While we always love decorating with beautiful new high-end furnishings and fabrics, we believe that some well thought-out flea market finds can add a bit of quirkiness and eclecticism to any décor. Reusing and recycling are always good for the environment, and especially now, with Earth Day fast approaching, we went searching for a few new/old finds!
Reuse (or Repurpose)
It is always fun to think of a creative new use for an old item. Upcycle an old piece, and turn it into something different and new. We discovered lots of aviaries that were made from old hutches. Great for all those bird lovers out there! Check out this one that was made from a traditional dark brown highboy.
Photo Credit: We saw it on Pinterest along with a number of other creative make-overs!
Using reclaimed materials for building projects is a great way to reduce – less energy is used, especially if the materials are sourced locally, less will end up in a land-fill, and the finished products will be beautiful and functional.
Photo Credit: We love Antiques on Washington in Bridgeville, PA for beautiful hand-crafted tables from reclaimed wood.
Never pass up an interesting old chair. As long as it is not broken, it can always be repainted or refinished, and with some new fabric, it will probably have a lot of life left in it! (Hint: mismatched chairs around a table can add some visual interest.)
Photo Credit: We found this one on HGTV.com
These simple ideas can help to save resources and reduce pollution, not just on Earth Day, but every day.