Replace, Repurpose Or Repair? Tips For Homeowners

I think we are all going to learn something from our time of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, and one of the things I’m learning is that I can make do with less – and I can work with what I already have.

Especially now, with many shops closed and me reluctant to go out, I find myself carefully evaluating whether I really need to throw something away or whether I can find another use for it around the home or garden.  It’s what generations before me did, and it actually feels very satisfying.

So I thought this post, brought to me by a guest writer, would be a fun one to share today.

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Replace, Repurpose Or Repair? Tips For Homeowners

If you’re a homeowner, chances are that you will, at some point, find yourself in a situation where you need to decide what to do with household items, furniture and appliances that have seen better days.

Most of the things we buy today won’t last a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean that tossing them in the trash pile is always the best course of action. In many cases, it is possible make repairs or to repurpose your possessions to extend their lifespan. If you’re a creative crafter, a DIY enthusiast, or a savvy saver, here are some tips to help you make the most of the items you buy or inherit.

Furniture

Furniture is functional, but it also has a hand in making our homes look fabulous. If you’ve inherited or purchased pieces of furniture in the past, you might find yourself wondering what to do with a chair, chest or table that is past its best. If you’ve fallen out of love with an armchair, your tastes have changed, or your table has got a wonky or missing leg, there are options you can explore.

If the piece is in good working order, you could consider donating it to charity or selling it online. Another option is altering the aesthetic so that it complements your style and the look of the room. Painting kitchen units is an excellent example of a simple way of revamping and freshening up something that might not be to your taste to create a brand new look, for example.

If you have pieces that are tired, worn or damaged, explore the possibility of breathing new life into your furniture before throwing it in the trash pile. You could exercise your creative skills and talents and take on an upcycling project.

Upcycling is increasingly popular and it involves restoring and potentially repurposing items to use or display in your home. You could turn an old coffee table into a cool, retro games table for the kids or grandchildren, for example. If you’re new to upcycling, you’ll find a host of guides and video tutorials online.

 

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Appliances

Buying appliances for your home can be expensive, so it’s natural to feel a little anxious if your refrigerator has started making funny noises or your washing machine isn’t working properly. When thinking about repairing or replacing kitchen appliances and electronics, it’s always wise to weigh the pros and cons before you decide what to do. If it’s going to cost you a huge amount of money to call an expert to repair your freezer or refrigerator, and the work won’t extend its lifespan significantly, it’s worth considering buying a replacement.

On the other hand, if you can arrange quick, affordable freezer repair, and you won’t need to worry about buying a new freezer for a few years, this option is likely to appeal. Get some quotes for repairs and research the cost of buying new. If you purchased your appliances a long time ago, replacing them might save you money in the long-term, as new technology is greener and more energy-efficient.

 

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Home Accessories

Many of us like to use decorative accessories and finishing touches to make our homes aesthetically pleasing and unique. Buying accessories is a great way to channel new trends and change the look of a room without spending a fortune.  But you don’t have to get rid of the accessories that have fallen off of the interior design magazine seasonal must-have lists or chuck broken items out. If you have plant pots or frames that are damaged or dated, for example, it may be possible to either repair or revamp them. You can reframe pictures and photographs or restore existing frames, and you can often fix broken storage pots and ornaments that have taken a tumble or spent too long in a box in the attic.

The choices you make will depend on how much you want to keep the item in question and the extent of the damage, but it’s always worth exploring all the options on the table. It’s worth seeking advice if you do want to restore a vase, a clock, a mirror or a frame, but the job requires specialist skills and expertise.

 

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As a homeowner, you might find that your taste changes or you find yourself trying to decide whether to replace or repair a kitchen appliance or a treasured piece of furniture. Sometimes, it’s possible to restore and revamp furniture and accessories and to extend the lifespan of washing machines, freezers and ovens. Before you decide whether to replace, repurpose or repair, weigh up your options, consider costs and don’t be afraid to get creative.

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Decorating with Vintage Glass

It wasn’t fun coming home after our recent trip to Hawaii.  Cold mornings, wearing layers again, drab gray days.  I missed all the color and the tropical foliage.

I was tempted to add some tropical decor to our living room.  But in the middle of winter, and here in the Pacific Northwest, that wouldn’t look right.

So I opted for a subtle, airy botanical look with a limited color palette.  And to keep it interesting, I used vintage glass containers.

