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Three Creative Ways to Re-Use Old Items in Your Home

How fond are you of DIY?

When watching TV the other day I came across the programme, ‘Kirstie Allsop’s home-made home’. The programme simply follows the idea that we can all make our homes truly personal by putting in a lot of the hard work ourselves and re using old items around the house to create new and interesting pieces of decor. It seems that financial difficulties have forced many people to stop buying absolutely everything from new and learn about recycling what they already have lying around their homes. Don’t quote me on it, but DIY these days really is as simple as coming up with an idea and following a ‘how to’ video on YouTube. So – here’s some DIY home solutions to ignite some inspiration.

1.       DIY curtains

Sometimes it shocks me how much buying a set of new curtains actually costs. Many of us have old bedding hanging around the house somewhere. Instead of throwing it away or leaving it to collect dust in a cupboard you could use the fabric to transform your old sheets into airy blinds and curtains.

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Image source: http://ana-white.com/sites/default/files/tap-top-curtains-diy-2.jpg?1317145046

2.       DIY headboard

If you’ve ever been on the search for a headboard, you’ll know that it’s harder than it looks. Do you go for something quirky to create a centre-piece – but it’s got to be comfortable too – right? Whether it be searching for fabric, wood or leather – finding the perfect headboard is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, and often the price is too high, the colour’s wrong or the sizing isn’t quite right. I love how this person has used some old wood to create a vintage and original headboard. Both a feature and it’s probably pretty comfortable too (provided you have pillows a plenty.)

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Image source: http://www.mrkate.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2-barn-door-headboard-diy.jpg

3.       DIY flowerpot 

My main concern around this time of year is making sure that the garden is up to scratch. I love looking for new colourful flowers, but I hate having to buy a new plant pot every single time I get a new plant. This old kettle has been given a new lease of life and looks great being used as plant storage.

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Image source: http://re-scape.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Garden-tea-kettle-turned-flower-pot.jpg

Which every day home items have you recycled and re-used in your home recently? Tweet me @shelfstore or post your favourite recycled piece to our Facebook Page.

By Tony Fitz-Costa – Check me out on Google+.

Shelfstore is a system of creating furniture, shelving and storage solutions around your ideas – in any size, and to fit your space.

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