The concept of repurposing is one I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for. There is something incredibly satisfying in restoring an everyday item to bring it back to its prime and give it use once more, and further, it provides ample opportunity to get creative and show some artistic flair.
Personally, I feel as though not nearly enough of us repurpose items to use once more. We live in a society that very much pressures us into tossing something when it gets a little worn to make room for the next newest and best thing, and in doing so we perpetuate and support a materialistic, superficial and temporary ideology, one which I find to be problematic.
From my own observations, it seems as though the act of repurposing something tends to be more popular among millennials and older generations. I am not implying that there are no people younger than millennials that enjoy bringing items back to life with a little tender loving care, but the appreciation for taking something and bringing it back to what it originally was doesn’t seem to appeal to younger generations so much.
I find repurposing items to be really rewarding in the sense you can take credit for restoring something back to what it may have once been. Whether it be a car, a table, a chair, a pair of shoes or some jewelry, repurposing is something that can be applied to just about anything, and you’re able to witness your own progress as you work along on a given project. It really is a win-win situation.
If there’s something you have been meaning to breathe some life back into, I encourage you to take the time to do so. It might end up turning out better than you’re anticipating, and at the end of the day, you can feel good about the work you’ve put in, regardless of what it is you’re restoring.