You might have seen them while flipping through magazines, a suitcase doubling as a coffee table, window shutters used as frames on a wall and entire bookcases made of wooden crates. You see, there is no limit to interior decorations just as there is no limit to your imagination.
The key to understanding how this re-purposing of items works is simply to open your mind. Do not label items as “old” or “useless”. Look at them from a creative point view, a loving point of view and they will give you back beauty and style in return. An old door for example may indeed be tattered and broken but within a few hours it can be transformed into a brand new dining table. Just scrub it, varnish it, throw a sheet of glass on it and add 4 legs. It sounds like a lot but a project like this would only cost you a few hundred euros compared to the cost of interior design. Plus, it will be unique, oozing style and character and you will have made something from scratch.
Moreover, you can draw your inspiration from the original use of the items or from their shape. It is not hard to imagine wooden pallets doubling as the base of your DIY sofa. After all, they were made for carrying heavy loads. Similarly, it is not difficult to look at mason jars as vases, they were made to contain stuff. Look at things, really look at them and set your brain in motion. Do you have loads of old magazines? Buy some glue and a sheet of glass and you can turn them into a side table. Do you have huge sangria bottle? Remove the label and turn into a lamp. Anything is possible.
The one thing you should be careful about is of course overdoing it. Recycled items can do wonders for your home but in moderation. In this case, you can have too much of a good thing and the line between “vintage chic” and “hoarders delight” is very thin.
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