At Refashionably Late, Ruthie went out in search of a free swing set that she'd seen advertised. The swings were gone, but what she found instead was a woman in a hurry to unload a lot of stuff....with a garage full of furniture she was giving away for free! Ruthie was delighted to discover a piece of furniture she'd been wanting for a while: a tiered side table.
When Manda and her Mom refinished this gorgeous old bed frame, they ran into a little glitch: modern day mattresses are a little bigger than the ones this bed was made for. To solve that dilemma, they pulled out the old frame and slats and attached the headboard and footboard to a modern, metal frame. Manda was left with some aged wood and shared the way she repurposed some of it at Lost in the Found.
Over at Clockwork Interiors, Cynthia was looking for a few small projects she could work on. She remembered her stash of chairs in the garage awaiting TLC, and decided that it was time to breathe a little life into a few of them. "They are so comfortable, and I love the fact that they came out of someone’s work shop!" she says of this set of three handmade, vintage chairs.
If you are a crafter or a maker or a collector, chances are you have enough in your stash to make just about anything at any given time! That's the case for Kathy at Petticoat Junktion, who challenged herself to come up with some spring decor using stuff she already had on hand. Here's what she came up with: a twig wreath form, a flower, and an old tennis racket.
Well, it's easy to figure that out, because this dresser is full of maps! Karen from The Salvaged Boutique rescued this dresser from the curbside on garbage day. Although it had sustained some minor damage, she knew that it could be repaired and restyled.
Several years ago, Sara spotted this mantle clock at a garage sale and brought it home. Initially, she thought that maybe her husband could fix it, but it turned out that a few key components were missing....so using it as an actual clock got scrapped. Sara shares what she did with it instead at Thrifty Treasures.
"During one of my trash picking adventures last summer, I discovered this amazing vintage school desk sitting road side," says Emily at Elizabeth Joan Designs. Seeing beyond the peeling paint job, she could see the potential in this desk and took it home.
"My brother found this old trunk in his attic and wanted me to work my magic on it," Bre begins her story. "I wanted to keep most of the original character but it needed some updates as well." She shares the process at Brepurposed.
Here's a fun way to display favorite pictures from She's Crafty. Candice found these vintage doorknobs a while back, and has been waiting for just the right project to come along. When she got her new family pictures this year, she came up with the perfect way to display both pictures and doorknobs.
Over at The Salvaged Boutique, one of Kathy's friends passed along several boxes of vintage items to her. She was delighted to find one of them full of these glass insulators. Insulators were originally used with telegraph lines, back in the 1800's. Kathy challenged herself to turn one of them into Christmas decor, using only items that she had on hand.
AT Oh My! Creative, Susan explains that this old, broken chair was a source of mild contention between she and her husband. He has wanted her to get rid of it for the past ten years. On the other hand, she tells us, "At nearly 100 years old, and a garage sale rescue from my mother’s attic, I knew it was destined for greatness."
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