How recycled materials can be great for redecorating your home

PHOENIX - You don’t need a huge budget to have a gorgeous home; you can simply repurpose things to decorate your home for less!

That is exactly what Eric Penning, a Valley resident, has done.

He is a contractor by trade, but an artist on a super tight budget. So, Eric turned his average home into a designer home without the price tag.

Here is one example: Eric found some cork board that a business was going to throw out. He took the cork board and put it on some of the interior walls of his home. Not only does it look really cool and hip, but it serves a purpose. It makes it super easy to hang stuff; it’s as simple as using a thumb tack and you don’t have to worry about holes on the wall.

Plus, it cost him just a few dollars for materials to hang the cork board on his wall. Eric used a clear coat of caulk and hand rubbed it in, plus a little time and effort and that’s it. Now he has a chic and functional wall for just a few dollars.

For his kitchen, Eric found some cabinets, cleaned them up and refinished the doors on them, but it was not enough to finish his kitchen. He also made a few cabinets by using wasted ends of 4X4’s for the frame. For the cabinet doors, he used an old security screen. He also designed the cabinets so you don't have to bend down to grab your pots and pans. It is large enough that you can see everything in the cabinet so there are no pots and pans falling all over the place. To top it off, he used metal numbers from old houses as the handles on the door. I love it!

For the mats on his kitchen floor, he used laminate flooring scraps. If you look closely at the floor, it looks like he built wood pieces into his kitchen flooring. It gives it a very chic, sophisticated look, but in the end it’s just laminate pieces.

In one of the rooms of his home he has glass flooring. Sounds expensive, but it's not. It is made out of crushed glass from a fire pit. The cost for this was just $15 and that was for the Polyurethane coating. Of course it took some time and lots of labor to lay the floor down.

Eric’s home is a smaller home, so instead of building walls, he uses curtains to divide up the rooms. It's a simple way to make a look of separation without the cost. 

I was totally blown away with how amazing this home came together. It truly looks like he spent thousands of dollars getting it to look so trendy and chic. But instead, he did it all for just pennies and a lot imagination.

The saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” truly applies in this situation.

If you would like to contact Eric Penning, you can go to his website .

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