Thursday
Nov062014

Recycled Furniture!

In the design world, there is constantly a search for unique and unusual pieces. Reinventing or repurposing is becoming a big trend, especially when it comes to being earth friendly. You can bring new life to an old piece, whether it be a face lift, a redesign, or changing its function from its original purpose. I love incorporating unique, repurposed pieces into my designs and if you have the patience for a little  "treasure hunting", you'd be amazed at the fantastic things you'll find!

I reused antique "treasures" in several areas of a custom home I recently completed. My favorite is the 1880's Galvanized Highback Rock-n-Drain tub I found outside of LA!!! Most amazing tub I've ever seen and turns out its the same tub that was in the Clint Eastwood Movie "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"! I found a fabulous antique 1920's Myers Pump and worked with the Contractor on retrofitting it to function as the tub filler .... who wouldn't want to take a bath is this piece!

 Or ..... reuse/recyclematerials from past projects or items thrown out to create something fun!

Or use multiple pallets and create large seating areas like this one. This layout  would complete the look in a unique in-home theater. Photo courtesy of Pintrest.

Or use multiple pallets and create large seating areas like this one. This layout would complete the look in a unique in-home theater. Photo courtesy of Pintrest.

It doesn't stop with furniture either! You can use things like glass bottles or scrap metal to create exciting light fixtures for any area of your home. Photos courtesy of Events by Shelbi Rene, and Greypants.

You can even use things like books or newspapers to create lighiting and more importantly, quirky and pretty art pieces like this book wreath. Photo courtesy of Julie Ann Art.

Plus, you can even take things like fruit crates and create accent furniture like coffe tables or end tables that'll brighten up any space! Photo courtesy of DIY Furniture Pallet.

This is another install I did where we found antique license plates and covers all the walls of the powder room with them. You'll never run out of bathroom reading material .....!

The possibilities are endless with recycling/repurposing/reinventing and you're helping keep the earth a little greener.

 

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