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In the spring issue of “Coulee Parenting Connection”, Lisa Grant wrote an article about creating spaces for teens. She had asked us for ideas for the article and we were happy to supply them. You can read the article by clicking the link here. It includes a photo of a redesign we did for three young brothers. Reusing and repurposing items is a great way to get great function and an amazing new look for any room in your home without a lot of expense. It is also so rewarding to get those creative juices flowing.
I had this crazy idea as my children were growing up to save old furniture for my kids to use in their first apartments. So over the years my basement, sadly, became a home for all the things my kids don’t want. The good news, it is also a treasure trove of items begging to be reused. That being said, there are lots of things destined to be donated or thrown out. Know the feeling? But before you call for a dumpster consider some ideas.
A small desk can serve double duty as a nightstand beside a bed and also a home for a small lap top. I have a great looking chest that in its former life was a changing table for my babies. A couple coats of paint and new hardware transformed it into a great piece for my guest room. My grandmother’s old mirror with a somewhat ornate frame got a coat of paint too, and hanging above the “new” chest gives the room a nice eclectic look. Leslie and I have used small book cases, turned on their sides as game tables for kids and cubbies for storage. Once we found a very old step stool with multi colored paint spatterings from years of use. It became a wonderful side table for a chair in a basement redesign and also a great conversation piece. Old trunks can become coffee tables, night stands or end tables. Old bright brass pharmacy lamps or table lamps can become stylish and new simply by giving them a couple coats of spray paint. Old frames don’t necessarily need art in them to give you a focal point on a wall. Select a large empty frame and hang a smaller empty frame inside it.
Think about moving a piece of furniture from one room to another. A china cabinet might look great in a bedroom to display pretty accessories. An antique bedroom chest can make a great buffet in a kitchen or dining room. Move a secretary to an unexpected place such as a foyer or a corner in a family room. A small kitchen table and chairs might have a new life as a game table in a large great room. A small chest of drawers in a bathroom can provide great storage for extra towels and bath items. In a recent redesign we did, a serving table in a dining room became a perfect sofa table in the living room
Thinking out of the box doesn’t need to be limited to repurposing furniture or accessories. How about changing the entire function of a room? Case in point was a project involving a large rectangular great room off a kitchen. The home had a small dining room that was a bit crowded with table, chairs and a china cabinet. For that redesign, the dining furniture was moved into the great room anchoring the end of the room adjacent to the kitchen. Visually, it divided the room into two distinct spaces: the dining room and a much cozier family room more amenable to TV watching and conversation. The former dining room became a den with extra furniture from the family room. Without a shred of construction, our client added an extra room to her house!
So now maybe you are excited to try out new ideas in your home. Great! We hope we have inspired you. But maybe you are thinking…..this would be fun, but I am too busy to get it done. Well, that is great, too. We are here for all your design needs!
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