Dad thought I was crazy when I called him in the middle of a Sunday afternoon to ask if he could run down to my old high school and buy a few of the old auditorium chairs (at $3 a piece). The school was about to go through a much needed overhaul.
I gathered my new-old goodies on one wall and have never looked back.
I want you to take the same risk. Don’t hide your old memories. Showcase them!
Think your memorabilia doesn’t fit with your décor? Good news… it’s now trendy to mix old with new.
What makes that brand new item from a chain store more fashionable than your old pieces?
My guess is you’ve moved them around in boxes from home to home and state to state.
Not convinced? Here’s another story. My entire family thought I had really lost my mind when I wanted the 40-year-old brown couch from my grandparents. You should have seen their faces when I decided to reupholster it in red velvet!
Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
- Don’t ever throw out an old mirror, re-frame or re-purpose as a table top
- Paint an old dining table with high gloss or shabby chic with chalk paint (I stapled feathers around the bottom and added modern chairs)
- Mix old vases with chrome or gold accents on a shelf or bookcase
- Frame old 45 records and line with chevron fabric
- Hang instruments or just set on the floor against the wall
- Paint old farm chairs for patio or kitchen table
- Refinish old rocking chairs and add new fabric
You can also Modge Podge old images on frames, vases or furniture. Make copies if you don’t want to ruin the original.
One of my favorite trends is to use jewels to make a bridal bouquet or a wreath.
How about adding your heirloom to the garden?
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