Old family heirlooms don’t have to be thrown out if they’ve lost their previous function or original charm. Whether it was your great grandma’s crib, your grandfather’s rocking chair, or your great aunt’s old silverware set, all you need is a little bit of time and some tools to bring life back to these valued possessions.
Whether it’s an old wooden chair, coffee table or dresser, if it’s a piece of solid wood furniture and it has minimal damage, it can be repurposed. It’s simple: just sand down the surface and then apply a new paint or stain and finish with long-lasting sealant. Now you have a new treasure that can be passed down for many more generations.
If anyone in your family passed down an antique silver necklace, silverware set or any other kind of silver heirloom, you don’t have to throw it out if it has become tarnished. Instead, just repurpose it using this method. Line your sink with aluminum foil, add 1/2 a cup of salt and 1/2 a cup of baking soda, then fill with hot water and set your silverware in the mix. After about 30 minutes, remove and air-dry your silver item and it will look good as new.
If you have a wedding dress that you know will never be used again, you can repurpose it into a quilt. A wedding dress quilt can preserve the memory of that special day while brightening a room or warming a bed. However, this is not an easy DIY project, unless you already have quilting skills. If you don’t want to do this yourself, find a trustworthy quilter in your area who can make your quilt. Select the pieces of the dress you want featured in your quilt and choose other fabrics that will coordinate with your wedding dress fabric. You might decide to use some of your bridesmaid dresses or your husband’s tie to add some color.
Creating beautiful decorations from your grandma’s old jewelry is simple. Pick out a few vintage frames, pop out the glass, cover the cardboard backing with a fabric of your choice and pin any old brooches, earrings, bracelets or necklaces in the middle of the frame and you’re done! It’s a creative way to display any old jewelry and will add a beautiful touch to your home. By taking the time to repurpose old family heirlooms, you are not only saving yourself money, but you are also keeping a treasure in your family that can be passed down for more generations to come.
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