Whether you’re redoing your floors, installing new counters, or reupholstering the couch, it’s likely you’ve amassed a selection of different samples as you decide which material to choose for your project. For renovation overhauls, you may be left with a mix of different materials including tiles, countertop squares, carpets, floorboards, decking, and more.
So what do you do with your hodgepodge collection of samples that are different sizes, colors, and textures? A seasoned DIYer always finds a way to use scrap materials creatively. Here are nine ways to upcycle these samples into something you can use around your home.
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1. Floating Shelf
Samples for decks or cabinet finishes can be turned into short floating shelves sized perfectly for bathrooms, entryways, and other areas of the home. The best part is, these planks are already finished, and merely need to be attached to the wall to create a shelf for photos, plants, and more.
There are a few different ways to attach a floating shelf to a wall, from invisible brackets to leather wall hanging straps. Use an attachment method that works with your aesthetic, and make sure the shelf is secure before putting items on top of it.
The tiles you didn’t select for your floors or backsplash can still come in handy. It’s simple enough to transform these tiles into neat little coasters for your indoor and outdoor tables.
Depending on the size of the tiles, they may not need to be cut at all. Hexagon-shaped tiles are quite trendy right now, and some are sized perfectly for coasters. Otherwise, if you’re handy with a tile cutter, you can turn square tiles into the right shape and … Read the rest