Give Your Interiors New Life: Reuse and Repurpose Decorating

by tarabell on December 29, 2011

Wardrobe or bar? This distressed heirloom gives your room a little Omph!

At times, some of the best decorating I do comes from reusing things, that people already have around their house for purposes they never thought of before. This not only saves the client money but also makes the room a more unique, an interesting place. One that lets the client’s interests and personality shine through.

This old door makes a great table. Add a clear coat to seal & keep old paint from chipping or top it with custom cut glass for easy clean ups!

Old pie tins and colorful candlesticks can make a feast for your eyes as a delish serving tray

How to RePurpose items in your home

  • Take a small, framed mirror and instead of hanging it on the wall, use it as a tray to showcase some candles, placing it on your ottoman or coffee table — giving your room a relaxed, romantic feel.
  • Flip a wide mouth vase upside down for use as a pedestal for another decorative object.
  • An old rusted garden trellis, once cleaned up, can hang inside your home on the wall for a dramatic effect, lending an easy to achieve Tuscan feel.
  • Anything heirloom, antique or vintage can add richness and history to any space. I recently stumbled upon some old vintage aprons of my granny’s that I’d forgotten about. By hanging them up in my laundry room as a fun, quirky valance, I added a new dimension to the room, while preserving my family’s history in our every day life.

Old trunk or charming table?

Tips for Finding ReUse Items

Before you head out to buy something new, fresh off the assembly line (like everybody else) take a look around your house for unused items or those that could have a new life.

  • Stop at estate sales
  • Nose around thrift stores for something unique or ready for reuse

    Use these pretty beverage dispensers for your laundry detergent and fabric softener

  • Enlist a friend or family member who wants to freshen up a room or two as well and help each other add a dash of style by doing  a treasure hunt swap at one another’s homes. Look for what cool kinds of décor possibilities already exist in your homes.


Paint worn-out furniture, add new knobs and reclaim its beauty and usefulness

Not only will you have a great time doing it, but by using your creativity to give something a new purpose, your house will feel much more YOU than you ever thought possible and the perks of recycling and using your ingenuity — well, those are priceless.

Happy Hunting!

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