Are your parents like mine? Do they never throw anything away...EVER? I used to constantly berate them about their hoarding habits, but their garage has now turned into a veritable decorating gold mine for me.
I've always wanted end of bed storage or seating, but didn't really want to spend a lot of money on an item of furniture that, frankly, is more fashion than function.
Until I came across these gorgeous steamer trunks in my parents' garage, complete with aging labels and slightly rusted. Perfect shabby look for my place.
I just cleaned them up a bit and added a deck chair cushion from Bunnings and linen cushions from Target. They actually turned out to be very comfortable seating, and great storage. And the look cost next to nothing.
What I love most is that these trunks contained my mother's trousseau when she first left India as a young bride over thirty years ago. I'm so glad I've been able to repurpose them in this way rather than throwing them out or letting them collect dust.
When I had some things shipped to me in a steamer trunk, I turned it into my coffee table. It's probably the most remarked about piece in my house.
Repurposing is a bit of a buzz word right now. Really it's just a creative way to turn the mundane into something special, or to preserve the sentimental in a unique way. It's what makes your home truly yours, and gives the most everyday of objects new meaning. Not to mention it's environmentally friendly and cheap.
Till next time!