2 Ways To Repurpose Materials At Home

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102008top-04.jpgTop Design is getting good. We think it has something to do with the fact that there's less designers which means more time for an individual to show us what they're all about. We caught up last night with our infamous team of judges and contestants in the sixth episode of Top Design. The designers challenge was to re-design the new offices of The Cadmus Group, a eco-friendly consulting firm. The other challenge was to incorporate repurposed materials in their design...In Nathan's office, he cleverly chose to use the cardboard tube of a fabric bolt to hang his window treatments. We don't mind the organic look of cardboard but we were thinking that a coat of paint, contact paper or cool design paper on the cardboard roll would give the rod a whole new look.

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We love Eddie's use of carpet padding repurposed as a textured wall which also doubles as a pin board for notes. We never would have thought to rip up the old carpet and use the carpet padding (which alone looks drab). But cut up in squares and applied to an entire wall--it's an alternative to cork board.

Related Repurposing Ideas

  • How To: Use Leftover Fabric Scraps
    In order to use your cardboard tube from your fabric bolt, you'll have to finish up using the scraps of fabric--but you don't want to waste the leftover fabric. This is such a neat idea on how to use leftover fabric scraps.
  • 5 Uses For Placemats
    If you have a ton of never used placemats lying around, you'll appreciate these easy DIY projects.
  • How To: Tear Up Carpet
    In case you've been dying to rip out your old carpet, this post will guide you through the process.

    [Images from Top Design]

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