Glass and the Weak Winter Sun

One advantage to using glass in winter decor is that it reflects and amplifies natural light.  And in winter, we need all the natural light we can get.

Patron bottle as found in a thrift store.
Sunlight in a bottle? A thrift store Patron bottle and a vintage flower frog capture the morning sun.

Shopping My Own House

Of course, another advantage to using vintage glass for decor is that it’s inexpensive and easy to find.  I had some stashed around my house:  Bottles, flower frogs, and a glass float.

My husband Chris always has cool stuff I can use.  (He is quick to remind me that I sometimes call his cool stuff “junk” until I find it useful.)

This time he had some vintage kerosene lamps.

Vintage kerosene lamp

One of them was missing the glass shade, but I liked it better without one.

Vintage kerosene lamp

A Variety of Foliage

I used a combination of artificial foliage and live plants in clay pots.

Decorating with vintage glass

 

Decorating with vintage glass

 

Decorating with vintage glass

 

Decorating with vintage glass

I’m surprised at how this little bit of glass decor has livened up our living room.  And, since it’s so affordable and easy to come by, I’ll be keeping my eyes open for new pieces.  It would be fun to try denser layers and collections of glass during the winter months.

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About Kerosene Lamps

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Before electricity, kerosene lamps were an essential source of light in many homes.  But if tipped over, they could become the source of disastrous fires.  Today, we can appreciate their vintage charm without having to rely on them for light.

In the right setting, a carefully chosen kerosene lamp can become art.  And as a collectible, they are still very affordable – and plentiful.  A search on Etsy turns up a treasure trove of kerosene lamps.

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Second Tuesday Art Walk #7: Dresser and Cabinet Makeovers

If I gave two DIYers identical pieces of furniture and said “Take this piece and make it your own,” I would get two completely different results. That’s the fun of furniture makeovers:  Everyone has a unique approach.

So in this month’s Art Walk, we’re looking at inventive ways to make over old dressers and stereo cabinets.  Why dressers and stereo cabinets?  Because there are so many of them out there in need of a little love.

You would not believe what some of these pieces looked like before their makeovers.  If you want to see before photos, or if you want to learn more about a process, click on any photo to be taken to the original post.

Let’s begin!

Hollywood Glam

I love how Tarah at Grandma’s House DIY paired black paint with glass knobs for this stately look.   She used a gloss finish over the paint to get that elegant sheen.

Photo courtesy of Grandma House DIY

The Power of Prep Work

I have long admired the work of Nicole over at Visual Heart.  Her makeovers of mid-century pieces are so airy and cheerful.  And turning an ugly particle board duckling into this beautiful swan took a lot of vision – and a lot of prep work.

Photo courtesy of Visual Heart

Dresser Turned Vanity

Over at Lolly Jane, twin sisters Kelli and Kristi didn’t just make over a vintage dresser – they converted it into a charming bathroom vanity.  I have always wanted to do this.

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She’s Got Legs

Carol at The Red Painted Cottage took a boring square box of a dresser and made it adorable by painting it and adding legs and a wood plank top.

Photo courtesy of The Red Painted Cottage

An Artist’s Touch

When Miss Mustard Seed paints a dresser, she really paints it.  The choice of colors and the careful distressing make this piece spectacular.  I only wish I were artistic enough to try this.

Photo courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

Stencils

Stencils are a fantastic way to add impact to any piece.  A mix of wood grain, paint, and stenciling by Carrie at Dream Green DIY brings balance and interest to this piece.

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When Less is More

My husband Chris brought home a raggedy mid-century stereo cabinet that he wanted to convert to a liquor cabinet.  I was eagerly envisioning a makeover similar to something Nicole would do.

But then Chris noticed that the piece was made of mahogany.  And he is never one to paint over quality wood.  So he did an honest restoration of the existing wood.  Now it’s a handsome and timeless liquor cabinet.

Paring it Down

Sometimes removing something from a piece highlights what is left.  I found a worn little “princess” dresser covered in a cheap, dingy floral laminate.  It was probably originally intended for a girl’s bedroom.

After some chalk paint and antiquing, the dresser is more mature.  And its whimsical curves can finally take center stage.

Thanks for joining me on the Art Walk today.  And thanks to the folks who allowed me to share their work.

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