Upcycling ideas for material samples from Reno Projects

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Whether you’re refurbishing your floors, installing new countertops, or reupholstering the sofa, you’ve probably gathered a selection of several 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, counter squares, carpets, floorboards, decking, and more.

So what do you do with your hodgepodge of monsters of different sizes, colors and textures? A seasoned do-it-yourselfer will always find a way to use creative waste materials. Here are nine ways to upcycle these monsters into something you can use in your home.

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1. Floating Shelf

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Samples for decks or cabinet finishes can be converted into short floating shelves that are perfect for bathrooms, entryways and other areas of the home. The best part is that these shelves are already done and just need to be attached to the wall to create a shelf for photos, plants and more.

There are a few different ways to fix a floating shelf to a wall, from invisible brackets to wall-mounted leather straps. Use a mounting method that suits your aesthetic and make sure the shelf is secure before placing items on it.

2. Coasters

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The tiles you haven’t selected for your floors or backsplash can still come in handy. It’s easy enough to turn 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. Hexagonal tiles are quite trendy right now and some of them are a perfect size for coasters. Otherwise, if you’re handy with a tile cutter, you can cut square tiles to the right shape and size for your needs, but don’t forget to smooth the tile edges with a rubbing stone. Then attach a thin layer of cork with some glue and your coasters are ready to use.

3. Decorative wreath

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You have collected a collection of paint chips, probably similar or complementary colors. Sure, you can recycle them — or you can get a little crafty by making a wreath, like this one from SimpleJoys.

Fold the paint chips lengthwise down the center and cut out large leaf shapes. Arrange the paint chips in a circle to get an idea of ​​what you want them to look like, be it in an ombré design or a mix-and-match palette. When you’re done, attach the leaves to a wreath form with some glue, and you’ve got a fun, inexpensive door wreath.

4. Assembled Bottle Opener

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It’s time to stop losing your bottle opener. If you love a cold drink at the end of a long day, why not turn a floor or patio monster into a decorative bottle opener? Wood floor samples are usually just the right size for this simple project. Attach a bottle opener, such as this one available from Amazon, to the short wooden shelf and mount it in your playroom, kitchen, workshop, or anywhere else.

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5. Hopscotch

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Aside from turning carpet monsters into a doormat, what else can you do with them? One idea is to turn it into an indoor play surface for children. Cut your monsters into nine or more squares and sew or glue them together in a hopscotch formation. Gluing can give a longer result if you attach the pieces to a large sheet of canvas – such as an old painter’s canvas.

These playmats look especially good when the carpet samples are different colors, adding to the playfulness of the game. You can also use carpet paint or fabric paint to add numbers and designs to the hopscotch mat.

6. Home address plaque

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Whether you have beautiful floorboards or outdoor tiles, you can make them fresh and trendy address boards. This will add a little more shine to your address numbers, rather than attaching them directly to your home.

Depending on the style you’re after, you can purchase attachable address numbers, such as these available at The Home Depot for wood planks, or you can paint your address freehand or with stencils on other types of materials, such as tile. In the end, you will have a custom address board unlike others in your area.

7. Compress Pillow

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Renovations are a lot of work and can leave you feeling sore at the end of the day. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can transform your upholstery samples into small hot and cold compress pads to relieve those aches and pains.

Use reinforced stitching to sew three edges of the fabric, form a pouch and fill it with uncooked rice and dried aromatic herbs, such as lavender. Sew the last side together and you have a compress that can go in the freezer or microwave.

8. Small Wall Planters

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Shelf samples for cabinets, floors or decking can become a cute wall hanging for small planters. Screw hose clamps into the wood sample and attach mason jars (or other upcycled containers, such as pasta sauce jars) to the hose clamps. Fill them with some small plants or herbs and hang this planter somewhere where there is enough light. Since these have no drainage holes, be careful not to overwater!

Not a plant person? No problem. Use these containers to organize toiletries, pens and more.

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9. Decorative vase

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Prevent leftover slabs from ending up in the trash and make an elegant vase instead. You can pick up an inexpensive vase secondhand or at the dollar store and give it a makeover with leaf tile. Wrap the tile around the vase, add grout and presto! All you need are some flowers, and you have an aesthetic vase for the table or counter.

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