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Found Old Vintage Items For Decorating With.

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Old Dresser

Old Dresser

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

What to do with old Vintage Items

This hub is about found Items For decorating, most of the time this would be vintage items. Here are some of my items and just ideas for what you can do with cheap vintage items you have picked up here and there from yard sales, rummage, tag or antique stores. They may be old, but they are still useful. Many times old items are made better than new furniture pieces.

What is vintage, to me it’s what you remember from childhood and you know you want the item again. I'm old so my vintage is old, but yours may only be 20 years. A cartoon glass you remember drinking out of. Anything you love and remember.

My style is eclectic and some would say granny. I said to my daughter one day I like to mix old with new and she said, "I know you do Mom." I'm not sure what she meant when she said that. She has picked up this style. She has the modern style living room with antique mirrors all over the walls, looks very nice.

Recycle, Recycle and Recycle!

Retro Dresser

Retro Dresser

Birdseye Maple Vintage Dresser

Birdseye Maple Vintage Dresser

Old Furniture What To Do With It

Anything can be turned into something great and cheap for your home. I decorate with whatever I can find. Add some paint in a bright color bring the item into the modern world.

Old dressers (chest of drawers) can be turned into sideboards for your dining room, in a small house they work great because they are so good for storage. We use our dresser for our big screen television.

They can also be painted and used as end table either by the bed or the sofa. If you like leave them rustic. Like the photo below.

We used our old dresser in our bathroom for our sink. We left the large mirror on it. It's really nice, it's big has lots of counter space and I love the large mirror with it.

You can always bring the outdoor items in and the inside items out. Old outdoor wicker chairs look nice around an old farm table.

Reusing old furniture is also very green, less in the landfill. Watch any of the decorating shows and they always use old pieces.

You will find in many of my hubs from armoire to the kitchen pantry I use lots of old stuff. Many of the photos you see on here are what you can do with old pieces of furniture their not all in my house. The old pieces you see have not been redone are mine.

Old Book Case

Old Book Case

Old Book Case Renewed

Old Book Case Renewed

Book Shelves For Found Projects.

We have an old barn full of stuff like this. An old bookcase can be painted used for a bookcase or for storage of other items in your house. If the items in the bookcase need to be hidden add a rod and make or buy a curtain for it. Beef the look up by adding trim. Paint in a bright color.

The white bookcase you see is now upstairs in our house with a fresh coat of paint. This bookcase came out of my husband's childhood home. I'm using it for my sewing items. You know quilters always have a big stash and need a place to put their stash.

The old vintage bookcase can be used any place. They are great for children's toys, coloring books and reading books. Just add baskets go on a mission until you find the right size basket.

Old doors can be used for desktop this is what I use in my computer room. They can be used for dividers, tabletops, island tops, and headboards.

Desk From Old Door

Desk From Old Door

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Drop Leaf Table

Drop Leaf Table

Drop Leaf Tables and Antique Sewing Machines.

I love drop leaf type of tables. They can be used for a side table in the bedroom or living room. I use one I have for my sewing machine. I like it for this because it can stay small but if I need more room while sewing I just lift the leaves on both sides or just one side, then I have lots more room to spread my fabric out.

The same goes for old antique sewing machines in those pretty old cabinets, if no longer in use they can be used in a hall to hold keys, a place to drop items when you come in the door or for side tables by a sofa, don't forget to add a lamp. Little drawers can keep TV remotes and other small items you need nearby.

Old Wagon

Old Wagon

Found Old Wagons

Turn old wagons into a place for your flowers or a mini herb garden. My old wagon is still in the barn. One of those projects we have to get to.

I have seen them done as coffee tables with a piece of glass on top. You can also leave off the glass and you have a place to put books, remotes and maybe a plant. If you like the rusted look, spray paint a clear varnish on them so the rust won't fall off.

If you're having a party, wagons are also a good place for ice and drinks. If they leak add a piece of plastic to keep it from leaking all over. You can pull it anywhere you want. You can also add glow sticks so the drinks can be seen at night.

Old wash tubs or copper kettles can also be used outside for your party uses them for drinks and ice. Hang your old washtub or copper kettles on a shepherd’s pole and plant flowers in it.

Use old jars for your candles. We all have so many glass jars we throw away every year. Mason jars, of course, we all love, use them for display. This mason jar has berries and milkweed pods in it. A mason jar can go in the bathroom add sand and seashells.

