Best Upcycling Ideas and Repurposing Projects by Sadie Seasongoods

Book Decor with Vintage Photos and Reader’s Digest Books (and Big Announcement!)

Book Decor with Vintage Photos and Reader’s Digest Books (and Big Announcement!)

For several years, I’ve wanted to upcycle some of those old Reader’s Digest books that I often see at the thrifts. The ones from the ’50s and ’60s have these gorgeous patterned covers that are little works of art. So, I finally put a few to good use as book decor by pairing them up with some old photographs.Read more ›

Pub Sign / Pirate Decor from a Cabinet Door

Pub Sign / Pirate Decor from a Cabinet Door

I always have to stroll down the cabinet door aisle when I’m in Habitat ReStore. And usually, I can resist grabbing anything from the pile of usually-plain doors. But on this particular day, there was a bevy of intriguing blue and white doors for the taking. They had a very nautical feel to me and I decided to make a sea pub sign or pirate decor that would be perfect for nautical wall decor.Read more ›

Starfish Decor from a Christmas Tree Topper

Starfish Decor from a Christmas Tree Topper

While working on my recent Thrift the Look: Beach Cottage blog post, one of the most challenging elements to find was a large starfish. I didn’t want to buy a real/dried one from a craft store, so upcycling was my best bet. But I needed something to act as starfish decor, one way or another.Read more ›

Thrifted Decor for a Beach Cottage or Coastal Cottage

Thrifted Decor for a Beach Cottage or Coastal Cottage

My “Thrift the Look” blog hop challenges are one of my favorite things to do. And this time around, the theme is Cottage Decor. I took it a step further and decided to recreate the decor style for a beach cottage or coastal cottage.Read more ›

Making a Password Book / Password Organizer with an Address Book

Making a Password Book / Password Organizer with an Address Book

Here we go again with another upcycling idea of mine that maybe doesn’t warrant a blog post – but I’m doing one anyway! There I was in my in-laws’ rental cabin and my mother-in-law mentioned that she needed a password organizer from an office supply store. I didn’t actually realize that a password book or password logbook was a “thing”, to be perfectly honest.Read more ›

Decorative Garden Stones from Jelly Moulds / Copper Molds

Decorative Garden Stones from Jelly Moulds / Copper Molds

Years ago, I made a mosaic stepping stone that featured an outdoor key hider underneath it. More recently, I had a hankering to try playing with concrete once again. But this time, I decided to use some jelly moulds or copper molds from the thrift store to make decorative garden stones.Read more ›

Matching a Jewelry Music Box to an Antique Dresser

Matching a Jewelry Music Box to an Antique Dresser

Whenever I find a jewelry music box on my thrifting adventures, I get excited. I love listening to the plinky sounds from the music box (if it still works) and trying to “Name that Tune”! So, when I found this little music jewelry box on the Goodwill shelves, I was immediately smitten.Read more ›

Upcycling Picture Frames into Camping Decor

Upcycling Picture Frames into Camping Decor

The first time I posted a Hudson’s Bay Blanket – inspired project, I thought of it solely as winter decor. Those classic Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) blankets are made of wool, after all, right? But, a few of my readers commented that the stripes actually reminded them of summer camp. So, I decided to revisit the project for summer – think of it as summer camp decor or camping decor.Read more ›

Bohemian Decor with Antique Bottles and Metal Buttons

Bohemian Decor with Antique Bottles and Metal Buttons

Several years ago, I upcycled metal buttons into Boho jewelry that resembled old coins. I loved how it turned out and wanted to reuse that same “craft” in a new way. But, this time I’m using the metal buttons to make Bohemian decor to decorate some of my antique bottles.Read more ›

Re-Trending from Country Decor to French Farmhouse

Re-Trending from Country Decor to French Farmhouse

Country decor pieces from the 1980s – covered in ducks, geese, and hearts – are a pretty common sight in thrift stores. And while the motif is outdated, the pieces often have good bones and are made of heavy, solid wood. This magazine stand was no different and I decided that I could “re-trend” it from country decor to the look of French farmhouse pretty easily.Read more ›