I admire a creative mind. In fact I applaud it. You’ve heard the saying “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure”. Let’s check out some clever re-uses of items.
|Love to read but ran out of storage? You could create a desk. The more books the bigger the desk!|
This console table is made of an old barn beam. Sleek and clean it is a conversation starter and perfect table for your favorite piece to sit.
Architectural Salvage Warehouses are some of the most inspiring places to walk through. Full of items that are just waiting to be re-purposed. There are many great places locally that you might not know of. Architectural Salvage Warehouse located on 15th street in Detroit has a helpful website and friendly staff to help if you are looking for something specific. Check out www.aswdetroit.org If you are located in the Royal Oak Area you could stop by and see Marisa at Heritage CO II on East 7th street in Royal Oak. Don’t forget Antique shops are great resource for new treasures.
These silver trays are hung with wire, mounted on the wall and used as magnetic boards. These would be amazing to post photos on as well.
Door Knobs can be used in many creative ways, shown here as decorative drapery tiebacks. But could also be used to hang towels, robes or even photographs with ribbons.
These antique corbels double as functional bookends
|Ladders make excellent storage pieces. Mounted vertically you can hang magazines, blankets and in some cases and with certain ladders books, cds or dvds.|
The shabby chic style begs for re-purposed items. Given the style itself revolves around items that are chosen for their distressing, vintage and feminine flare … hence the “chic.”This mantel piece makes a stunning headboard in a Master Suite. The inset arch could instantly go masculine if upholstered in the right fabric, perhaps a navy stripe?
Many of these friezes come with the actual mantels attached which could double as a bookshelf. Contact your local handyman and see if he could even retrofit a reading light.
This seat was pulled from an old horse drawn carriage. Now it sits minimally in a contemporary setting. It’s silhouette graceful like a piece of art.
|Bulbs-unlimited.com has created a unique niche in the industry by re-purposing light bulbs into creative contemporary orbs.|
|This collection of bottle caps has been turned into a clever conversation piece.|
Similarly these pop tabs have been recycled into a pin dot pendant. I would love to see this as a wall sconce as well.
Next time you take the trash to the curb think about what you can do with it first … See you next week .. Till then Dwell Well.