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Decorating with old ladders

Old ladders come in all types step ladders, platform, extension, folding ladders, articulated ladders. Their tall short all sizes. Extension ladders would be newer, but there are some old looking ones and remember you can always cut a big ladder down if you have to or take an extension ladder apart. Articulated ladders can be folded up in many different ways and are mostly metal. You can always turn them into a table and put a piece glass on them for the top. Step ladders are the best the ones you can really do something with and you can find many old ones. Folding ladders are so nice because they come in very small to tall and you can find old ones in all colors. You open them wide or leave them folded and just lean against a wall. I love the little wood ones sold very cheap not long ago. I don't know if they still sell cheap.

Old ladders have so many uses, put them in the garden for plants.

Hang one up to hang hummingbird feeders, candles, or chimes from or hang plants on them

Hang one in the house for pot and pans or for a bookshelf.

Hang on wall and use for pictures or elegant knick knacks.

Use in the bathroom for towels.

Hang beautiful quilts on a ladder.

Use on the side of the bed for a nightstand to hold your book, clock, glass or bible.

Two ladders together 3 boards in between them for shelves will hold lots of your items.

Use them to hang your pretties on.

Use them to put shoes on.

Put a top on a ladder and turn it into a ladder stool.

Leave them rustic or paint them in a pretty color.

Use an old ladder to grow a vine on.

Some old items turned into New items.

Found Items For Decorating. Old wire trash can.

Found Items For Decorating. Old wire trash can.


Many Found Item To Redo.

On the right, you will see different pictures of items can be done in different ways. There's the old items from our barn and the way they could look. If painted and cleaned up. Some things I like to leave the same.

Anything vintage and old can be turned into something great. Old wire trash can for holding toilet paper. Use old baskets for puppies, flowers, magazines or kitchen towels.

Old rake heads or full rakes for hanging aprons or dish towels on. You can also put stem glasses on a rake head. They are cute decoration on the porch or the deck. Hang in the bedroom to hold necklaces.

Old lanterns hang from a branch you find outside and place indoors with each one of lanterns on the branch. I use the lanterns around the house on different shelves. They can also be used to hang in tree branches outside and candles or solar lights placed inside. Use shepherds hook add citronella oil, keep the mosquitoes away. Hang them outside on an old ladder. The lantern you see I would never think about painting it. It has an old green paint on it from years ago and that's the way I will leave it.

Old chairs, old wicker chairs paint and add cushions. If they’re no good for sitting on put flowers in them for the yard. There are also some old chairs in the pictures they can be painted in bright colors and used in any room.

Collect old chairs paint them all one color and use them at your table. They will look great. I'm sure I have Gypsy I would love the all the color around a table.

Metal chairs done in all colors.They can be found once they get rusty people don't want them. They are pretty done in all the colors how neat would it look for an outside party.

Old windows can be used for anything. Hang pictures in them or collections I had one in my kitchen to hang my pot and pans on. Add mirrors to an old window and it will look nice hanging anywhere in the house.

Old antique refrigerators paint use to keep books in or anything you want to store will be safe in it.

Old stoves add a light kit and place outside on the deck or just use on deck as a wood burner. If you use as a wood burner just be sure it vents and sits on a safe floor. Paint in a pretty fire safe paint. You may also be able to add glass crystals to old vintage fireplaces; you would have to check on to see if it’s safe. It would sure be pretty looking at the crystals glowing on the deck at night.

Old kitchen stools repaint and recover in any kind of fabric. If you have room stools in the kitchen are always handy.

Found Items for Decorating.

Found Items for Decorating.

Vintage Bed $20.00

Vintage Bed $20.00

Reuse Old Bed Yard Sale Buy.

This bed I bought from a cousin for about $20.00. It was brown and not to good looking. I took it home painted it and put it in the bedroom where the granddaughters slept. I only buy the head boards and foot boards never the mattresses. I just can't buy used mattress.

We just pulled it out of storage and have put it in our tiny farm bedroom.

My nieces were just visiting and when they saw our little farmhouse they got some ideas. One niece lives in a big house and she needed to warm it up and give it some character and she is now on a search for some items she saw here. The other niece lives in a cute little farm house. The search is the fun part of decorating.

Twin Beds $65.00.

Twin Beds $65.00.

