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From Trash to Treasure

Don’t Throw it Away!

Make something BEAUTIFUL out of it!


Take these ideas and use your imagination to make your own treasures from junkyard items bound for the trash!


How about creating a fun swing from an old tire?


Reuse an old tree to make a log pathway


Turning an old file cabinet into garage storage….what a fabulous use for an item that usually ends up in the dump!


Transform an old truck tailgate, a few old license plates and some wood into a gorgeous outdoor bench


Use Old Pallets to create a Garden Space

Build this from an old dresser.
Remove top and replace with glass and fill top two drawers with organizers.
CD Mosaic Mirror – discarded CDs used as tiles
Frame a picture with an Antique Window Pane
Turn an old entertainment center into a child’s play kitchen
Use an old VHS cover as a picture frame with hidden storage
Use old lumber and windows to create a Greenhouse
Create a table from a vintage suitcase!
Use  pieces of wood from previous projects to create something beautiful for your yard!
Transform an old Dresser into a Piece of Beauty!
Turn an Old map into New Art for your home
Create a Porch Swing from 2 old Pallets!
Homemade Wooden Signs
A little scrapbook paper, some boards, and a few other supplies and those expensive wood signs are inexpensively recreated!!
Instead of new cabinets just do a Kitchen Cabinet Makeover
Add rope moulding, and paint
Use Old Cabinet Doors to create New Items!
An old chair that has a broken leg, turn it into a porch swing for one!
Make a beautiful table from old scraps of wood!
*all pictures copyrighted to their rightful owners. no infringement intended*
Some of these ideas I found on Pinterest, others I found just surfing the internet.  I have linked the pictures of those that had links attached to the blog the idea was pinned from.  There are some that didn’t have links to blogs…if you know who’s blog originated the idea please let me know!  
Come back often and check this page out as I am always finding fantastic Trash to Treasure Idea’s!


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  27. Donna

    Thanks for sharing your creative ideas. Looking forward to staying in touch.

  28. TreasureAgain

    Irma, maybe you should find out more information before you make such a statement. Many bloggers have used my images. If my image is used incorrectly, I have every right to contact them. Most are nice and even apologize for not using MY image correctly. Then there are bloggers that aren’t nice. I have asked this blogger to REMOVE my copyright protected image.

  29. Sonia

    Hi, I would like to know the instructions of the 2 two pallet swing for my grandchildren. Thank you.

  30. dena

    I would like to know how you built the 2 pallet swing? it looks so comfortable, how would I find directions to make it myself?

  31. Tammy Hayes

    Our home was built by my husband’s great grandparents and we found an original wooden door with stained glass at the top. I would like to do something with it. Any ideas?

    1. R S

      I’d stain it or do that whitewashed type of paint where it looks like it’s wearing away and then paint an inspirational quote on it about families or love (married couple type love) and set it like a giant picture in the corner of your family room, bathroom or bedroom. try to see http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/ed/53/2d/ed532d1f5faa6448e19ebfbdfd428ef9.jpg or http://pinterest.com/pin/418412621601528767/ – you can make the lettering more elegant if that fits the quote better. You could also add shelves to it and place sentimental things or books on it: see http://pinterest.com/pin/544302304934581141/

  32. bbailey57

    I love the idea of turning mason jars into a main light..if you have more ideas for mason jars I would love to
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    Love the ideas but I couldn’t read the descriptions. The font was too small! Too hard to read.

  34. PJ

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  35. Becky Welch

    I love the pallet swing. I have searched for plans, but cannot find any for this exact design. Can anyone help me?

    They are all great ideas – thanks for helping us all be a little more creative!!!

    1. Sonya Parga

      Becky, check our pinterest “backyard fun” board… http://www.pinterest.com/pargasjunkyard … you might find some pinned there…

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  37. Bella T.

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  39. Trish F

    Love the CD mirror. That is a project I wouldn’t need help with. Thanks for sharing all of these great reuse projects.

  40. Brandy

    Can you tell me if there are plans for the tailgate bench? I would like to make one for my dad from his old tailgate – great idea!!

  41. michele remmes

    Some great ideas!

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    Such inspriring things !

  43. Sonya Parga

    I am linking the pic back to it’s original pic…. It is possible that this project was created by another blogger but I do see where they might have gotten the idea from you! It is a beautiful idea and I am glad someone claimed it!

    1. TreasureAgain

      My Original Design & photo. I don’t understand your comment “it is possible that the project was created by another blogger”. People have copied my design and misused my image. I have provided sources linking the photo to me proving that it is my photo and I can provide more if needed. Pinterest is not a source.

      1. Sonya Parga

        Didn’t mean to upset or insinuate anything! Sorry if it seemed that way….I do believe you that this idea truly originally came from you, which is why I went ahead and linked the image back to your etsy shop as well as changed the pic out to one with your mark on it! I do appreciate you’re letting me know that this was yours!

        1. TreasureAgain

          Remove my Mason Jar Chandelier & comments from you blog. I don’t need to see you using my image and then your allowing comments like those made by Donna Lee and Irma, when they don’t know the situation.

  44. Emilee

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I always like to “upcycle” things rather than throw them away! :)

  45. debbie currier mcmullen

    wow! I love the kids play kitchen idea! I was going to buy my daughter one, but I have an old end table that would be great! thanks for the new project inspiration! yay!

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