11 Clever, Crafty Ways to Use the Things You're Hoarding

You know those wine corks, Mason jars and spare buttons you've been saving for future craft projects? Here are 11 DIYs you'll actually want to use them on.

If you're a crafter, chances are you've got some buttons, wine corks, yarn or fabric stashed away for future crafting endeavors. Or maybe you're the type who can't bear to part with back issues of your favorite magazines, well-worn clothes or toys your kids have outgrown. Either way, you've probably got some stuff cluttering up your home that you'd like to do something with. Well, we've got you covered. Try these 11 decorative and functional ways to actually use all those items you've been saving "for someday."

Mason Jars = Hanging Storage

Hanging Glass Mason Jar Storage for Kitchens

Hanging Glass Mason Jar Storage for Kitchens

Ditch the cardboard boxes and plastic bags that go with your cereal, snacks and dry goods. They're ugly, take up lots of space and don't keep your food fresh. Instead, opt for glass jars or airtight food storage containers. Steal this idea for DIY hanging mason jar storage from Shannon Quimby’s recycled kitchen, as seen in HGTV Magazine.

Photo by: Lincoln Barbour

Lincoln Barbour

Ahh, Mason jars. You probably have a Pinterest board chockfull of ways to craft with them and a cabinet overflowing with unused ones. Here's a Mason jar project from HGTV Magazine that's both pretty and practical: mount them to the underside of your kitchen cabinets for extra storage.

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Snow Globes

There's no need to waste money on breakable store-bought snow globes. It's easy to help your children make their own personal globe, featuring their favorite animals.

Photo By: Buff Strickland Photography

Soap Dispenser

Similar soap dispensers are available in stores, but true DIYers know it's easy to save money and have fun in the process by making a version of your own.

DIY Detergent

Save money and help the environment by making your own dishwashing detergent. Store it in a simple Mason jar, and you'll always know when it's time to restock.

Originally from Cleaning on the Cheap: Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade Toothpaste

DIY toothpaste and an adorable mini Mason jar to store it in? No wonder pinners loved this idea!

Originally from Smile! You Can Make Your Own Toothpaste

Rustic Vases

In Blog Cabin 2012, baby's breath and simple blue Mason jars are the perfect combination for easy, elegant decor.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Christmas Lights

Think outside of the box for your holiday (or any day!) mantel. Fill Mason jars with Christmas lights for an unexpected touch of whimsy. Bonus: Doesn't it remind you of a jar full of fireflies?

Originally from How to Make a Picture Frame Wreath

Cherry Limeade

Ideal for a summer wedding or event, this kid-friendly beverage is a tasty way to cool off. Serve them in a Mason jar, and you've got a sweet, Southern-style drink everyone will enjoy.

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Nautical Art

Found on-site, the Mason jars hanging in Blog Cabin 2013 hold sand from the property's beach.

Photo By: Frank Murray

Halloween Terrariums

Sturdy enough to use year after year and easy enough to make with the kids, these cute Halloween terrariums are the perfect decoration for the spooky season.

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Joanne Palmisano

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract can be pretty expensive. Save money and add a charming accessory to your kitchen by learning to make your own.

Originally from How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Glass Bottles = Hand-Painted Vases

Bohemian-Inspired Vases and Jars

Bohemian-Inspired Vases and Jars

With a few simple drawing techniques, make these bohemian-inspired jars to decorate your home.

If a hoard of pretty beverage bottles or food storage jars is eating up your precious storage space, make them into a cohesive collection you'll want to display with hand-drawn, bohemian-inspired designs. All you need is an oil-based paint marker to create these stylish vases.

Wine Corks = Backsplash

Wine Cork Backsplash

Wine Cork Backsplash

To give a wet bar a dose of witty personality, consider an easy DIY project: covering the backsplash area with used corks. "It’s a great conversation-starter,” says Luke Perisich of Blue Sky Building Company. “If anyone asks, just claim you can't remember drinking all those bottles."

