Sunday, February 5, 2012

Repurposing Round-Up!

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What is Repurposing?
Repurposing means to use an object in a way other than was originally intended. Sometimes called Up-cycled or Re-styled.

Re-purposing is a mindset,
a way of seeing things 
for what they are and 
what they could be.
“Bates Lowry in the introduction to his book, "The Visual Experience" notes:
Looking and seeing are as different 
as babbling and speaking.
To look means that our eyes operate only to the extent that they keep us from being hit by a car, assist us in learning the news, or amuse us through television.....
Most people only look and do not see.”

"Frederick Franck in "Zen Seeing/Zen Drawing" argues:
We when learn to see, our brain acts to process visual information based on knowledge gained from prior experiences.”

Before you throw anything away 
PLEASE ask yourself,
  • Is this object really Use-LESS??
  • Can I find a new or different way to use this?
  • Could someone else find a use for it?
 Let's get inspired with some lovely pics of repurposing projects...
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Oversized, Vintage
Message Board
Don't turn your back on an old mattress. Hang a mattress spring on the wall for a one-of-a-kind, oversized message board.

Cottage-Style Display Shelf
When you think an item has no functionality, think again. A small, brightly colored stepladder on the wall to function as a display shelf and eye-pleaser


Salvaged Home Office
This home office is filled with items from the junkyard. Sawhorses make up the legs of the desk, a wood pallet works as the desktop and an old ladder provides the framework From:
Headboard Rack
A vintage headboard is given new life as a hanging rack. The designer painted the headboard white and attached a rack with hooks, transforming the headboard into a towel or coat rack for guests.  From:
Repair: No Damage Here
Damaged furniture doesn't have to be thrown away. Marian Parsons suggests hiding imperfections on furniture with decoupage. She used aged sheets of music to hide imperfections on this neglected dresser, while also giving the all-white bedroom a shabby chic look. Other items great for decoupaging furniture are maps, book pages, letters and postcards. "The treatment will hide gouges, water marks, missing veneer and other signs of abuse on furniture," she says. Decoupaging furniture will also add dimension and distinct style to a room.  From:

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