GO GREEN-DECORATE WITH ANTIQUES, AUCTION, FLEA MARKET FINDS Recycling old furniture, repurposing architectural items, and finding different uses for old items is a great way to GO GREEN and at the same time have a home that truly reflects you.
News-Antique.com - Jul 20,2008 - Recycling old furniture, repurposing architectural items, and finding different uses for items is a great way to GO GREEN and at the same time have a home that truly reflects you. People often say “I don’t know where to begin” or “what if it looks terrible?” The answer is “just begin” and “so what, it’s not permanent.”
Spend some time wandering antique stores, flea markets, garage sales, internet sites and pay attention to items that catch your interest. Is it the color, the shape, the type of object? When I started “antiquing” several years ago, I found I was constantly drawn to old butter churns, spinning wheels, kitchen items. I now know these items how lucky I am today and I truly appreciate the women of the past.
Items can be repurposed in your home. Old windows are now decoupaged with favorite family photos and serve as towel racks in the bathroom, stacked vintage suitcases serve as a guest room end table and provide extra storage. The garden is filled with items no longer serving their original purpose. An old wagon seat sits under a rose-covered trellis provides extra seats, an old metal bed serves as a perfect place for a “bed of roses” in the corner.
Set no rules on your choices, find objects that appeal to you. If necessary, repurpose them in a new function or form, and by doing so automatically RECYCLE and GO GREEN.