Photo by: Chris Campbell; Design By: Luke Perisich, Blue Sky Building Company LLC

If you've been collecting the corks from every bottle of wine you've imbibed over the years, showcase them with a DIY backsplash. In this bar area, Luke Perisich of Blue Sky Building Company alternated horizontally and vertically stacked corks for visual interest.

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Pennies From Heaven

Penny tiles add glamorous shimmer to a kitchen with a reclaimed-rustic vibe. 

Bright Design

“The black limba floating shelves are fitted with recessed LED lighting that highlights the penny tiles and makes them shine,” says Patrick Kennedy of Superior Woodcraft.

Put a Cork in It

To give a wet bar a dose of witty personality, consider an easy DIY project: covering the backsplash area with used corks. "It’s a great conversation-starter,” says Luke Perisich of Blue Sky Building Company. “If anyone asks, just claim you can't remember drinking all those bottles."

Cork Backsplash Close-Up

For visual interest, alternate horizontally and vertically stacked corks.

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Photo By: Chris Campbell; Design By: Luke Perisich, Blue Sky Building Company LLC

Glass Act

In a contemporary kitchen with white-painted oak cabinets, designer Ioana Mezei of Primera Interiors SRL added interest with a unique backsplash. “We customized wallpaper with chef Jamie Oliver’s hamburger recipe and covered it with ultra-clear glass,” she explains. The result is fun, easy to adapt to your own tastes (choose your own favorite recipe, quote or other writing) and easy to wipe clean.

Photo By: Andrei Neamtu; Design By: Ioana Mezei, Primera Interiors SRL

Seashell Chic

Seashells collected during the homeowner’s family trips to the ocean were the perfect choice to create a personalized backsplash in a vacation home. Designer Kelli Kaufer of Kelli Kaufer Designs attached the seashells to the wall with an all-in-one sanded grout, available at any hardware store. No additional grouting required! “Apply a clear sealer once it’s dry to make the backsplash easier to clean later,” says Kaufer. 

Top Choice

For the media-room bar she designed for a spirits lover in Austin, Texas, designer Natalie Howe used vintage bottle caps set in lilac-colored grout. “I sourced the caps through a collector in North Carolina,” she says. “It's fun, vibrant and always brings a smile – which mixes perfectly with cocktail hour.”

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Photo By: Casey Dunn; Design By: Natalie Howe Design

Cute as a Button

Designer Kelli Kaufer created this one-of-a-kind backsplash using her client’s prized collection of buttons (plus a few extras bought at garage sales and crafts stores). “I used a double-sided sticky mat,” she says. “Apply the mat to the wall and start placing the buttons. You may want to use the back side of the buttons as there are fewer ridges. Once the buttons are in place, apply a non-sanded grout just like you would grout normal tile. This will help hold the buttons in place.”

Quirky Charm

In a kitchen with a gingham-patterned ceiling, an out-of-the-ordinary backsplash is a fitting addition.

Rock Solid

Incorporating exterior materials can give interior spaces an extra dimension of texture and interest. Case in point: the luxurious basement bar of a home in Calgary, Alberta. “We used an entire wall of manufactured stone for the backsplash,” says Fire Ant Contracting. The result is masculine, rustic and rich.

Second Time Around

For the kitchen of a vacation house in Portland, Ore., designer Michelle Ruber of Encircle Design and Build wanted a stylish and low-maintenance material that would stand up to a high-traffic environment. She found her solution in an unlikely place: “The backsplash is the old pony wall in the basement that was removed during the remodel,” she says. “We had the wood planed and then applied it to the backsplash, which brought in a warm feel and history of the original structure. We used a durable marine-grade varnish to protect and properly seal the wood.”

Shining Example

To give a bar area a decidedly luxe look, designer Mariette Barsoum, CKD, of Divine Design+Build chose to accent the tumbled marble tiles with copper to match the sink. “A large decorative copper panel creates an eye-catching focal point,” she says.

Great Connection

In a kitchen with an open layout, it can be challenging to link the workspace to adjacent living areas. Here, designer Robin Baron used an extra-tall stone-tile backsplash to help connect the kitchen and casual dining area and create an intriguing mix of patterns. "Great design is all about the balancing of layers,” she says. “This mixed stone patterned backsplash combined with the bold tapestry on the banquette create an interesting and inviting space for the family."

