No-one says that it has to be thrown away. Nothing is set in stone that this is the only way to do it. All of my life I have renovated things, cars, motorbikes and even an old colonial house in New Zealand. You can see the true beauty of the fact that ‘it’ whatever ‘it’ may be, does not have to decay or be thrown away.Everything has a lot longer life than advertising leads us to believe, and to reuse and utilise something in a different way to the way it was first intended is something I love.Not only does this save you money, it saves waste and more ‘stuff’ doesn’t have to be produced to replace something that didn’t need replacing in the first place! Here at ‘The Willows’ we have gardening tools that my Grandad gave to us that date back to 1960’s and there’s NOTHING WRONG with them! We have books about smallholdings from the ’70’s and these are very useful.

When we first moved to Ireland, we had just returned from N.Z. had a 1972 VW campervan (which we lived in for a while) and very little money. When we rented a house it was empty of furniture,,,hmm, no money,no furniture,what to do? I got a days work clearing an outhouse of ‘rubbish’ to be put in a skip. We ended up furnishing our house with this ‘rubbish’ that was to be just thrown away! There was absolutely nothing wrong with any of it! We used large cardboard boxes with throw sheets over for side tables to put your pint glass,,sorry, cup of tea on. Re-using and utilisation is great and gives us a good feeling.

An old glass light shade, I actually used  it for an ash tray!

‘E’ got the glass paints out and rejuvenated it. This is now in our living room with two L.E.D. lights inside as one of our main lights and is plugged into a twelve volt battery.It gives a lovely ‘jewelled’ effect!

These ‘beams’ are actually fence rails that were screwed into the ceiling to give the effect, (utilisation?!)

Wooden panelling in the kitchen. Each panel was cut to size from one 8’x4′ sheet of board. The dado rail is again a fence rail, and the skirting board was left over ‘shiplap’. All alot cheaper than manufactured panelling.

There are so many things that we have recycled, re-used and utilised to create our place.What great fun it is to do so.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. linniew
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 16:11:00

    I love this. It feels so good to make something of what others consider nothing. The paneling turned out great, but I like the light shade the best. Here I have a cucumber trellis made from an old metal bed spring. Works like crazy. Keep up the good work!


  2. Bridget
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 09:21:32

    If only more people thought this way the earth would be a much better place. Less “rubbish”, less new consumer goods, less exploitation of the planet. Lovin the light fitting.


  3. v.k.west
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 14:28:36

    im loving the glass painted light. it reminds me of a kaliedescope!


  4. barrovivo
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 17:48:12

    Great post! It shows all the hidden potential in things that have been discarded. My dryer’s door literally fell off so I had to replace it. I used the broken one as a window in my shed! It looks really cute 🙂


  5. sara
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 17:20:12

    I love re-using things folks want to throw away..i found a lot of glasses in a box in a skip..got them home and cleaned them up then got some old glass transfers and bingo..nice set of glasses with love new roses on them..i love finding things and my mind suddenly kick starts with ideas of how or where to use it..
    O and we had dado rail made from old pallets that hubby broke up and sanded down..lovely and free too..


  6. rumpydog
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 22:15:50

    I’d never heard of glass paints before. That’s what I love about blogs- I see things I just never really thought of before. And you are FULL of possibilities. I love it!


  7. Patty
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:01:50

    Half of our little cabin is made from recycled building material. My shelves above my kitchen sink is actually an old book shelf that my husband turned upside down and screwed to the wall. It looks really great and it was free!


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