I think people rush out to the stores to buy things before they’ve given what they already have a shot.
Why is this?
Because people don’t often think outside of the box. And that’s what you have to do when you repurpose something to become something else.
Got a dresser that you don’t want hidden in the bedroom, and want out on display? Turn it into a coffee bar or put it in a special spot and display seasonal vignettes on it.
I buy indoor/outdoor chairs at Pier 1. Whenever you buy something that is considered indoor/outdoor, it always seems to be cheaper. Which is kind of funny, since it has more purposes!
I want to move something in a room with an outdoor chair in it, I move it outside. If I need another chair somewhere inside, I go out on the patio and get an indoor/outdoor chair and put a nice cushion in it.
Need a desk but don’t have the money for one? Well, I’m in that position right now. I’m working on an office space, so I won’t show you any of it till it’s complete.
But look around and see what you’ve got that with a little thought, could become your desk.
If it’s not big enough for your needs, add something else, a table for instance.
Things do not have to match. In fact it looks better if it doesn’t.
I stand there and think of what all that item could become in various rooms. Because if I’m going to buy it, it’s going to be multi purpose so I’m getting more bang for my buck.
Need some shelf space up high, but only have a short shelf? Put it up on a table and you have instantly got what you wanted. And didn’t have to pay a dime.
The secret, really, is to make things look like they go together.
When first you look at it, you may think, this doesn’t look right. But then use your creativity to make it look right.
By adding things to it, trying things out, edit and add, add and edit until it just somehow begins to look right!
It isn’t as hard as it sounds. If you put something together and pretty it up, people will not notice that it is just a table with a shelf on it. They will see it as a great piece and not even think about it being two pieces.
A sleight of hand!
Have a dining table, but you never use it? Then repurpose it somewhere else in your home. Use it as a desk, for instance. Use it in a craft room to do your crafts. Use it for your sewing machine.
Just because we have a dining room, doesn’t mean we have to use that space as a dining room. We can make it an office, studio, den, book nook, play room, whatever you need most.
That is also the secret of living in small spaces. You have to make them work for you.
So before you head out to the stores to find that special something, make certain that that special something is not right there in front of you. But you’ve just never looked at it in that way.
You will save money. You will save time and effort from going around from store to store looking for that special piece.
If you have a piece but it just doesn’t have that much going for it, you can give it new life in many ways. Paint it, stencil it, add wood appliques, change knobs.
The sky is the limit!
Now walk around your home and garage, basement or attic, and look at your things in a whole new way. Tilt your head to the side and look at that piece of furniture from every conceivable angle.
It has many, many possibilities. You just haven’t discovered them yet.
As Confucius said: “He who will not economize will have to agonize.”