Have Fun with Old but Refashioned Furniture
In the quest of creating a warm and cozy home, we're always looking for new ways to freshen up our décor. One of best ways to do that is to take old items inside the house and refashion them into something completely new.
Before throwing old household items away, find new use for them with these awesome repurposing ideas!
Drawers as Open Shelves
Before you get rid of that old desk or dresser, why not take out its drawers first and turn them into shelves. Turning your drawers into open shelves gives you more storage space, while giving those old storage solutions a new purpose.
Grab several drawers and hang them up the wall in any fashion you want, then use them as open shelves for your books, picture frames, and other knickknacks. You can even just stack them on top of one another if you don't have the time to mount them up the wall. And if you want to make your drawer shelves more appealing, you can revitalize them with a fresh coat of paint or varnish to make them look good as new.
Door Turned Headboard
If you've done some major redecorating in your home, you might have taken your door off its hinges. Don't let it gather dust in your garage or basement; instead, repurpose it into your new headboard.
Simply prop up the door on your wall and push your bed against it. You can let it stand as is or repaint it to match the design theme of your bedroom. If you want to go the extra step, you can attach small wall sconces on your new headboard for some lighting for your daily nighttime reads.
Photo Frame Message Board
If you recently switched out your picture frames, don't throw the old ones out just yet. You can use your old photo frames as cute message boards in the kitchen or living room.
Take out the back of the frame (if it still has one), then attach or tie a net with the same size as the photo frame to serve as the "board." You can also paint the frame and the net to add a bit of flair to them. Afterwards, use colored clothespins to serve as note clips. There you have it -- an easy-to-do message board! You can also clip and display family photos here for a more personal touch.
Another cute option for old frames is to turn them into chalk boards. This project is a piece of cake as well. You'll only need some chalk board paint to coat the board of your frame, and you're done!
Mirrored Serving Trays
There's always that one old mirror that doesn't fit your décor but you don't want to throw out just yet. Upcycle this odd mirror into a tray to serve drinks with whenever you have guests over.
Any vanity-sized mirror will do as a serving tray. You can even attach handles (old door handles are perfect for this) to your tray to carry plates and glasses with ease. When not in use, you can just hang up your mirror tray in the kitchen or dining room as a display -- a definite perk!
Vamped-up Jewelry Holders
When you have an excess of tiered trays sitting around in your kitchen or china hutch, grab one and take it to the bedroom! The lovely designs on the plates instantly turn a vintage tiered tray into a classy jewelry holder where you can store and display your bracelets and rings. You can also use this tiered jewelry tray as a cell phone and MP3 player holder.
To keep your necklaces tangle-free, you can take an old towel bar from your bathroom and attach shower curtain hooks to it. Hang your necklaces on the hooks to keep them more organized and to let you easily choose which one you're going to wear for the night.
With a little creativity and a bit of enthusiasm, you can turn normal household items into extraordinary décor pieces. Do you have other repurposing ideas for household pieces?
Jennifer Lutz is a home décor enthusiast who writes at http://blog.christmastreemarket.com. She recently published an article on adding a Vintage Touch to your décor, which can be found at http://blog.christmastreemarket.com/2013/08/vintage-home-decor/.