10 Best Upcyled DIY Projects: Vintage Transformations

Last week, we made our annual trek to the Brimfield Antique show. Part of the fun walking around antique fairs is imagining the possibilities of transforming our finds into something cool. We found architectural balustrades that could be turned into table lights, industrial mixer blades that could become pendant lamps, and wooden crates that can become anything from plant stands, to a dog feeder to shelves. Do you have a favorite vintage transformation?  –Amy Azzarito

Image above: A vintage book cover becomes the perfect travel case for electronics. See the full instructions here.

Image above: Vintage Western belts become leather frames. See the full instructions here.

Image above: A shelf that turns vintage thermos finds into a hanging vase. See the full instructions here.

Image above: Turn a vintage painting into a secret storage cabinet. See the full instructions here.

Image above: Turn a suitcase in a bathroom storage and a towel hanger. See the full instructions here.

Image above: A chandelier made from a wire hanger – perfect for a dorm dweller or apartment owner. See the full instructions here.

Image above: Turn a bushel basket into a pendant lamp. See the full instructions here.

Image above: Turn vintage spools of thread into decorative hooks. See the full instructions here.

Image above: A vintage suitcase become a charging station. See the full instructions here.

Image above: A solid perfume pocket watch locket. See the full instructions here.

  1. Bobbi says:

    So many great ideas! I like the thread spools on the wall as just art in itself.

  2. Those thermoses are awesome. Who would have thought?!

  3. love the yellow suitcase storage shelf. great ideas! xo julia

  4. casi madsen says:

    so many fun ideas! love the dog bowl crate–will be trying that! thank you!!! <3

  5. Kate says:

    I really love the idea of turning a western belt into a picture frame. I think it would also work nicely for a mirror frame.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    such cute ideas! I love the thermos planters!

  7. Brillant!! Love all things upcycled!

  8. Alicia says:

    I want to make the vintage book travel case for traveling! It’s the perfect way to keep everything together in your purse. The ideas are super creative!

  9. Sarah says:

    This is the best post ever. Thank you for so many great ideas!

  10. Great ideas! Love the western belt frames. I see old belts all the time here in the Houston area and that is a perfect thing to do with them. I love upcycling! My whole business, vintage jewelry, is based on re using old items in a new way. Add vintage jewelry to you any outfit and the look just becomes that much more interesting.

  11. Those plaid thermoses as vases is a brilliant idea! So very charming and unexpected!

  12. Paula says:

    Love the suitcase transformation. Great stuff!

  13. Coby says:

    I have an old empty pocket watch that I was wondering what to do with and now I have the perfect idea! Thankyou!

  14. Camille says:

    Here are some great ideas, thank you!

  15. Jennifer says:

    Love the painting turned secret drawer! My kids would think that was super cool as well.

  16. catherine says:

    Love these ideas! Just read this blog about vintage phone cases that you can design.


  17. some really nice vintage ideas, i love recycling itemes into interesting objects.


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