An easy way to avoid purchasing new is by fixing up what you already have or what you can get at a thrift store or garage sale. The following is a guest post by RuthAnn McClellan, my good friend and resident re-purposing enthusiast. The girl can do some marvelous things with a can of spray paint and an adventurous spirit.
Whether it’s a hand-me-down from a relative or a friend, something you’ve found secondhand at a thrift store, or it’s just lying around your home, you can re-purpose almost anything with a little creativity (and a little spray paint) and give it a new life.
I was given a KitchenAid mixer many years ago and had my choice colors. I chose poorly.
Our home was going through a “funk” back then. So I chose cobalt blue. Yikes. After a few years it became just a big eyesore on the counter. So I decided to put my own spray paint theory to the test. Could I change it into something I loved to use and loved to display?
I unscrewed all the parts that came off, including the name plate, and taped off everything I wanted to protect, like the motor vents.
What I ended up with was a classy ORB (oil rubbed bronze) mixer. See? (Amazon)!
I picked a glass jar up at Salvation Army because it was cool looking. And it sat on my floor for most of a year. I got to thinking — didn’t I see some cool lamps made out of old glass jars in my Pottery Barn catalog? I ran to Fred Meyer and spent about $10 for a lamp conversion kit and started making my own lamp.
I had an original lamp with more character than those found at Pottery Barn for hundreds of dollars!
What about bigger household pieces? We bought a China hutch off of Craigslist a few years ago. It was wood and ugly. Since a lot of our accent furniture pieces were black, I decided to remove the doors and paint it mostly black. Presto change-o!
Now it is something I like and fits with my home design!
Look around your home. Do your chairs not match? Thinking of ditching them? Could they use some sprucing up in a new fabric or new color?
Want those framed photos to pop from the wall? Spray paint the frames a fun uniform color, or go with traditional black and white:
It was so easy to create this “gallery” style wall of frames. Thrift stores always have frames (some with mats) and the more variety in detail and size, the more unique your wall will be!
This little area of our family room is mostly thrifted and has been “re-purposed.”
:: The LEGO tower in the back (a plastic storage tower with drawers) recently got a navy blue face lift with a can of spray paint.
:: I created the curtains out of two different sets (can’t handle high-water curtains that don’t reach the floor — it’s a personal issue I’m working through).
:: The chair was purchased off of Craigslist and had a really dingy skirt around it. After some investigation and ideas from Pinterest, and I pulled that skirt right off! Voila — a new chair!
:: I recovered my old pillows with new, brighter patterns.
:: The side table was thrifted as well as the ottoman on casters, which I simply recovered by stapling different fabrics over the peach upholstery.
There are so many things you can do. Just give it a try. Find a new love in that old thing, just by choosing to see it in a new, fresh light!
Here are some DIY “p’inspirations” I recently completed from Pinterest, many of which only took minutes and a few dollars to complete:
Important family dates
Spray painted folding chairs
Melted “rainbow” crayon art
Mason jar soap pump
Backyard fire pit
Now it’s your turn! What have you re-purposed in your home?
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