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Re-Purposing Old Things Into New
June 7, 2011
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jbowyer01
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wvhomecanner said:

Oh have to show you this!

If you don't like old blue canning jars, don't bother looking laugh

http://shabbyfufu.blogspot.com/2011/04/aqua-candelier-reveal-french-buffet-and.html

 

dede

 

I have a ton of blue jars! This would be perfect for my dining room. Thank you so much for sharing.

June 17, 2011
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The next furniture redo project is probably my laptop desk too… but I'm making it from an old treadle sewing machine base (sold the machine). But before that, we have to move the other pieces around in our offices. DH is getting my old desk, I”m getting the counter in his office, etc. The portable laptop stand is almost the last piece.

 

Has anyone repurposed sewing machine stands into anything but tables? I'd love to see what you've done!

 

Judi

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June 17, 2011
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MalagaCove said:

The next furniture redo project is probably my laptop desk too… but I’m making it from an old treadle sewing machine base (sold the machine). But before that, we have to move the other pieces around in our offices. DH is getting my old desk, I”m getting the counter in his office, etc. The portable laptop stand is almost the last piece.

 

Has anyone repurposed sewing machine stands into anything but tables? I’d love to see what you’ve done!

 

Judi

Judi, I haven't done this myself, but I've seen where someone put together an old sink and the cast iron legs of an old treadle sewing machine to make a planter for their outdoor herb garden.

June 26, 2011
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Cut up old bent plastic blinds into sections several inches long, and use a permanent marker to make them into plants labels. Great way to label plant starts. =)

 

Another repurposed item: a plastic cat litter container with a tiny hole drilled into it that I use to do deep watering. Great way to deep water something slowly in areas where a soaker hose isn't practical, or to conserve water.

June 26, 2011
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Sarah K said:

Cut up old bent plastic blinds into sections several inches long, and use a permanent marker to make them into plants labels. Great way to label plant starts. =)

Another repurposed item: a plastic cat litter container with a tiny hole drilled into it that I use to do deep watering. Great way to deep water something slowly in areas where a soaker hose isn't practical, or to conserve water.

Perfect!  I have a set of blinds that I'm about to replace … been there for some time and the idea for plant markers hadn't occurred to me.  Beats the heck outta cutting up plastic milk cartons which may now become the slow watering container ….

I love this site … ;^)

July 8, 2011
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Judi – I bought the bottom half (read legs, but no top) of an old cast iron sewing machine stand at a yard sale for $2 a few years back.  All I did was take out the brace that went across the center, and used the two sides and pedal section on the bottom as a firewood rack.  I get sooo many comments on how neat it looks, and it fits in well with my old wood/cast iron farm-style decor!

 

Erica

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July 28, 2011
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happy-flowerSeveral years ago I was the happy receipent of a couple of huge tins of indivudal wrapped cookies, the tins had company logos arounds the sides and on the lid, so I decided to spray paint them, I used cherry red on one and the other country blue. I made the large (deep) part of the tin the top and drilled a hole in the center and added a glass knob, the top became the bottom and I had 2 beautiful cake keepers–also did some jar lids to match.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

July 30, 2011
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happy-flowerJust wanted to tell you how my neighbor and I solved a problem she had. Like most of us, she wanted to line dry some of her clothes in the basement, but had no space for clothes line. We found–at a garage sale, one of those umbrella type clothes dryers, we had a nice heavy umbrella strand used for the patio. We took a small piece of plywood and put wheels on it, put the umbrella stand on the wood and the dryer in the umbrella stand. Now she can open up the dryer when she needs it, and when not in use, she can collapse it and push it of to the side. Works really well.  yes

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

July 30, 2011
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We cleaned out the attic in the garage and found  one of the baby cribs, I used the metal spring part in the garden for my beans to climb on.  I am also going to use one of the wooden railings for a gate in our hall, so the weenies are contained!  There is so much more to go through, who knows what I will find!  but most of the stuff is going!  Number one son say's I am a Hoarder!  I need to prove him wrong!laugh

August 4, 2011
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Lizzie,

 

I've got springs from two cribs with wild grapes on them and took the two side long rails from a crib, painted them, and that's what my table linen is hung on in my dining area.

