“My boss is in the process of moving and has been in major clean out mode,” says Katie at Little House of Four. “I was busy on the phone while this was all happening until I suddenly saw a guy hauling out an old file cabinet.” Needless to say, Katie came home with an ugly but functional cabinet.
This dresser, a family heirloom, used to live at Jamie’s house, she tells us at So Much Better With Age. But when her mother-in-law got worried that Jamie might paint it, it was sent to live at another family member’s house. There, it didn’t get painted….but it did get left outside on a patio. By the time she spotted it and rescued it, Jamie had a mess on her hands.
Over at Club Chica Circle, Pauline had a basic beach bag that she wanted to give a little more personality. She decided to add a bit of color and pattern.
Sara, who blogs at Thrifty Treasures, has quite an assortment of salvaged wood and furniture in her garage. After using the doors from some old cabinets for another project, she realized the cabinet boxes themselves were really sturdy. When she spotted an old crib in the corner, inspiration struck.
“A trip to to Costco to purchase party supplies led straight to these empty boxes and a lightbulb moment,” reveals Susan at Organized 31. She was preparing for her daughter’s graduation party at the time, when she realized that shelling out money for expensive serving trays wasn’t necessary.
“When my uncle was clearing out his basement he gave met his little vintage child’s chair that he found,” says Shanna at Restoration Redoux. The chair was ornately carved but was banged up and had stained upholstery.
When Rhonda from Craft Dictator got out of her car one rainy day to rescue this chair from the roadside, it wasn’t for it’s seating potential. It was for the legs, she tells us, “I knew I could use the legs to make something useful and beautiful.”
“This old bench was rescued from the back of my mom’s flower garden right before it completely slipped away into the forest never to be seen again!” says Amy at Joyful Daisy. “I am truly amazed what an afternoon with spray paint can do.”