It's almost summer, and I'm looking at my wardrobe in new ways. I'm wondering how I can re-use and re-purpose existing clothing items into new combinations to refresh my wardrobe. Hmm - that top might look better with those jeans, and if I add the jacket from the other outfit....
Isn't this just like mixing up our home's decor? Never mind the wardrobe. Let's go shopping.... furniture shopping in your own home. Wait. What? Did I say shop your own home? Yes! Let's go shopping for pieces already in your home that we can re-purpose in new, creative ways.
RETHINK an old TV ARMOIRE
Do you have an old TV armoire? For those of you born after 1990, manufacturers used to make them specifically to house TV’s. Once upon a time that was our only option to hide the monstrous television sets of days gone by. Well, one clever homeowner took the old armoire and popped out the door’s inner panel and replaced them with ironwork to give it a whole new look. Then, they cut a hole in the cabinet to accommodate a small copper sink. They installed wine glass hangers –And…. this old tired television armoire was now a beautiful wet bar! How clever is that!
If you find an old TV armoire at a garage sale, you can do this! Those wine glass hangers that you slip the upside down glasses into only cost around $3 at webstaurantstore.com. If you feeling like getting your #DIY spirit going this weekend, go to HomeTalk.com and search for "wine glass holders" to DIY it.
BABY CHANGING TABLE TO BBQ STATION
Recently I spoke to Colorado Kassidy. (Listen here: Make Your House a HOME show) She and her husband re-purposed their son’s changing table into a fun, Bronco-themed BBQ station. That’s what we’re talking about – rethinking past the original purpose of the piece and using it in a new way! Love it. What else can be reused?
THAT'S A FLOWER POT?
Do you ever love something the previous homeowner had, but are not sure how to incorporate it? For this new owner we took a flower pot that left empty when the previous owner sold. I cleaned it and found a table top from another piece, which fit perfectly. Who would've guessed it was a flower pot?
Just as you change up your clothing to create new, interesting outfits……rethink, reuse and re-purpose your existing furniture in brand new ways.
Email us your pictures of repurposed furniture. Happy decorating,
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The Powers that Be have declared certain home decor trends as out of date, kaput, over, finito and officially over. Some are obvious, and others may surprise you.
Harvest gold or avocado green anything. The 1970’s can keep these colors of the past. In fact, a form of avocado green was officially named the world’s ugliest color!
Chances are you’ve replaced your avocado green refrigerator, and recovered your harvest gold couch by now. I told you that one was easy.
KEEP IT REAL
The next thing that must go - those ginormous silk floral arrangements. They were as tall as my hair in the 90’s. I know, I know. Back in the day we had so much fun spending an hour in Michael’s, pulling together perfect silk flower arrangement. Take those same skills and make a REAL floral arrangement. It’s so much nicer and there are health benefits to having something fresh. So keep it real when it comes to flowers.
This one also goes without saying. Keep the popcorn to the movies. With extra butter, please.
ADIOS TO MATCHING WINDOW VALANCES
And goodbye to those custom cornice boards that were upholstered to match your room. Take down those valances and cornice boards, and you’ll dramatically bring in more light to your room. This is one of the easiest ways to update a living room that costs you nothing.
PAST PRIME PINE
Pine furniture, that is. Remember the 80’s and 90’s when honey colored pine was everywhere? Do you still have golden honey pine that's past its prime? (Hey - I'm a poet & you didn't know it).
Consider refinishing it. Antique it. Chalk paint it. If you have a pine hutch, remove the doors, and paint the back a bold color. Or wallpaper the back of the hutch with a pattern from your room. Re-purpose Pine that’s Past it’s Prime.
Last but not least...
LET THERE BE (NEW) LIGHT
In the bathroom, it’s time to replace those HOLLYWOOD STYLE lights. It’s very economical to replace them (<$200). Check out LampsPlus.com, or Lowes.com for budget friendly lighting. If your bathroom lights were installed when Robert Redford’s movie THE STING came out, it’s time to replace them.
Let go of the old, worn-out decor trends and refresh your space. Happy decorating,