Give Old Furnishings a New Purpose

With a bit of imagination, furniture and found objects can do double-duty in your home.

  • A chair is a chair is a chair is a chair ... except when it’s an easel.
  • As soon as Radhakrishnan got the table inside, she realized that it looked perfect in the entry — and so, there it has stayed for the past four years.
  • Stoffer has incorporated many other antiques into her own kitchen and the kitchens of her clients, including a dish dresser that was built around glass cabinetry doors salvaged from her home’s original butler’s pantry, an Eastlake bed frame that she turned into a range hood, doors as refrigerator panels and old art glass windows as cabinet doors.
  • Chairs as easels, closets as cupboards ... there really is no end to the way furniture can be repurposed. And even items that were not at all intended for residential use can bring beauty and function to your home.
  • Fabricated of plastic and lacquered high-gloss red, the shelving units stand 90-inches tall. "Like any good runway model," says Drake, "they appear even more attenuated because of their slim lines." © 2010 Scripps Networks, L.L.C. All rights reserved
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