"My husband's friend did did not want to admit he pulled this bench for his condo's dumpster," laughs Joan at Nicer Than New. He brought it to Joan for a makeover, but it took some prodding to get him to admit where he'd found it.
At Lake Girl Paints, Deb was itching to try one of the latest trends in furniture design: wood tone chevron. She knew a tabletop would be the perfect spot for it, and was delighted when her daughter-in-law offered up a side table that she had for the project.
"Once upon a time, this was a beautiful bench," says Tara at Suburble. "I was pretty thrilled to have found it in a sale at a local decor store. I packed it up, brought it home...and let Mother Nature wreak havoc on it for years." She was almost ready to put this baby in the scrap bin, but an opportunity to test some new paint changed her mind.
When Katie of Creatively Living moved into a new home, her mother in law gifted her with several older dressers. One day, Katie realized that one of those dressers would fit perfectly in her entryway, providing a good storage spot for gloves, hats, etc. It just needed some sprucing up to be worthy of being the first thing people saw when they opened the door.
Guys, you know all of those paint swatch cards you have kicking around from trying to choose paint for various projects? Or that you can't help picking up every time you walk past the paint display at your local hardware store. (Not that I'd know about that, ahem.) Well, Abbey has a great way for you to get some use out of those swatches, over at The Cards We Drew.
When Laura of Laura Kelly Designs got a Keurig coffee maker, it made the stack of coffee filters in her cupboard obsolete. Instead of throwing them away, she made a garland in shades of green--perfect for St. Patrick's Day!
At Diary of a Crafty Lady, Lindsay shares one of the projects she worked on for a special Christmas surprise this year. For an aunt and uncle who are die-hard college football fans, she created a fun memory keeping "smash book". And she made it by upcycling a book no one wanted!
At Stow & Tell U, Amy used twigs from her yard to craft some neat things during the Christmas holidays. She had so much fun then, she decided there was no reason she couldn't have more fun with twigs for Valentine's Days. After all, there were plenty of twigs just sitting in the woodpile, waiting to be used for kindling.
When a blogging friend challenged Susan from Organized 31 to upcycle a clementine crate, Susan was up for the challenge! She had an empty, wooden clementine box on hand, and decided to craft a project for an underserved population when it comes to benefiting from her blogging projects: the men of her family! She even got her son involved with this one.
When Kathy from The Salvaged Boutique spotted this chair sitting curbside on trash pickup day, she had no idea of the adventure that was ahead. She simply took it home, and decided that the black scrap of fabric she had would make a new seat if she just painted the wood parts of the chair white.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, I've got a rescue with a romantic story from Jeanie at Create & Babble. This rescue starts out in the most unromantic way, however: with a daughter clearing out her childhood room as she headed off to college. Jeanie spotted a jewelry box in the chaos, and says, "I rescued it from the throw-away pile knowing that someday I would do something with it."
At Our House, Now a Home, Emily shares a terrific rescue project. "I got this spool as a freebie when I was picking up some chairs
from a craigslist post," she explains. "It was going to be thrown out" Emily had a feeling that she could turn it into something amazing, so she brought it home and did just that!
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