I really admire people who can truly repurpose something ordinary and make it into something extraordinary. That's not me. I do have a few things, however, that I have repurposed. I haven't done it through refinishing and painting, just used an item for a purpose for which it was not originally intended. As luck would have it, I have five to share with you!
My mom had a dainty blue cream and sugar set on a small matching tray. When I pulled it out of her china cabinet, I found the creamer had a broken handle. I found so many of Mom's things were damaged when I cleaned out their house. She kept everything whether it was in good shape or not. I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't keep anything that was broken, cracked, chipped or in any way damaged. I got rid of the creamer and just kept the sugar bowl. I quickly found a use for this on my dresser, and I hang my earrings around the rim of the sugar bowl.
Instead of the creamer, I have placed a tiny ceramic jug that belonged to my grandmother on that side of the tray.
This next piece is a chamber pot that I discovered in my great aunt's home (which used to be my great grandparents' home). It was in good shape, and I liked the pattern on the side. I use this in my bathroom to hold spare hand towels.
This past week I burned the last of a Christmas candle until the wicks just went out on their own.
Rather than put the jar in recycling (which I normally do), I poured hot water into the jar, let it sit for a minute, poured the water out and then wiped a paper towel around the inside of the jar to remove all the wax residue. Then I filled the jar with cotton swabs and it sits in my bathroom. Much nicer than the box the swabs came in, and I can have it handy right on the counter instead of hidden in a drawer.
I picked up this glass jar at the thrift store a few years ago. As soon as I put the next load of dishes into the dishwasher, I knew what I would put in this jar.
At first my family thought the jar was filled with candies, and they all got excited!
Sorry guys, it's dishwasher soap cubes ;) I like that I can leave the soap right on the counter disguised in this jar, making it handy to pop the cubes into the dishwasher without having to open up the cupboard every time.
On top of my fridge I have the two rolling pins that get the most use in this house. The wooden pin is mine, and the very heavy metal pin is my husband's. He makes pizza on Saturday night, and bought this hefty metal rolling pin to help him roll out the dough. But they can't just sit on top of the fridge or they would either roll off onto our head when we opened the fridge door, or they would roll to the back of the fridge under the cupboard and we wouldn't be able to reach them.
Instead I have the pins resting on this very old picture holder. I've used this for a few years as a picture holder, but then for whatever reason it was up on the fridge empty, and I sat a rolling pin in it and it fit perfectly. Then I just stacked them up and they both stayed in place.
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