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There is a lot to think about when you’re renovating a home. You need to make many decisions, starting with what contractor to use and how much money you want to spend. It helps if you have a clear vision for how you want your home to look when you’re done. If you’re not sure what it is that you want yet, take some time to look through my blog. I’ll discuss everything from home additions to flooring materials to appliances and fixtures. These articles will help you get a sense of the possibilities for your home renovation, and help you narrow down your options. Eventually, you’ll decide on the renovations that are right for you.

Home Renovation Happenings

5 Ways To Re-Purpose Your Old Gutters

Pamela Gonzales

If you have decided to upgrade your home by installing new seamless gutters, you may wonder what will become of your old gutters. Usually, a contractor will include the disposal of your old gutters in their quote. If you are installing your own gutters or want to make sure that your gutters are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way of your choosing, you can recycle or sell your gutters for scrap. However, if you want to get a little more use of your gutters on your property before disposing of them, consider one of these DIY projects. 

Strawberry Garden 

Gutters make an ideal planter for strawberries. The roots of the plants are generally small enough to grow comfortably in a gutter, and the heavy fruits hang over the side of the gutter as they grow. 

If you support a gutter at eye level by securing it onto metal posts placed about five feet apart, you will be able to see as soon as your fruit is ready to be picked. Your fruit is less likely to spoil because it will be out of the wet dirt and is easier to monitor. 

Vertical Herb Garden 

Similar to a strawberry garden, gutters can be used as planters for various small herbs such as mint, basil, chives, and dill. Since these herbs do not need to hang over the edge of the gutter, you can secure the gutters directly to the side of your home or a garden wall with metal screws, hooks, or lengths of metal wire. 

This is an ideal project if you do not have much garden space. It is also a method to provide privacy if you have a chain link fence. 

Build a Car Track or Marble Run 

If you have children, they will appreciate lengths of old gutter for making a track for their toy cars or a run for balls or marbles. These tracks can be temporarily set up by propping lengths of gutter against your garden furniture and patio steps. Alternatively, they can be made permanent by attaching the lengths of gutter to a section of plywood. 

If you are going to allow your children to play with old lengths of gutter, you should make sure to thoroughly sand down any sharp corners or edges. You may also want to cover rusted areas with a fresh coat of paint. This can be a fun project to do with your children. 

Another option that adults will appreciate just as much as children is to attach sections of gutter to a garden wall at various angles to create an intricate waterfall. This is an ideal project if you have a pond near a garden wall. 

Create a Bookshelf or Toy Storage

Not all of your projects need to be outdoor projects. If you thoroughly clean your old gutters and give them a fresh coat of paint, you can bring them inside your home for a variety of shelving purposes. The depth of gutters makes them an excellent choice for displaying books or toys if mounted around a child's room. They can also be mounted in the kitchen to use as a spice rack.  

Make Your Own Easel Tray

If you are artistically inclined or have creative children, you may find that standard easel trays do not provide enough space to hold all of the materials you work with. You can attach a section of gutter to your easel to create more storage for paints and brushes. 

If you are redoing your entire home, you will have plenty of old gutter to complete multiple projects. Why not see how creative you can get?