Entries tagged with “re-purpose”.

We all have stuff that is no longer being used for its original purpose or the item has been replaced by newer technology. Here are a few ideas for repurposing, upcycling and reusing items we can no longer use but don’t want to part with. 

CD Holder for Bagel             Chair into Shelf/Closet      Tennis Racket Mirrors


Old Books for Shelves        Bicycle Sink Stand                     Old Piano Bookshelf

There are not too many of these old TV’s around, but Kitty sure likes this one that’s been converted to a fish aquarium!

Thanks to BoredPanda.com for the pictures and ideas!

Have you ever re-purposed or recycled an item that worked out well, or had something that didn’t work out? Please share in comments.



The average American consumes about 3 cups of coffee a day (maybe more in Seattle!).  That’s A LOT of used coffee grounds! Before you throw them in the trash, consider some of these very useful and resourceful options:

  • Keep Ants Out of Your Kitchen ~ Ants won’t cross a line of coffee grounds, so sprinkle some around any popular ant hangout. Sprinkle coffee grounds outside the perimeter of your house in order to prevent ants from getting into your house.
  • Remove Strong Odors from Hands ~ If you’re cooking with foods like onions and fish, rub coffee grounds into your hands to remove odors.
  • Keep Slugs and Snails Out of Garden and Plants ~ Use coffee grounds as an organic repellent. To repel cats, mix used coffee grounds with orange peels and sprinkle along the boundary of your garden. Curious dogs can be fatally poisoned by coffee, however, so use with caution.
  • Use to Help Spread Seeds ~ If you are a gardener, you know how difficult it can be to spread or scatter small seeds like carrot seeds or radish seeds. To help with this, mix the small seeds into coffee grounds. Not only will this make the seeds easier to spread over the ground, but it will also help to repel pests and fertilize the soil around the seeds.
  • Beauty Uses ~ Mix a quarter-cup of used coffee grounds with an egg white for an at-home skin-tightening mask. You can also massage your face with coffee grounds for an exfoliating scrub that will leave you with a radiant glow.
  • Meat Tenderizer ~ If you have leftover coffee in the pot, use it to tenderize steak. Add fresh grounds to chocolate cake and brownie batter for bold, unique flavors.

Share your favorite tip for using leftover coffee grounds with us in the comments below.

Thanks for the inspiration  6 Surprising Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds.

Image furnished by Jeroen van Oostrom of freedigitalphotos.net.

Looking for a clever idea to solve a problem? We found these uses for everyday items at Real Simple.com

CD as Invitation

Make jazzy (or rockin’) invitations. Jot down party details on the shiny side and mail the CD in a cushioned envelope (postage: about a dollar).

Button as Earring Holder

Travel is best done in pairs (think of Lewis and Clark or Thelma and Louise). To keep a set of earrings together on your next overnight trip, fasten them to a button so they won’t get lost in your suitcase or pocket.

Accordion Folder as a Glove Compartment Organizer

Store your car insurance, registration, manuals, and maps in a neatly bound holder to avoid an avalanche of papers every time you reach in for your sunglasses. It’s the first step to getting your car chaos under control.

Soap Case as Camera Carrier

Protect your digital camera from getting knocked around in your carry-on by placing it in a hard plastic travel soap case.

Flat Iron as Touch-Up Iron

No time to drag out your iron and ironing board? A straightening iron works perfectly between buttons where a regular iron doesn’t fit. And it smooths collar creases and minor wrinkles. So you can look perfectly pressed when you’re pressed for time.

Have any other ideas to share?