4 Elegant DIY Projects That You Can Make with Leftover Home Improvement Supplies

by Lisa Hirsch Lozano 2:19 PM, January 17, 2017

Aired June 2, 2017

If you’ve done home renovations or remodeling lately, chances are you have piles of leftover supplies just sitting and waiting for a second life. Check out four ingenious DIY projects from design expert John Gidding that will put those discards to beautiful use!

DIY Chalkboard Paint

Did you know that you can turn leftover grout into chalkboard paint?! That’s right -- all of that leftover grout from your last DIY project can be put to good use -- in a fun way! Just mix your leftover grout with paint using a 1:8 ratio, and paint to your heart’s delight.

DIY Wood-Framed Mirror

When you’re installing laminate or wood flooring, you generally always have leftovers. Don’t let them sit in your garage collecting dust, use the wood pieces to make DIY frames! Watch the video above for a step-by-step tutorial on how to upcycle an inexpensive mirror with simple wood floor framing.

Leftover Tile Coasters

This one really couldn’t be easier, and is the perfect project for a last-minute gift. Just affix adhesive cork backing to the tile, and now it’s a coaster! Tie a collection up with some string, and you’ve got a great hostess gift.

Dress Up Your Coffee Table With Wallpaper

If you have an old or inexpensive coffee table that isn’t exactly in the best shape, just cover the top with some decorative wallpaper and you’ve got an instant show piece.

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