Whether you’re on a budget, environmentally conscious or just looking for a creative way to make the most of what you have lying around, the options for reusing ordinary household goods are nearly endless. On the simple end of the spectrum, you might be surprised at what will serve as a storage unit. From stacked PVC piping or empty paint cans for sorting and organizing to a hollowed out console television turned into a wardrobe, creative people are expanding space in their apartments with objects most of us would think only fit to carry to the curb. If you’re more ambitious, an old headboard can become a decorative bench for your living room, mirrors can become side table tops and even old books can be turned into decorative boxes. Next time you’re getting ready to haul an old piece of furniture or broken medicine cabinet out to the trash, take a moment and try to look at it with fresh eyes—or turn to the Internet and check out what others have done with similar pieces.
What are your favorite ways to reuse goods from around the house?