Broken Dresser Lives Again

Karen spotted this broken dresser on one of her tree lawn hunts for furniture.  Despite it’s poor condition, she brought it home for a makeover, and tells us all about it at The Salvaged Boutique.


Once the grime of years of neglect had been scrubbed away, the dresser’s primary concern was a lack of drawers.  A quick Pinterest search inspired Karen to replace the missing drawers with shelves.  She painted the dresser black and added some pretty fabric to the back of the open shelves.  Mercury knobs on the remaining drawers complete the new look.  Karen tells us, “We loved the idea of using it in a bathroom for towels and other toiletries, but it would also be great as a small TV stand, a bar cabinet or a book shelf.”


Head over to The Salvaged Boutique to read all about this makeover.

Bookshelf Makeover

When Kendra at Pots, Pans & Paintbrushes and  bought her house, the owners graciously left behind two ugly brown laminate bookshelves. Rather than chunking them or using them for garage storage, she decided to give them some TLC.

With a coat of white paint and patterned wallpaper applied as background, now the shelves are cute as can be in Kendra’s office.  Not bad for a pre-makeover price of $0.00, right?  I like the wallpaper she chose to cover the back of these shelves–it’s a subtle color, but the bold pattern gives the shelves an eye-catching effect that is really appealing.

Find out more about what worked for Kendra when it came to painting over laminate at Pots, Pans & Paintbrushes.

Pallet Media Center

When Taryn at Design, Dining + Diapers redesigned her family room recently, she had a limited budget but knew she needed a lot of storage.  Aiming for something with a rustic look, she figured out how to make this gorgeous storage system from reclaimed wood.

The reclaimed wood is from our current favorite source of free lumber: pallets.  Taryn could get them for free thanks to her brother’s workplace, then muscled them into the beautiful, crate-like shelves you see here.  I really like the addition of the metal brackets.  The whole system looks like it could be part of a display at Anthropologie.

Taryn has provided an excellent tutorial to demonstrate how to make these pallet shelves at Design, Dining + Diapers.

Barnwood Media Tower

Brooke from Killer B Designs couldn’t help but get excited when she got her hands on a bunch of old wood from a broken ranch fence. The grayed boards were perfect for building a rustic media tower and only required the purchase of a few 1x2s for a frame.

pile of old wood

Brooke says, “The best part about using old reclaimed fence boards? The free price tag!.. Considering the cost of purchasing something this size would be around the $100 mark for pressed particle board (and around $400-$700 for a “barnwood” piece I found online) I’d say that $5 is quite a steal!”

barnwood media tower

Check it out at Killer B Designs.

Floating Wall Shelves

A couple of years after a major deck renovation, and Kari from Big Plans Little Victories still had tons of mahogany boards living in her basement. That’s when she and the hubs decided to challenge themselves to see how many things they could create from the wood.

old deck planks

Kari and her handy husband repurposed several of the boards into floating wall shelves for their master bedroom. Where many people (crazy people, of course!) would simply chuck all that old, beautifully weathered wood, Kari turned it into an eye-catching focal point.


Go to Big Plans Little Victories for the detailed tutorial.

Book Wall Shelves

I love this “clever new use for old books” that was featured on Real Simple. Old books, like the ones pictured, often have really neat designs on the spines and are perfect for turning into colorful and decorative shelves.

old books to shelves

The books simply slide between two large brackets on the bottom and a small one on top to create the shelf. This is awesome because it doesn’t cause any damage to the books. While these shelves won’t support a lot of weight, they make for a pretty cool display with just a trinket or two.

old books to shelves 2

Find the tutorial at Real Simple.

Children’s Storage Hutch

Catherine from Freddy & Petunia got a call from her niece about some trash treasures that were sitting curbside. From the stash Catherine nabbed two nightstands, one with French Provincial styling and one that was pretty boxy looking. They were both in rough shape and missing parts, but, of course, that didn’t interfere with Catherine’s plans for them.

Curbside Nightstand

Catherine chopped off the tops with her circular saw and used reclaimed parts to build hutches on the tops. She worked on these simultaneously, making both a girl and boy version. I am just drooling over their fabulousness.

Boy's Storage Hutch

Girl's Storage Hutch

See the transformation at Freddy & Petunia.

Laminate Bookshelf with Fabric Backdrop

Catherine from Bluenose Life found a small laminate bookshelf that was destined for the dump in her neighborhood. You’ve probably had one of these Wal-mart cheapies at some point in your life.

Cheap Laminate Bookshelf

Catherine sanded the whole piece down and then primed and painted it white. She jazzed it up by creating a new back from thick cardboard covered with fabric. This is really the icing on the cake for me. The color and pattern are quite loverly!

White Bookshelf with Fabric Backdrop

Get the tutorial at Bluenose Life.