Repurpose? Why not!!

When I look at design mags and surf interior design websites, I'm most drawn to designers and homeowners who take pre-loved pieces of furniture, revamp it and turn it's original purpose into a new practical piece of furniture needed for a particular space! 

With an ever increasing eco-conscious society there are many people promoting the recycling and reusing of products. But what about furniture? Below are some of the benefits of purchasing recycled furnishings for your home.

~The environment will benefit obviously, and the reuse of furnishings prevents perfectly functional quality goods from being dumped, thus reducing waste in our landfills!  Natural resources are also cut down as fewer raw materials are needed for the refurbishment process compared to the making of new goods.

Equally obvious are the economic impacts from choosing recycled furniture. Goods are revived to look and feel as good as new, except without the high price tag. BONUS!

Finding something and changing it's original use into a product that meets your needs is a result of a truly unique piece of furniture, designed by you, for you.

What I adore about recycled furniture is it's ability to maintain its character and history, whilst being a fashionable and personal addition to your home.

Below are 2 of our very practical pieces of furniture.  Both are being used differently from it's original manufactured purpose.

This well recognized vintage projection cart is my husband's favourite repurposed furniture.  Not only does it give us fun memories of our elementary school days returning from recess seeing it all set up knowing we'll be seeing something (anything!) on the projector screen, it is now used as a coffee station and holds our sound system and my KitchenAid mixer.  With our gallery kitchen being tiny with absolutely no counter space, this cart is a space saver and a very practical piece we use everyday.

 I just love the familiarity of this cart!

I just love the familiarity of this cart!

 lots of stains and tarnishes that show how well used this cart was. 

lots of stains and tarnishes that show how well used this cart was. 

 With all my vintage pieces I wonder where it came from and imagine all the past students and teachers that used this projection cart.

With all my vintage pieces I wonder where it came from and imagine all the past students and teachers that used this projection cart.

Alan found this treasure at a store in the Queen West side of Toronto.  The store is called Design Republic.  In the second level of this store you can find some vintage pieces.  Isn't it awesome?!  And it comes complete with it's original extension cord and working outlet!


This piece below is my favourite repurposed find.  The legs of this desk was taken from an antique Singer sewing machine.  The legs are cast iron and very sturdy.  It's screaming to be used as a vanity table, bedroom side table, a small floating island for a kitchen, or even a washroom sink counter.  We purchased this as a laptop desk which fits perfectly in this little corner of our "all purpose" room. 

What I love about this desk is the size and lack of drawers which means there's no room for clutter or mess.  If I chose to I can lengthen the desk top and add two small drawers on one side to hold some office supplies.  ...maybe in the future, but for now this will do =)

 I love the cast iron designed legs and how the foot pedal and wheel still work.  Jordyn and Jaxson love playing under this desk while I work.

I love the cast iron designed legs and how the foot pedal and wheel still work.  Jordyn and Jaxson love playing under this desk while I work.

 I can't help but wonder if the original owner was a mother and how many pieces of clothing she has made or mended with this machine.

I can't help but wonder if the original owner was a mother and how many pieces of clothing she has made or mended with this machine.

This desk was found at the Aberfoyle Antique Market.  There you will find numerous pieces just like this with various types of desk tops in all sizes.