Thursday, January 8, 2015

Re Purposed Items in my Home

Hello everyone!

Since my last post about re purposing an old gate, I decided to find more items in my home that I've found new uses for. I thought you might like seeing them and maybe even give you some ideas of your own.  Many of these have been done by other people as well, so I don't take credit for inventing these ideas!  I just wanted to show you what I've done and enjoyed.


First up, are these clamp lights that you can find in any hardware store.  They are made for working on things where you need better light.  I used them throughout my kitchen as task lighting above my cabinets.  I love the industrial look and their low price!




Here is a close up of one.


Something else found in a basic hardware store are drop cloths.  They are used to protect your flooring while painting, but I'm using them as draperies.  I have these throughout my house too.  I like the weight, color, no sew quality and low price.



These grey wooden doors  are actually TV armoire doors that we took off.  I painted them and hung them on the wall.  Then I hung a preserved boxwood wreath over it.  I love using these doors as a backdrop for something else.  



I love using "found" objects throughout my home.  One of those is this old milk crate.  I'm using it as a planter behind my sofa.



I needed a small table to place beside my chair.  So, I decided to use this wicker hamper that I had on hand.  I love the texture it brings to the room. The size is perfect and I can even fill it with throws to use in the family room.  



This olive bucket is made for holding olives after they're picked from the trees.  I'm using mine to hold firewood next to the fireplace.  Well, in this case, decorative birch logs.  But you get the idea!



I will stop here, but I have several more ideas to share with you.  So, check back and I'll have part 2 of  my re purposed items!

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

37 comments:

angie said...

kelly, I love the old crate with the plant in it !!! they have beautifully decorated !!! love greetings from angie from Germany

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

All great ideas Kelly!

Christine Vandormolen said...

the crate with the plant is awesome!! Love it alL!!!

Little Farmstead said...

I love how your clamp lights look in the kitchen! I've never seen that. My hubby has one in his work area... not for long ;)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I just visited a home where they used a crate inside the fireplace opening for the TV and sat the flatscreen on it. It made it fit in so much more than a regular stand. LOVE that look!

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

From the very frost time(before I had a blog), I found your blog and fell in luv with those lights. I used them in my sons room some years ago... I too have the drop cloths as drapes :)
LUV it!!

White Weathered Hutch said...

I'm a great fan of drop cloth.
Now those doors and boxwood wreath I adore!
Great ideas Kelly!

Cozy Little House said...

I love those doors on the wall. Great idea!
Brenda

Elizabeth BlueClearSky said...

Those are all great re-purposed items, Kelly. I have the drop cloth curtains and pillows. After a long search I found an authentic olive bucket. Would love those lamps and vintage crates like yours.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

All great ideas Kelly...I've always loved the look of those clip lights over your kitchen cabinets!

Susan Newbigging said...

Kelley, I love that you are re purposing things. That is my goal this year is to re-purpose and declutter.

White Lace and Promises said...

I love the industrial look. I wish my whole house was like this, but I don't know how to make it work so I usually do a little vignette every season with a little of the rusty crusty and galvanized.

cynthia lee designs said...

I love those lights in your kitchen!! I use wood crates at my show, but now I'm thinking that I should bring them into the house for display on my off season. I just recently got some curtains from Ikea that looks like drop cloths. I bet drop cloths would of cost a lot less. I just love how yours look at the windows. So pretty!!
~Cindy

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

loving those lights. I would never have thought to use them above the cabinet. do you have outlets up there and can turn on with a light switch? Do you think its chilly enough??

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

These are all great ideas, Kelly. Love your olive bucket. xo Laura

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

Hi Kelly - you have some great re-purposed treasures in your home. I have always liked your clamp lights and I put two of them in my laundry room back in October - just haven't had a chance to blog about them yet, lol. Sheer genius on your part - love the cozy glow!!! Jane

chateau chic said...

These are all great ideas, Kelly.
Mary Alice

Burlap Luxe said...

Love, love your French language here. The machics light is a great accent to your cupboards.
I have and old light that inspire your look.

Love, love love your home.

Xx
Dore

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

All great ideas, Kelly, but my have is the armoire doors! I never would have thought to do that. I think my husband took the doors off the armoire in the basement, and if he did, I'm going to use your idea!

AntiqueChase said...

great post!

Junkchiccottage said...

Kelly,
Love all your repurpose items through out your home. Love the doors you painted and hung on the wall. So sweet with the boxwood wreath. Really great re purpose ideas. I cannot wait to see more.
Kris

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I didn't realize your curtains are no sew dropcloths, Kelly! They look like custom linen panels!

Art and Sand said...

All great ideas.

I use drop cloth fabric for a lot of my projects. I love the color and texture.

hpm.ba said...

The post is very informative. It is a pleasure reading it. I have also bookmarked you for checking out new posts.
Trebinje apartman

Celia Thirlwall said...

Enjoyed todays post Kelly! I'd like to know where you plug them in up there! Thanks:)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love those clamp lamps on the kitchen cabinets and you certainly have great ideas on re-purposing items in your home!...Thanks for the inspiration Kelly and have a great weekend!

Deserae said...

Wonderful ideas....I love the lights in your kitchen!!!!
Have a great weekend!!
~Des

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Love all of your ideas Kelly! I'm copying the armoir doors and the clamp lights! Genius!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Kelly your home is so lovely, just like I like it. Much of your decor has such a lovely patina and the soft fabrics just complement it so well. Love it! Jo

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

These are great ideas! I love the clamp lights. I have almost a whole box of leftover hardwood planks from when we had our floors installed (we had already paid for everything, so they let us keep the extras) and you've got me thinking of how I could use them around my home. Hmm...

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Had to pop back over and tell you that I got the doors hung...not fun! And now I'm going to paint them. They look good and take up space on a big wall without saying much. Thanks for the idea! You inspired me today!

Cynthia said...

Love all these ideas. I'm on the hunt for some old things to add to the house. Have a great weekend

Cindy

Debbie said...

It all looks wonderful, Kelly!
Great ideas!!
Debbie
xo

Anne said...

Your style is so refined and beautiful Kelly!

Katie Mansfield said...

I've used the clamp lights too. I have one in my closet for extra lighting now and then. I love the door idea. So cute. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend.

Sally Somervill said...

Great ideas Kelly. I just love your style! The drop cloth drapes are genius and the industrial clamp lamps look so cool.
Sally

Anne said...

Great tips Kelly! Love your lights, they add a beautiful farmhouse touch. And your basket too. Yes those doors are the perfect backdrop that your wreath.