Jan 15, 2014

Recycle, Transform & Love Your Home

Do you Love Your Home? You should!
My advice for keeping your home looking up to date and fresh for a long period of time is to buy items that are interchangeable from room to room. Try to stay with a color scheme or style that flows with the whole house.
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But most importantly....BE RESOURCEFUL!
The above two photos are of the same room taken only one month apart. One is not necessarily a favorite over the other but as seasons change, our family needs change. Two small projects happened here that made this family room function like it's from a whole different house.
Cost? ZERO!
The goal here was to make the TV more visible for winter movie nights. It was a little too high on the mantel. You can view how it was framed in so simply HERE. By only nailing the pine wood around the electronics and avoiding any glue made this option way easier to accomplish. 

Removing the wood slats and setting them aside for the next project was the first step. Then came the relocation of the TV.
A thin foyer table (link on how it was made HERE) was a perfect option to use for a television console because it's tall enough and narrow enough for viewing the screen. But a different look would be nice. So the wood from around the fireplace was used to help "bulk up" the table to support the cable box and to frame in the faux doors that are actually from this...
An old fence that has been one of the best treasures for DIY projects. Cut into two same size pieces and nailed to the center of the foyer table.
The dark wood you see here is from a loft bed that is no longer being used. If you like doing projects with wood, invest in a nail gun and air compressor. Key to making DIY projects go smooth and fast.
Matching handles were screwed into the front to make it look like it functions as a cabinet, but it doesn't. The rest was coated in white paint - not too neatly. Notice the sides are all 8 inch pieces layered to cover the sides. They came from the pine wood removed from above the mantel. Why cover it?
The foyer table was very narrow due to it's home prior to being a television console. A boxy cabinet seemed to fit the look for the new space and the cable box required a little deeper top.
The cool thing is....all the wood that is covering the foyer table now can be easily removed with just a hammer. This is what I mean by "Be Resourceful"! Think about projects you may want to do in the future, don't make anything too permanent.
You would never know such a pretty foyer table hides beneath this rugged cabinet. It will reveal itself again in the future, surely.
Are you wondering what happened to the fireplace mantel?
The left is before and the right is after.
Having a decorative focal point for this room was very important so moving electronics was the best thing that ever happened to this space.
All that was used to cover the giant hole was this...
An old window that just happened to be the perfect size. The glass panes were painted with white primer so that it was no longer see through. Small metal corner brackets secure it to the wall.
(this picture is from Christmas 2012 - link HERE)
That cute window has been used in many different ways and you can see some of them HERE.
Do you recognize the black mirror? If you guessed that it used to be above the foyer table...you are right. Just a  little black paint made it perfect for the mantel.
The great thing is that you don't even have to buy anything to create a completely different space. Try to envision what you already have into what you really want. If you want perfection, you may need to make an investment but if you can be happy with your own creations - this post is for you.
The backdrop here is the old window that was hung horizontally previously, just positioned on the floor vertically behind to console.
A little vision can go a long way.
Recycling your own furniture and creating a new look with them will help you Love Your Home longer and save you money.

22 comments :

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Great tips! Your home is so beautiful!

Kelly said...

Those are some great tips! I follow one myself allowing me to move things from room to room. I've slowly gotten almost my whole house in the same color scheme. I think it feels larger that way too. I like your tv on the wood piece you made. I've often thought that tv's above a mantel are too high to see comfortably. I think they should be more at eye level when you're sitting down. I don't blame you for relocating yours.

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

I can only say 'wow'.... you have a gift!

NanaDiana said...

You are a smart girl. We decided not to do our tv above the mantle here. It is just too high for most people to view comfortably. You did a great job repurposing things,Holly. Love it-xo Diana

Katie Mansfield said...

We have a nail gun for our compressor. I need a tutorial for how to set the thing up.
What did you put in the foyer? I can't wait to see.

Cozy Little House said...

I am SO proud of you! I can't believe you did all that. It looks fabulous! You may have found a whole other career here. Have you really lived there that long?
Brenda

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love the changes, they are so beautiful, and you always have such beautiful vignettes. Hugs, Marty

Junkchiccottage said...

Holly
These changes are great. I just redid my kitchen and recycled things I had to get a whole new look no money spent. Your ideas are great
Kris

chateau chic said...

Every time you show your home, it looks completely different, Holly. Yes, your creativity and woodworking abilities continue to amaze me!!
Mary Alice

Sally LoveOfHomes said...

I love your style! Your house is always beautiful!!

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

All great ideas Holly!! Looks wonderful :)

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I love the way you recycle and re-use! I'm pretty good at doing that with crafting...but not so much at doing it with decorating and DIY. Thank you for the tips and for sharing so many lovely projects! You are always inspiring!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the new looks you got out of things you already had, Holly! I especially love the new look to the window and mirror on your mantel now. I had to scroll up and down to see their before positions and then how great they look after.

Cheryl Thornton said...

Looks great Holly! You are definitely the queen of resourcefulness! and I LOVE that this was done with barely a budget using just what you already had!

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love your fireplace screen what a fabulous idea!!! Your home is always so beautiful, thanks for sharing and thanks for your sweet comment..xxoo
Kristin

Angela Ryder said...

Lady, you are sooooo talented!!! Do these ideas just pop into your head??!! Love it!!~~Ang

Ann said...

I'm loving that window as a screen!! I have been buying and creating things in the same palette and really didn't realize it. Most of the items are interchangeable and I like that too.
Ann

Helen Feriante said...

Holly, I LOVE your blog. It has given me the courage to try my hand at making many so many new reusable pieces for our small, but cozy student apartment.

I love how you can change up a room, even with small accent pieces or big pieces like a reclaimed window frame.

I always look forward to seeing, what you'll change up or make next!

Pendra said...

You are the most creative person I (virtually) know, and you have NO fear! I think my fear holds me back some time, I'm working on that and getting better. My new (old) home is looking more and more like I want it to all the time and as we have been here about a year now it should!!! I've learned to use what I have and re-work, re-finish, paint, slipcover... in other words get really creative to fill our home with a décor we love at a price we can afford, and I've learned soooo much from you. I really need to invest in a nail gun and air compressor, as I inherited all my dad's woodworking equipment... now if I only lived down the block from you for some mentoring! Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas, keep them coming!!!
Hugs,
Pendra

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a wonderful post, Holly! Either way you home is inviting and so well styled. Smart tip! Shop the house... that's what I say!

Lawanna Brown said...

Holly, I don't think I am ever surprised at all the talent you have, it's truly a gift. I think that is what freaks people out about decorating, they think it's going to cost them an arm and a leg. So to be able to have an example to look at really helps. I always think of a home in that, a change is as good as a vacation and cost a lot less. Keep those changes coming, we all need more vacations. I can remember when all our kids lived at home the furniture seldom stayed in the same spot for more than a week or two. We were on more vacations than I can count. love ya, mom

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love the idea of re-using what you have in a new way! Thanks so much for stopping by! You have a lovely blog...I am a new follower!

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