Reuse, Renew, Recycle : Furniture and Home Accessory Restoration
With the New Year almost here, people are making resolutions to get more organized, complete unfinished projects, get rid of things they no longer use, and possibly redo or update their decor. Well before you start throwing everything out, STOP, and thing about whether or not you could reuse, renew, or recycle the item!
To reuse an item means to leave it in it’s current state, with exception of adding decor to the item, or decorating the item itself. There are so many items in your home that are undiscovered treasures, all they need is a little TLC.
Take for example this old cake pan… No Teflon coating here. Just good old fashion metal and rust. That doesn’t make it useless though.
They can make charming shadow boxes that can be left unfinished or painted, and can go from contemporary to rustic country style. Use fabric, ribbon, wood, old pictures, artistic photos, knickknacks, and decorations of all kinds to create a work of art that is personal to you.
In addition to shadow boxes, older pans can also be creative accessories for a space. The above pan is photographed as a grouping with glass and flowers by Bente D.
I love this old gold prospector’s pan, it has so much character! I would use this in a contemporary or eclectic space in a heartbeat.
To renew an item means to either restore it, or to redo it to make it like new. This can be done with paint, refinishing the wood, or even just giving something a thorough cleaning.
The before shot of this poor headboard doesn’t even begin to show the wear and tear it suffered. It had initials carved into it, and other damages that couldn’t be hidden by re-staining it, but that didn’t make it worthless.
Here it is shown painted and with added decoration. Beautiful isn’t it? The piece was restored by Cindy of My Romantic Home. She sanded the piece down and filled in the damaged and carved spots, then painted it a pretty, soft white. A little perseverance goes a long way.
Antiques that seem worthless because of damage can also be restored to new life by sanding and re-staining them, however if it is a real antique, you should seek professional help in restoring the item. The examples below are the work of Soule Furniture Restoration Inc.:
After years of neglect and improper care, even the most well built furnishings can start to deteriorate and look like the chest above.