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.
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.
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.
Well, it's easy to figure that out, because this dresser is full of maps! Karen from The Salvaged Boutique rescued this dresser from the curbside on garbage day. Although it had sustained some minor damage, she knew that it could be repaired and restyled.
"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.
At The Golden Sycamore, Allison and her husband found this old wash stand when they were cleaning out their basement. Free furniture is always the best kind to experiment with, so Allison seized the opportunity to try using milk paint for the first time by giving this piece a little makeover.
"My brother found this old trunk in his attic and wanted me to work my magic on it," Bre begins her story. "I wanted to keep most of the original character but it needed some updates as well." She shares the process at Brepurposed.
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?
"These hollow, plain, closet doors were a freebie find," explains Sara at Thrifty Treasures. Inspired by a picture of vintage French shutters, she decided to turn the old doors into new decor for her home.
At Our Southern Home, Christy had an old set of antique iron furniture she'd purchased fifteen years ago from an ad in the newspaper. "These chairs have been sitting in the loft of our barn for over ten years!" Christy confessed.
At My Creative Days, Lindsay was browsing a yard sale when she came across a box that held a rocking chair top, along with the rest of the rocking chair...in pieces. But Lindsay knew that the broken chair still had lots of potential!
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!"
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.
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