5 Salvaged Mantles Repurposed as Headboards

May 5, 2011 by

Mantles are such gorgeous pieces of architectural salvage, just begging to be repurposed into headboards.  Enjoy these DIY ideas that may have you sleeping under a mantle soon enough!

For a reupholstered mantle headboard, clear DIY instructions can be found by the OG DIY Queen Martha Stewart., and you can find brief DIY instructions at BlueCreekHome, whose lovely project is featured above.

I really liked the OldPaintedCottage‘s interpretation of the repurposed mantle, as you still feel the essence of the mantle in how she decorated it.

Hortons of Tipton via FrenchLarkspur not only repurposed a beautiful mantle into a headboard, but created the loveliest canopy bed using branches!

It does not get more romantic than this, as seen via Cottage Magpie!

In true Maison Reve style, this mantle was beautiful repurposed and looks fantastic next to the other architectural salvage pieces.


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8 Repurposed Suitcase Nightstand Ideas

Mar 23, 2011 by

Repurposed vintage suitcases have been the topic of many blog posts here on Poetic Home, such as my original repurposed luggage filing cabinet and other suitcase upcycling ideas.   In helping Nicole, a Poetic Home reader, redesign her bedroom in an “Anthropologie” style, I began to brainstorm chic, creative, and bohemian nightstand ideas that were also budget friendly.  Naturally, repurposed suitcase nightstands came to mind!

In my former home in San Diego, I simply stacked four vintage suitcases to be a neutral but creative end table in my living room.   I added a piece of glass to the very top suitcase to make it suitable for holding drinks (after the fan found a new home through my Etsy shop).

These are Louis Vuitton suitcases stacked to be a most luxurious repurposed suitcase nightstand, as photographed by Victoria Pearson in House Beautiful.    Wouldn’t these look gorgeous in a dashing gentleman’s quarter?

Fernseed took a director’s chair bottom and topped it with a vintage suitcase to create a repurposed nightstand that would fit well for both him and her.

Angels in the Architecture transformed a simple suitcase from the 1960s with spray paint and the legs of an Ikea laptop stand to create this mod chic repurposed side table.  I love the spunk of this one!

This is the project by SongBird that launched a thousand painted suitcase sidetables.  It’s still every bit as lovely and ingenious!

In a similar vein, A Beach Cottage painted two mismatched vintage luggage pieces to create a chic nightstand.

Love Nostalgic Whimsy created a truly eco-friendly nightstand using reclaimed pallets and a vintage suitcase.

The rainbow delight that is this repurposed suitcase sidetable is the lovely creation of Shrimp Salad Circus, who simply bolted the brightly colored luggage pieces together.

If you have repurposed any suitcase pieces, I would LOVE to hear about it and possibly feature it here on Poetic Home!

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From the Farm to Your Home: Repurposed Farm Machinery Furniture

Feb 10, 2011 by

Farm machinery may not come to mind when you first think about home furnishings, but repurposed farm machinery makes the most interesting pieces of furniture!

Kate and Ben Gatski took their appreciation for pieces of vintage farm equipment to a whole new level of upcyclying and repurposing. Their vision and “green philosophy” has compelled them to take parts from old 1970’s tractors and create beautiful tables, from the superior steel that was used to manufacture large tractors back in the 20th Century.  The above “straw walker side table” is a lovely example of seeing the potential in the most unsuspecting of places!

In this barn beam console table, a certain ruggedness and yet a timeless and balanced lightness come together fabulously.  This console table would be at home in any décor. The wooden beam used in this latest creation comes from an old barn that Ben’s brother-in-law tore down recently.

Imagine a single tea light holder or grouping of these beautiful and sculptural candle holders, and the lovely, whimsical flickering light they will create in your cozy eclectic or industrial style home.

Here is a charming Hay Baler Needle Side Table. You could put just about anything from candles, a clock, picture frames, or a tablescape with either pottery, or perhaps a piece of sculpture on this one-of-a-kind beautiful and functioning table.

Ben and Kate live in rural Pennsylvania. Having grown up on farms, both of these craftsmen have a passion for the origins of scraps which they repurpose. These handmade treasures are the embodiment of their love for “the people, soil and culture” of farm life.

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New York City Trash Repurposed into Industrial Chicness

Feb 6, 2011 by

Carlo Sampietro is an environmentally concerned artisan who repurposes what he literally finds in the street into industrial chic furniture.  A plastic traffic barrel, for instance, becomes a Cloche Chair (with a light-up base) when Carlo Sampietro reinvents “thrown away stuff” from New York City Streets and conjures up his “street is in the house” line of furniture and accessories.  He also incorporates old Police barriers, mailboxes, and even used newspaper and magazine holders into vintage chic tables, aquariums, and even dishwashers!

A 1960s taxi cab topper is ingeniously repurposed into mood lighting.

Who would have known that an emergency barrier can be repurposed into the most stylish workhorse table?

Here’s another great take on the emergency barrier repurposed table idea, and I’m loving the patriotic feel.  What a way to spark dinner conversation!

Yes, that is indeed a dishwasher upcycled from an old magazine rack!

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Turning Vintage Industrial Salvage into Repurposed Furniture

Feb 6, 2011 by

Repurposing vintage furniture in order to go “green” has been, until recently, something that was done by artists, environmentalists and DIYers who are advocates for using sustainable materials and recyclables to reduce waste and preserve pieces from our history and culture for future use.

Now, furniture designers who want to create one-of-a-kind pieces are embracing the Repurposing Movement too. Keith Merry, furniture designer and owner of Garden Park Antiques in Nashville, is a master at his craft.

This beautiful coffee table is made from a 19th Century Pulley Wheel, which was part of a mechanism that brought power to an piece of industrial machinery. Keith had the vision, added vintage “feet” and repurposed glass for a table top — and look at the magnificent result!

Look what can be done with a vintage wooden Pattern Mold from a Foundry! Now its an exquisite mirror, which will reflect light and beautiful images in someone’s wonderful space for an infinite number of years to come

Keith took vintage film reel canisters and creatively repurposed them into chic industrial stools (with the help of your friendly local welder).  If only I had not sold my collection of antique Hollywood film reels before I moved to Hawaii, I would have such great seating in my home now!

The pallet trend is here to stay (but be sure to read my post about testing for toxic pallets before you bring one into your home!), but Keith takes it to a new level by repurposing vintage pallets into storied coffee tables that have a great patina and sense of time.

Keith found this 1920’s old growth pine industrial assembly table from a factory and knew it still had generations of use to offer. Adding the glass top upcycles the piece to fit in any decor, from a loft to your farmhouse kitchen – and even to your den office space or man-cave!

As we embrace this new decade, Keith feels that more and more furniture designers will be adding repurposed pieces that they re-design or upcycle for modern purposes, but with a unique gift included. The gift is that each repurposed creation offers its owner the opportunity to own a piece of history.

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