Repurposing vintage goods provides you with unique and personal décor that will become a conversation piece in your home. Sometimes vintage goods no longer serve their original purpose, but that doesn't mean they can't be repurposed and given new life. Doing so preserves their rich history and can help us conserve resources. In a time of shortages and rising prices, repurposing vintage has become even more practical.
● Using Family Heirlooms - This old military trunk belonged to Rich's granddaddy during WWII. It is stamped with the names of the places he traveled while he was in the air force. The stories this trunk could tell! It was sitting on a top shelf in his garage for years. Rich built a base for it and attached some casters. Now we use it as a coffee table on our back porch where we can see and enjoy it everyday. It gives us a place to set our drinks while we watch the kids play in the backyard and it brings back fond memories.
● Repurposing Pieces that are Broken - We were recently shopping at an antique mall when we came across some broken cardboard lined fruit crates that were priced at $5 each. We promptly snatched them up, brought them home, and took them apart to use as signs on our wall. They look right at home here next to our pantry door. I love the graphics on them and the character they add to this space.
● Revamping Storage Drawers - I have to admit, when Rich showed me the set of old, rusty, metal hardware drawers that he wanted to buy at a flea market last year, I was a little skeptical. They were heavy and not much to look at. A couple coats of paint, a reclaimed wood top, and some hair pin legs gave those drawers a whole new life. What could have easily been thrown away became one of our favorite pieces of furniture.
● Repurposing Industrial Salvage - This Rochester gas and electric barrel lid was found in an old barn in New York. I love its faded green paint, weathered wood, and stamped graphics. I didn't have a use for a barrel lid, but it made the perfect base for a centerpiece. It adds extra dimension and color to my tablescape. It could also be hung as wall decor.
Start thinking outside the box and you'll be surprised at all the ways you can repurpose vintage goods. What's your favorite repurpose?
Thank you to our contributing authors, Meg and Rich of Ruffles and Overalls. Meg and Rich are parents of six and mobile boutique owners. They love all things vintage and repurposed. Look for them in our next issue and follow them at rufflesandoveralls.com as they share their latest finds, adventures, and DIY projects.
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