Thursday, February 16, 2012
It seems I hear more and more these days about the advantages to reducing and reusing a wide assortment of the things we utilize in our daily lives. Landfills are heaped full of trash that will take years to decompose, if it ever happens at all. We are running out of space to put the millions of tons of garbage that we humans generate every year. It only makes sense that if each of us becomes more conscious about the impact that we individually have on our world, we can drastically reduce the amount of output going into landfills.
The term “going green” carries with it many different interpretations. Some people are adamant about eating only organic food and using all-natural products for cleaning, bathing, and doing laundry. Recycling has become very mainstream, thanks to the valiant efforts of environmental enthusiasts. Many manufacturing processes have undergone changes in order to create the same quality and quantity of product using environmentally friendly practices and reducing carbon emissions. Vehicles have been reinvented in order to travel great distances on a minimal amount of gasoline. My home state of Iowa boasts acres of windmills that “farm” the wind to provide electrical energy far and wide.
Repurposing antiques and “someone else’s junk” into unique new furniture is not a new concept. Some have quite a creative eye and skill for turning the ordinary into extraordinary. On a recent HGTV show, I watched as a pair of contractor designers removed a treasured built-in wall cabinet that had been part of a family home for decades, then pare it down and use parts of it to create a much smaller display case. It had a new size and a new purpose, but the look, feel, and original finish were still its main features. The homeowner was thrilled with it.
The Cottage Barnwood Vanity is an excellent example of the advantages of repurposing. The rustic and well-weathered wood from an 1800s tobacco barn has been given new life as a very attractive bathroom vanity. It could have almost had a previous life as a dresser, given the configuration of the drawers. Of course, you can also repurpose an old dresser as a bathroom vanity, but I digress… Under the sink, this vanity features a false drawer and a door that can be opened to access the sink’s plumbing and to store cleaning or personal supplies. The rest of the vanity offers spacious drawers for storing just about anything you want or need to cram into them. As a plus, you can feel satisfied that your rustic repurposed vanity is a contribution to the green movement and reduction in landfill trash across America.