Rescued Planters

“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.


The pots were definitely on the shabby side, but Amy was confident that they had no flaws that couldn’t be covered with a bit of paint.  So, she took the two planters home and washed them off.  After drying them overnight, Amy grabbed a can of black spray paint and gave each planter a quick coat.  After the paint dried, all that was left to do was fill them up with some gorgeous ferns!


Want to learn more about this planter makeover?  Visit Sweet ‘n Sour Gumballs.

An Elephant Foot Stool

“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.


This was Lori’s first reupholstery project, but she tackled it with enthusiasm.  She pulled off the old upholstery and painted the legs with chalk paint and some touches of metallic paint.  Next, she replaced the worn out fabric on the stool with a funky elephant print fabric in black and white.  The refurbished stool is adorable!


Get more details on this makeover at Rise.Shine.Create.

Tea Cart Makeover

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.


After cleaning and sanding the cart, Jenna spray painted it white.  Next, she taped off some simple stripes for a subtle plaid pattern, and gave the cart a coat of black paint.  Once the paint was peeled away, the striking white stripes made a nice contrast against the glossy black of the cart.  Jenna suggests watching for metal carts like this one when you are out thrifting.  “These carts are great for craft stations, drink carts or just extra storage around the house,” she points out.


See the full makeover at Rain on a Tin Roof.

End Table Gets a Stylish Boost

Over at Pennylove Projects, Crystal says, “I found two of these tables last week during my garbage rounds. They were in desperate need of a makeover.”


Crystal had a vision for these tables.  She was pretty sure they would look better with a new finish and a little bit of a lift.  Crystal covered the old finish with homemade chalk paint in a shade of charcoal gray.  She picked up some wood furniture feet at her local hardware store and painted them to match the table.  Added to the bottom of each table, the feet raise them off the floor and completely change the style of these end tables.  Don’t they look great next to Crystal’s couch?


Visit Pennylove Projects to get the details on this furniture makeover.

Rolling In Style: a Metal Cart Makeover

“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.


“A burlap coffee bean sack inspired this project and the color scheme,” Kathy said.  “I spray painted the vintage metal cart, recycled the burlap bag and used decoupage to adhere it to the lower shelf. We upcycled pallet wood and reused vintage pulls to create a portable serving tray.”  Accessorized with everything necessary to make a quick cup of coffee, the cart is perfect coffee station, now!


Click over to The Salvaged Boutique to get all the details on this metal cart makeover.

Mid Century Mod Dress Update in Gold and White

“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.



“I was in the mood for a change recently,” Abby admits, which inspired this makeover.  Since the black paint was showing every nick and finger print, and hiding some of the fun mid-century-mod details, she decided to go with a lighter look.  Abby painted the dresser glossy white, then accented the drawer pulls and legs with gold paint.  It looks fantastic!


Get the details on this dresser transformation at Just a Girl and Her Blog.

Fabric Scraps Become a Cool Clutch

Nicole from The Felted Fox is back with another refashion for us.  This one made use of the scraps leftover from this exotic tribal pillow project that she shared with us here.


Bonus with this project:  Nicole says it can be made in less than an hour!  She simply used the leather and fabric scraps that she had on hand to sew this simple clutch. She even shares a handy printable template that you can use as a pattern if you’d like to make a clutch like this one.  Nicole’s new clutch is so chic!


Get detailed instructions for this project at The Felted Fox.

A Pizza Shop Bathroom Inspired this Makeover

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.

secretary desk


She painted the exterior of the desk with cream colored chalk paint, and the interior with black milk paint.  She taped off a diamond checked pattern on the outside of the desk surface and painted the pattern with the same colors.  The finishing touch was the addition of upholstery tacks where each diamond met, giving the desk front an interesting tufted look.  Impressive!



 Learn more about this makeover by visiting The Salvaged Boutique.