Modern Rustic

In a workspace that takes as much abuse as a family kitchen, it’s essential to choose materials that can stand up to daily use. Travis Arnett of Arnett Construction chose a rustic oak plank for the backsplash of the space, but with a twist: “I used Mohawk’s rustic oak plank tiles instead of actual wood,” he says.

(Coco)nutty Idea

If you like the idea of decorating with natural materials, consider this unusual option: 12-inch “tiles” made from reclaimed coconut shells. “They’re very easy to install,” says designer Kelli Kaufer. “Following the instructions, you apply adhesive to the wall and stick the squares in place.” For simpler maintenance down the road, finish with a clear sealant. “They add great texture, creating an earthy look that fits the relaxed, vintage style of this kitchen perfectly,” she says.

Basket Case

In a sleek, contemporary kitchen, texture can be the best way to add dramatic interest. In this space, designer Laure Antonetti Schutze of L. Antonetti Design chose a rich metallic basket weave for the area behind the cooktop. "Our client wanted a kitchen backsplash with a 'wow' factor,” she says. “We used a woven copper that's not only beautiful but a conversation piece for the space."

Copper Care

Over time copper will naturally develop a rich patina; to maintain the original shine, apply sealant, as the designers did in this project.  

Geometry Lesson

If you like the idea of a patterned backsplash that won’t go out of style, consider a simple geometric pattern: stripes, diamonds or zigzags, for example. To create this chevron effect, designer Kelli Kaufer used hand-cut stained glass. She bought three different colors, cut them into 1-inch wide by 3-inch long angled pieces, and applied to the wall using a double-sided sticky mat. Then, she grouted with a non-sanded grout. “This backsplash can work with many different styles,” says Kaufer. “Depending on the color of the glass pieces, you can either go bold, creating a hip, modern look, or muted, for a classic, sophisticated style.”

Ski Style

For the backsplash in the kitchen of this ski chalet, designer Kelli Kaufer turned to her client’s hobby for inspiration, creating a backsplash covered with pieces of old skis. “The homeowner had a few old skis around and we also found a few more at a local second-hand store,” says Kaufer. She used a circular saw to cut the skis into 2” x 2” pieces, glued them to the wall using adhesive designed for metal, and filled the gaps between the ski pieces with small mosaic tiles. Regular sanded grout holds the pieces in place. “The backsplash adds whimsy,” she says. “And, it’s easy to clean. Skis are designed to take a beating!”

Magazines = Coasters

DIY Magazine Coasters

DIY Magazine Coasters

Bring a burst of color and pattern to your table with coasters made from upcycled magazine pages. Tear out pages, then fold each page into 1/4-inch strips and coat with rubber cement. Next, cut approximately 25 strips and place them to the side. Unfurl a paper clip and wrap the first strip around, creating a perfect hole for the center of the coaster. Once the first strip is wrapped around the paper clip, keep it securely wound with a bead of hot glue. Continue to roll the strip around the paper clip, then layer other strips on top, securing each strip to one another with glue. Once the shape of a coaster takes shape, secure the very end of the last strip in place with glue.

Even if you only have a handful of subscriptions, magazines can quickly stack up in your home and create clutter. Repurpose old issues into these colorful coasters.

Buttons = Silhouette Art

Silhouette Art

Silhouette Art

Put a playful spin on classic game taxidermy with silhouette pop art. Paint the surface of the cardboard backing in a picture frame, then trace the silhouette of a buck head to the backing with a pencil. Cover the traced silhouette with colorful buttons, fastening them in place with hot glue.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

If a bag of buttons is lurking in your house somewhere (for garments you may or may not even own anymore), give them a new purpose as adorable wall art. Paint the cardboard backing in a picture frame, then trace a silhouette to the backing with a pencil. Cover the traced silhouette with colorful buttons, fastening them in place with hot glue.

