Friday, July 14, 2017

The Three R's: Rethink, Revamp, Reuse

Isn't it fun to find another use for an object . . . something that it was never intended for?
I love to mix things up and re-purpose my finds, scratching that creative itch.

One of my favorite re-purposed finds was this French wine crate
transformed into a unique centerpiece.


Hey, what's that behind door number one?
This heavy old door that I found in an alley and actually got into my car all by myself 
covers up the electrical and fuse boxes on the patio.


Look what's hiding behind door number one!


Here are a few other ideas.
A paint-splattered scaffolding is transformed into a long bench on the patio.



Top an old sewing machine base with a slab of stone or wood
to make a unique outdoor table.


The orchard ladder my neighbor threw away is a perfect rustic plant stand.



An old cast-iron fireplace grate finds a new use as a pretty planter.


Inside the house, there are possibilities everywhere.
This child's hamper makes an unusual container for flowers
or extra pillows in the guest room.


Vintage suitcases? Stack and store photographs and mementos inside.


And what about that vintage wicker planter?
 I turned mine into a bookcase for my favorite interior design books.
 Easy to access and pretty to look at.


An old window frame becomes a shadow box for sweet little bottles.


We found this old adobe brick mold in a dump in Taos, New Mexico.
It sure puts a new spin on "dumpster diving"
and is perfect for displaying some of my white collectibles.


So, the next time you look at something, think outside the box . . . the hat box that is!
My vintage hat boxes hold tissue paper, bows and ribbons.


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28 comments:

  1. Love all you repurposed stuff. I would love for you to share this post and any others that you would like at the Snickerdoodle party this Saturday beginning at 5:00 EST. http://www.bluewillowhouse.com/2017/07/15/snickerdoodle-createbakemake-link-party-190/

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    1. Thank you Sharon! So glad you enjoyed this post. I'll share it at the Snickerdoodle party! Hugs, Pat

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    2. Pinning and featuring your beautiful post today at Snickerdoodle.

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  2. I love repurposed items and primitive looks in decorating. This was a nice post.

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    1. Thanks so much Carol! By the way, I love your photo with your horse. Hugs, Pat

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  3. Oh, I love these ideas. Such a great post. But in my area of Texas, you can't put anything in front of a "smart" electric meter. It is read by satellite.

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    1. Thanks Brenda! I didn't know meters were read by satellite. Next thing, drones will be buzzing around our meters. Hope you have a great weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  4. Great thinking! We are still unpacking here in the new house and I have to really think about where things are going. We just keep unpacking boxes of photos! I need those suitcases.

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    1. Thanks Stacey! Unpacking is one of those things that can be exciting and tedious at the same time but I think, with a new house, it would be so fun to start from scratch and put everything just where you want it. I can loan you a suitcase! Hugs, Pat

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  5. I know that if anyone can come up with a nifty idea for pre-owned items it is my sister. Great job.

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    1. Thanks Jan! You're such a sweetie. Turn me loose in an estate or yard sale and watch out! Love and hugs, Pat

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    1. Thank you so very much Mary! There's nothing a wannabe writer loves more than someone saying they love it. You made my day. Hugs, Pat

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  7. Loved reading this, some unusual ideas. I love your blog and the things you come up with are wonderful.Thanks and have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Marlene! So glad you're inspired. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  8. Your home and yard are so inviting and charming. LOVE the white ceramic/porcelain containers. There is something quite wonderful about white pitchers! Have a super weekend.

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    1. Thanks Monika! Yeah, I can't resist a white pitcher. Have a good week. Hugs, Pat

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  9. I just love that wine crate box on your coffee table. I always love a good wooden box with some character. Brilliant idea for covering up the fuse box! Even better that the door was free.

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    1. Thanks Jill! Seems like most of my treasures are found in an alley or a thrift store. Hugs, Pat

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  10. I just discovered your blog and am enjoying your home, yard and other topics. I once had an opportunity to move to Denver and passed it up and now I'm wondering how it might have been if I had moved there. Denver is a very nice place to live except for the cold winters. One day I'll visit again.

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    1. Thanks Ann and welcome to my blog. Please visit again soon. I've lived in several different places and Denver has to be my favorite. I hope you get to visit someday. Have a great week. Hugs, Pat

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  11. I love using things for double duty. Especially if that's not what they were intended for. It always surprises people and is kind of like a game to me now to see what I can re-purpose. I am loving what you did with the hamper and the orchard ladder. I can't believe what people think is trash. My neighbor actually was going to toss some old whiskey barrel planters. The real ones, not the ones we can now buy at home improvement stores. Guess who scored those :-)

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    1. Hi Christine! Old whiskey barrel planters. Out of my way! Great score for you. Hugs, Pat

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  12. I love thinking outside the box and you've shared some wonderful ideas today. Thank you Pat. God bless and have a great weekend.
    Patti

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  13. I love all of your ideas, Pat. Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm--pinned!

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  14. Great blog! I do a lot of the same things :) Nancy

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