For those of us who live more than minutes away from a store, or want to reuse something rather than buy new, repurpose decorating is a fun way to find something in our home to serve our needs in a more decorative manner.
Countertop Crate Bookshelf
Keep your favorite cookbooks handy on the kitchen counter in a table-grapes crate. Don’t have one? Pick one up the next time you shop the farmers’ market. Set an empty fruit crate on its side and you have an instant bookshelf ready to fill with more than a dozen cookbooks.
Kitchen Towel Clothesline Curtains
Is it time to spruce up a kitchen or back door window? Don’t run to the store. Instead, dig through your linen drawer for a window treatment. Most likely you already have colorful kitchen towels on hand that match your décor. Here’s an adorable window treatment ready in five minutes or less. All it takes is two kitchen towels, clothespins, twine, and a few small eyebolts. Screw the bolts into place above the window. Tautly stretch a line of twine through the eyebolts and tie a knot on each end. Pin two kitchen towels to the line with clothespins. Stand back and admire.
Currier & Ives Calendar Placemats
Love that old calendar you found in Grandpa’s attic? Dress your table with precious memories and lovely calendar pages of days gone by in charming, home-sweet-home fashion. These are sure to evoke fond memories of home, family, and farm. Shop antique stores, flea markets, or estate sales for an old picture calendar. Choose pages with nostalgic farm or landscape scenes for each place setting at your harvest table. Pages can be inexpensively laminated at the nearest office supply store or print shop.