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Votive Updates

Give plain glass votives a designer update by wrapping the centers with decorative ribbon, then adding another layer of visual interest with extra-large buttons.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Silhouette Art

Put a playful spin on classic game taxidermy with silhouette pop art. Paint the surface of the cardboard backing in a picture frame, then trace the silhouette of a buck head to the backing with a pencil. Cover the traced silhouette with colorful buttons, fastening them in place with hot glue.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Decorative Tea Towel

Bring a festive touch to your tabletop or kitchen with a snowflake tea towel. Add white thread to a needle and mark a snowflake silhouette to the fabric using a marker or chalk, then use the needle to secure the buttons directly along the traced silhouette.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Decoden Phone Case

Customize a basic smartphone case by applying collage clay directly to the back, then arranging buttons and holiday crafting decorations for a one-of-a-kind yuletide pattern.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Tree Ornament

Put a kid-friendly spin on tree decor with ornaments made from stacked buttons. Add thread to a needle and knot the end, then slide an assortment of small neutral-toned buttons onto the thread as a tree base. Gradually build a tree silhouette with an assortment of large buttons added along the bottom, medium buttons in the center and smaller buttons near the top. For a tree topper effect, add a small star decoration on the top with looped string as a hanger.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Door Knob Wreath

Dress up interior doors with small button wreaths. These beauties are made using a small, flat wreath form, colorful ribbon, assorted buttons, crafting bells and felt. First, wrap the wreath form with ribbon, securing the end in place with hot glue. Create a hanger with a 20-inch strand of ribbon tied along the back. Once secured in place, layer buttons to the front and sides of the wreath with hot glue. Add one more layer of decoration with holly made from cut felt and decorative bells.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Snowball Garland

Create a snowball garland for a kid's room with string, white pompoms and a variety of white buttons. First, thread the string onto a needle, then weave the needle through the pompoms and button holes.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Gift Box

Elevate a basic cardboard gift box to new heights with a random grouping of buttons in different colors and sizes secured along each side with glue. Play with scale by adding an extra-large button to the top with a band of ribbon below.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Upcycled Objects

Use buttons to dress upcycled objects as ornaments. Here, a simple Mason jar lid was turned into a tree ornament by covering its interior with glitter paper and an assortment of decorative buttons.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

T-Shirts = Rug

Old T-Shirt Rug

Old T-Shirt Rug

You know that overflowing drawer of T-shirts? Turn them into something functional, like this recycled shirt rug.

5Ks, blood drives, concerts, sports teams — it seems like you get a T-shirt for nearly everything you do these days. If your dresser drawers just can't accommodate any more tees, upcycle some of them into a cute rug for your bathroom, kitchen or mudroom.

Gift Wrap = Servingware Liner

Tray Liners

Tray Liners

If you entertain year round, take your servingware to the next level. Trim your gift wrap to size, then line your favorite trays and platters to give them a fresh and sophisticated look.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Don't you hate it when you get to the end of a roll of wrapping paper, and you're stuck with a piece that's just barely too small for your present? Instead of saving it for a gift that's just the right size, use it to dress up your servingware the next time you entertain. Just trim the gift wrap to size, then line your favorite trays and platters to give them a fresh, sophisticated look.

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Tray Liners

If you entertain year round, take your servingware to the next level. Trim your gift wrap to size, then line your favorite trays and platters to give them a fresh and sophisticated look.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Book Covers

Not every book is worthy of display on your smartly styled bookshelf. Wrap those not-so-cute (or guilty pleasure) hardcovers in vibrant papers for a bit of colorful eye candy.

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Placemats

Nothing pulls together a drab table quicker than pretty placemats. Sandwich metallic gift wrap in clear contact paper for a glamorous look that will hold up to any accidental drips and spills.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Haute Notebooks

Almost everyone needs a petite notebook to jot things down. Make several versions with coordinating gift wrap and gift them to friends. Just be sure to make a couple for yourself, too!

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Wall Art

Bare walls are no fun, but attractive wall art can get pricey. Wrap cereal boxes in a graphic paper, then hang them in a symmetrical grouping for visual impact. Instant gratification!

