12 Clever Trash to Treasure Makeovers


12 Clever Trash to Treasure Makeovers - Girl in the Garage

Whether you’re watching Fixer Upper or What Not to Wear (hello reruns!), or scrolling through the internet’s gazillions of DIY websites, is there anything much more exciting than a good Before and After?  The uglier the before, the better.  There’s just something about a clever or unexpected transformation that inspires people to see the beautiful potential in otherwise ordinary things.

In case you’re new around here or may have forgotten some of these past projects, here are 12 of my trash to treasure makeovers in Before-and-After style.  You can click any of the After photos or links to read the full tutorial and see more step by step photos.  Enjoy!

1. Before: Kids alphabet blocks…

Upcycled painted alphabet blocks - Trash to treasure - Girl in the Garage

After:  Grown-up home decor blocks to display any special message

Upcycled painted alphabet blocks - Trash to treasure - Girl in the Garage

2. Before: Plain old jars…

Upcycled DIY apothecary jars - Girl in the Garage

After:  DIY apothecary jars, cute for displaying treats or tiny treasures

Upcycled DIY apothecary jars - Girl in the Garage

3. Before: Dirty old garage storage…Upcycled garage storage organizer makeover - Trash to Treasure - Girl in the Garage

After:  Glam French trinket organizer

Upcycled garage storage organizer makeover - Trash to Treasure - Girl in the Garage

4. Before: Random thrifted pieces…

DIY tiered display stand from thrifted pieces - Girl in the Garage

After:  DIY tiered display tower

DIY tiered display stand from thrifted pieces - Girl in the Garage

5. Before: Rooster storage tower…

Weathered storage tower makeover - Girl in the Garage

After:  Weathered numbered storage
Weathered storage tower makeover - Girl in the Garage

6. Before:  Free dresser on its way to Goodwill (intercepted by me)…

Anthropologie inspired industrial dresser makeover - Trash to Treasure - Girl in the Garage

After:  Industrial Anthropologie-inspired dresser

Anthropologie inspired industrial dresser makeover - Trash to Treasure - Girl in the Garage

7. Before:  Broken curbside dresser…

Broken curbside dresser makeover - trash to treasure

After:  Chic dresser in grey and black

Broken curbside dresser makeover - Girl in the Garage

8. Before:  Thrifted dress with a hidden hole…

Maxi dress to DIY infinity scarf tutorial

After: Stylish upcycled DIY infinity scarf

Repurposed maxi dress to DIY infinity scarf - Girl in the Garage

9. Before: Old neckties…

DIY necktie cuff bracelet - Before

After:  Unique necktie cuff bracelets
DIY Necktie cuff bracelet tutorial - Girl in the Garage

10. Before:  Tacky thrifted bench…

Tacky thrifted bench makeover - Before

After: Reupholstered bench with new legs

DIY Reupholstered tufted bench makeover - Girl in the Garage

11. Before:  Old framed art…

Repurposed thrifted art to memo boards - Before

After:  Super cute DIY memo boards

Thrifted framed art to DIY memo boards - Girl in the Garage

12. Before:  Peeling leather Parsons dining chair…

Parsons dining chair makeover - Before

After:  Reupholstered chair in chic script fabric

DIY Reupholstered Parsons dining chair makeover - Girl in the Garage

What are your favorite trash to treasure makeovers that you’ve done?  I’d love to know – leave me a comment below 🙂


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

Jen

And if you like this post, you’ll also love this one:  12 Yard Sale Furniture Makeovers

12 yard sale furniture makeovers - Girl in the Garage


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8 Comments on 12 Clever Trash to Treasure Makeovers

  1. Cheryl
    November 30, 2016 at 2:31 pm (1 year ago)

    It’s so hard to pick just one because they are all so fabulous!! Pinned!
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    • Jen
      December 1, 2016 at 6:53 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much, Cheryl! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Lois Stimax
    November 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm (1 year ago)

    I love the French trinket organizer! So many small pieces and no where to put them! I turned an old screen door and a table picked up off the side of the road into a very cute hall tree! You inspire!!

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  3. Karen Marie Kedzuch
    November 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm (1 year ago)

    Jen,
    Your talent for mixing up items into treasures is amazing. Beautiful job!

    Reply
  4. penny gharst
    December 1, 2016 at 9:04 am (1 year ago)

    Toss up between trinket organizer and script chairs.

    Reply
  5. Shannon
    December 2, 2016 at 12:11 am (1 year ago)

    I love everything you’ve done. I know that you asked us to show you what WE’VE made over so I was hoping other readers would have posted or talked about their projects as well. I’m still working on my first trash to treasure makeover. I’ve been following your blog for more than a few years and you were one of the first, if not the very first, to inspire me. Thank you! I love every step of it from finding the piece to completion (when I get it completed 😉)!

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    • Jen
      December 8, 2016 at 9:20 pm (1 year ago)

      Shannon, that’s awesome (and thank you)! Trash to treasure makeovers are so much fun to do – they can be addicting. 😉

      Reply
  6. Andrea Iglesias
    February 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm (10 months ago)

    I happened to find this site while reading your advice on renting a booth. I LOVE all the projects. I know I would have quite a time actually selling them/ I would want to keep them all!!!! Beautiful job!

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