I love the look that's achieved by repurposing old kitchen gadgets into knew, beautiful-yet-functional furnishings. Old and tattered antique items always convey such whimsy, while rusted or well-worn objects lend an industrial, modern feel. Mint condition mid-century modern artifacts can be converted into clever reinventions for a playful retro vibe. Glass and wood can be reclaimed for a rustic, earthy aesthetic. The fun of up-cycling is that there's so much possibility!
Colanders - also called strainers - offer especially excellent potential for creative repurposing. They come in a million shapes, sizes, and styles (think battered silver that will tarnish with weather, crisp clean stainless steal, pretty enamel in vibrant pop colors, ivory or white for elegant simplicity, and on and on). They're also visually stimulating, with their soft curves contrasted by the textured patterns of the holes. And they're familiar; there's a colander in every kitchen.
If you have an extra colander lying around (or feel like picking one up at the thrift store), well than I have a list for you. I've rounded up a few easy and awesome projects that'll put that extra colander to good use, and also add design appeal to your living space. In no particular order . . .
1. Make a pretty garden planter.
Colanders are basically large, deep vessels, which makes them perfect for planting. Just pack the dirt in tight and it won't spill through the holes. Remember to put it somewhere safe when you water!
Colander planters are especially lovely for lettuces, herbs, and other edible flora. Keep one on your kitchen counter, or hang one out in your garden. They're versatile and easy to make and oh-so-very quaint.