Redecorating by Repurposing

Repurposing is the new buzz word in the design field, and has crossed all genres. Why? Because we live in a world where we want to do better for our planet, our homes and our pocketbooks…and where we also value creativity over things you can buy. I like that in this world. So redecorating by repurposing isn’t a new concept, but it’s one that is getting a lot of attention. So whether you just want to save a few bucks, waste less, or just have some really cool and unique decor, repurposing is for you.




First let’s be inspired by the use of this gorgeous old chair…



Use old skis to create a tabletop for this side table. Easy!



This DIY bird cage light turned upside down and used as a chandelier is inspiring! Design Sponge has the how-to.



Olive picking basket as a light fixture, from Buttermilk Kitchen.



Check out Saved by Love Creations for instructions on making this DIY crate side table.



Love, love love this DIY pallet baby gate! Looks sooooo much nicer than those plastic things! Great instructions too!




DIY pallet dining table – we love this table but not sure if this is the correct source. Please let us know in comments if anybody knows what blog this comes from. Would love to give the correct credit and link.



Oversized message board created from an old mattress spring, from Donna, our favorite Funky Junk creator!



Home office, also by Donna… almost everything in this room is repurposed decor!



This project from Martha is simply casters attached to an old picnic basket to create a side table with charm.



From old door to DIY coat rack…and it’s crazy decorative! Step by step from Gypsy Home…



From Milas Hem, this wonderful inspiration board from an old window.


Image Credits: Gypsy Home, Salvage Dior, VIBEKE DESIGN, BHG, Design Sponge, Buttermilk Kitchen, Pandoras Craft Box, Little Lucy Lu, Home Craft Pins, HGTV, Martha, Milas hem


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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. February 27, 2016 / 2:03 am

    Some gorgeous ideas here with great colours. I LOVE that blue chair, is it painted in Annie Sloan do you think?

    • Kathy Woodard
      March 24, 2016 / 9:11 am

      It definitely could be chalk paint, or you could create the same look with a chalk paint product!

  2. August 8, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    Love these ideas Love the reuse recycle use. Love the old door idea, Birdcage, old window etc. Thank you!

  3. Angela
    March 13, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    I love that table! Would love to know where to find it or how to make it.

  4. Marion Ruckel Skalicky
    November 29, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    I think the DIY pallet table is actually a unique table with magnetic slats that can be flipped for a new look. from

  5. Mary-Ann
    October 8, 2014 / 11:23 am

    These ideas are fantastic !!!! Hope to make a least a few of them 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing !!

  6. Jerslyn Aldrich
    March 7, 2014 / 6:28 pm

    I love ALL of your articles! Your ideas are all doable and practical as well as stylish. Keep up the super work! Thanks!

    • Kathy Woodard
      March 10, 2014 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks Jerslyn!

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