The Decorative Genius, Green Benefit and Giving Purpose Of Repurposing

The concept of using repurposing in the name of all things home is genius, green and giving.  Does your heart begin to race and the creative side of your brain kick into overdrive at the sight of  an item with please repurpose me written all over it?  You, my brilliant repurposing friend, are not alone!  The decorative genius, green benefit and giving purpose of repurposing is a beautiful and stylish thing.

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Antiques and architectural pieces stand the test of time, hold their value and do their part in the go green movement.  Antique buffets and sideboards refitted with user friendly countertops are easily repurposed as kitchen islands, entertainment centers or bathroom vanities. Reclaimed wood beams wow as the frame of this kitchen ~ dining room doorway. Consider repurposing vintage display cabinets as stylish storage solutions.

House Beautiful 

The Decorative Genius,Green Benefit and Giving Purpose Of RepurposingHouzz

Forged-iron industrial tripods and manhole covers become unique side tables.

House and Home

Architectural pieces find new life in many decorative forms. This chippy, funky and fabulous antique door was repurposed as part of our fence.  We bought this door from an antiques dealer friend in Denham Springs, Louisiana.  She had this lone door unit in her shop, the last of a set of five purchased by the pickers for Bass Pro Shops.  It came with a large arched window above the doors that I removed and sold as a separate piece.

repurposed doors gate

Dave the Builder figured out years ago to expect the unexpected from me and my nonconformist decorating ideas. Repurposed items present endless possibilities in the pursuit of making decorative statements.

baluster lamp

Dave scored big brownie points when he made this lamp for me out of the baluster I found kicking around a vintage shop.

Fresh Home 

Etsy

Antique windows with the panes removed beautifully come to second life as a repurposed headboard.

arched windows headboardApartment Therapy

architectural headboard

Innovative and inspirational- an antique french armoire repurposed as interior doors.

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This look decoratively defines the concept of repurposing.  A salvaged store display used as a china and collectibles cabinet becomes the unique and ingenious focal point of this kitchen.

Better Homes and Gardens

Antique key plates, vintage seltzer bottles and one lone rustic roof ventilator shed new light on the art of repurposing.

Napa Style

Napa Style

Relique

A purposeful repurpose~

Habitat for Humanity is on a mission and open for business.  A non-profit organization, Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates homes for low-income people.  In an effort to raise revenue and endure these trying economic times, Habitat for Humanity has and continues to open ReStore resale outlets.   ReStore resale outlets accept donations of doors, lighting, flooring, cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, furniture and used materials.  Items are then sold at bargain prices. The proceeds help local Habitat affiliates fund construction of Habitat homes at the local level. ReStores work well to encourage the three r’s- reuse, repurpose, and recycle.  Did you hear that?  It’s the collective cheers of DIY fans and decorating bargain hunters the  design world over.  More importantly, it’s the many voices of thanks for supporting a wonderful cause.

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4 thoughts on “The Decorative Genius, Green Benefit and Giving Purpose Of Repurposing”

  1. What did you do with the other side of the “Kitchen Island”? I’ve thought about using a piece like that but only one side is finished… Thx!

  2. Erin,

    I am not certain what piece you are referring to. My interest is piqued, and I love solving a good what did you do with mystery. Let me know and we’ll go from there.

    Darleen

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