April 25, 2022
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6 easy upcycling ideas to refresh your home for spring

Give common household items a new life while updating your home decor to make your space cozier than ever.

Team Mercari

As many of us spend more and more time at home these days, we’re casting critical eyes on that space, asking questions like “how can it be brighter and better? These types of questions really percolate during spring time, when spring cleaning vibes run high. 

If you’re looking to refresh your space for the season without spending a fortune, we’ve got you covered with five ‘even we could do these’ DIY home decor projects. You might have all you need for these upcycling projects already, but if not, Mercari has lots of great finds that won’t bust your budget.

1. Patchwork bench

Give new life to a plain wooden bench or chair by upcycling old clothing into a custom patchwork cushion. Not a seasoned sewer? No problem. You don’t even need a sewing machine, although it does make it a bit faster. As far as fabric, you can use old t-shirts, baby clothes, or grab some colorful fabric scraps from Mercari. There are so many ways to make this sweet bench your own. Get the easy how-to at Sew Can She.

2. Tea cup candles

Super easy. Super cute. What’s not to love? Give your bedside table or mantle an adorable vintage touch while providing a little mood lighting with these teacup candles. Dig up grandma’s old spring-themed tea set or find a few unique styles to mix and match from Mercari. Flirty florals, cute cats – if you can imagine it, there’s probably a cup theme for you. For specific steps on this easy upcycled decor project, check out Budget Savvy Diva.

3. Magazine holder

Clearing tabletop clutter is a breeze with handy holders like these. Not only are they super stylish, they are incredibly easy to make. This is a great project if you have some records that have seen better days. If not, you can always find used records on Mercari at great prices. Bonus: frame the album cover to spruce up your walls! Get the how-to at Morena’s Corner.

4. Faux fireplace

This is one of the most epic upcycling ideas we’ve ever seen. Warm lights and cozy fireplaces aren’t just for wintertime – we love this idea for spring. This gorgeous piece is made with a bookshelf and string lights! While this project takes a tiny bit of time and elbow grease, it looks way more expensive and complicated than it is. If you need an old bookshelf, Mercari Local might be your best bet to get it fast while saving big on shipping. Learn how to DIY this faux fireplace at Love Our Crazy Life.

5. Magnetic poster hanger

Need something to freshen up your wall space? Try this easy DIY poster hanger. If you don’t have art at home, there’s plenty to pick from online. With a bit of wood, string, and a few other essentials, you can make your own frame and take it from boring to beautiful. Get the steps at The Crafted Blog

6. Adorable toy storage

If the kids’ toys have taken over your space, and you’re not into the plastic bin storage approach, try this super-cute idea using wooden crates (if you don’t have any at home, try Mercari Local). We love that they’re on casters so you can wheel the bins throughout the house, and use paint to stylize them to match your aesthetic. Get the instructions at A Bubbly Life

Have you upcycled anything lately? Share it with us on Twitter at @mercari_app. 

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Main photo credit: Cottonbro