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Drawer Liners

Even a junk drawer deserves some love. Lining shelves and drawers with bright, cheery paper will inspire you to keep everything organized and in its place.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo Mattes

Elevate family photos with a custom matte, or group them together for one-of-a-kind tabletop art.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Paperweight

If you only have a little bit of paper but you just can’t part with it, make a paperweight. It’s functional and makes a stylish statement on any desk or table.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Paper Tree

Repurpose festive paper into holiday decorations you'll use year after year. Roll the paper into cones and hot glue onto a foam cone for a unique tree with loads of shine and texture.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Box Filler

Make sure all those gifts arrive in mint condition by packing them with care. Replace boring bubble wrap or tissue paper with shredded wrapping paper. By shredding your gift-wrap leftovers, you’ll have plenty of packing material that's as functional as it is festive.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Yarn = Lampshade

Colorful Yarn Lampshade

Colorful Yarn Lampshade

Wrap several different colors of yarn around a lampshade to create a one-of-a-kind lampshade.

From: Danmade

So your knitting or crocheting hobby didn't pan out — that's okay. Use up the yarn that's lying around by making this super-easy lampshade. If you can tie a knot, you can do this project.

Make This: Yarn Lampshade

Paint Chips = Wall Art

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If you've recently finished up a painting project at home, chances are you have some paint chips lying around. Make this easy geometric paint chip art to fill in bare spots on your walls.

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Make Your Own Cork World Map

A fun way to mark where you've been and where you're going, a large world map made out of cork gives you limitless possibilities. A neon hue makes this classic wall feature thoroughly modern.

Bulldog Cork Art

Try another spin on cork art from HGTV Magazine — this time directly on the wall — with this oversized cork bulldog installation perfect for kids' rooms.

Photo By: David A. Land

Black and White Photo Wall

Create an interesting photo display that can be easily updated with black and white photos and bright colored tape. Choose a few of your favorite photos and use a photo editing software to make them black and white. Print at home on glossy paper, online or at your local print shop. For greater visual interest, use vertical and horizontal photos of different sizes. Tape directly to the wall with brightly-colored tape.

Painted Baby Food Hanging Vases

This project is a fun and colorful way to recycle baby food jars. After they are wired together, the jars can be used to add a splash of color and fresh flowers to a plain wall or window.

Photo By: Melissa Edgemont

Coffee Filter Installation

The most basic of household supplies, coffee filters, is given a modern treatment for this wall installation. Fill a big, blank wall is filled with dip-dyed coffee filters in a flowing, floral pattern.

DIY Monogrammed String Art

String art used to be straight out of the '70s, but there's a new graphic version that's back in a big way. Learn how to make your own modern monogrammed string art in just a few easy steps.

Painted Ombre Canvas

Create custom ombre artwork with this how-to from HGTV Magazine and DIY blogger Typhanie Peterson.

Photo By: Stuart Tyson/Studio D

Create a Herringbone Design With Washi Tape

Use colorful paper tape to create a geometric wall pattern — perfect for renters or kids' bedrooms. When you're ready for a new look, it's easily removable and won't damage your walls.

Floral China Wall Art

Flea markets and thrift stores are overflowing with discarded china. Add a custom stencil, like numbers or a monogram, and hang to create unique wall art on the cheap. Get the floral china wall art how-to from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Oversized Plywood Artwork

Fill an entire blank wall with an architectural, graphic painted piece. Your friends will never guess it started off as basic plywood.

Make Faux-Screenprinted Pop Art

Channel your inner Andy Warhol and make your own photography-inspired pop art! This simple faux screenprinting technique uses everyday craft supplies to take DIY art to the next level.

Photo By: Chelsea Costa

Oversized Family Portraits

Make your family a focal point with a grouping of large-scale canvas prints. Learn how to select, edit and hang your photos for a professional-quality look.

Make a Personalized Photo Mural

This printable, personalized wall mural makes a bold statement without the need for paint or wallpaper. It's the perfect solution for apartments or rental homes where temporary decor is a must. Here's how to create, print and hang your own stick-on wall mural.

