By LORI VERDERAME
Special to the Sun-Gazette
DIYers are enjoying the process of reclaiming, recycling and repurposing worn out, vintage and antique objects. I have seen my fair share of vintage tea cups turned into candlesticks, reclaimed headboards repurposed into benches and drainage gutters reused for strawberry plants.
Shown above are saxophone and trumpet fountains on display at the Kansas City Home and Garden Show.
Above is a recycled plastic spoon mirror, which won a 4-H ribbon at the Nebraska State Fair.
While not everything should be repurposed, junk can be reconsidered and made into cool, contemporary stuff.
Here are some vintage and antique pieces that have been re-done, which may provide a few ideas for those of you who like dumpster diving, yard sale hunting and rehabbing old treasures:
1. Old library card catalogue cabinet repurposed into a wine rack.
2. Old armoire gutted and turned into a liquor cabinet.
3. Old clarinets and trumpets made into garden fountains.
4. Old-but-clean fishing creel recycled into a pocketbook.
5. Old wicker hamper reclaimed into an oversized garden planter.
6. Vintage suitcases reused as coffee table with glass top.
7. Old casement window as garden table top.
8. Old feed bag material re-sewn as throw pillows.
9. Old ball jars as miniature plant terrariums for kitchen shelf.
10. Victorian-but-clean chamber pot as magazine rack.
And my favorite repurposing idea - of course, it has to do with jewelry. Take those old 1950s wristwatches (just the watch, not the entire band) and link them together with a single metal loop. Link each loop to another wristwatch until you have linked enough to reach around your wrist. This continuous chain-link of wristwatches makes a cute bracelet.
For those who are ready to recycle that old piece of furniture, be sure to know the origin of what is being repurposed and its value before undertaking a DIY project.
It's no fun if you find out that you accidentally repainted an antique library chair with Rustoleum that once belonged to Noah Webster worth $50,000 and completely devalued it.
Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents appraisal events to audiences worldwide.