4.14.2013

The Collected Reloved

RE-PURPOSED ~ RE-USED ~ RE-LOVED 

 Re-purpose ~ To reuse for a different purpose, on a long-term basis without alteration.

 I love the "reloved" one the best and I may alter something a bit such as the mailbox with "feet". :) I think we antique-rs and modern day treasure hunters were the original going green folks, refusing to throw out something just because its original purpose was outdated or the finish was messed up or a piece was broken. Sharing with you today some ways I have re-loved some pieces in my home. :) Unless you are having a tea party (I want to) or you really do serve your cream in a sweet vintage piece like this, most of these romantic dishes of yesteryear go unused. I use one as a q-tip holder on my make-up table.  Makes a very utilitarian item very special.

An old mailbox re-purposed into a caddy for our chicken coop essentials makes a cute statement on its front porch.

 This old double wash tub stand did its second duty as a beverage holder at our son's wedding party.  Now it's on its third duty as a planter for my basil and other herbs, soon to be planted.

In the kitchen, I have used vintage cut and pressed glass creamers and pitchers as containers for our flatware.  So useful and practical and makes an everyday item take on a very romantic appeal..... so Frenchy. Next to that, you can see a large fruit embossed pot. That was originally a garden planter, now housing all my cooking utensils.

In the bath, a vintage glass light cover has become a cloche, keeping the paper rinsing cups tidy and clean.  Another everyday item, now given a  useful, very important status. :)

On the porch, an old stand up birdcage stand now holds a vintage floral tole chandelier.  I love this idea because the light can be moved wherever it's needed for some night time ambiance.

An old country church pew, unwanted and unloved, has become a much loved piece in our foyer.  A place to sit and pull on those winter boots or throw my purse, and most importantly holds my website packages, waiting to go out in the next day's mail.  :)

I know so many of my visiting bloggers re-purpose and reuse.  I would love to know how.  I wish you a wonderful and sweet upcoming week. 
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19 comments :

Sarah said...

Yes, recycling has been around a long time. '-)
Your repurposed pieces are each perfect for their new job. '-)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

ALL very cute and wonderful ideas!

Well done.

The old painted mailbox is just too cute - such whimsy!!

Blondie's Journal said...

It's nice to give things a second life, they become new treasures for yourself or someone else. Your mailbox is so darn cute...I bet the chickens love it! I like your idea for utensils...it made me think. I have been looking for a new paper towel holder, did you know there are thousands out there? How about a cute flower pot?

Thanks for a great post helping us to re~think, re~purpose!

XO,
Jane

Betsy Brock said...

My favorite part? "reloved" :)

Olive said...

Love the church pew. I have an old bird cage holder but the hook is missing-now you have me thinking. I have all my bathroom goodies corralled on an expensive silver footed tray that I will never use but this way I get to see it everyday. xo, Olive

Shirley said...

Hi Lynn,
Wow, what great use of things that might have seen the end of life before it's time..I love each one with the bird stand/light being tops. Awesome...

Junkchiccottage said...

Lynn,
You know me I am all about the relove!!! You did some beautiful repurpose of things. Love this post.
Kris

Alycia Nichols said...

I love the idea of repurposing the wash tub for a beverage station! That's pretty cool! I also like the chicken coop station and the cloche over the disposable drinking cups! That last one is an idea I may have to use around here!!!

We reuse and repurpose a lot of things around here including those stupid plastic grocery bags (my husband doesn't have a reusable tote, so he ends up bringing those home on occasion) that become trash liners or lunch sacks; pillow cases that are used to corral blankets and quilts to keep dust off during off months; old sheets & towels become drop cloths; old tiles become trivets...the list goes on. I hate to toss perfectly good things, but I have to walk that fine line between resourcefulness and hoarding! :-) Good post, Lynn!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Yep, we were green before it was cool! Love your bench and your q tip holder, my cups just sit around looking pretty and I don't even have tea parties. Now, go pick up that egg shell on the counter before you get salmonella LOL!

Carol

ImSoVintage said...

I have done it most of my adult life. Thanks for sharing how you have repurposed. xo Laura

mimi the zookeeper - said...

i've repurposed my whole life! i used to think it was because i didn't have the money to buy new....but now i realize i have always looked at things and figured an alternative use for them. my mom always tells people "don't set something down near mimi. she will re-paint it!" haha (one of my favorite repurposings? an old bicycle basket that i hung in my toilet room to hold magazines.)

Beverly said...

I reuse things, too, Lynn. We have an old church pew on our upstairs landing.

Anne said...

Love your repurposed pieces!That bench is so cool I would LOVE to find one! Love the double sink and makes a wonderful planter!And the birdcage stand and chandy are gorgeous!!!!!
xx
Anne

Sandi McBride said...

Wow Lynn, I am so enthralled with all these wonders...thank you
Sandi

Kelly said...

Love that cool old washtub, and I love the term "reloved." :)

Kelly @ View Along the Way

Jeanne Selep said...

I totally agree with the idea of re-loved... I have so many pieces I feel I have rescued from those who can't appreciate them.

http://jeanneselep.blogspot.com/2013/04/spring-hutch-arrangement.html

Cheryl Goode-MacKinnon said...

I love so many of your ideas, the old wash sink, the light fixture as a cloche ~ I think my favorite is the bird cage hanger ~ love it....
Thanks for sharing,
Cheryl
zany-mayd.blogspot.com

Amber Koogler said...

My mom always says that as an antiquer she was recycling before it was the cool thing to do! Great ideas! Love the church pew! Thank you for sharing at the Give Me The Goods Link Party! http://dimplesandpigtales.blogspot.com

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

ha ha .. been "reloving" while people asked "what are you going to do with that JUNK ? "
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