I know we all love to fix up and re- decorate our homes, buying shiny new things but.... new is not always the way we need to go. Discarding our unwanted pieces into the landfill. How about another route, in almost every town there are community stores like Goodwill or Value Village. Somewhere to donate our unwanted pieces or find hidden treasures. One place locally I just checked out is "Habitat for Humanity" It was full of old doors, lighting, hardware and furniture. Not everything was a treasure, for me anyway but I saw some potential. Here are a few pieces I saw and an example of how we could use them.
IKEA wooden bed slats - could be a storage chest.
Old doors make great headboards
Shutters re-purposed into magazine racks
Leaded glass becomes art over the mantle.
Stair spindles make table legs or a great magazine basket
Vintage sinks can be used inside or out. A planter or a bird bath maybe. Mix it in with your existing bathroom or kitchen.
How about copper lighting- on trend metal like in this cafe.
Milk glass globe pendants- retro comeback.