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April 22, 2013

It's almost official (is that an oxymoron?!) - Monday
is our designated Repurposefulness Day, okay?

And, as it so happens, today is National Earth Day.
What better way to celebrate than with repurposing?

How can you tell that this flower show was held in England?
The mossy driver is in the passenger's seat!

Visit your local auto junk yard, buy a wrecked Yugo, put it in your
truck bed, take it home, cover it in glued-on flower seeds, add water.

 There are other simple ways to dress up your garden or patio:

What a beautiful and artistic planting station.

Next time you're at the flea market look for old
soda crates.  They make interesting shadow boxes. 

Note:  My only criticism of this darling table is that the top should be
cut to fit the crates.  Glass/plexi-glass edges can be quite dangerous. 

Bookends go retro in this next DIY project:
Two words:  glue gun!

Don't toss that old plastic dinosaur into the recycle bin.  Cut out a hole
and plant something in it.  Your little one will enjoy watching it grow:
                                                                                                              The Thrills of Hills

While we're on the subject of dinosaurs (how many
times to you get to say that in a typical day?!) . . . .

. . . . little hands will have such fun
helping you string this necklace.

Jewelry designer Sara Gallo created a colorful
necklace using Barbie high heels - so sassy!

On a more rustic note . . . . .
. . . . . a vintage glass telephone pole insulator mounted on a
piece of old wood makes a quaint candle holder or light fixture.

Wouldn't this be adorable in a country kitchen?

Using a shutter as a plate rack is
such a simple and charming idea.

If you have an armoire or entertainment center
that's seen better days, turn it into a pantry.

Old filing cabinets are fairly easy to find in thrift shops and are
usually inexpensive.  Spray paint one, add a cutting board and a
utensil rack - voile! - a mini kitchen island with space for recipes.

Believe it or not, this lovely stained glass panel is
actually composed of the bottom of wine bottles.

LOVE this library card catalog end table:

You might not be lucky enough to find a card catalog
but maybe you'll come across one of the drawers.

I can't end today's post without something special for our furry friends.

Hide a doggie door behind a kitchen cabinet:

Not only can a cabinet hide the doggie
door, it can also serve as a kennel:

One man's old tv cabinet is man's best friend's throne!

A thrift store end table makes a darling doggie den.

How practical and charming to use the
under-the-stairs space as a canine condo.

I hope you enjoyed today's post and were inspired by some of these fun ideas.


  1. Some really fun ideas here Jan. Thank you!

  2. Some good repurposing ideas here. I really like the pantry!

  3. I love the car! In a few weeks we have a flower parade in Spalding, UK and this type of thing is everywhere. My children used to come home from primary school with flower dye on their hands from pinning on all the tulips! So yes, England, you are right! Take care. Chel x

  4. Dogs have all the fun.... Not sure that my cat would take to a cat flap in a cupboard tho'. Jx

  5. WOW~ Jan! There are some really great ideas here! You're right that crate table with the sharp cornered glass is cut too large and is dangerous. xo Diana

  6. These are some really great ideas! I love the use of bottom of wine bottles to create that gorgeous stained glass. The room under the stairs for the pet is so ingenious!