I’ve been a decorator for decades. And I’ve seen beautiful things end up in landfills. It breaks my heart! I want to talk to you about ways to rescue and restore things you think have lost their luster. I’m so guilty of not using what I have to the best and not thinking of ways to restore them to be something more beautiful and more useful than before! Let’s give our once lovely things a second life. Today let’s talk about the rescue and restore philosophy.
Today is Practically Speaking when you and I have a little heart to heart about anything decor!
As a decorator, I love to bring you home decor items that are on-trend and easily accessible to you. That’s part of my job. And knowing you as well as I do you love a beautiful, well-appointed home.
I’m not saying you should not enjoy new and beautiful things but there are probably lots of things in your home you could rescue and make them over to live another day or decade in your home! There have been so many times I think I’m giving away or getting rid of something only to repaint, restore or transform and love it!
The $$$ we waste on home furnishings is sad, really! As a “Maker” it is my mission to help you stop spending money on home decor you don’t really need and start looking at tired “stuff” in your home as opportunities for creating something that is one-of-a-kind!
There are so many easy (and I’m not talking easy for me but not for you) peasy ways to rescue and restore home decor headed for the trash heap!
Look at these beautiful, silver leaf topped architectural pieces. Did you notice the band of silver around the bottom too!
I found these at my local Pottery Barn years and years ago. They were not exactly what I was looking for but I could not pass them up because they were on a super sale and I loved their shape. They are HEAVY and cracked and rough in areas but that shape, oh, that shape.
I used them for a while and they ended up in the basement and got lost.
And got lost for a long time. Recently, I found them again and was determined to do something with them and use them.
My go-to way of rescuing almost anything is to paint it. And my favorite neutral paint is BISCUITS AD GRAVY (use my #813524) from A Maker’s Studio. So I gave the body of these pieces a few coats of Biscuits and Gravy. And gave them a soft luster with Light Antiquing Wax.
And then I silver leafed the tops and bottoms of them. And I LOVE to gild anything! You cannot get this look from a spray can!
Many of the things in the image below have been rescued. The mirror came out of the bathroom in our home before StoneGable. I found the chippy shutters at a vintage store. The books are old ones I covered with burlap (and they are still readable) and of course the gilded bookends.
What is in your home you could rescue? Old books ready to be tossed? A wooden chair that could be given a new color? A frame that could be gilded? A tray? A table? I’ve even repainted doorknobs, drawer pulls, and switchplates!
The cost of supplies to change a look or make an item one of a kind is very little! But the satisfaction is priceless!
If you LOVE the idea of painting furniture and other home decor but don’t know how you are in luck! I can show you and point you to many, many fabulous YouTube videos to help. I am also ready to walk you through each step of a project you joyfully tackle!
Here is a fabulous video by our founder Amy Howard…
You can see more videos on A Maker’s Studio channel HERE. BUT let me warn you… this is ADDICTIVE! And you will start thinking of all the things you can save in your home!!!!!
Also, join me on A Maker’s Studio Facebook page and check out all the fabulous things you can do with “stuff” you have! Request to join!
And if you are ready for a change and would like to talk to me about being part of my Maker’s team I’d love to chat. NO PRESSURE! Just info! Leave me a message if you want to chat!
There is no project too small or too big to tackle! Just look around your home and make something old and tired beautiful again!
You can go to A Maker’s Studio HERE. Look around and see what we have. And if you see something you love please use my #813524.
Can you think of one thing in your home you would love to rescue and give it new life? Tell me about it in the comments!
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