To give a London kitchen a striking focal point (not to mention acres of built-in storage), designer Egon Walesch had a haberdashery display cabinet from a department store cut down to size to create a unique kitchen island. “Toughened (or tempered) glass provides an excellent work surface, and the drawers, previously used for storing gloves, scarves and hats, provide excellent space to accommodate and display treasured crockery and table linens,” says Walesch.
For a bit of industrial style in your kitchen, upcycle a light fixture. Designers with McNeal Walker Interiors in Atlanta found the metal fixture at the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore and repurposed it to fit in their kitchen redo.
Install glass shelving to stock up a bar and display favorite bottles and garnishes. For an inexpensive industrial feature, Carlton Walker and Tony McNeal of McNeal Walker Interiors repurposed an old metal kitchen light with a cage purchased at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Use buttons to dress upcycled objects as ornaments. Here, a simple Mason jar lid was turned into a tree ornament by covering its interior with glitter paper and an assortment of decorative buttons.
To help dress up the "big girl" side of the room, designers repurposed an antique armoire by painting it a classic, mint green and adding new crystal drawer pulls. Then, they added a couple of fun prints and a globe to give the space a chic, more grown up touch.
Create several gifts from one vintage license plate with cut metal keychains. Search antique stores for old steel plates ranging in different letters and numbers. Use metal snips to cut out the letters and numbers, then sandpaper the edges. Add a hole along the top with a drill and a 1/8-inch drill bit, then attach a metal key ring into the hole.
Make It: Turn outgrown baby shoes into holiday ornaments by adding a four-inch section of rope or twine to the shoes' straps, and then tying two small knots to connect the pair. To hang securely, place one shoe on each side of a branch until they hang evenly.
An old, sturdy golf bag makes a perfect storage station for gardening tools large and small. Rakes and shovels fit it in the top, and the pockets are perfect for gloves, a bulb planter and other hand tools.
The cool silvers and blues of the contemporary bedroom give it the look of a winter wonderland. Delicate patterns found on the headboard, wallpaper and bedding add depth to the space, while upcycled menswear pillows make a unique style statement.
Decorative gift wrap supplies such as beaded string and/or ribbon can make for excellent crafting material. Give a sparkly update to cone shaped floral foam by covering its exterior with beaded string. First, update the cone with acrylic paint in the same color as the beaded string. Next, wrap the entire cone with the string, keeping it held in place with hot glue.
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