Ebay Chandelier $25.00

Ebay Chandelier $25.00

Rummage Sale Chandelier $10.00

Rummage Sale Chandelier $10.00

Beds and Chandlier

The beds we bought from an ad in the paper paid $65.00 for them. Old quilts on the bed, one is from my grandmother and the other I got at a yard sale. The dresser I can't remember where we bought it must have been a yard sale, made of Birdseye maple, with the mirror. I don't have the mirror up yet and one knob is missing around here somewhere. We put this room together very fast. All you need is a wedding and see how fast you get things done. Some of the pillows are made from old Levi shirts. The plates on the wall are vintage plates.

It's so much fun to get an item you want in your head and then start the search for it. Looking high and low and maybe taking a year or more to find just what you want. You can now buy things from craigslist, and online yard sales for your city,

This light I bought on eBay. No one wanted it because it has the big light bulbs instead of the little ones. Cleaned it up added some extra crystals I had and bought shades from Menards for it. I have another one coming and I'll show it when it's cleaned up.

The white chandelier is from a rummage sale. I like adding odd things to my chandeliers. Christmas time is a great time to get pretty this for hanging on a chandelier.

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Found Items For Decorating.

Link to Hub For Redoing a Dresser.

Old Boxes

This old wood box I sit by my back door. I had to measure it and then find baskets which would fit in it. I use it for mittens, gloves and scarfs in the winter. You could also put some boots in the baskets if you line them with a plastic. Great place for flip flops and garden shoes in the summer. You can click the photos to see the large look.

Use old wood boxes for just about anything. This one I have my glasses in.

I know lots of young girls would just call this a granny house and I guess it is. But if they would just think about it, so much furniture could be bought cheap, pretty color added with a modern look and they could have a great place which would look modern. Modern handles put on the dresser. All sorts of things can be done to make vintage look modern.

I saw some revamping of some vintage furniture to a modern look on the Nate Show. The items looked great. There are really so many talented young women out there who are redoing and refurbishing old junk.

Below are just some ideas of what can be done with old junk.

Hit those Flea Markets and yard sales. Song-Bird has a good list of markets in each state.

Hope you enjoyed my hub on old and vintage items and the way they can be redone. You can always find something you can decorate your home with.

Parts from old garden tent for grapevine. Bottle tree for used up bottles.

Parts from old garden tent for grapevine. Bottle tree for used up bottles.


Recycle Items For The Yard

We had an old screen house without the top and we used the pieces from it as a trellis for our grapevine. The vine is so big the trellis can't be seen when it's all leafed out. The picture to the right isn't the best, but you can get the idea from what the pieces of the screen house look like. Actually we bought those pieces at a rummage sale a few years ago because I knew they would work for trellises somewhere in the yard. The second picture to the right is the grapevine after it leafed out. There is just one vine and it gets huge.

Use old wine bottles to make a bottle tree for the garden it keeps evil away. Plant climbing vines on the bottle tree in the spring.

In picture below you will see the bottle tree. There's an old fence we got from a friend I planted my flowers in front of it. The grapevine also shows up here. The two purple chairs are some my brother-in-law was getting rid of, very old metal chairs. He asked if I wanted them for out here. The chairs were black not very pretty. A yard always looks good with a pop of color. I painted the garden chairs purple. I read somewhere once or saw it on a garden show everyone should have one bright colored object in their yards. The garden chairs are my bright colored objects.

Old Chairs

Old Chairs

Old Chair Together

Old Chair Together

Old Chairs Not Used Yet

Old Chairs Not Used Yet

Redo Old Chairs In Oilcloth.

I saw these chairs at a little shop. They have been made into a bench. Old chairs painted white and covered in oilcloth. They are so cute. They could be put around a table. If your chairs don't have the type of backs that can be covered than cut out a piece of plywood and use for the back. You can cut plywood for the seat and the back. Cover plywood in batting and put oilcloth over the top. Use a staple gun to secure in place. There are so many pretty patterns in the nice shiny oilcloth. Great if you have kids it can be wiped right off.

The same day we bought two old chairs at a yard sale for a dollar. Hope to get to them and do them like these chairs. I found the two old chairs for just a couple dollars. They can easily be turned into a bench.

The gossip bench was bought at a flea market for $35.00. I hope to paint it in a new color and use it by my back entrance. Their old tables my grandmother had one and they were fun to sit on and talk with friends.

