When Caitlyn of Desert Domicile blogs, she sits at this desk–which happens to be World Market’s Josephine Desk given to her my her mother. She liked the desk, but admits to having a bit of a design crush on campaign desks. After searching her local Craigslist fruitlessly, one day Caitlyn noticed just how similar her own desk was to the campaign-style desks she admired.
“This bedroom set was in my daughter’s room until a couple of years ago, when we moved it into our master bedroom,” Jann explains at Newton Custom Interiors. Although this was a very well-made, sturdy dresser, the top had sustained some water damage at some point, and then there was the faux wicker on those upper drawers….things being what they were, Jann decided it was time to update this dresser.
When Gail of My Repurposed Life spotted this waterfall dresser, it’s former owner was just about to break it apart and toss it in the dumpster. It was in really bad shape, having been stored for years in a damp shed.
Over at Create.Craft.Love., Jill claims her dad’s basement is a real treasure trove of saved and forgotten items. “I swear the man has never thrown anything away. As a DIY fanatic, it’s like going to the thrift store every time I visit!” she laughs. On a recent visit, Jill came away from her dad’s with some old kitchen cabinet doors.
Lauren from The Thinking Closet had been checking Craigslist for a roll-top desk when her in-laws offered her one they had. Free furniture is awesome! Lauren loved the idea of having lots of storage space that was easily concealed…but didn’t love the original oak finish.
When Ashley of The Handmade Home got the two nightstands she’d ordered from an online retailer, they had been heavily damaged in shipping. Luckily, the online retailer came through in a big way and refunded the purchase. Ashley was left with two damaged, but free pieces of furniture!
“When a friend mentioned she was trashing her old college dresser, I knew we could make it over so you would never know it was the same piece,” says Carissa confidently on her blog, Carissa Miss.
“During what we folks around here call ‘Parma Junk Days’, my mom and I were out picking through the piles on the curbs when we spotted this nice desk,” says Kammy of Kammy’s Korner. It was solid wood and very heavy, but the pair managed to load it up and take it home.