Did you know you can turn an old wooden pallet into a dining room table? It’s true. I’ve seen it on the internet. People are making cabinets, couches, towel racks and everything else out of trashed wood. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if someone’s working out a pallet toilet.
I hate it. I’m all for reusing things. It’s good for our carbon footprint. Sadly, most of this stuff looks like junk. I’ve been surprised. When someone with great carpentry skills uses old wood to make a new thing, it can look pretty. There are exceptions, and I’m willing to let them slide.
My husband used reclaimed wood from an old tobacco barn to line the inside of our screened porch, and it’s gorgeous. Done well, repurposing works.
I like to encourage cleverness and creativity, but this is getting out of hand. Taking a cute antique ladder and using it as a set of shelves is one thing. Ripping the back off of any old chair, hanging it on the wall and calling it a towel rack is entirely different. It doesn’t look like a towel rack. It looks like the back of a chair hanging on your wall.
On Facebook lately, there are all sorts of videos showing how you can use different everyday items to fix other everyday situations. Dawn dish soap has hundreds of household uses, like killing fleas on a puppy. Who knew? I tried it. It may tear up your dog’s skin, but the fleas will die quickly.
Life hacks, they’re called. For the most part, they’re helpful hints. There are dozens of recipes for homemade laundry detergent. If you need to get rid of the onion and garlic smell on your hands after cooking, rub your hands on stainless steel. Works like a charm. One I tested recently, and I never thought it would fly, is shredding cooked chicken with a hand mixer. What seems like an impossibility is a handy little trick. Don’t mix too long, or you end up with a meat paste. Meat paste isn’t nearly the same as shredded chicken. Trust me.
Helpful hints that make your life easier and good to have around. I’m a fan.
I am not a fan of spray painting a cheese grater and calling it an earring holder. I didn’t make that up. There’s a video, showing just how easy it is to make it happen. You can even paint a sweet little chevron pattern on it, with a few tiny pieces of painter’s tape. While I applaud the designer’s ability to think outside of the box, it’s not for me. First, I need my cheese grater. Second, I’m not going out to buy paint and a cheese grater to make it an earring rack. If I’m going through all that, I’m buying an earring rack.
Besides, it doesn’t matter how much paint you put on it, it’s still a cheese grater.
Joe (White) loves to take old wood and turn it in to new things. He made wine racks for a while. As a matter of fact, he still owes me one. I’ll have to repurpose it, though. Who has wine that lasts long enough to necessitate filling a rack? Maybe I’ll use it to store my Dawn dish soap instead.