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    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    Have you always wanted to learn how to repurpose things from the thrift store, but don’t know where to start? Here is my ultimate guide on the easiest DIY ever!

    Anybody who knows me in real life knows that I’m a HUGE fan of thrift stores. I could spend hours looking through clothes, books, furniture, knick knacks, etc. Most people don’t like thrift stores because it’s time-consuming and you really have to dig to find the good stuff, but honestly that’s kind of what I love about it. There’s always incredible things hidden within the junk! But I totally understand that it can be overwhelming to learn how to repurpose the things you find.

    So let’s start small! I have a ton of DIY projects that I want to share in the future (like the chameleon habitat I made out of an old glass curio cabinet), but first let’s start with something a little simpler! Something that even thrift store newbies can follow along to.

    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    At my local Salvation Army, I found these two wood things in the home decor section and immediately loved them. One is a mail holder, and one is a small shelf unit. They were both pretty beat up and made of this horribly ugly wood, but I knew I could make them into something awesome.

    Here’s what I used:

    • my lovely thrift store finds
    • sandpaper
    • spray paint (and acrylic paint in the same color, optional)
    • literally, that’s it, just 3 things
    Step 1. Sanding

    Sanding down the wood removes a lot of the marks and scratches, and it also provides a smooth surface for the paint. Once they were sanded, I wiped them down with a damp towel and let them dry outside.

    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    Step 2. Painting

    Once the shelves were totally dry, I laid them out on a big tarp and spray painted both of them with 2 coats of paint each (make sure to let the first coat dry before you apply the second coat). I used Rust-oleum Paint & Primer In One (one of my favorite spray paints for DIY projects) in the color Black Gloss.

    Step 3. Touch-ups

    Once the spray paint was dry, I went back through with black acrylic paint and touched up any small areas that didn’t get hit with the spray paint. If you’re awesome at spray painting, you can skip this step but I am not, so I won’t.

    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    Step 4.

    There is no step 4, there’s literally only 3 steps. Told you it’s easy!

    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    We hung the mail holder right by the front door, and it fits perfectly. It holds all our mail and bills, plus it has little key rings along the bottom.

    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    The second one is hanging in our bedroom, and holds a ton of my junk knick knacks: sunglasses, chokers, random mushroom ornament I’ve had for years, tiny otter, rose ring holder, and my favorite gift I’ve ever received (crocheted penguin made by one of Mike’s clients).

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    DIY Recipe Binder (how I organized my recipe mess for $10)

    Recipe collections can get out of hand SO quickly. You cut a recipe out of a magazine and set it aside, and all of a sudden your cabinets are overflowing with random cutouts and little scraps of paper. But never fear, even the biggest recipe collections can be tackled with ease, and I’m here to help you. Let’s make a DIY Recipe Binder! Ready?

    DIY Recipe Binder

    I’m not going to lie to you, my recipe collection isn’t falling out of my cabinets. My recipes are all in binders, on a shelf, in my office (it’s my OCD, I need everything to be in order, always, at all times). But even though my recipes are physically in binders, the binders are disorganized and it drives me crazy. It’s a project that I’ve never wanted to start because it’s so overwhelming. In comes my new DIY Recipe Binder to save the day.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    Here’s half of my recipe binders. Sooooo. Let’s get to organizing!
    First things first, I went to Staples and got all my pages printed out on really nice cardstock. This whole project only cost $10 (including the binder)!

    DIY Recipe Binder

    PS, this entire DIY Recipe Binder set is available in my Etsy shop in tons of different colors and patterns, so head over there and grab one for yourself! All the DIY Recipe Binder Printables include a cover page, category dividers, and fun pages like a weekly meal plan, kitchen conversion chart, and grocery staples list! Plus it includes blank category dividers and recipe tabs, so you can add your own font and organize your recipes however works best for you.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    DIY Recipe Binder

    Organize that Mess:

    First, I emptied all the recipes out of the binders and sorted them. A ton of recipes were illegible, and some of them I just didn’t want. I made this binder my Dessert Binder, since I have more dessert recipes than anything.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    Make Those Tabs:

    I added my own font onto the category tags, printed them, cut them out, folded them in half, and used washi tape to attach them to the category pages. If you want it to look extra professional, you could laminate the tags before you attach them, but I didn’t do that because I’m no professional.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    DIY Recipe Binder

    I put the category dividers in page protectors and added the tabs, then started adding the recipes. I hole-punched everything instead of putting everything in page protectors. Recipes might get ruined (and food-stained) quicker, but honestly I like it so much more. It feels much more homemade, and I love that.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    So that’s a stack (you can’t tell how big it is, but it’s taller than the 3″ binder) of papers in need of a hole-punch. I sped through it while watching Pretty Little Liars, which is the worst show I’ve ever seen but somehow kind of addicting? I don’t understand anything that’s going on, all I know is that I love Caleb forever and ever.
    And yes, that’s a page of my favorite bread recipes from Pioneer Woman, and my handwriting from 10 years ago was just awful.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    DIY Recipe Binder

    I’m so happy with how this turned out! My very first section is Recipes to Try (like these Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy the Baker), and there’s a section in the back for my own recipes. This project is so easy and so customizable, I loved organizing the binder to fit my own needs.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    DIY Recipe Binder

    Thank you guys so much for reading, and let me know if you try this project!

    DIY Recipe Binder (how I organized my recipe mess for $10)
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