The Art of Reusing

I am by no means a “crafty” person. I love the idea of it and enjoy doing artistic activities, but when it comes to repainting furniture, recovering a chair or weathering an old side table, I am not your girl. But I’ve got you someone that can do that ;) However, if you are feeling adventurous this weekend and want to tackle that old dining table, here are some tips and tricks for getting it done right.


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PAINT

Sand. Sand. Sand. Prime. Prime. Prime. If you want the paint to stick and last, you must sand and prime it. Get creative in what you’re painting. Need a mirror that goes better with your room color, paint it! Want all white picture frames, paint it! Hate the color of your hardwoods, paint them! It’s way cheaper than replacing them!


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image via Urban Electric

STAIN

Wood can really add warmth to a space. So switch the coloring to better coordinate with your space. Just like with painting something, you will want to sand it first and in the direction of the wood grains. And remember, stain almost always dries lighter than it looks at first so have patience.


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WALLPAPER

Cover an old piece of furniture or ugly mirror frame. It’s a great way to add pattern, texture and style. A lot of great companies carry peel and stick/removable wallpaper lines that are perfect for your at home DIY projects!


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ART

Mixing art styles keeps a room interesting. So if you have a modern style home, reframe a traditional art piece in a sleek, modern frame. If you love the frame but are not so crazy about the frame, ditch the art and reuse the frame. And if you feel so brave, try creating your own art pieces for your home. This will give you the customized color, size and style at an unbeatable price ;)


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FABRIC

Get creative! Think about using the same lamp base, but covering the lampshade in a fresh fabric. Nothing, in my opinion, beats an old furniture frame covered in a fresh, modern fabric. it adds interest, freshness and keeps that old pieces looking new!


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REARRANGE

Last, but certainly not least, my advice for “reusing” would be to try simply rearranging. Sometimes a piece just feels off in a space and we can immediately think that it just doesn’t work. Instead of getting rid of it, try moving it! I cannot tell you the amount of times I have moved pieces of artwork, decor and furniture around my home. You never know it’s perfect place until you try them all!


And remember that every room needs a flea market find :)