How to Upcycle Every Day Household Stuff Into Amazing Storage Solutions

We found easy ways to turn those old bottles, boxes and more into affordable, environmentally friendly places to store your stuff

You could throw out all those old jars, boxes and bottles -- or you could turn them into something brand new -- in some cases something more functional than it was in the first place. We rounded up some great ideas for how to transform ordinary things into smart storage solutions.

Wood pallet into a coffee table

Old Dresser Into Kitchen Island

mangotomato.com

An unsightly wood pallet instantly becomes chic with a coat of wood stain, like Mango Tomato did here. For height and functionality, simple add four colorful wheels to the pallet and you'll be left with a useful and classy coffee table.

An old frame into an accessory organizer

Old Dresser Into Kitchen Island

Casa de lewis

Casa de Lewis took an old frame (here with an antique window frame, but any frame will work) and chicken wire to create a functional accessory holder. The project takes less than 20 minutes and you can organize everything from sunglasses and earrings to scarves and headbands.

Old dresser into a kitchen island

Old Dresser Into Kitchen Island

PlanetSave.com

Add a ton of useful storage -- and surface space -- to your kitchen by turning an old dresser into an island, according to Planet Save. (Of course, you'll need a good amount of floor space to pull this off.) You might also try it with a filing cabinet -- this one from Curbly rolls!

Vintage suitcase into a medicine cabinet

Vintage Suitcase Into Medicine Cabinet

TwistedSifter.com

Vintage suitcases are the craze du jour in upcycling. Grab an old one (or scour thrift shops) and turn it into a conversation-starting medicine cabinet, as demonstrated on Twisted Sifter.

Glass jars into soap dispensers

Glass Jars Into Soap Dispensers

UpcycleThat.com

Who says you have to buy fancy soap dispensers to store suds in the kitchen? Instead, just recycle your old jam jars with an assist from soap pumps from old store-bought soap dispensers. Upcycle That has the tutorial.

Glass jars and candlesticks into multipurpose storage containers

Glass Jars and Candlesticks Into Multipurpose Storage Containers

FactoryDirectCraft.com

Given that glass jars have a zillion storage uses, try this decorative approach from Factory Direct Craft: Just glue the jars to old candlesticks, spray painted in the color of your choice, and fill with smaller items, like pins, spools of thread or craft supplies.

Toolbox into a wall unit

Toolbox Into Storage Unit

DesignSponge.com

We love how a masculine-looking old wooden tool box can become a fabulous rustic storage solution for jewelry or other small items when turned on its side and wall mounted, as Design Sponge shows us.

Soda bottles into bracelet holders

Soda Bottles Into Bracelet Holders

EtCeteraecasa.com

The Et Cetera E Casa blog may not be in English, but one photo says it all: Glass soda bottles can be easily upcycled into charming bracelet storage.

Wire hangers into flip-flop storage

Wire Hangers Into Flip-Flop Storage

EPBOT.com

If your closet looks like ours, you have a giant pile of flip-flops in the corner, since those suckers are just too easy to accumulate. To store them in a more grown-up way, just turn up the corners of wire hangers and thread one shoe through each side, according to EPBOT.
 

Old doorknobs into wall hooks

Infarrantly Creative

Those cool vintage door knobs and drawer pulls that you might have collected at flea markets or salvaged from your own home over the years have amazing storage potential as wall hooks — and that usage makes them so much more visible too. Infarrantly Creative has the DIY.

Tin cans into desk storage

Or So She Says...

Or So She Says... shows us how to upcycle ordinary tin cans into pretty, cheap and environmentally responsible new storage solutions. Use them for pens and office supplies on your desk, or art supplies in the craft room. 

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter

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