A Two-Tiered Transformation

At Refashionably Late, Ruthie went out in search of a free swing set that she'd seen advertised. The swings were gone, but what she found instead was a woman in a hurry to unload a lot of stuff....with a garage full of furniture she was giving away for free! Ruthie was delighted to discover a piece of furniture she'd been wanting for a while: a tiered side table.

From Off the Bed Onto the Walls

When Manda and her Mom refinished this gorgeous old bed frame, they ran into a little glitch: modern day mattresses are a little bigger than the ones this bed was made for. To solve that dilemma, they pulled out the old frame and slats and attached the headboard and footboard to a modern, metal frame. Manda was left with some aged wood and shared the way she repurposed some of it at Lost in the Found.

Refreshing the Finish on Vintage Chairs

Over at Clockwork Interiors, Cynthia was looking for a few small projects she could work on. She remembered her stash of chairs in the garage awaiting TLC, and decided that it was time to breathe a little life into a few of them. "They are so comfortable, and I love the fact that they came out of someone’s work shop!" she says of this set of three handmade, vintage chairs.

Vintage School Desk Gets Smart

"During one of my trash picking adventures last summer, I discovered this amazing vintage school desk sitting road side," says Emily at Elizabeth Joan Designs. Seeing beyond the peeling paint job, she could see the potential in this desk and took it home.

Vintage Suitcase is Pretty in Pink

Over at Pretty Providence, Sarah has a collection of vintage suitcases down in her cellar, which she scored at yard sales over time. One day she got brave enough to take on an old ugly suitcase and make it something beautiful. Sarah wasn't quite brave enough to take on a spooky cellar though, so her husband saved the day and brought up the suitcase. That's what husbands are for, am I right?

Silver Spoon Recipe Holders

Heidi from Muslin & Merlot was given a set of vintage, silver-plated utensils. "I've been taking them out, rubbing them with toothpaste and staring at them for almost a year, waiting for crafty inspiration," she confesses. "Yesterday the recipe box was sitting next to the spoons. The light bulb turned on!"

From Bath to Backyard Seating

Over at One Krieger Chick, Ariean tells us, "Years ago, my dad came across this cast iron bathtub in excellent condition and since he knows I kinda like old stuff, he asked if I would like it." Of course she said yes, but it took her a few years to figure out how she'd use it.