I love to go to auctions, flea markets, and yard sales. I also adore curbside finds. The challenge of creating new life from “old junk” gives me a thrill every time. I feel that these reloved and repurposed items are what give my home some soul.
I have found that architectural salvage items are so useful as a creative option. Some people look at an old solid wood door, and they see a door. I see potential. I have reused them as trellis and arch ways in my gardens. They are also lovely when cut down for side tables and even tabletops.
I love to use old stuff as storage. I use a time worn tool box as a stand for our media boxes under my Nanny’s pine table. It holds a ton of dvds and other odds and ends. I also repurposed an old laundry washstand into a coffee table for our living room.
It is all in how you look at it. An old enamelled chamber pot, works great as a clothespin bucket by my back door. An enamelled pail corrals my face clothes in the washroom, and looks good doing it. I needed a new light for over my sink, so I made one using an old broken mason jar and a lamp kit. It is pretty and unique.
So the next time you are out and come across some old stuff, look closer at the treasure that could be.
Thanks for reading!