Part of the reason I love the concept of repurposing is I live with a guy who is a “collector” and we have enough “stuff” (also known as junk) to fill another house with repurposed items. The other reason is, I am a survivor of the 60’s and know about the multiple uses of orange crates and cheese boxes.
In the 60’s repurposing had to do with being a poor student with no money for furniture but now it has to do with being trendy. (I’m sure the poor student thing could also still fit but IKEA has put orange crates out of business).
The picture on the left is one of the first things I posted on my Repurpose board. I realized as I made the way to the bottom of the board just how big it is. It took forever to find my first posts.
It occurs to me now I could actually break the items on the board into categories if I had the energy to do so. There would certainly be a board for repurposed chairs. They are what we have the most of in the storage area and while I am repeatedly told, “they can be fixed” I note they have sat there for many years with no hope seeing daylight.
In a time when things are so dispensible but also when life is so expensive I don’t know why more people don’t go down the repurposing road when setting up house. I suppose it is lack of time and lack of know how that may play the biggest role. I am pretty handy with a paint brush but not so much with a saw so getting that chair turned into a shelf and towel rack needs a little help (from the guy who doesn’t want to change the original role of any of his stuff because someone might want it some day).
After a recent trip through an antique mall/flea market type place I have decided there is really is no reason for anyone to buy new furnishings for a home and I plan to visit there again if I am asked to attend a wedding shower. I found some kitchen items I had just purchased in a store for less than the new price and they were in perfect condition.
That leads me to Maddy’s blog about Pyrex, The New Family Heirloom. Go take a look. I never knew there were so many options in the oven to table ware department.
*Note: If you don’t know bout Pinterest it is likely time to take a look. It is basically an electronic bulletin board or filing cabinet of all great stuff that is of interest to you. Warning: it can be addictive. You can start by visiting my Pineterst. There is a secret option for the boards so not everyone needs to know what you are saving on your board.