If you’re a DIY type of person, you appreciate being able to personalize your home while keeping cash in your wallet. You feel a thrill at the challenge of turning trash into treasure, and you take pride in completing a well-made project that’s both useful and beautiful. If that sounds like you, here are some insanely clever DIY projects you should make for your space.
Rolling Storage Cart
If you have an old metal filing cabinet lying around and don’t know what to do with it, try turning it into a multipurpose rolling cart. Give the filing cabinet a fresh coat of paint and attach four industrial steel caster wheels to the bottom of the cabinet at each corner. Then affix a butcher block top, and you’ve got a movable kitchen island, a portable workstation or a side table with storage. The options for this project are endless.
Lightbulb Oil Lamp
Try repurposing old lightbulbs by turning them into oil lamps. Take an old incandescent lightbulb and remove the brass disk and black glass cone on the bottom of the bulb. Next, take out the inside wiring of the bulb and attach a metal washer to the opening at the bottom. Pour lamp oil into the empty lightbulb and place a cotton wick inside, leaving a small portion of the wick sticking out of the lightbulb. Adhere the bulb to a sturdy surface, and voila! You now have an elegant light source that looks both vintage and contemporary at the same time.
Are you lacking shelf space to keep your books? Take advantage of blank wall space and create an eye-catching display by turning your books into an innovative series of floating bookshelves. Screw a metal bookend or a 4-inch corner bracket to a wall, making certain that one edge sticks out perpendicular to the wall and creates a ledge. Next, adhere the inside back cover of a hard-backed book to the underside of the bracket and close the rest of the book over the bracket. Then put several other books on top of the bottom book. Repeat the process as many times as you’d like to create different areas of floating shelves. You can even make a vertical line of books that extends from the floor to the ceiling.
These projects look great in a large area and help maximize space in small rooms. They are versatile, simple to put together and are worth making right now.