Make an Oversized Shadowbox Facade

Too many small wall hangings can create a cluttered look. This oversized shadowbox is a great way unite a disparate grouping of objects. Make your own using basic lumber and materials.

Turn a Rug Into a Wall Tapestry

Put a cherished rug on display as handmade art with some basic lumber and these DIY tapestry instructions.

Fractured, Framed Map Art

Display a map from a memorable vacation by cutting it into pieces and displaying it gallery wall-style.

Modern Map Art

Modern Geometric Painting

It's amazing what painter's tape, some patience and pretty paint colors can achieve. Even novice artists can turn plain canvas into a modern masterpiece.

Turn Leaves and Foliage Into DIY Canvas Wall Art

Turn to your backyard for the main materials for this artwork project. A few foliage clippings and some spray paint transform a blank canvas into bright, modern wall art.

Group Instant Photos Into Color-Coded Wall Art

Unite instant photos from a day or event in a clear acrylic frame. You'll see how each takes on a color palette and tone of its own simply because of the photos inside.

Modern Melted Crayon Art

Fake the look of stained glass using crayons and wax paper. This modern take on a traditional technique creates free-form shapes that can easily be customized to match your space perfectly.

Turn Paint Chips Into Geometric Art

DIY decorators tend to make frequent visits to the paint store — and the paint chip rack. Repurpose the extras as a colorful, geometric piece of art that perfectly matches your space.

Create Origami Paper Wall Garlands

Origami paper is good for more than just folding. By sewing together strings of the paper squares, you can create a group of garlands that are sure to be a conversation-starting art piece.

Fabric = Wreath

Homemade Charm Christmas Wreath

Homemade Charm Christmas Wreath

With plenty of seasonal fabrics to choose from, this simple rag wreath will have you making wreaths for every holiday of the year. Design by Jessica Kesterson

Hanging onto lots of little fabric scraps from previous projects? Put them to good use by making a festive DIY wreath. There's no sewing involved in this project, so it's perfect for kids or beginning crafters.

Make This: Easy Rag Wreath

Toys = Bookends

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Your child never plays with his formerly beloved animal figurines anymore, but you can't bring yourself to part with them. With a can of spray paint, transform them into colorful, sturdy bookends to dress up your bookshelves.

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Make a Neon Animal Garland

Combine two hot trends with an easy-to-create animal garland. Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind purchased toy dinosaurs at a discount store, painted them in various neon colors, then attached twine and hangers for a cute kids' room accent.

Make DIY Contemporary Art

Brilliant strokes of pink in this painting create high-contrast drama against pure white walls and credenza in this space designed by Tara Benet. Grab a canvas and some brightly-hued leftover paint and create this look at home.

Add Stripes to a Staircase

Take a cue from designers Cortney and Robert Novogratz: They painted candy-hued stripes on a plain white staircase to add a hint of whimsy and fun.

Revamp a Yard Sale Dresser

Give a yard sale dresser a brand new look (and cover up imperfections) with just a little bit of paint. Clean up the drawers, then set them aside and paint the hardware, top and sides with one hue. Get the full how-to from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Lara Robby/Studio D

Modernize a Traditional Brass Chandelier

All it takes to transform an old brass chandelier from fussy and formal to functional, fun and fresh? You guessed it: A coat of white paint.

Paint Thrift Store Candlesticks

Bring dated or tarnished gold candlesticks up-to-date, easily, by adding a coat of paint. For a thoroughly modern look, add candles in same hue as your paint like HGTV Magazine did here.

Photo By: Photography by Philip Friedman/Studio D

Modernize Drapery Rods

You don't have to break your budget to create a whole new window treament look. Paint basic metal drapery rods and rings bright white, then thread on inexpensive, patterned sheers.

Create a Faux Stair Runner

Give a plain white staircase a whole new personality by creating a faux runner. Paint the outer edges, add stripes and stamp Xs and Os on the risers for a new, whimsical look. Get the full how-to at DIYNetwork.com.

