When she was putting the finishing touches on her dining room makeover, Jen had to admit it--her dining table just didn't go with the rest of the room. But who has money for new furniture when you've just finished a home improvement project? Like most of us, Jen did not, so she had to get creative with what she had, and she blogged about the process over at Noting Grace.
While Jenny from Paint & Pillows was grateful for all of the baby gear friends and family passed along to her when she announced her pregnancy, she does have one question for the world at large: "Why can’t baby stuff actually go with the decor of the home?" She decided that there was no reason she couldn't restyle some of the larger pieces of equipment--like this baby swing--so they would coordinate with the spaces where they'd be sitting out, ready to use.
Kristi of My Weekly Habit tells us, "I had a sturdy but dated nightstand that was given to me by my mother-in-law as part of a set for our spare bedroom. When I changed our spare bedroom over to an office, I had some homeless furniture." Instead of kicking it to the curb, Kristi decided to give it a makeover.
This flowery dresser has been in Jess's family for years. It made the rounds through various rooms in her parent's home, ending up in the laundry room. "When my parents went to remodel their laundry room, the flower-covered dresser was going to be kicked to the curb if I didn't save it," Jess explains at A Smith of All Trades.
Needing more counter surface in her kitchen, Meg of Oliver & Rust did some online window shopping for a small island or kitchen cart. She fell in love with one at William-Sonoma, but the pricetag was way out of reach. "After not getting or finding what I want, I was huffing in the garage and saw my paint cart--formerly the little island in our first home," Meg says. "The top was covered with paint but the size was perfect."