"I was in need of some planters for my back patio, but didn't want to spend too much money," says Amy of Sweet 'n Sour Gumballs. Imagine her delight when she spotted these large, decorative planters being put down next to the trash bins on garbage collection day in her neighborhood.
"This footstool had been kicking around the classrooms in my school for over fourteen years. No one is quite sure who it belonged to originally," explains Lori at Rise.Shine.Create. When she found it hidden under a pile of books in another classroom, she asked her colleague if it could go home with her.
At Rain on a Tin Roof, Jenna was delighted when friends passed along this tea trolley to her. "Don't you just love friends who give you their junk?" she laughs. The cart was a bit rusty and dirty, but Jenna could see the potential.
"We rescued a vintage metal cart from heading to a landfill!" exclaims Kathy at The Salvaged Boutique. One of their favorite Craigslist sellers said that she'd toss the cart if it didn't go home with Kathy or her sister Karen, so they rescued it.
"This dresser was part of my bedroom set growing up," Abby explains at Just a Girl and Her Blog, "and I took it with me when I left my parents' house and never gave it back." She's used the dresser in different ways around her house, even painting it black several years ago, as you see in the picture below.
Kathy from The Salvaged Boutique had this secretary desk in her pile of "things to be refinished". A small accent table in a pizza shop restroom with a diamond-patterned top caught her eye, so she snapped a photo and used it as inspiration for the secretary makeover.
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