Over at Lake Girl Paints, Deb has figured out a shortcut to getting the distressed, black painted finish on furniture that Pottery Barn made so popular. She shows us how on a few farmhouse style dining chairs.
Jay is a woodworker who blogs at Jay's Custom Creations. At his day job, he was working on a kitchen remodel and the homeowners wanted him to get rid of the old cabinets. No one responded to the ad he put on Craigslist for free cabinets, so Jay had a few cabinets on his hands.
"I got this old TV for free at a yard sale, " says Shanna of Restoration Redoux. "My hubby didn't understand why we were bringing home something that ugly or heavy." We rescuers are evil geniuses with plans up our sleeves all the time, are we not?
Do you have any CDs or DVDs that you don't use anymore? I know we made the mistake of buying a bunch of blank CDs in bulk....and now we only use our iPods for music! Oh well, here's a cute craft project for anyone else who has a few extra disks lying around, by Amy of Joyful Daisy.
"We were lucky to find this pallet dumped near a path one evening while were were out for a walk," says Bonnie at The Pin Junkie. "My teenage son was nice enough to haul it home for me although he made it clear he thought his mother was crazy for wanting to carry home someone's tra
Erin blogs at The Blue Eyed Dove. Lately, she's had a bit of an obsession with s'mores. "I decided it was time that I have a s’mores party…but I don’t have a fire pit," Erin confesses. Instead of buying one, she decided to make one out of a flower pot.
Lauren from The Thinking Closet had been checking Craigslist for a roll-top desk when her in-laws offered her one they had. Free furniture is awesome! Lauren loved the idea of having lots of storage space that was easily concealed...but didn't love the original oak finish.
"We have had a hole over the dining room table for 1.5 years now, waiting for the perfect, inexpensive chandelier to come available," confesses Jenny at Focus Jennie. "The house came with a perfectly fine chandelier that just plain wasn't my style, so it has had a home in the garage waiting to be taken to Goodwill." But when the perfect light just couldn't be found, Jennie took another look at the unwanted light fixture in her garage.
Poppytalk recently featured this amazing rescue by Nicole Phillips of Visual Heart. When Nicole found this ugly cabinet with a single drawer, there was very little to recommend it, other than the fact that underneath, she found brackets attached for legs. Good thing Nicole has an imagination!
"I found this abandoned little wood crate in the middle of a K-mart parking lot," says Stacey at Addison Meadows Lane. She had been wanting a silverware caddy forever, so Stacey knew exactly what she could do with the crate and snatched it up immediately.
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