Are you a DIY home improvement project advocate? There are so many ways to upgrade items you have around the house that can make life easier. Just a simple repurpose or addition will allow you to give a signature touch making the various items around your home special. Let’s look at ideas for each room in the house.
Having a floating island with a removable duel cutting board lets you have the type surface you need when preparing food. Repurposing an old bathroom vanity can become your new kitchen island with storage. Build a dual removable surface that is half butcher block and half tile to create a cutting surface that can hang on the side when not in use. Add casters to be able to move your island around the kitchen, making cleaning around it a breeze.
The Living Area
Decorating with large live plants always adds a pleasing element to a room but can be a back-breaking hassle to move due to their size and weight. Making plant stand dollies out of wood can make moving them so much easier. Using recycled wood, you can create, sand, and paint the planter boxes to make them fit any kind of style. You can even add casters to the bottom, so the plants can roll across the floor easily for cleaning around them, or just continuously rearranging the room for a fresh look.
Need extra storage? Why not create a rolling pallet that will fit under the bed frame. This will make getting to those items easy and they will stay organized. Using a piece of recycled plywood, add a border of shoe molding with small casters underneath. Place a couple of hardware handles to the side facing out.
This two-in-one toy box/bench project is easy to make as well as fun to decorate. Using recycled plywood, build a box with a hinged top. Paint and decorate. Pad the top and cover with a coordinating fabric. Add four casters to the bottom so the box can move easily across the floor for a quick toy clean-up.
Does that swing out medicine cabinet annoy you? Try inserting the cabinet into the wall after taking off the door. Using a recycled picture frame with a mirror, attach wheels to the top. Run a rail above the medicine chest opening aligned with the wheels. Now you can slide your medicine cabinet door to the side instead of it opening outward.
Recycling an old bookcase into a rolling bar is a great DIY project that lets you customize the design to your needs. Redesign the shelves to hold glasses, decanters, garnishes, and wine bottles. Build doors frames, using wire mesh as the center. Add a fold-down shelf on the side as a bar surface. Paint and decorate using a surface cover that can be wiped down for cleaning.
Not only having your tools organized but movable, is a fun way to upscale your DIY area. Build a wood box frame resting on metal legs with a bottom wood shelf that slides out. Make the legs tall enough to house a small shop-vac on the shelf. Use pegboard on three sides of your box. Make the fourth side a solid wood hinged door for inside storage. Add casters to the bottom. Try casters made by Colson if you want a quality caster that will withstand the test of time.