You can give your worn-out items a second life and have fun doing it. These projects just require a few basic tools and a little imagination.
Even if your home doesn't have shutters, there's probably an antique shop nearby that does.
Stripped, sanded, and repainted, a single shutter can be a great rack for mail, keys, and photos.
If you can find one with clear—rather than frosted—glass, that's best.
Find something to mount it on, remove the filament, insert wicking oil and a wick, and you've got yourself a candle.
You know you've got 'em, and plenty of 'em you'll never read.
When that ladder gets just old enough that you don't want to trust it with your life anymore...
...trust it with your stuff instead. Open it up and get some boards to lay across the legs.
Landfills are full of steel rims available for cheap.
Place the rim on its side and you've got an instant fire pit. Surround it with bricks to protect hands and feet from hot steel.
Old keys can pile up quickly in drawers and lead to confusion.
Add a bend to your old keys in a U shape and you've got the perfect wall hook.
An old pile of rusted pipe ends and fittings destined for the junk pile.
With a bit of rust remover to make them shine, you can transform your old fittings into a steampunk chess set.
These vintage glass bowls are pretty, but always hidden away in cabinets.
Bring your beautiful bowls into the open by using them to plant succulents, which look great in any kitchen windowsill.
Steel office filing cabinets often last longer than the businesses they support.
Add some fresh paint, casters, a butcher-block top, and some hardware, and you've got the perfect kitchen cart or island.
Doors are a dime a dozen on Craigslist. Look for wood doors with great character and panels.
Convert your door into a sliding screen that reveals a hidden pantry.
A typical wire wastebasket doesn't seem very inspiring.
Turn it upside down, add some paint and a stained wood top, and you've got a modern side table.
Plastic containers can always be recycled, but why not upcycle them into something that will make your life easier?
Attach your plastic coffee canisters to a wood backing and you've got easy-to-reach storage for nuts, bolts, and anything else small enough to fit.
There are myriad uses for old tires (just make sure to clean them thoroughly or you'll end up with dirt everywhere).
Here's one: Cut an old tire in half, attach a 12-foot board, and use it as a seesaw.
Cheese graters wear out and get rusty, but that doesn't have to be the end of their useful lives.
Repurpose old cheese graters into pendant lights. The rustier the better.
Pallets aren't your normal household item, but there are a lot of old ones lying around, and they can be found and reused in numerous and creative ways.
There are many uses for pallets, so why not turn one into something fun, like this cooler stand?