Saturday, September 20, 2014

DIY Repurposing

Morning Darlins,
Something about Autumn has us nesting about, 
getting cozy 
 preparing for more entertaining at home.

Thoughts wonder a little... about gifting & the holidays.

Opting to use things we already have in  a new way is very eco friendly.
It's cool to find a new purpose for something vintage. 
We are loving something all over again in a creative new way.

We love candles...
Turning vintage oil cans upside down, setting vintage cheese graters over a lit candle are a couple of ways to see a pretty glow indoors or out.
{The cheese grater would work well with battery operated twinkle lights or candles}

Vintage sweaters...

Made from cable knits, cashmere, cotton, wool etc. 
Easy to craft one of a kind pillows from the body, 
use the cuffs & waist bands to slip onto cups, candles, 
the sleeves for bottles & vases.
Add vintage embelishments & you have something truly special for your space or to gift.

Use that vintage sweater your grandma gave you that you can't part with, enjoy it repurposed.
Gifting a piece of it to a family member keeps it in the family!
Or buy that vintage one you've been eyeing, but it's not really your size!

Vintage equestrian...
Repurposing this as a towel bar for a guest bath
 a bar towel would be unique & memorable!

A wood wire spool...
A cool vintage find. 
I actually have one our electrician gave me years ago!

Wondering how to repurpose it?
This is a piece that needs to be moveable, it's heavy & awkward.
Installing 3 industrial wheels would be perfect.
Adding a cushion constructed from vintage grain sacks  would be awesome.
Raising it on legs would work well for small bar table pared with vintge stools.

My Design tip: Think about vintage pieces with new ideas for uses. Be creative, if something has a story hang on to it. You will find a way to enjoy it a second time around.

Click over to Saturday's "Designing with Vintage" series & shop for vintage items for your Autumn spaces.

A beautiful Autumn day to you
Sweet of you for sharing your time & latte with me!

Photos: Pinterest


  1. I really like all of your vintage repurposed ideas! I love the oil can candle holders and the equestrian toliet paper holder, so unique and cool!

  2. The spool is a great side table for the patio or studio adding that industrial feel to the design, I am going to whip one of theses up.
    I also love the horse bit, could so see creating this for my Grand Father the horsemen he was, his has passed a few years back and he so would have loved this idea !,


  3. Wonderful re-purposing ideas Gail......they are ALL very unique! I personally love the vintage oil funnels ~~~Blessings~~~Roxie


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