Monday, August 30, 2010

Accessorizing Your Home Tip #16

Home Accessorizing tip #16
(20 Tips For Accessorizing Your Home series)

Think Outside the box. Use An Existing Accessory In a New and Existing Way.

You do not have to spend a fortune to re-accessorize your home. By getting creative and using some of what you currently own in new and existing ways you will not only be saving yourself some cold hard cash you will also be doing your part to save the environment by reducing the strain on landfills.

Following are a few simple solutions and creative ideas for reinventing your accessories:

* Paint old or unattractive picture frames to coordinate with your new decor. All sorts of things are frameable: photos, calendar art, children's art work, pressed flowers, fabric, placemats, maps etc.

* Dig a beautiful serving tray out of your cupboard and arrange some decorative soaps, shells, sea sponges and/or face cloths on it then place it on your bathroom counter. Likewise you could use a small framed mirror or fill an attractive basket with the same (baskets are easy to spray painted to match your decor).

* Hang the quilt Grandma made on the wall as a piece of art.

* It may be possible to paint your lamp bases for a simple up-date. Replacement shades are also widely available in a range of sizes and colours.

* Paint a backless wooden barstool to match your decor then use it as an end table.

* Convert an old coffee table into a hall bench by refinishing or painting it then add a cushion and reupholster.

* Search out your garage, cupboards and attic for items that be used to enhance your decor. This is especially useful in theme decorating. Items to consider are paddles, sports equipment, wooden board games, a garden bench, old trunk, wooden crates, fishing rods etc.

* Fill an old window frame with a print and hang it as art or to look like a window with a view.

* Use plates as art.

* Use an old water bed frame for wall shelves or use the wood to build a shoe rack for the front closet.

* Use an unused coat tree on the deck to display hanging plants (be sure to securely fasten it to deck to prevent the wind from blowing it over).

* Try using a lace table cloth (stain free) as a window valance.

* Place a pair of unique shoes into a shadow box and display it as art in a teenager's bedroom. You could even place several of them together as a collection. Other items that could be displayed in this manor are purses, sea shells, ornaments, costumes, masks etc.

* All types of items can be used to display candles, small framed mirrors, small glass or metal trays, ceramic bowls, wine glasses, tea pots, glass vases and more. Decorative sand, polished stones or sea shells may be needed to fill out the display.

Note: In the above photo an old crystal tray from a decantor set is used now to display candles.

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