Repurposing is a great way to utilize items that might otherwise be discarded and turn them into something beautiful and functional. Repurposing also gives you the creative freedom to customize items to fit perfectly with your home decor. Next time you go hunting for vintage treasures, look for the potential within each item. You can always turn something ordinary into something amazing. Check out these inspiring easy repurposing ideas.
If you have an old or broken ladder hanging around in the garage, give it a second life by transforming it into simple shelf. Extension ladders can easily be mounted horizontally to a wall. Books fit upright between each rung. Step ladders can be turned into two sets of vertical shelving. Simply separate the two halves of the ladder and giving each a new coat of paint. Rest the ladder against a wall and place a sturdy platform on each rung.
Old Door Headboards
If you hear of a barn or estate sale it may be worth checking out if you need a new headboard. A beautiful door can be converted into an equally beautiful headboard.
Flea markets are always full of old suitcases. Though you may not need any ancient luggage, flat sided suitcases make excellent tables (with storage room!). Attaching legs to a suitcase isn’t difficult and when you’re done you will have a one of a kind table. If you find a few suitcases that look a little too rough around the edges try giving each a fresh coat of paint and stacking them instead of using each individually.
Birdcage Pendant Lights
Vintage birdcages are often intrinsically lovely pieces. Though if you would like to take this item to the next level, you can convert it into a stunning pendant light. Most home improvement stores carry light kits that have everything you would need for this project.
Window Frame Mirrors
Don’t let a great antique window go to waste. You can transform it into exceptionally beautiful mirror. The easiest way to complete this project is to clean up the frame, sand and paint it if you’d like, then use a mirror spray paint like Krylon Looking Glass One Step on the reverse side of the glass. You could also visit the hardware or framing store to have a mirror custom cut and then mount it in the frame.
For other decorating ideas check out, Easy Do-It-Yourself Decorating Projects
This article was written by Erie Construction. Erie Construction Mid-West is a home remodeling company with over 40 years of experience.
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