It’s no secret that garage and yard sales can be a fount of hidden gems at bargain prices, but often the things you find are more "shabby" than "showpiece." Fortunately, imaginative do-it-yourselfers can upcycle secondhand stuff into truly high-end home furnishings and accessories simply by adding concrete to the mix. The trick is using an old item as a mold, base, frame, or other scaffolding to create something totally new.
No worries about overspending on this type of project: You're bound to find a steal at the sale, and a 60-pound bag of Quikrete 5000 Concrete Mix costs less than six bucks. And, because concrete is so durable, your sleek, modern masterwork will really last.
New to the concrete scene? The folks at Quikrete have plenty of tips on mixing and casting to help you create with their remarkable material. So, check out some of the transformations other DIYers have achieved, and start turning your garage and yard sale scores into pieces you’ll be proud to show off!