Repurposing Ideas

We have grown up in an age where we impulse-buy what we want, not only what we truly NEED.  Our technology knowledge is growing and moving so rapidly that it soon gets outdated every decade.  Remember portable CD players?  IPods? Big fat heavy computers and TV’s?  DVD players?  Too soon, the millions which were bought one decade, becomes next decade’s landfill.

So too, our “furniture” for technology, which is purpose-built for one range of techno-machinery becomes obsolete as does the hardware itself.  Remember filing cabinets?  Great big lugging metal sets of sliding drawers to hold all our copious amounts of paperwork that now fit onto a palm-sized “memory stick” holding twice the amount of info!  

Old TV cabinet repurposed for clothing cupboard
Old TV cabinet repurposed for clothing cupboard

At a time when people are selling off their “past use by” dated furniture for a pinch of what they’ve bought it for, I purchased two Rimu wooden TV cabinets for $100 a piece.  We needed some cupboards in our bedroom and as we were reluctant to buy cheap MDF cupboards, I thought it would be perfect to repurpose these unwanted, beautiful pieces of art into functional clothing storage.  Indeed, these cabinets have a challenge regarding where to hang clothing, but the shelving space is perfect for our clothes.  

Being a little smaller than average built-in clothing cupboards, one has to move from a seasonal warm weather gear to cold weather gear, but that always feels like fun.  We simply pack the “unseasonal” wear away in big cloth bags in our storage area, for when the weather changes again.  Acknowledging the changing seasons, it’s a ritual that marks the passage for a whole new set of new-old familiar clothes to herald the new season.  Welcoming in the new and farewelling the old.

One cupboard each for His and Hers
One cupboard each for His and Hers

Another old TV cabinet serves us well as CD music centre.
Another old TV cabinet serves us well as CD music centre.

Another repurposed TV cabinet serves as additional kitchen storage.
Another repurposed TV cabinet serves as additional kitchen storage.

Counting our repurposed TV cabinets, we have a total of five, all serving a specific purpose.  They are great pieces of furniture and I love their quirkiness.  More recently, I walked into a second hand store and immediately my eyes were caught by a great little wooden CD rack.  I have always admired these little beauties but never been able to afford a $200 spend on them.  Well, here was this beauty, for a grand some of $10.  I picked it up and proudly brought it home.  What to do with it?  

We already have a storage area for CD’s, so it stood around for a couple of weeks until a brilliant idea came to me….we don’t have a toilet roll holder in our downstairs toilet (because I never got around to putting one up, and then just got used to the temporary basket we stored them in for the last 12 years) and recently I’d seen an idea on the World Wide Web, of an old broom handle glued onto a block of wood, to store the rolls on.  I was about to head to the shed to create this when the CD rack popped into my head.  Why not?  I tested the size… a perfect match really!  

Perfect fit!
Perfect fit!

A toilet roll is EXACTLY the correct size to fit into the little shelving spaces created for CD’s.  Perfect!  It even looks good!  One can easily see when it needs refilling, it takes up little floor space as opposed to my old basket, and guests love it almost as much as I do!  Go on, look at our technology furniture in a different light.  When you see an old TV cabinet...don’t think TV, think what you can use it for…….an additional food pantry?  Children’s cupboard? Sewing cabinet to store sewing machine and fabrics?  What about using an old CD Rack to wall mount and store spices?  An old filing cabinet in the garden shed to store garden seeds, pots and implements?  There are so many different uses for these old bits of furniture.

Toilet roll storage solution
Toilet roll storage solution

I would love to see or hear about your repurposing of old used-by furniture….

Kia Ora, Jizzy

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2 thoughts on “Repurposing Ideas

  1. Love your ideas! Just yesterday bought a towel basket and now reuse it as a toiletrol holder in my bathroom. LOOKS GREAT! Iam also one to do my shopping at secondhand stores. Got some great secondhand outfits to! All for the sake of mother earth. x

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