Gossip Bench

Gossip Bench

We moved into an old farmhouse. The cabinets in the kitchen were awful so we put new cabinets on the bottom. On the top, we just added a shelf unit my daughter was throwing away and a small roll top cabinet I bought for $3.00 at a yard sale. They make the kitchen look country.





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Found Old Vintage Items For Decorating.


moonlake (author) from America on July 08, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you for stopping by and thanks so much for the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 06, 2013:

I love the idea of taking well built old furniture and other vintage items and giving them new life, repurposing and upcycling them. They can add so much to a room and for far less expense than new. Stopped back to pin this hub to my "Interior design" board. Will also share again with my followers since I have several new ones since last time I was here.

moonlake (author) from America on May 26, 2013:

Au fait, I love yard sales. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 24, 2013:

Yard sales should be going well by this time almost everywhere. Great place to find treasures that can be repurposed, recycled, and refinished. I really like your hubs about turning great 'finds' into useful things that add character and interest to the décor. Sharing again . .

moonlake (author) from America on May 11, 2013:

Deborah-Diane, Thank you for stopping by and thanks for the vote. Apreciated.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on May 10, 2013:

I love the idea of decorating with found items. It is delightful to me to look through Goodwill, antique shops and garage sales to find interesting items. One of my daughters is also extremely good at decorating her home with found items.

I love your photos, too! They inspire me to look for more items to use in my home. Voted up and useful!

moonlake (author) from America on February 20, 2013:

Au fait, Thanks for stopping by. I love old furniture and I know some people don't like my kids. Thanks for the vote and share.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 18, 2013:

So true that often old wood furniture is much better made than new! Many antique or just old items are more interesting and have more character too, probably because they're made of better materials -- not plastic. I think recycled furniture and accessories can add a lot of personality to a room or a home. Great hub packed with good ideas! Voted up and useful. Will share.

moonlake (author) from America on November 03, 2012:

mpropp, The hunt is always the fun part. Good luck on finding things you want. Thank you for stopping by I enjoyed your visit to my hub.

Melissa Propp from Minnesota on November 03, 2012:

Wow, you have lots of really creative ideas of how to recycle old items and re-purpose them. I especially liked the things you can do with old ladders. I think those look fantastic on the walls and hanging in the kitchen. Now I really want to go out and start hunting for things that other people discarded. Thanks for this inspiring hub.

moonlake (author) from America on November 03, 2012:

CrisSp, I know there were more things I wanted to do with some furniture I have but winter came in before we knew it.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment I appreciate it.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on November 02, 2012:

This is wonderful, loaded with interesting and useful ideas. I have picked up 2 small furniture on the curve and I'm planning to recycle and re-use them. Unfortunately, weather is not cooperating. *sad face* So, they are still lying in the garage and most likely will be touched in the spring or summertime.

Up and sharing here! Thanks.

moonlake (author) from America on October 07, 2012:

Jamie Brock, Thanks for stopping by glad you enjoyed the hub. Sewing machine and mirror sound so nice by your front door. I love old machines.

Thanks for the vote.

Jamie Brock from Texas on October 06, 2012:

WOW! What a great hub full of wonderful decorating ideas using vintage furniture and pieces. I love this kind of stuff. I have an old singer sewing machine in a beautiful old cabinet.. I'm thinking of moving it to the wall right opposite the front door for keys, etc.. like you suggested in this hub.. I'm thinking about adding a mirror over it as well. I couldn't believe when I was looking for a decent sized mirror online how expensive they were! I love the wine bottle tree and the old rakes being used to hang necklaces. I think you have great style.. I really enjoyed the photos of the pieces in your home as well. Great hub, voting up and useful :)

moonlake (author) from America on August 29, 2012:

Millionaire Tips, Thank you so glad you stopped by. I love old furniture but I almost have to many pieces in this small house right now. We rearranging trying to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of.

Shasta Matova from USA on August 29, 2012:

These pieces are so beautiful, and this hub is inspiring. I would love to have old furniture in my house, but right now I only have a few pieces.

moonlake (author) from America on August 20, 2012:

Oakfurnituresol, Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my hub. Some old furniture is built better than new. Thanks again have a great day.

moonlake (author) from America on August 13, 2012:

creativespirit63, Thank you so glad you like the hub. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

creativespirit63 from Omaha, Nebraska on August 13, 2012:

Love all the pictures which spark so many ideas!

moonlake (author) from America on August 10, 2012:

belleart, Glad you liked the hub thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

moonlake (author) from America on August 10, 2012:

Green Art, My husband hates it when my wheels start turning. He knows it means more work for him.

