House and Home March 2016
Four Ways to Liven Up Your Home Decor with Repurposed Items
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Having a unique, well-designed living space doesn't have to be expensive. With a little creativity, you can repurpose old items into new furnishings or art pieces. Here are four ways you can incorporate repurposed items into your decor. 

1. Antique Trunks
A repurposed trunk that serves as decorative storage is a whimsical look that can add a rustic feel to your home. If you have an antique trunk from grandma, or if you find a great piece at a garage sale, use it in your living room as a unique coffee table. It can double as easily accessible storage for extra pillows and blankets.

2. A New Use for Vintage Ladders
Everyone needs a few house plants to add greenery to their home. A vintage wooden stepladder can become a tiered plant stand and add a creative touch. This impromptu plant stand will let light in at varying heights, but won't take up too much space. And it can be easily moved to help your plants get the sun and shade that they need.

3. Pick a Cohesive Color Scheme
Paint isn't just for walls. If over the years you have collected various types of coffee tables, end tables, and frames, then eventually you're house might start to look a little too mishmash. Pick a paint color that you love then update all pieces by sanding and refinishing them. This paint job will make your furniture look more like a cohesive set with very little effort—and money! If painting seems like too much work, try spray paint. There are durable spray paints available that will help ensure you don't miss any of the nooks and crannies.

4. Unique Wall Art
Hanging the things you love, whether it's a guitar, record albums, or maps, can bring a personalized artistic touch to your home without additional costs. If you don't want to invest in new artwork, turn your favorite items into art by displaying them. Make sure that items are safe behind sturdy frames, or if mounting instruments, that you're using the appropriate wall hangers.

William Brundage  -  (248) 980-2455 House and Home  -  March 2016 

William Brundage, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel, 294 E Brown St , Birmingham MI 48009
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