Modifying, adjusting, or completely overhauling things you already have to fit a new space or style will save you a ton of money. The rest of this post covers just a few of the pieces I've reinvented over the years.
This shim sunburst frame (above) was in a very masculine space at our old house. The wood tones were very attractive, but not exactly what I was looking to put in our new space. With a little gold and white paint + a mirror, I was able to create a bright and fresh feel for our new entry way wall!
This driftwood frame (above) hung in my guest bedroom over a mirror. It was lovely and provided great texture for the space. Although I didn't change the piece hardly at all, I did use it in a new way in this room I created for a set we worked on (below). You can see that the frame takes center stage in this space as it's hung over the bed in front of some wallpaper panels.
This dresser above went through a couple of different looks. A family member gave us the piece a while back, but it's country feel wasn't what we were looking for. I promptly painted it white and modified the base. As I was finishing up our guest bedroom I felt like the piece was a tad bit boring for the space, but with a little bit of silver leafing I felt like it fit the space perfectly.
Amanda is one of my favorite clients. She totally trusts me and allows me to have free reign in her spaces. In Amanda's first studio (above), I used these sunny yellow chairs to add a pop in the her pink office. But when Amanda switched studio spaces, we wanted the color palette to be a little more sophisticated. The yellow and green combo had to go. Green and gray however was a great fit for the new space (below)!
The table that acted as our media console (above) when we were first getting started was nice and simple. I loved it's clean lines. When Tim built our new media console though, this piece was in need of a new home. It made it's way to the "craft room." In order to go with the feminine feel of the space, I repainted the piece, added some curvy brackets in the corners, and sewed up a fabric skirt. Same piece, totally different look.
This next piece has yet to be reinvented/reused. I created this paint chip wall for Tim and I's photo shoot about 6 months ago. I love it and will absolutely be using it somewhere, somehow. Look for it in the coming months! :)
So the moral of the post today is to look at the pieces you already have and how they can be changed before you go out and buy something new. Pieces with a story are always better anyway! :) Have you reinvented anything lately?