In honor of Earth Day, here are a few cools ways to breath new life into old things around your house. - Deborah Snoonian & Amy Hughes, This Old House
Looking for something small and affordable at the salvage yard? Decorative iron tub supports can be found at most such shops-and are far easier to recycle than the heavy vessels that once perched upon them. Put them to work as bookends on your desk or use just one to prop up magazines inside a shelving unit. To protect wood from scratches, stick felt cushions on the feet bottoms. Then put your own feet up and enjoy the ironwork's vintage charm.
TOH Tip: To preserve the iron's patina and seal any lead paint, add a coat of clear acrylic finish.
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A rickety wooden ladder that's been gathering cobwebs in your basement may be unsafe to climb, but that doesn't mean you should kick it to the curb. With a fresh