An old sewing machine frame found in grandma's basement. Added reclaimed wood to repurpose for a table. 

An old sewing machine frame found in grandma's basement. Added reclaimed wood to repurpose for a table. 

Last month's blog Holly wrote about some great retail spots to furnish your home along with some tips to save on home decor. This month we are "thinking outside the box" to re-design older items.

From Alice Walker, realtor:

My favorite place to shop is among the items you already have or ones tucked away in a parent's or friend's storage space...

~ an old antique bed, too small to use anymore, remove the headboard paint and hang above a sofa or on a large empty wall to fill space.

~ don't hide memories in an old scrapbook, instead create "living artwork"   Chances are you've got a few menus, movie tickets, playbills, and keepsakes you picked up along the way from dinner with special friends, anniversary evenings, and vacations; frame a few of them in simple inexpensive black frames and group together on a wall.

 ~ don't be afraid to mix and match.  That old, wooden,  odd sized dresser you had when you were a kid, then in college and you swore would never make it past your first apartment...paint it with a chalk paint, add new knobs and use as an end table in your living room along with a interesting floor lamp on the other end. 

~ your mom's old sewing machine in the attic.  Yes, the one in the back corner you've never actually seen her use but always tell yourself your gonna learn to sew on one day.  Well, let's pull it out in hopes of actually making a set of curtains for the guest room.  In the meantime, it's the perfect height for a bed side table in a guest room.  Once again, paint is the great equalizer.  A coat of paint, a great looking lamp from Homegoods or Target and your all set.  If you really want to be bold, re-upholster the stool that comes with it in a funky animal print.