Recycling Ideas for Sample Materials from Reno Projects

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Whether you’re redoing your floors, installing new counters, or reupholstering the couch, chances are you’ve amassed a selection of different samples when deciding which material to choose for your project. For renovations, you may end up with a mix of different materials including tiles, counter squares, carpets, flooring, decking, etc.

So what do you do with your hodgepodge of samples of different sizes, colors and textures? A seasoned DIYer always finds a way to use scrap materials creatively. Here are nine ways to turn those samples into something you can use at home.

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1. Floating shelf

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Swatches for decks or cabinet finishes can be transformed into perfectly sized short floating shelves for bathrooms, entryways and other areas of the home. The best part is that these boards are already finished and just need to be attached to the wall to create a shelf for pictures, plants, etc.

There are several ways to attach a floating shelf to a wall, from invisible brackets to leather wall hanging straps. Use a fastening method that suits your aesthetic and make sure the shelf is secure before placing items on it.

2. Coasters

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Tiles that you haven’t selected for your floors or backsplash can still come in handy. It’s pretty simple 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. Hexagon shaped tiles are very trendy right now, and some are perfectly sized for coasters. Alternatively, if you are skilled with a tile cutter, you can shape and size the square tiles to suit your needs, but remember to smooth the edges of the tiles with a scouring stone. Then attach a thin layer of cork with glue and your coasters are ready to use.

3. Decorative crown

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

Fold the paint chips in the middle lengthwise and cut out large leaf shapes. Arrange the sheets of paint chips in a circle to get an idea of ​​how you want them to look, whether in an ombre design or a mix-and-match palette. When you’re ready, attach the leaves to a wreath shape with glue, and you’ve got a fun, inexpensive door wreath.

4. Mounted bottle opener

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It’s time to stop misplacing your bottle opener. If you like a cool drink at the end of a long day, why not turn a sample flooring or decking into a decorative bottle opener? Wood flooring samples are usually the right size for this simple project. Attach a bottle opener, like this one available on Amazon, to the short wooden board, and mount it in your playroom, kitchen, workshop, or anywhere else.

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5. Hopscotch Mat

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Besides turning carpet samples into doormats, what else can you do with them? One idea is to turn them into an indoor play surface for children. Cut your swatches into nine or more squares, and sew or glue them together in a hopscotch formation. Gluing may have longer lasting results if you attach the pieces to a large sheet of canvas, such as an old paint canvas.

These play mats work especially well if the sample mats are different colors, adding to the playfulness of the game. You can also use carpet dye or fabric paint to add numbers and patterns to the game. hopscotch mat.

6. House address plaque

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Whether you have beautiful floorboards or outdoor tiles, you can turn them into fresh and trendy address signs. This adds a bit more splendor to your address numbers, rather than tying them directly to your home.

Depending on the style you’re looking for, you can purchase attachable address numbers, like those available at Home Depot for wood planks, or you can paint your address freehand or with stencils on other types of materials, like tiles. In the end, you will have a bespoke address sign unlike others in your neighborhood.

7. Compress the pillow

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Renovations are a lot of work and can hurt you at the end of the day. If you’re comfortable with a sewing machine, you can turn your upholstery swatches into little hot and cold pillows to help ease those pains.

Use reinforced stitches to sew together three edges of the fabric, forming a small bag, then fill it with uncooked rice and dried aromatic herbs, such as lavender. Sew the last side together, and you have a freezer- or microwave-safe pad.

8. Small Wall Planters

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Sample boards for cabinets, flooring or decking can become a pretty wall hanging for small planters. Screw hose clamps into the wood sample and attach mason jars (or other recycled containers, like jars of pasta sauce) to the hose clamps. Fill them with small plants or grasses and hang this planter in a place with enough light. Since these don’t have drainage holes, you’ll have to be careful not to overwater!

Don’t like plants? No problem. Use these containers to organize toiletries, pens and more.

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9. Decorative vase

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Avoid tile scraps ending up in the trash and make yourself a stylish vase instead. You can get a cheap vase used or at the dollar store and give it a makeover with leaf tiles. Wrap the tile around the vase, add grout and presto! All it needs are flowers and you have an aesthetically pleasing vase for a table or counter.

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