These are two ideas from the Nate Berkus show that I am doing right away
P.S. These are good gift ideas too.:
A great way to repurpose an old brooch or vintage earrings or jewelry is to turn your old item into a new, decorative magnet. Cut off the back of the brooch with a wire cutter, and add a magnet from the craft store with a glue gun. You'll have beautiful magnets that you can use on your refrigerator, in your home office, or any space where you can hang a magnetic message board. Instead of wasting space in your drawers, you'll be able to admire and use your brooches every day!
Turn your vintage frames into decorative serving trays with only an 1/8th of a yard of fabric! Put your favorite fabric underneath the glass of your frame, and you'll create a beautiful tray you can display in your bathroom, on a side table in your living room, or even use as a serving tray. Everything looks better if it's displayed on a beautiful tray!
Before you give anything away in your home for good, consider these last ditch design ideas and turn your trash into treasure!