It is called old, used, second-hand or, when it has to sound a bit fancier, vintage. These are all things that someone doesn’t want while another choose to give it a second life.
Once I wasn’t into old things at all. The newer the better was how I liked it. In recent years, though, I have started to appreciate the older things and have found them to have many advantages. They are often of higher quality, better made or built, saves money and are better for the environment.
In the last year couple of years I have ventured out on a few second-hand projects that I have written about here on the blog. There was the upgrade of my old bookshelf, the old cupboard I bought second-hand or my experiences of buying second-hand clothing.
One of our most priced possessions are the arm chairs that we inherited from Dear Husbands Grandfather. I love the design, the quality, how good they are to sit in and mostly how they remind us of him
When we first received the chairs it was obvious that we had to change the upholstery. Years and years of usage had taken its toll on the fabric plus I wasn’t really so keen on the original design. I asked a few professionals but the prices for getting the fabric changed was very high and I therefore set out on trying to do it myself.
Searched the net a bit of how to do it and finally ended up with this: Bought the fabric, cut up the old cushions at the seams, cut out the new fabrics according to the old cushions and finally, sewed up the new fabric. Sounds easy and it was although it took me quite a while of sewing a bit here and there.
Unfortunately I have no photos of the process as it was before the blog had ever entered my mind, so you will have to make do with the only existing before and after photo.
And a final thought: Wouldn’t it would be great if we could all use more of what is already out there so that we wouldn’t have spent resources on creating new?