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More Repurposing Ideas

repurposing ideas - vintage painted shutter coat rack from homedit via Atticmag

Alternative uses for some every day objects.

Repurposing objects is a quick and easy way to showcase our unique personalities. So I wanted to show you these repurposing ideas for some collectible items. It’s also a way to clean out those drawers and storage rooms. A vintage painted shutter is outfitted with a series of hooks, creating an instant coat rack.  It could also be used in the bath to hang towels, or inside the garage for dog leashes and rain gear.

This coastal cottage window treatment is double the fun. A Union Jack flag acts as a curtain –hanging from a wooden oar turned curtain rod.… Continue Reading

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Master Bath Picture Wall

bathroom picture wall - collection of European etchings in the master bath via Atticmag

A collection of European etchings, on an bathroom picture wall, creates a relaxing atmosphere.

I have this thing for vintage etchings, but not just any etching.  It must have one or more of the following:  a lake, stream or pond is a given. A bridge — arched stone bridges are favorites — and a structure with architectural interest.  A few years ago, Jane gave a tour of our Alabama Stone Cottage which showed a vintage plate collection hanging over my vanity in the master bath [bottom].  The fruit and hand painted floral pieces were displayed in the dining room of our last house. … Continue Reading

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Repurposed Piano Bookshelves

vintage Austrian organ remade into bookshelves

Wooden piano cases are remade into charming bookcases.

As a little girl, I spent many hours tinkling the ivories on our baby grand, but later I picked up a flute and never looked back.  When my parents built a new home, it was a hard decision for Mom to sell the piano – it had been in our family for three generations.  While I’m happy it was restored and is making beautiful music again, if I had seen these examples first, it might come to live with us instead.  The interior of this piano case was removed and shelves were installed for books and accessories. … Continue Reading

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Gurney Console Tables

vintage medical gurney repurposed into hallway console table

Vintage medical apparatuses are très chic for interior design.

Metal medical cabinets used for bathroom storage have been in vogue for awhile.  But how many vintage gurney tables have you seen when visiting friends?  This older version has a sculptural feel with the larger wheels and glass top that exposes the frame.  A set of architectural drawings on the wall are a nice play on the table’s lines.

This gurney has industrial charm.  Its original top is covered with burlap and the lower fixed tray holds collectibles.  Repurposing a medical gurney into a hallway table is a totally out there idea, but think of all the fun we would miss if it weren’t for those willing to step outside the box.… Continue Reading

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Luxurious Christmas Mantels

luxurious Christmas mantel with natural cypress garland, magnolia leaves and pinecones from StyleBlueprint

A pair of decorated mantels worth remembering.

Custom Irish stockings line a holiday mantel encompassing dark green, chocolate brown, antique gold and warm ivory.  Evergreen garlands fall gracefully to the floor, while raffia tied white tulip bundles adorn vases on top.

The stockings play second fiddle to the natural cypress garland laced with seeded eucalyptus.  Oversized pinecones, fresh green apples and magnolias leaves anchor each end.  Cream stockings are hung with chartreuse ribbon that is repeated on the Christmas tree and presents underneath.

For more inspirations, see Christmas Mantels and Vintage Christmas Mantels.

(Source: Southern Accents, StyleBlueprint)… Continue Reading
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Architectural Salvage

antique carved oak mantel with bow front shelf from Nor'East Architectural salvage

Find the missing pieces at this online salvage source.

When restoring or building “old” new houses, local sources may be lacking. Online storefronts can fill this void, and Nor’East Architectural salvage is a fascinating find. The double marble sink with skirt and legs [top] is typical of their inventory — bet it won’t last long.  The website is a breeze to navigate and includes marble, soapstone and porcelain sinks, ironwork, lighting, reclaimed materials and so much more.

The fireplace section is full of mantels in many styles.  Some are stripped and ready to go, like this Peabody and Sterns carved oak mantel, with bow front shelf, while others are in need of a little TLC. … Continue Reading

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