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Decorating – How to repurpose and reuse what you already have

Redecorating can be an expensive task, and it often means we end up throwing out items that still have life left in them.  So if you’re in the mood to change your home around, bring in a new colour scheme, or update your furniture style, its time to get creative.  Before you head to IKEA, see if you can find inspiration and repurpose and reuse what you already have.  All you need is a little bit of inspiration, and you can bring a whole new feel to your home, without the cost!

 

 

Easy, low cost ways to bring new life to old furniture

Paint/Wax/Stain

Tired of that boring bookcase?  Give old furniture a new lease of life by giving it a fresh coat of paint.  Brighten a room and bring a pop of colour by opting for a standout colour paint like yellow, or forest green.  Using paint is a great way to update the theme of a room, or to update the colour scheme, without having to strip the wallpaper or buy new furniture.  Wanting a more natural look?  Give wooden furniture a fresh coat of wax or stain to bring out the quality and pattern of the wood.

 

Throws

For that coffee table you just really don’t like but don’t want to throw out.  Reuse a patterned throw over the top of a tired looking table to bring a new colour and texture to the room.  Save yourself the expense of buying a new sofa too by bringing soft and cosy throws over the top of worn fabrics.  Throws and blankets in different shades and textures help to add an element of warmth and colour.  Plus, they are great if you need a nap.

 

Repurposed Wood

If you have spare off cuts of wood from a previous DIY project, you can piece together your own furniture.  Craft a small side table, a kitchen spice rack or a wooden hanger for your keys.  Wood is mostly a sustainable source (if purchased and used responsibly).  So its a great natural resource to incorporate into our homes.  You can find old thrown out wood and repurpose it at home.  Keep an eye out for wooden pallets that can make great tables, or even a futon style bed.  Wooden crates can also double up as storage boxes, shelving for walls, planters for your garden or even a side table for your lamp.

 

 

For tips on Feng Shui and how to bring positive energy into your space, check out our latest blog post.  Not ready to repurpose?  Shop our collection of beautiful sustainable gifts for your home, shop our Homeware Collection.

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