We just enlarged our living room and my mom said that I would need new furniture now. No way I'm redoing what I have.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for the vote.

belleart from Ireland on August 10, 2012:

These are amazing, thank you for the hub!

Laura Ross on August 10, 2012:

All the great ideas here started my wheels turning on what I could make next with items I already own. I like to reuse old furniture as is, paint or create a collage on it to make it new! My style is a mixture of old and modern too.

The various uses for rake heads were very interesting to see. I've never seen them used like this. Very Cool! I like that you added to some garden ideas here too. Voted Up and awesome.

Oakfurnituresol from Bristol on August 10, 2012:

I love your hub! brilliant pictures some good tips too. Using old furniture is a great idea, and has much more character than new things.

moonlake (author) from America on August 09, 2012:

Jenna Kunc, That would be a good idea. My granddaughter did that with her place. So glad you stopped by and left a comment.

Jenna Kunc from Colorado on August 09, 2012:

What wonderful ideas! I'm definitely going to use some of these for my apartment.

moonlake (author) from America on August 09, 2012:

CatsPage, Thank you for stopping by my hub and leaving a comment. They are nice vintage chairs. Catherine have a great day.

Catherine Spinola from New Jersey, USA on August 09, 2012:

Really enjoyed your hub. I used to have outdoor chairs like in your photo when I was a child... Brings back memories too!...Thanks, Catherine

moonlake (author) from America on August 08, 2012:

furniturez, I love the wagons too. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my hub and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

furniturez from Washington on August 08, 2012:

Love the wagons! I've seen something like that on my neighbors lawns actually. It's nice to know that the junk around my house isn't actually junk.

moonlake (author) from America on August 08, 2012:

Reynold Jay, Thank you for stopping by my hub glad you enjoyed it. So nice that your now my fan. Thank you for the vote I appreciate it.

Reynold Jay from Saginaw, Michigan on August 08, 2012:

Wonderful and it makes me want to stop in and check it all out. Welcome to Hubs! I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I gotta give this an Up ONE AND BEAUTIFUL. I'm now your fan!

moonlake (author) from America on July 23, 2012:

FaithDream, Thank you glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks so much for stopping by.

FaithDream from (Midwest) USA on July 23, 2012:

You have some great ideas on repurposing items. Discovering new ways of using vintage pieces is not only creative, it's smart. Great Hub!

moonlake (author) from America on July 11, 2012:

cabmgmnt , Thank you I'm so glad you liked the hub. Glad you took the time to stop by and leave a comment . Thank you.

Corey from Northfield, MA on July 11, 2012:

Fantastic hub. Great photos.i like the use of rakes for storage and ladders for shelving. Good Hub. Thanks.

moonlake (author) from America on May 31, 2012:

Sherry Hewins, I have added to it. I'm always redoing my hubs and if I can find something extra to add I do. Thanks so much for stopping back by I appreciate it.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on May 30, 2012:

These new comments brought this lovely hub back to my feed, I was happy to revisit it. I think you have added to it since I was here last.

moonlake (author) from America on May 30, 2012:

Epiphany pages, Thank you, so glad you stopped by and enjoyed the hub.

Epiphany pages on May 30, 2012:

Outstanding Stuff!! Thank you

moonlake (author) from America on May 10, 2012:

Canvas Bags, Thanks for stopping by glad you liked the hub.

Canvas Bags on May 10, 2012:

Great resource! Thanks for sharing, I found it valuable.

moonlake (author) from America on May 02, 2012:

Wholesale Cotton Bags, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment I appreciate it. I'm always glad to hear when someone likes my hub.

Wholesale Cotton Bags on May 02, 2012:

Sometimes I stumble upon a blog post that perfectly answers a question that brought me to perform a search in the first place - your post is a good example of such a happy encounter. Thanks! :-)

moonlake (author) from America on April 18, 2012:

Junkinspiration, Thank you so glad you stopped by.

Junkinspiration from BELLEFONTE PA on April 18, 2012:

just finding your hubspace. Wonderful ideas. Keep them coming!

moonlake (author) from America on April 06, 2012:

tillsontitan, I don't think a tv show would want to come here. My husband just ripped out the front section of the house which was part of a porch. What a mess dust everywhere. We're hoping to get it done and have a larger living room. Ours is so small, fine for us but no place for family to sit when their visiting.

