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10 Quick Vintage and Re-purpose Design Ideas

31 March 2017

Your new home doesn't have to be styled with all things new. Here are 10 inspirational vintage and re-purpose ideas to add a touch of personality  to your home.

Whether you’re looking to save money, collecting personal objects over time, or just generally enjoy finding hidden gems in the local markets, incorporating vintage and re-purposed décor into your home creates a sense of artful, quirky and cheerful conversation-starter style.

Here are 10 easy ways to include a little bit of vintage into your home by re-purposing old and often neglected décor. Get your imagination going!


1. Re-purpose Ladders

The home office need not be dull. Repurpose that neglected ladder as a quirky open shelf to store your bits and bobs.


2. Re-purpose Chest Trunks

A little bit of ‘funky junk’, anyone? For instant masculine-chic vibes, repurpose that old trunk or chest as a coffee table (with bonus storage!) Photo Credit:


3. Re-purpose Vintage Windows & Door Frames

Vintage windows and doors can transform boring outdoor spaces into personal retreats. You could hang one from a patio beam or lean one against a plain wall or fence to add character. Imaginative reuse of old French doors creates a charming spot on this patio. Photo Credit: fleamarketdé


4. Re-purpose Leftover Wood Pallets  

Before you grab that paint for the accent wall, consider opting for something different that makes the wall stand out from the rest. Repurposing leftover timber or wood pallets not only looks good for an outside DIY table, but also as a textured feature wall! Seen inside the master bedroom of the Northwestern Display.

5. Re-purpose Buckets as Pots 

Got the green thumb? Gardening doesn’t have to be conventional, be creative with what you plant your flowers in: buckets, old bath tubs and even those old Twining’s Tea Tins will do the trick. Another fun trend is repurposing an old bicycle as a plant holder in the garden too! Photo Credit:


6. Re-purpose Crates 

Add some rustic charm into your squeaky clean, minimalist bathroom with the addition of a re-purposed crate – it’ll make for a visually appealing contrast, plus acts as innovative storage for those coastal shells you enjoy collecting. Photo Credit:


7. Re-purpose Books, Maps as Wall Art

Highlight special family pictures, maps of places you’ve been to or book covers from your favourite reads of all time as quirky display wall art. A fun DIY project that adds interest and texture to a wall instantly. Quick Tip: If you feel unsure about using the originals, make photocopies! Photo Credit: 


8. Re-purpose Tables: Add Wheels! 

When in doubt, just add wheels. Re-purposing vintage tables by adding wheels, creates a multipurpose piece of furniture. One night it’s a great bedside table, and the next it’s an outdoor entertainment table for food platters. 


9. Re-purpose Old Cabinets 

This activity space features a vintage-look cabinet with re-painted draws, creating an effortless and distressed natural look, likely inspired by the popular industrial and New York ‘loft apartment’ designs of today. 


10. Re-purpose (and restore) Pre-loved Leather Furniture 

Got a tired and weathered leather couch that’s seen better days? Or perhaps you’ve picked one up from the local market that’s covered in cracks and scratches. Fear not – leather can be restored by either a professional, or yourself with DIY leather care products. Tip: Search Google for plenty of how-to guides.


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