Add Color to a Tired Coat Rack

Perk up the entryway with a bright shot of color. You'll love hanging your hat on a rack revamped with a coat of fresh paint, as seen in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Photography by Philip Friedman/Studio D

Paint a Pattern

Freehand a simple design, like this Moroccan-inspired pattern DIY blogger Kristin Fountain Davis created using just a little bit of contrasting paint. Don't worry about imperfections: Slight variations mimic the look of (pricey!) hand-painted wallpapers.

Add Detail to a Basic Door

Contractor-grade doors don't have to be boring. Use an accent color to paint the insets for a modern, graphic detail. Design by Kristin Fountain Davis

Paint an End Table

Make garage sale end tables modern with a coat of high-gloss paint and some new hardware. Design by Kristin Fountain Davis

Make Your Own Abstract Art

Create an abstract diptych on canvas by brushing on circles in various sizes atop a contrasting background. Here, black and white add graphic punch to this otherwise-neutral bedroom. Design by Kristin Fountain Davis

Upgrade Bamboo Furniture

If you've opened a design magazine lately, you know that painted bamboo furniture pieces are experiencing a resurgence. Transform a cheap Craigslist find into a high-end designer piece with just a coat of high-gloss paint and new indoor-outdoor fabric. Design by Kristin Fountain Davis

Paint the Front Door

It takes less paint than you think to add a new hue to your home's front door. As seen in HGTV Magazine, this classic home's entry is electrified with a high-voltage green (Feel the Energy by Benjamin Moore). See the rest of this colorful home.

Photo By: David Tsay

Paint the China Cabinet Shelves

Turn a basic glass-front cabinet into a colorful accent by painting the inside back and shelves. Here, white dishes pop agaist the new soft pink hue. For a similar look, try Cool Melon by Behr. See the rest of this colorful home featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: David Tsay

Give a Bathroom Vanity a Modern Update

Make Quick Painted Animal Bookends

A brick and a pair of toy animals look impossibly high-end when glued together and painted in one bright hue. Use these colorful, fun pieces to dress up your bookshelves.

Give Basic Pots a Modern Touch

Turn plain terra-cotta pots into a unique home for houseplants with just a little paint. Use plain white as the base, then fit the pot with a rubber band to easily tape off the asymetrical section. Then, add a bright, fun hue.

Embellish a Lamp Base

Take a cue from this project featured in HGTV Magazine and dress up a basic lamp with fun polka dots. This project uses gold leaf, but you could create a similar look using paint and a stippling brush.

Photo By: Courtesy of Emily Hart

Make Custom Desk Organizers

Unify containers like Mason jars, vases and tin cans to create a matching desk accessory set. All it takes is a coat of bright white paint and a few embellishments.

Painted Picture Frames

Empty picture frames gathered at flea markets or craft stores can become an impactful piece of art when painted in harmonious hues and grouped together on a large wall.

Customize a Basic Bookcase

A plain white bookcase comes to life with a bright hue peeking out behind books, toys or baskets.

Add Bright Trim

Infuse a space with excitement by painting white trim a fun new shade. Summery coral paint on the trim of this family room contrasts perfectly with the main focal point of the room — the amazing blue sofa. Photo courtesy of Peppermint Bliss; photo by Emily Anderson

Make a DIY Painted Headboard

Add style, color and texture to your bedroom with this do-it-yourself headboard that looks anything but DIY. A great project for newbie woodworkers, this headboard can be completed in just a few hours and for less than $100.

Turn Hula Hoops Into A Chandelier

Oh, the miracle of paint. A coat of a shiny hue can turn basic dollar-store hula hoops into a stylish chandelier. See how Secrets From a Stylist host Emily Henderson did it.

Make a Dropcloth Tablecloth

Make a chic and affordable tablecloth with a basic dropcloth. Use painter's tape and white paint to create stripes, triangles or your own custom design.

Stenciled Baskets

Inexpensive baskets are plentiful at yard sales and thrift stores. Transform them using a stencil and just a tiny bit of paint.

Made-Over Modern Desk

Play up a vintage desk's midcentury modern style by painting drawer fronts lemon and lime, like HGTV Magazine did here.