Thanks so much for stopping and for the vote.

Mary Craig from New York on April 06, 2012:

We need to get you your own TV show! You may call your house a granny house but I have a feeling it is beautiful and warm. The modern style has it's place but nothing beats the old furniture for making you feel comfortable. You've done a lot of great stuff and your pictures are a nice addition to a really good hub. Voted up, interesting and useful.

moonlake (author) from America on March 29, 2012:

Sherry Hewins, Your right early american yard sale. I can remember when every piece of furniture we bought was called Early American. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on March 29, 2012:

I love your ideas, goes right along with my style I like to refer to as Early American Yard Sale.

moonlake (author) from America on March 11, 2012:


Thanks, so much for stopping by. I like that bed too. It's a very favorite of mine.

Thanks so much for the vote.

Kim Lam from California on March 11, 2012:

Oh this is amazing...so many pictures and so many ideas! I love vintage items. I especially like the white bed with floral print.

Voted up!

moonlake (author) from America on March 11, 2012:

Victoria Lynn,

Thank you, for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed he hub. Thanks for the votes.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on March 11, 2012:

I love recycling, I love Victorian, vintage, and retro styles. I love new ideas about reusing stuff, so I guess I must love this hub. haha. Lots of votes. Am planning to read more of your ideas!

moonlake (author) from America on November 02, 2011:

Slightly Bonkers,

Thanks for stopping by. I know how it is with toddlers never get what you want done.

moonlake (author) from America on November 02, 2011:


Thanks you and thanks for stopping by. I will be sure to put the other one on here when it's done.

moonlake (author) from America on November 02, 2011:


Thank you and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Slightly Bonkers from Ireland on November 02, 2011:

Really great ideas. I am full of ideas myself unfortunately with an active Toddler I am just about managing house and garden.... hope to take some inspiration from that with me :)

RTalloni on November 02, 2011:

Delightful ideas you've shared here! Love that lamp in that room, and hope to see the other one when you get it done.

I would like to link this hub to mine on painting a dresser, if you have no objection. Thanks!

arusho from University Place, Wa. on November 02, 2011:

great pics, and ideas too..

moonlake (author) from America on September 04, 2011:

Peggy W, Thanks for stopping by you are so right it's easy on the pocketbook and old things can make your home look good. I'm always amazed at what they do with things on HGTV.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2011:

What a fantastic hub! Loved all of your ideas. Many of the designers on HGTV utilize old objects and transform them as you have done. Just yesterday I went with a friend of mine to a thrift shop and we found some wonderful things for her home. Love doing that!!! Recycling and reusing is not only good for the environment but great for the pocketbook as well. Up, beautiful and useful ratings! :))

moonlake (author) from America on August 30, 2011:

Silver Poet, Thanks for stopping everyone likes the ladders. They can be used for so many different things.

Silver Poet from the computer of a midwestern American writer on August 30, 2011:

What a bunch of wonderful transformations! My favorite was the ladder with ascending flowers.

moonlake (author) from America on August 28, 2011:

Alpha girl, thanks for stopping by and leaving comment. Guess I will have to be careful with what I put in my home.

Alpha girl on August 28, 2011:

Yes! It is true! Bad spirits can hang onto items! I have known people who find things bring them into their home and bad things happen! It surreal!

moonlake (author) from America on August 28, 2011:

alphagirl, Thank you for stopping by. Bad feng shui is like items that can bring evil spirits into your home because they are attached to the item. I heard of a family buying old bunk beds and that's what happened to them.

Mae Williams from USA on August 28, 2011:

LOVE LOVE the Ladder as a pot hanger and Garden lighting fixture. I love old things, but my feng shui background prevents me from apply the Reuse it principle unless it is from someone I know because of the history of the item(its ownership). All items have an energy attached to it. In Feng Shui if if the person who owned it was a good person that is fine to put in the house. But If it is a bad person with negative energy and I put it in a house, it can spread negative vibes.I voted you up and beautiful ideas!

moonlake (author) from America on August 17, 2011:

Katya Drake, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. We had so much stored in our barn and the roof kept leaking and ruined some of my things. I needed a side table and we found it in the barn but the veneer was all curled up. My husband pulled the veneer off, sanded it, painted it and now it looks great. We now have a new roof on the barn no more leaks.