 

Good for you1

 

Judi

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August 4, 2011
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Hi MalagaCove,

     What a great idea painting the crib rails and using them to put your table linen's on, I bet they are so pretty.  Sunday is D day around here, I must go through more box's or else it goes to the thrift store or the dump, been so busy working that I have not had the time.  There is so much you can do with a little creativity!  yes

August 20, 2011
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Everyone saves me their old clothes and sheets and i make locker hooked rugs with them . Old sweatshirts and pants are great for this . I repurpose old sweaters into arm and leg warmers and bags . If the sweaters arent good enough for that i unravel and reuse the yarn in other projects .  Lots of unusual designs using the sweaters.

December 1, 2011
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We use old parts of weathered extension ladders for an arbor to support morning glories and an old gate between. Two 8' ladders upright and a 6' across the top with enough overhang for hanging baskets. Also use ladders in our offices upright floor to ceiling as far apart as needed, adding pine boards to make bookcases. Mobile mini gardens-old wagons with drainage holes punched in bottom-great for lettuce that needs some shade. Tall enough to keep the rabbits away! My husband was “Terrace Shopping” and found a green matched set of round belly double wash tubs (great for basil) , watering can and screen door. What a nice addition to my country yard!! 

December 1, 2011
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Forgot about the bed springs…how about using a crib size  and a twin cut in half to make bodies for sheep-two adults and a baby? We burned off excess stuff in the burn pile and have that great rusty color and will be welding on face, legs,etc.

December 2, 2011
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Grammieputz,

I would love to see pictures of the sheep when you get them finished.  And I love the term “terrace shopping”.  Big Daddy and pull a lot of “jump and grab” jobs.  He pulls the truck over to the side of the road, and I jump out and grab some nifty items.  Welcome to the forum!

December 2, 2011
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Took an old desk and made a headboard (full size) from the desktop and two side tables (legs from desk) for my son's bed.  Took the top off an armoir, screwed a keyboard tray inside the top and it is now a desk.  The CPU sits inside.

December 2, 2011
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grammieputz said:

We use old parts of weathered extension ladders for an arbor to support morning glories and an old gate between. Two 8′ ladders upright and a 6′ across the top with enough overhang for hanging baskets. Also use ladders in our offices upright floor to ceiling as far apart as needed, adding pine boards to make bookcases. Mobile mini gardens-old wagons with drainage holes punched in bottom-great for lettuce that needs some shade. Tall enough to keep the rabbits away! My husband was “Terrace Shopping” and found a green matched set of round belly double wash tubs (great for basil) , watering can and screen door. What a nice addition to my country yard!! 

I like these!

December 2, 2011
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Oh I've shamelessly pulled over and picked up plenty myself.  Some to take to a nearby scrapyard for the value of it, some because there were interesting shelves or cupboard doors or useful looking items.

At the end of summer all the aluminum lawn furniture, lightweight, easy to strip down and take in for their value at the scrap yard, or in some cases, easy to replace webbing and have some very nice chairs! 

I love when I have time to pull over, hate it when I see something useful but am in such a hurry I can't stop and check into it.

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December 3, 2011
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FYI, if you like black wire hooks for hanging on grids, ladders, etc. (and who doesn't?) the cheapest I've found these is at the end of the summer season at Pier 1, they sell a package of long ones and short ones for hanging candle lanterns. The packages are about 1/2 off around Labor Day.

 

We have an old apple ladder that we use to hang our pots/pans on and the rungs were too thick for the hooks I had (from Ikea) and the hooks from Pier 1 fit perfectly!

 

I hadn't realized that I'd posted about the baby crib rails I use to hang my linens. Should I post a pic? (I have one.)

 

Happy holidays!

 

judi

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December 3, 2011
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Absolutely we need pics judi !!  Pictures are always welcome!

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