All homes I am privileged to help decorate seem to beg for something unique, something original, something that the owner can claim as particularly theirs. Well, someone sent me an email with pretty interesting ideas, so I’ll share them with you.
Not many people happen to have old barrels on hand, but you might be able to get one from a brewery. If you have old barrels or want to get some to make something unique, you can turn them into a drum set.
OK, so you need to know how to play drums to know what size barrels you need and how to mount and arrange them. But if you use this idea, the barrels would certainly be a focal point in any room.
Just don’t forget to thoroughly clean the barrels!
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Old books can be recycled, regifted or donated to a hospice or hospital. But if you have a few you don’t want to part with, you can make them into shelves.
Mount brackets on the wall and place the old book on top of the brackets. Repeat a few times on the wall and you not only have a decoration, it will certainly be unique.
The “shelves” can then hold knickknacks.
Here is one idea that you will need to use your imagination to picture. Take an old bicycle, remove the seat, but keep the basket. Place a small countertop on top of the bike.
Then have a plumber install a sink onto the countertop and plumbed into the wall.
Place towels or soaps in the basket. Done.
If you don’t want to use a sink, simply stop with the countertop. Place a mirror over your new counter and there you have it: a creative way to complete a bathroom.
How about a pancake squirter? Take an empty ketchup bottle, clean it completely and pour pancake batter into it.
Place the cap back on and you have a way to pour pancake batter.
We make CDs all the time for our movies, music and pictures. Instead of tossing the empty CD holders, use them to store things like bagels.
You know that bagels have that whole in the center. Well, place the bagel or bagels in the old CD holder for storage. (You might want to clean the holder first!)
Another use for an empty CD holder: holding cables and/or extension cords. Wrap the cable or cord around the centerpiece in the holder, and you have storage and no tangles.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of “Mystery of Color.”