Imperfection is beauty, Marilyn Monroe used to say. Instead of throwing away broken things and remodeling the whole room when some tiles are broken or the floor is cracked, how about we fix that crack accentuating it and transforming it into something beautiful, a piece of art even? The cracks and pieces are part of its object history, we can value that not by disguising it, but by making it visible and beautiful.

After decor repair, the piece gets even more beautiful
After the repair, the piece gets even more beautiful. Source: Blog Lovin

The Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of fixing broken things(mostly pottery and porcelain) with golden or silvery lacquer resin, making the piece even more beautiful now that it got broken and fixed than how it was before. It values the object’s history and embraces the flaws and imperfections. There are many beautiful ways we can make it work, and here are some of them.

Ceramics

Inteior decor: You can use this technique on basically any ceramic, as long as it’s not shattered into too many pieces
You can use this technique on basically any ceramic, as long as it’s not shattered into too many pieces. Source: Pinterest

The most common use of Kintsugi. Afraid of breaking the china you got as a wedding gift, so you simply don’t use it ? Well, don’t be. Broken ceramics or porcelain can be turned into something magnificent once you glue the pieces together using lacquer resin or epoxy mixed with colored powder. I mean, look at the picture. Doesn’t it look like a piece of art? In this DIY you can learn how to do the process, step by step.

Tiles

Interior decor: Parisian restaurant Anahi is known to use kintsugi art on its walls.
Parisian restaurant Anahi is known to use kintsugi art on its walls. Source: Turbulences Deco

When a tile breaks, usually we go either through hours trying to find one that matches, or we change the whole wall or just forget about it. But how about we make the broken pieces shine? You can paint or fill the cracks with a bright color or even change the broken tile into a completely different one, like a fun patterned one, valuing the imperfection and finding beauty in it.

Concrete Floor

Concrete walls and flooring: Parisian restaurant Anahi is known to use kintsugi art on its walls.
Street art using the idea of Kintsugi. Source: Lost At E Minor

Decorating the cracks on a concrete or epoxy floor is a great way to renovate it without needing to invest on new flooring. You can choose between a lot of different materials to fill it, even completely not related ones, like in the picture above, that the artist used yarn to decorate the cracks.

Parquet

Wooden exterior door: Using this different way of repairing wood floors can transform the look the room.
Using this different way of repairing wood floors can transform the look the room. Source: Marie Claire Maison

Even on wood flooring, you can use the technique: it will save you money, time and the hassle of exchanging the whole piece of wood(that rarely matches the rest). Fill the crack with another different bigger piece or use a lot of small ones and maybe even make a mosaic. The result is stunning!

Create New Objects

Home DIY: You can create basically anything just by gluing it together.
You can create basically anything just by gluing it together. Source: This Is Colossal

Sometimes the ceramics or tiles break into way too many pieces to be worth the trouble of putting it back together. How about creating a new object with those pieces? You can make a smaller plate to place your keys near the door, you can make coasters or even a resting place for chopsticks and silverware.

DIY project: Mix different styles and you’ll have a unique and stunning item.
Mix different styles and you’ll have a unique and stunning item. Source: Rittau

Another interesting idea is joining different pieces of ceramic together. You can add only a small different bit into the object or even change half of it, like on the picture above. Use a special lacquer mixed with golden powder to join the pieces and enjoy your new amazing and unique kintsugi art.

Art Pieces

Decor art: Light shines through the crack on this sculpture called “Expansion.
Light shines through the crack on this sculpture called “Expansion”. Source: Cultura Colectiva

Kintsugi is also present in art: this amazing sculpture by Paige Bradley uses the idea of Kintsukuroi by shining light through the cracks, making it an even more beautiful masterpiece, showing an idea of resilience, strength and of the beauty that lies on the imperfection.

Repair With Patterns

DIY: Let creativity flow and make different designs on the repaired section.
Let creativity flow and make different designs on the repaired section. Source: MD Junction

If the object you’re repairing has a missing piece, you can make it even more interesting by mixing Kintsugi with Makienaoshi, which is the incorporation of the original design into the repair. If it has a smooth finish, without any patterns, then you can make an interesting one on the repaired part, drawing abstract designs or even flowers and other patterns.

DIY project: Delicate design made on golden repair: making the imperfection beautiful.
Delicate design made on golden repair: making the imperfection beautiful. Source: Kintsugi Repair

In America we are used to the new, the shiny, the young, we can’t deal with the “falling apart”, like old buildings, old things, we easily exchange it, tearing it down or discarding it. But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, in fact, it usually is the best way. In Japan, with its thousands of years old culture, the habit of just fixing broken things instead of getting a new one is much more prominent. How about we take this inspiration and apply it in our home and our lives?

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places." - Ernest Hemingway

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