Katya Drake from Wisconsin on August 16, 2011:

I love this article! I love decorating and my husband and I have a lot of old stuff in our house and garage that the previous owner left. Im going to look around and see what I can use them for!

moonlake (author) from America on August 14, 2011:

Fennelseed, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Annie Fenn from Australia on August 14, 2011:

What an awesome hub, this is what I love to do too, but you have taken this to a whole new level or maybe I am just not as inventive!! I love your ideas.

Fossicking around second-hand and charity shops as well as at rummage sales excites me so much more than shopping for something brand new. I love the idea of having something with a history and that has been preloved and cherished by another family in its former life.

Thank you so much for this awesome, useful and interesting hub and I have voted it as such.

moonlake (author) from America on August 14, 2011:

Thank you for stopping by.

I plan on adding an old bed I bought at a rummage sale and repainted. It was may cousins when I got finished she wanted it back.

We just dug it out of storage.

lifeshouldbefun from Tennessee on August 14, 2011:

Thank you for sharing. I love redecorating old furniture and making something new and you have given really good ideas!

moonlake (author) from America on August 09, 2011:

midnightbliss, not all are transformaitons I have done they are pictures of ways the items can be done. The old items that you see that are not yet done are items that I own that are in my barn. The drop leaf table I have done, the white shelf with all the junk on it. I am getting ready to paint that up and put it up stairs in our house.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving comment.

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on August 09, 2011:

i love the transformation you've done on those old things. they are so beautiful you would not think the came from old and dilapidated stuff.

moonlake (author) from America on August 08, 2011:

Thank you and thanks for commenting on my hub and for leaving me up and beautiful.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on August 08, 2011:

You have terrific ideas and do a beautiful job on the makeovers. Up and beautiful.

moonlake (author) from America on August 07, 2011:

I know we cut down a table one time for the kids for their play house. Worked great and we still have that table which could now be used for a coffee table.

MD Jackson MSIOP from Western United States on August 07, 2011:

I added legs to a coffee table so it could be used as a sofa table. For some reason until yesterday, I never thought of cutting the legs off.

moonlake (author) from America on August 07, 2011:

michelleonly3, Thanks for stopping by. I know about the coffee table from a table I have been looking for just the right table to do that but so far haven't found the kind I want.

MD Jackson MSIOP from Western United States on August 07, 2011:

Maybe it's the recycler in me but I love your hub. Tonight I was watching a show where they cut the legs off a dining table to make a coffee table. The way we look at objects can create a completely new look for a room. Voted up!

moonlake (author) from America on July 31, 2011:

Thanks europewalker for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.

europewalker on July 31, 2011:

Lovely hub. Giving life to old furniture is a great way to explore your creativity and make your home unique.

moonlake (author) from America on July 30, 2011:

Megan Kathleen, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. My niece has wanted an old ladder to put on the wall and put family photos in it.

Megan Kathleen from Los Gatos, CA on July 30, 2011:

You have a lot of great ideas here. You make a particularly good point about using different types of chairs around a kitchen table. As long as they are united with a single color, they all look like they belong. I particularly love the ideas you give for using old ladders. Ladder bookcases are quite popular right now and can be very expensive!

moonlake (author) from America on July 30, 2011:

Cardisa, Thank you glad you like the ideas.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on July 30, 2011:

I like little projects like these, finding stuff around the house to refurbish. Good ideas you have!

moonlake (author) from America on July 30, 2011:

Eiddwen thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Eiddwen from Wales on July 30, 2011:

Hi moonlake,

I love this one and like you find so much joy in salvaging old items of furniture.

Take care


moonlake (author) from America on July 30, 2011:

Dolores Monet, Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment. I love old stuff. I see all the young couples go to furniture store and buy all this match-match stuff that never last long and I just want to tell them they could do so much better and cheaper by buying used.

moonlake (author) from America on July 30, 2011:

lady rain, Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment. I will also be pulling some of my old stuff out and redoing it. We are finally starting to get the upstairs remodeled in our house.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on July 30, 2011:

Love the use of the old stuff. I am crazy for salvaged items and you've suggested some great ideas. I think I like the ladders best.

lady rain from Australia on July 30, 2011:

I had a great time looking at the pictures. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. I will have to pull out some old furniture from the garden shed and start painting them as well.

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