposed as frames

Travel Gallery Wall | Shine Your Light


Years ago I used an old picture frame to make a postcard display. It’s changed colors a few times and now it’s also in our basement next to our travel gallery wall pictured above.Postcard Display with old frame | Shine Your Light


What’s your own favorite upcycling project of all time?? Do tell!

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Monday 25th of April 2016

These are great upcycling projects, Lisa! I wish I drank more wine (I don't drink much alcohol in general) because I especially love your cork projects. :)


Monday 25th of April 2016

Thanks Carol, I love a good upcycle!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country

Monday 25th of April 2016

I have always loved that bar cabinet project! You always come up with some great ideas! Shelley


Monday 25th of April 2016

Aww thanks Shelley! That has been a very functional project in this house! :)

Shelley | Crazy Wonderful

Monday 25th of April 2016

All gorgeous projects! Never would have thought to use the cabinet fronts as a frame, but they're perfect!


Monday 25th of April 2016

Thank you! That's what happens when I have a $0 budget to work with :)

Kris {Driven by Decor}

Friday 22nd of April 2016

You ARE the queen of recycling! I have my neurotic tendancies too - it drives me nuts when my family throws the end of the toilet paper roll in the trash - ha!


Monday 25th of April 2016

I totally pull the toilet paper roll out of the trash! HAAAA Crazy moms!!!