Cristin from Eve of Reduction tells us, "This chair from Quick & McKenna, New York, had layers upon dripping layers of wood stain from over the years." Her husband picked it out of a trash bin years ago, and Cristin decided it was time to give it a new look.
At Satori Design for Living, Shauna has been working on giving her office a new look. She wanted to hang some art, but wasn't thrilled with the prices of the artwork she was seeing. Remembering an old canvas she had in their storage unit, Shauna decided to remake it for the office.
At Namely Original, Emily and her mom have been helping to put together the children's rooms in a new home. The bunk beds that they owned had seen better days, and the owners were ready to send them to the dump. Luckily, Emily's mom convinced them that they were worth trying to salvage.
"During one of our after dinner walks this summer my husband & I noticed one of our neighbors putting a floor lamp out to the road," says Dee at My Painted Stuff. She loved the lines of this lamp, and as soon as she found out the lamp was in working condition, Dee took it home.
"Hopefully this bench makeover inspires you to look at your own furniture with new eyes, and before you go out looking for a new piece, you consider giving what you have a new look," says Desiree from The 36th Avenue, referring to this wicker bench.
At her blog, Becoming Martha, Sarah shares a delightful idea for repurposing and reusing some typical Spring decor for the current season, Fall. She figured out how to turn plastic Easter eggs into Autumn acorns!
This rescue by Amanda at House Revivals really touched my heart. When Amanda's mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly, her children were tasked with going through all of her belongings. By the time Amanda and her husband had arrived, this little stool had already been put in the dumpster. "I had lovely memories of my mother-in-law sitting on that stool at the head of the picnic table in her kitchen at mealtime (when you have seven children, sometimes a picnic table is the only way to squeeze all the kids in)," Amanda explains. She had her husband pull the stool out of the dumpster, and it went home with them.
April from House by Hoff was lucky to snag this mirror from a garage sale last summer, for free. "I had expressed interest, and after it didn't sell, it got rescued from the Goodwill pile and delivered to my house!!!" she says happily.
When Sarah from Home-Ology started working on this office space, she had one issue that guided a lot of her design choices. "Since we're not certain this space will be a permanent commitment, I want to begin with a low-budget version that we could easily upgrade or move, should we choose," she explains. "A thrifted a pair of cabinets from my local Goodwill was the perfect solution."
The little shelf sitting next to Sherry's back door just wasn't any fun to look at, she tells us over at Upcycle Addict. After living with it for a while, she decided it was time to build something that would function as both storage and a place to sit down in the mudroom. Instead of purchasing new materials, Sherry decided to use what she had on hand, and this old crib was a good starting point.
Anne from Circus Berry has been working on putting together a craft space in her basement. Every crafter knows that it's good to have a waste basket handy for scraps, threads, and mess-ups. But Anne didn't want just an ordinary garbage can--she wanted something extra fabulous that would look great with the rest of her decor.
At Design, Dining + Diapers, Taryn was putting together a pretty Autumn vignette. "After having it almost complete I felt that it was lacking a statement piece, so I went into my garage to see what I had to work with," she says. In the garage, a simple piece of stained wood caught Taryn's eye, and inspiration struck.
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