by Admin | November 7th, 2011
Back when I thought I was going to build my own underground house, I always had a plan to repurpose and recycle as much of the interior fixtures as possible and feasible. This “new” house is no different. It was built in the early 80s and hasn’t seen many updates since. Fortunately, items like the kitchen cabinets were quality cabinets and are still in really good shape. But they are dated. While my heart would love to run out and put in a brand new Ikea kitchen, my brain knows better. I have a goal, to pay off my new home as fast as possible. I never really wanted to have another mortgage again. So a new kitchen just seems counter productive to that goal. So instead I have started planning what I could and would do instead. That includes painting the cabinet doors, etc. Inexpensive ways to update.
Second to updating is decorating. I want a warm, inviting home that is full of character. But I also live in basically a concrete box. The character will have to come in the furnishings. I have next to no budget so it has been funny finding ways to make new uses out of either our old furniture or things we have found. I have no doubt this will be a slow process but I look forward to sharing it with you, slowly!
Today I want to share a few of our transformations.
Our first repurpose was to make an old table into a coffee table.
The table was very old but it had no sentimental value to us, so we had no issue with cutting it down into a coffee table. We simpley cleaned it up with some Murphy’s Oil Soap and called it good. We are very happy with it! Not only does it fit the scale of our room, it is also “not perfect” so our kids can’t really hurt it, only give it more character! LOL
Our second project was this “now” media cabinet. This cabinet was left by the previous owners in the barn. It was full of mouse poop, oil, etc. But the cabinet was handmade and we saw a rustic media cabinet.
Jason took it into work and bleached it really well, sealed the shelves with some poly (just to contain any left over stains, etc) and brought it home. We love it!
This weekend, besides finishing up leaves in the yard, we put together this coat rack. We have acquired many pieces of family furniture over the years. The wood for this coat rack came from my grandmother’s dresser. It had an attached mirror that we noticed had been chopped off at the top, probably to fit into a room with low ceilings at some point. We new we would never use the mirror on the dresser, with the chopped top. The dresser is actually in my son’s room. We decided that the actual mirror was still very useful and had a nice look to it. So we disassembled the mirror and we had this piece of wood left. My husband had the foresight to think we might find a use for it and decided to keep it, rather than trash it. We went to Menards and picked up some Stanley hooks in the hardware section and created a coat rack for under $10 that has way more character than something we could have bought for at least twice the price, and it has a story behind it!