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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 Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                  You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                  Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                  1. Work on the small tasks.

                  When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                  Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                  2. Take a break from your work desk.

                  Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                  Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                  3. Upgrade yourself

                  Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                  The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                  4. Talk to a friend.

                  Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                  Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                  5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                  If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                  Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                  Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                  6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                  If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                  Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                  Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                  7. Read a book (or blog).

                  The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                  Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                  Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                  8. Have a quick nap.

                  If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                  9. Remember why you are doing this.

                  Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                  What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                  10. Find some competition.

                  Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                  Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                  11. Go exercise.

                  Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                  Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                  As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                  12. Take a good break.

                  Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                  Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                  Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                  Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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