“When we moved away from Iowa, I had a couple of really old doors with the super cool keyholes in them,” says Laura of Laura Kelly Designs. She took the doors with her, knowing that they had potential to become something really great. Recently, she decided to turn one of the doors into a desk.
When Chaney’s parents bough a riverfront home, this dated brass light fixture was part of the deal, she explains at May Richer Fuller Be. Recently, Chaney has been helping them with some updates. After studying the brass and glass pendant light, she decided that instead of replacing the fixture, she just needed to give it a makeover.
“We have had a hole over the dining room table for 1.5 years now, waiting for the perfect, inexpensive chandelier to come available,” confesses Jenny at Focus Jennie. “The house came with a perfectly fine chandelier that just plain wasn’t my style, so it has had a home in the garage waiting to be taken to Goodwill.” But when the perfect light just couldn’t be found, Jennie took another look at the unwanted light fixture in her garage.
Tamara blogs at Provident Home Design. Lately she’s been working on accessorizing her dining room. When she saw this vase for cheap at her local Goodwill, Tamara looked past the pinkish mauve color and saw that it had potential.
At iCandy Handmade, Autie shares the backstory on these two cupboard doors. “My father-in-law owns a restoration company and oftentimes has cupboard door styles or carpet squares that have been discontinued and he no longer uses.” He gave them to Autie and the doors sat in her garage for a while before she figured out what to do with them.
Bonnie blogs at Our Secondhand House. When she bought this old bundt pan from the thrift store for just $1.00, Bonnie knew she could repurpose it into something beautiful.
Over at Pretty Providence, Sarah has a collection of vintage suitcases down in her cellar, which she scored at yard sales over time. One day she got brave enough to take on an old ugly suitcase and make it something beautiful. Sarah wasn’t quite brave enough to take on a spooky cellar though, so her husband saved the day and brought up the suitcase. That’s what husbands are for, am I right?
Sometimes, a little patience pays off when you start something new. In the case of Joan at Nicer Than New, taking the time to find some items that could be repurposed resulted in her being able to start a container garden with minimum expense.