5 Ways to Decorate with Things You Already Have in Your House

5 Ways to Decorate with Things You Already Have in Your House

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Reduce, reuse, recycle. For years this has been the mantra of the “Go Green” recycling contingent and in the last 5 to 10 years, this mindset has spilled over into more than one area of life, including home decor.

No longer do home magazines feature sparkly, new items. Remade objects serving a different purpose than what they were originally made for are prominently displayed in chic home boutiques and glossy magazine pages. Our society has made finding new uses for old stuff has become the trendy, stylish thing to do — praises.

5 Ways to Decorate with Things You Already Have in Your House

1. Make it into a lamp.


With an inexpensive lamp kit, you can turn almost any object into a lamp. Whether it is a wine bottle from your first date with your sweetheart, or an interesting antique clock that won’t work anymore, you can make it into a lovely, functional lamp for your home.

2. Textiles can be sewn into throw pillows.

Lounge quilt with matching pillow. I have been busy today… #minimandala #quiltpillow

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That beautiful baby quilt Grandma made for you so many years ago is falling apart at the edges. However, most of the time, old quilts have plenty of usable fabric in the center. Rather than tucking the quilt into a cupboard to be forgotten, you can easily sew it into throw pillows for your sofa or bed.

This technique also works well for things like old blankets, antique kitchen towels or embroidered pillowcases. Grandma would likely approve of this restyling of her handwork.




3. Old window frames can become wall art.


Many people are glad to have their old, drafty windows replaced by energy efficient panes. However, those old window frames do have a use. Take your own family snapshots and affix them to the backs of the window panes. Mount some hanging hardware to the back of the frame, and hang the old frames on the wall as a lovely photo collage frame.

4. Bookcases to storage cupboards.


Since e-readers have diminished the number of physical books in many homes, some people no longer want those heavy bookcases taking up space. However, if you are in an older home with limited closet space, you can turn an old bookcase into a storage armoire by adding doors to it. Old shutters add a country feel to this retrofit, if you can find them in the correct size.

Alternately, if you are good at keeping things in a cabinet tidy, a screen door can add some panache to your storage cupboard.

5. Old ladders can be used in several ways.

Easy tiny bathroom idea! Thanks to my lovely hubby! #tinybathroom #vintagemirror #oldladder #cottonwreath

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An old ladder can be mounted on chains and hung from your kitchen ceiling to become a country-style pot rack. Alternately, you can lean one against the wall and use it as a place to display vintage textiles, like those lovely embroidered tea towels and pillowcases that you picked up at the flea market. An old stepladder can be turned into a shelf by inserting shelving board across the steps of the ladder.

Word of advice: Look around the house and the garage and unleash your creativity by giving new life to old things in innovative ways. Don’t just rush out and buy something new when you have an empty space in your home that needs a touch of something interesting. Poke around at the flea market or at Grandma’s house and keep perfectly usable things out of landfills.

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