Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Art of Re Purposing

I love re purposing! There is nothing more satisfying than putting an otherwise piece of junk to good use as something functional and decorative! When it comes to re purposing things, I admit that I'm a complete novice. But, I find inspiration all over blogland.

A vintage, rusty and perfectly old wheel barrow turned coffee table courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors.

An ice skate turned Christmas Wreath Decoration.

A saw horse turned flower display and funky decoration.

And, of course pallets are all the rage and can be turned into pretty much anything.

Re purposing everyday items is nothing more than being able to think outside the box and be "edgy" enough to actually go with it!

I have a number of newer things in the store that have been effectively re purposed! What would you do with them?

Vintage Suitcases make a fabulous faux side table with tons of storage. OR you could use them like this award winning concept from Red Hen Home.

An old shipping crate used in the 1920's or 30's to ship Remington typewriters has been transformed into a mobile storage piece with the use of an old wagon base. I would use this at home to stash extra couch pillows or blankets. You could add a hinged top to it and have it as an interesting but portable coffee table! How would you decorate with it?

Can you tell what all the Christmas ornaments are hanging on? It's a tomato cage wrapped and tied in frayed fabric!

Old spoons turned hooks (and a glass door knob, too).

And, finally my newest and favorite addition is this refinished dutch door out of solid mahogany.

Vintage Door knob and hardware still intact.

Obviously, if the measurements were just right, you could use this as its intended purpose. A door.

OR, it could be propped against a blank wall, much like it is at the store for decoration.

OR, you could do what I would do with it.

I'd take off the top part of the door where the glass is (it comes in two pieces), flip the door upside down and hang it over my fireplace mantel.

The decorative wood work beneath the shelf would be more exposed on top as well as the old door knob! Plus, it would add an interesting element to display pictures or other decorations.

You could also add shutters to each side of the door and make your own headboard! The size of your bed would determine how far apart your shutters would go.

So many ideas and so little time!

This AWESOME door is for sale! $115 and it's a steal. I might have to "buy" it myself.

I'd love to see some of your re purposing projects! You can link them up to your comment or add them to my facebook page!


  1. That is an awesome door! You just can't find great Dutch doors and I don't think they are as pretty today when made..vintage is the best! Coming over from Shabby Creek Cottage
    Christie at Three Pixie Lane new follower!

  2. So cute. That door is awesome. I love the cross on the bottom of the door and the topiary on top.

  3. I really like the ice skate wreath. Actually there is nothing here I don't like!

  4. All of these are seriously tacky.

  5. Thanks for the mention! Great lineup you've found!


  6. that door is great the way you displayed it, and you're right, it is super versatile!

  7. Hi Michelle, Imagination is a great thing and obviously you have been using your to come up with so many great ideas. I like the way you think. Thanks so much for sharing and I must pop on over and check out your Etsy account and add you to my circle. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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