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Just a Little Paint? Mix and Match

Using sample jars of paint — just $5 each — the editors at HGTV Magazine gave this bookcase a bright, color-blocked makeover. This project is also ideal for those last few inches of a quart of paint.

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Paint Vintage Luggage

Beat-up old suitcases take on new life when painted with a bright new hue. Stack a set as a bedside stand, or use just one to neatly store photos or paperwork under a console table.

Photo By: Marko Metzinger

Milk Bottle Makeover

Cover clean bottles with a spray primer that works on glass; let dry. Then spray-paint the bottles and just inside the tops with vibrantly-colored paint. See more flea market flips from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Nesting Tables

This set of nesting tables turns playful when you spruce it up with eye-catching paint colors. If your tables have lots of nicks or aren't in great condition, sand them first. See more flea market flips from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Vintage Egg Basket Lighting

A bright paint color and a light cord kit are all you need to transform vintage egg baskets from a country relic to a modern pendant light, as featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Stencil Floral Plates

Give mismatched china new life by painting on a fun stencil and hanging pieces in on a big, empty wall. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Stencil a Basic Table

With a little paint and a lot of time, you can create a stenciled coffee table inspired by intricate Moroccan tile work. Learn how, courtesy of HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Make Modern, Geometric Wall Art

It's amazing what painter's tape, some patience and pretty paint colors can achieve. The finished artwork will look like a modern canvas straight out of a museum.

Paint a Chair's Spindles

With just a little bit of leftover paint (even a sample size will do!) adorn a dining chair's spindles with a rainbow of bright colors. Get the full instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Photo By: Alison Gootee

Add Splash to a Set of Frames

Add pops of color to plain white frames by painting photo corners or highlighting edges with stripes. Get the full instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Photo By: Alison Gootee

Make Hanging Ombre Vases

This project is a fun and colorful way to recycle baby food jars. After they are wired together, the jars can be used to add a splash of color to a plain window. http://www.hgtv.com/accessories/upcycle-baby-food-jars-into-hanging-ombre-vases/index.html

Photo By: Melissa Edgemont

Bold Bathroom Door Trim

Update a drab bathroom door with some trim and a little contrasting paint. Get the step-by-step instructions for this simple door makeover.

Paint Inside Your Drawers

Add an unexpected splash of color to the inside of your vanity, dresser or nightstand drawers by painting them a bold hue, like this shade of vibrant yellow. Design by Gregg De Meza, Jennifer Gustafson and Michelle Nelson of De Meza Architecture + Interiors

Paint the Mailbox Flag

Add instant curb appeal with a quick and easy mailbox update for less than $20. Design blogger Erin Loechner painted the traditional red flag a vibrant yellow. Modern letter decals and a simple metal post complete the look.

Dip-Dyed Stool

Dip your toe into the the dip-dying trend with this simple, budget-friendly accent. Design blogger Erin Loechner faked the color-blocked look by taping off the same amount of each leg and painting it bright white.

Chevron-Patterned Dresser

Give a basic chest of drawers designer flair with a painted chevron pattern in three, five or seven of your favorite paint colors.

Painted Bottles

These vintage gold bottles probably have a rich history, but you can easily mimic the look by painting extra Mason jars and liquor bottles. Add shine to a bedside table with a group of three tiered pieces. Design by Erinn Valencich

From: Erinn Valencich

Make Painted Utensils

Add a personal touch to basic bamboo utensils by dipping them in your favorite hue. To make them gift-worthy, gradually add white paint to the base hue as you dip for an ombre effect.

Photo By: Kayla Kitts

Make a Painted Market Basket

Customize a natural seagrass basket by adding bold designs in a vibrant summer color.

Photo By: Kayla Kitts

Ginger Jar Lamp Makeover

Never let the color of a lamp deter you from taking it home. Ginger jar lamps are readily available at thrift stores (this one was just $6), and can be easily updated with a few coats of paint.

Turn Foliage Into Artwork

A few clippings of foliage and some spray paint transform a blank canvas into bright, modern wall art.

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