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8 Adorable Ways You Can Upcycle Old Furnitures for Your Kids

8 Adorable Ways You Can Upcycle Old Furnitures for Your Kids

When you have kids, you will inevitably obtain more stuff—more toys, more clothes, more books, more gadgets, more furniture, and more of almost everything. Usually, when we obtain so much stuff, we have no logical place to keep it all, so it ends up in the attic, the basement, the backyard, or wherever it finds its own place. Many times, kids’ products don’t last very long because they aren’t well made and they are disposable. Of course, as kids grow older they outgrow some of their old furniture and toys, but you don’t have to always throw them out. Here are 8 adorable ways to reuse old furniture to create products that are useful to your kids and of higher value in your household.

1. Turn an old binder, photo album, or book into an art case.

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    Perhaps you have a flair for art or your kid is a budding artist. This project is both fun, inexpensive, and will make a portable art studio out of a simple old book or binder. Parents can get their children to help them design the two covers and possibly the inside. Afterward, parents and children can decide together on what to include in the art case. You will need several supplies before you get started, including felt, purse handles, scrap chipboard, and a sewing machine. Many thanks to the folks at Consumer Crafts for providing instructions for this idea.

    2. Turn those old tires into a sandbox for your kids.

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      It’s the beach away from the beach—kind of. If you have kids who like to play in the sand and who keep their toys in a place outside and away from other things, then this project might be the one for you. With summer approaching and school days done, let your kids help you transform an old tire into a colorful sandbox. Some of the supplies needed include, of course, the tire, as well as plywood, paint, and a handy saw. Thank you to Jamielyn at I Heart Naptime for this creative and summer-full project. Click on over to get the instructions.

      3. Turn a spice rack into a paint organizer.

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        You know those spice racks you see in flea markets, yard sales, and thrift markets? Well, you can take the old one in your attic and turn it into an organizer for all your different paints. You can also use it for nuts and bolts, little things like thumbtacks, and glitter. With only a few tools and leftover supplies, you can get your children to assist you in making a colorfully creative organizer for all your paints and brushes. Meredith at The Palette Muse offers instructions and step-by-step photos to complete this project.

        4. Make this goofy teeter-totter (or tire-totter).

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          When you combine an old tire, a log of cedar, and some paint, you get a pretty cool playtime item. This is a great project the whole family can get involved in. From grabbing a tire, choosing the paint, and having lots of laughs making the optional smiley face, you can make it a paint party with your family or let the neighbor kids join in. MyFixItUpLife.com offers instructions on how to turn this into an awesome family project.

          5. Turn an old shelf into a DIY costume closet.

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            Your kids have outgrown their little bookshelves and you need some way to turn it into something usable. What do you do? Well, make it a closet for costume clothing, or if they’re just beginning to dress themselves, put some of their real clothes in there so they can easily reach them. You can use leftover paint, wrapping paper, and spray glue to bring this project to life. Let your kids be creative with the walls and the outside final look. Jennifer Flores at Rambling Renovators has some tips and a host of pictures.

            6. Turn a men’s dress shirt into a beautiful children’s dress.

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              With a bit of sewing skills, eye for design, and patience, you can take a men’s old dress shirt and transform it into a beautiful dress. Dresses that are selling for high markup prices in name-brand stores can be made exactly the same way and with the same material by your own hands with a little effort. Shwin and Shwin offer the perfect tutorial for making little girl dresses into a masterful, wearable work of art.

              7. Turn crates into bookshelves.

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                So your kids have lots of books but always have them spread around their bedroom, and you want to know how to keep them put away? Look no further than this project. Turning old wooden crates into bold colorful bookshelves can be the ultimate summer project. Head to JoAnns or Home Depot and pick up some wooden crates, grab a bucket of paint, and let your kids help you match the crate colors to the colors in their room. Amber at Crazy Little Projects offers the tutorial.

                8. Turn a plain table into a train table.

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                  If you have an old coffee table or card table that you want to put to good use, this is the perfect project. Turn it into a train depot like the example above, a neighborhood, a fashion station, a school, or whatever your kids are interested in. DaNita at Delightful Order has some quick tips for doing this and wonderful pictures to go along. If you do this as a surprise for one of your kids, the look on his or her face will be pure joy.

                  Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory / StokPic via stokpic.com

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                  How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                  How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                  When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                  So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                  1. Exercise

                  It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                  2. Drink in Moderation

                  I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                  3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                  Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                  4. Watch Less Television

                  A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                  Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                  5. Eat Less Red Meat

                  Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                  If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                  6. Don’t Smoke

                  This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                  7. Socialize

                  Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                  8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                  Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                  9. Be Optimistic

                  Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                  10. Own a Pet

                  Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                  11. Drink Coffee

                  Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                  12. Eat Less

                  Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                  13. Meditate

                  Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                  Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                  14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                  Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                  15. Laugh Often

                  Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                  16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                  Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                  17. Cook Your Own Food

                  When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                  Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                  18. Eat Mushrooms

                  Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                  19. Floss

                  Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                  20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                  Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                  Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                  21. Have Sex

                  Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                  Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

                  Reference

                  [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                  [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                  [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                  [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                  [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                  [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                  [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                  [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                  [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                  [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                  [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                  [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                  [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                  [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                  [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                  [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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