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Items You Can Upcycle at Home

Do you have a talent for making the old brand-new? Love breathing new life into vintage furniture or antique items like on popular television home shows, several of which started right here in the Lone Star State? The good news is that unique and sustainable items continue to be top décor trends.   


Even if you’re not an experienced DIY-er, you can upcycle common items and turn them into fun accents for your home. All you need is a little imagination and some time. Take a look at these inspired ideas.

Makeover a Dream Dresser

Home decor today is all about showcasing pieces you love and creating a space that is uniquely yours. An idea that will add loads of personality to your home is to upcycle a dresser. Whether from your childhood bedroom or a secondhand store, a chest of drawers can be transformed with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. Reflect your style; for example, if you love the modern farmhouse look, go with an antique white. Or, if you prefer a beachy retreat vibe, choose a soft aqua hue. Or consider a totally new purpose — create a beverage station for your patio, a coffee bar for the flex space or even a one-of-a-kind child’s dream kitchen.

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Create Innovative Storage

Storage is a must in every room. While new homes from Trendmaker Homes include plenty of storage, including built-ins and signature hidden storage, you can get creative for everyday uses. 

Look for unique architectural pieces in your garage or local vintage shop that you can upcycle for storage. Wooden boxes or galvanized metal bins can store magazines, plants or even become an interesting centerpiece with fresh flowers. Ladders propped against walls make efficient holders for cozy throws or plush towels. 

Bring the Outdoors into your Bedroom

A signature strategy of DIY home shows is creating charming, unique bed headboards out of upcycled items. Some of our favorites include antique doors, old metal gates and wooden shutters. Pile on the pillows to add a decorator’s touch to your bed. If you’re feeling really creative, craft pillow covers out of clothing you love but no longer wear.

Fairfield Model Home | Master Bedroom

Frame your Treasures

Refurbished picture frames have many uses. Paint or polish them up. Then, frame special pieces drawn or painted by your children. Or display a map with the outlined route of a recent, favorite vacation. Upcycle a frame to make a jewelry holder or even a kitchen blackboard.

Discover LivingSmart® at Trendmaker Homes

Good bones and eco-friendly living never go out of style. That’s evident in every new home built by Trendmaker Homes. Trendmaker uses green and sustainable building materials from the start. Every home comes with energy-saving LivingSmart® technology that allows you to live comfortably, reduce energy bills and help take care of the planet, too. With smart technology, living is more convenient. Change the temperature or turn on lights with just a tap on your smart device.

Ready to move to a new home where you can enjoy a green lifestyle, plus energy-saving, eco-friendly smart technology? Our New Home Specialist in Austin would be happy to help!

Jenn Hickman
New Home Specialist – Austin
(512) 640-0994


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