Bring me your tired, your broken and your un-whole. Turn your head to the side and look at them differently. There are plenty of great uses for antiques that aren't quite right.
Here are 10 of my favorites.
- Cast iron youth bed: You’d have to be next to insane to expect someone to slleep in one of these. They were practically a prison. But, these make great garden ornamentation and gates.
- Old lamp bases make great hat stands and scarf displays.
- Those old dining room table felt covered mats can be fashoned into great light box caves for online photography. Also, they can be good background displays for jewelry.
- Books - Some many beautifully bound books are discarded due to damaged contents. How about turning them into scrap books or photo album covers?
- Damaged prints and artwork can be trimmed to make collages, decoupage and paper-mache designs.
- A beautifully framed old window may be an odd size to be put anywhere in the house, but can be fashioned into a lid for a portable display case. A simple boxed frame is all you need to place beneath and there you have it. The more rustic the window is, the better it can show off some antique primitive smalls. Finely finished windows are better for jewelry and higher end flatware.
- Old compartment fishing boxes can be just the thing to cart around your minatures from show to antique show.
- Any mirror used to set antique glass or porcelain on, will almost always enhance the value of the item being displayed.
- Dressers with missing drawers can have the inside chamber which is missing the drawer, turned into a bookshelf with an easy modification.
- Old bike wheels can be the start of a great garden cart.