Anytime you’re working with commonplace flowers such as daisies or carnations, be creative with your vessels to add personality and make them one-of-a-kind. A cost-effective option is the simple repurposing of a soup or vegetable can which simply requires a thorough washing before adding any floral and water.
Across the country corn mazes are becoming an increasingly popular Fall attraction which captivate the young and old alike through playful designs and the imaginative repurposing of nature and farmland. Here is a shot from Bergmann’s Corn Maze in Wichita that has not yet reached its maximum growth.
Looking for a way to add a boyish pop art touch to your gift? Try repurposing pages from comic books. To use them effectively, you’ll need to keep in mind that most standard comic book pages are 10-inches-by-15-inches, making small to medium sized boxes the best fit.
For this stunning bathroom, designer Candice Olson of Candice Tells All pulls out all the technology stops, including heated flooring, a steam shower and a remote-controlled toilet that features a nightlight, bidet and even a self-cleaning function. Large square tiles form the wall behind the freestanding tub adding glamorous sparkle. Candice brings character to the room by repurposing the homeowner's dresser as the vanity.
Put a crafty spin on mistletoe this season by repurposing a pair of knit mittens as a mistletoe alternative. To do this, attach two mittens together using twine or rope. Next, gather tree cuttings and trim them appropriately to fit inside each mitten. Add a hook, tack or nail to the door casing or trim, then hang using twine or rope.
A hand-me-down quilt may be too fragile or old to use as bedding but holds too many sentimental memories to simply throw away. Preserve the best part of the quilt, giving it new life as a charming Christmas tree skirt. Our step-by-step instructions make this repurposing project a snap — even for beginning sewers.
Designer Anna Williams worked her magic for a young family with dogs galore by repurposing this neglected walk-through space with a few clever touches. White custom cabinetry was added to one wall of the room, which can now be used for decorative display and storage. A wall of family art and photographs, displayed in white frames and canvas, adds a personal touch to the room, while the casual furnishings encourage relaxation and play.
Thanks to clever repurposing, its use of reclaimed materials and a bold color palette, this 60-square-foot Tinseltown bathroom is ready for its closeup. The biggest splurge of the bathroom's redesign was a pair of vintage barn sconces. Powder-coated in high-gloss fire-engine red and made of steel, the sconces add industrial flair complete with cages to contain light bulbs. Reclaimed wood and exposed pipe towel rack help complete the industrial look and provide masculine touches in this contemporary rustic bathroom.
Adorable wallpaper from Spoonflower is the highlight of this Carriage House powder room from Vermilion Design Interiors with offices in both Atlanta and Highlands, North Carolina. Designer Bill Cook of Vermilion was inspired by the home's name, Foxtail, and so decided to decorate this bath appropriately. Cook says he "thought that this was the bath of a rather flamboyant and elusive fox who had escaped the hunt and flaunted his friends and family on the walls...swiping a couple of the red wool British hunting jackets and repurposing them as sink and window treatments."
The dressing room features the adaptation and repurposing of vintage Birdseye maple cabinetry circa 1950, obtained at an estate sale. Originally a built-in bedroom set, Designer Lauren Levant separated and rearranged the pieces to create the dressing room's closets as well as a new double sink vanity for the bathroom. She raised the clothes armoires onto a new continuous platform she built and lined with LED light for dramatic and efficient shoe storage around the full perimeter of the room. Between some of the armoires, Levant added hanging rod sections and accessory sorting solutions.
Giving a brand-new kitchen timeless character and rich personality is a challenge for the best architects and designers. One way to solve this problem is by repurposing a furniture piece for the workspace — but it’s not always easy to find the right fit, as architect Jeff Troyer discovered. He says: “We searched for months for the kitchen island, seeking something with warmth and character that would also fit the space. My clients and I finally found this antique school science lab table online and had it shipped from Ohio. We had to purchase this sight unseen, but it ended up fitting perfectly and the wood is beautiful.”
If you have a built-in niche or desk, or even a simple bookshelf, you can replicate this look from Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Tuck a low-profile chair, which you can find by shopping vintage or repurposing stores in person or online, under the desk. Then, create a timeless display on the shelves or desktop. Chinoiserie is all the rage right now and doesn’t have to be a splurge, because replicas are available at discount home goods stores or sites such as eBay, says Michiel Perry, founder of Black Southern Belle.
For a meal that already requires days of prep, serving food buffet-style is a surefire way to lighten the load on the hostess. And on a holiday that's as food-centric as Thanksgiving, there's no better way to give guests the freedom to come back for a second (and third!) helping of their favorite dishes. I set up my buffet on a vintage wood sideboard. This is a great time to get creative and think about repurposing furniture from other parts of the house — an old dresser, desk or even a wood door propped up on sawhorses would make a perfect buffet.
Kate Landers of Kate Landers Events created an underwater wonderland any girl would adore. She used a white ruffle shower curtain as a backdrop for the dessert table, which "adds a perfect shabby chic element and looks like white ruffled waves — perfect for an under-the-sea celebration," she says. She believes repurposing items is a must when it comes to decorating your child's birthday party. In this case, she used a chandelier from the bedroom to hang over the dessert table. The addition has a sparkling appearance without any extra cost. Photo by Open Shade Studios
Says self-proclaimed “thrift-store junkie” Sarah Norton Ramberg of Sadie Seasongoods, “I loved the idea of repurposing something dining-related, in this case, a cheese dome. It makes for nice synergy in a decorative way.” This cloche turned ice rink is a fun spin on a holiday centerpiece and has a charming vintage feel, to boot.
Ramberg’s thrifty tip? “Shop for holiday decor year-round at thrift stores and garage sales. That way, you just spend a little here and there over the course of a year, and by the time the winter holidays arrive, you won't have to spend a dime on decor. It can all go towards gifts!”