5 genius ideas to refresh old items around your home

Take a look at our simple ideas to refresh and revamp everyday household items

Got a few household items that are looking a little bit worse for wear? Use these simple techniques to turn them from drab to fab in no time!

1. Fix worn-off lettering

kitchen room with gas counter and wooden flooring

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Has the lettering on your appliances worn out? Use a tongue depressor or lolly stick to firmly press some Sugru (trust us, it's a life-saver) into the lettered areas. Wipe off any excess with a dry kitchen towel and delicately clean with a damp cloth - use a light touch so you don't remove the Sugru in the etchings.

2. Redecorate those old boxes

fabric storage covered boxes with bulb and hooks

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Cover damaged toy boxes and crates in wallpaper to create stylish new storage boxes. Boxes too battered? Stick pieces of cardboard over each side first as this will make the base more solid and sturdy, ready to be covered. Now you'll never need to spend money on buying new storage boxes, result!

3. Remove bath tub stains

white modern bathroom with white bath tub and mirror on wall

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Stains on bathtubs can make an old suite look tired and in need of a makeover. Instead of forking out for a new bath, use this simple method to remove the stains and make your bath look good as new. Combine equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Then rub the mixture into the stain with your fingers or a soft cloth. Let it sit for half an hour and rinse well with water.

4. Get innovative with old lampshades

purple lampshade hanging on ceiling with bulb

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Spruce up your lampshades with ribbon or fabric for a fresh new look. Simply apply a thin layer of glue to the shade and, after pressing on pieces of ribbon or fabric (pre-cut to size), leave to dry. Add a vintage touch by gluing flat tasselled fringes along the edges.

5. Eliminate stains on pots, pans and baking trays

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Removing stains on cooking utensils can make them look as good as new. Cover the stained part of the utensil with a thin layer of baking soda and pour a small amount of water on it until it becomes pasty. Leave this for 15 minutes and then take a sponge to clean the desired area. Rinse off the baking soda and give it another wash with soap and water.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.