Upcycled Alphabet Blocks – Trash to Treasure


Hello friend, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday again!  If you’re not familiar with this series, once a month 4 of my creative blogging friends and I each transform a free or thrifted item into something way more awesome.  You can see all our past T2T projects HERE.

This month I started with these old alphabet blocks from a yard sale (I didn’t count them, but the bag they were in said 70 blocks – $3.00).
Turn old baby blocks into stylish grown up decor - display meaningful messages in your home. By Girl in the Garage

Since they had who-knows-what kind of slobber and snot and gunk all over them, I was not planning to give them to Baby E.  Nope!  I decided to paint them and give them a more grown up style.

Rustoleum white satin spray paint

I took them outside and sprayed them with Rustoleum spray paint in white satin for a fresh new look.  After letting them dry, I flipped them all over and sprayed again to make sure all sides were painted.

Turn old baby blocks into stylish grown up decor - display meaningful messages in your home. By Girl in the Garage

Next I painted the letters black.  Well, not every letter on every side.  I didn’t really need four Xs.   😉   But I made sure I had at least one of every letter, and some letters I have 2 or 3.

Turn old baby blocks into stylish grown up decor - display meaningful messages in your home. By Girl in the Garage

The end result?  Perfectly imperfect.

Turn old baby blocks into stylish grown up decor - display meaningful messages in your home. By Girl in the Garage

I played around with several different messages on my hutch

Turn old baby blocks into stylish grown up decor - display meaningful messages in your home. By Girl in the Garage Turn old baby blocks into stylish grown up decor - display meaningful messages in your home. By Girl in the Garage Turn old baby blocks into stylish grown up decor - display meaningful messages in your home. By Girl in the Garage

I had to include that one, LOL.

Turn old baby blocks into stylish grown up decor - display meaningful messages in your home. By Girl in the Garage Turn old baby blocks into stylish grown up decor - display meaningful messages in your home. By Girl in the Garage

These upcycled alphabet blocks were an easy DIY project, and I love having them around as a stylish way to display meaningful messages in my home.  Do you have any of these old blocks you can transform?

Turn old baby blocks into stylish grown up decor - display meaningful messages in your home. By Girl in the Garage

Jen


Click here for my free printable resource list: 11 Items to Always Buy While Thrifting

But don’t go anywhere yet!  It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, which means there are 4 more projects to see!

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Below are my friends’ project photos before their transformation – click the links underneath to see the Afters.

Trash to Treasure Makeovers

1. Artsy Chicks Rule

2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer

3. Prodigal Pieces

4. Bless’er House

Also – upload your own Trash to Treasure makeovers on Instagram with the hashtag #trashtotreasuretransformation for a chance to be featured on all 5 of our IG feeds!  Visit my Instagram HERE for more details.


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21 Comments on Upcycled Alphabet Blocks – Trash to Treasure

  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    July 12, 2016 at 4:56 am (1 year ago)

    What a great idea! Especially when your block are missing a letter or two. This is so cute, Jen!

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  2. Tonya
    July 12, 2016 at 8:13 am (1 year ago)

    This is awesome! I must remember to grab blocks next time I see them!

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    • Jen
      July 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you Tonya! I have to admit, I love playing around with them. LOL

      Reply
  3. Doreen @ Altered Artworks
    July 12, 2016 at 10:07 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Jen
    Visiting from Prodigal Pieces. Your painted letter blocks is a clever idea. You can spell out so many different phrases throughout the year. I’ll be on the lookout for some old blocks now… I love finding trash and turning it into treasures. Hope you’ll visit my blog and see a few of my projects.

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  4. Margaret
    July 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm (1 year ago)

    I LOVE this idea!!

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  5. Susan
    July 12, 2016 at 2:53 pm (1 year ago)

    Jen these are awesome!!! So simple and amazing!

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    • Jen
      July 12, 2016 at 11:11 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much, Susan!

      Reply
  6. Lauren
    July 12, 2016 at 3:05 pm (1 year ago)

    Aww this turned out really cute! I have some blocks lying around that my daughter doesn’t even play with anymore. Hmm… you’ve got me thinking.

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    • Jen
      July 13, 2016 at 10:54 am (1 year ago)

      Haha, so true! I had a lot of fun making words and phrases with these blocks! 😉

      Reply
  7. Michelle - Happy Heart™
    July 19, 2016 at 12:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Stopping in from Sweet Inspirations. Love what you did with these blocks…they look awesome!!!

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    • Jen
      July 19, 2016 at 11:14 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much, Michelle! I’ve had these blocks for a few months, I wish I had thought of painting them sooner!

      Reply
  8. Lens
    September 7, 2016 at 11:55 am (12 months ago)

    My sister used the blocks as dresser drawer pulls on her sons dresser when he was younger

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    • Jen
      September 8, 2016 at 11:52 am (12 months ago)

      That’s such a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

      Reply
  9. Mark
    March 12, 2017 at 10:32 pm (5 months ago)

    These would be great to paint for Holiday sets. Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day,etc.

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    • Lori
      June 13, 2017 at 6:45 am (2 months ago)

      Great idea!! Can be used for hundreds of words and sayings!!

      Reply
  10. Lori
    June 13, 2017 at 6:46 am (2 months ago)

    Love your block project! These could be used for so many words and sayings

    Reply

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