Intentional Design

May 2015
Posted 6/2/2015 by Ms. Joyce, Blogger & Attic Co-Owner
You know the old saying, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. Very fitting in today’s world. There is beauty in junk. I have said it before, take something old and give it a fresh new look for your home. The shabby look is still in and so is mixing modern with vintage. Think of the benefits of finding something and being creative.

It’s cheap! You don’t have to pay big bucks at a designer store to get that look, you can do it on a dime! Find that great piece of furniture and transform it using a great coordinating color for your home. The DIY magazines are full of ideas and different looks for that special piece. Have you checked out Pinterest lately? It is full of awesome ideas.

Repurposing keeps it out of the landfill. We all know that is good for old mother earth, so try and do your part. Sometimes you will find it at a garage sale, a thrift store or even on the curb. Rescue it from sure death by disposal. It doesn’t have to be fancy but solid and sound is necessary. It is true that sometimes junk is well…just junk! It has to have good bones to turn it from a frog to a prince.

Of course it will be one of a kind. Nobody else will be able to duplicate what you have created. It’s your style, your inspiration and creativity so own it. Don’t be afraid of color, what is the worst thing that can happen? You don’t like it and have to repaint it? If you have to paint it twice rough it up in a few spots with sand paper and let a hint of color #1 come through color #2. Or glaze over it with a stain mixture and give it that aged look. Always clear coat it when you are finished.

There are so many cool ideas. We’ve shown you modge podge. Use pretty paper from the local craft store to cover the fronts of the drawers of a dresser. Replace the top of a table with repurposed wood for a cool vintage vibe. Line the back of your new book shelf or hutch with bead board paneling, tin ceiling tiles, wall paper or even paint it with a coordinating color for that unique pop. The ideas are endless, just dig down deep and come up with your own strategy.

It doesn’t have to be a piece of furniture. Redo a lamp. Or how about some picture frames. I have even taken apart a picture that I loved, repainted the matting and frame and put it all back together. How about the garden? Paint an old bike, planter, trellis or throw something together for the birdies to take a bath in. I know it sounds crazy and it is – crazy cool!

Whatever your thoughts you won’t succeed until you at least try. Make it a family project and let the kids help. What child doesn’t like to paint? Have your hubby sand the edges of your new piece for you. Take the time to get everyone involved. The craft stores have great knobs and pulls for furniture. You might even find handles first and do the whole piece around them. Pretty soon you will be inspired to try other things I guarantee it.


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