You've seen these clunky monsters at Goodwill, garage sales, or possibly in your own basement. I've got to say, I never saw this coming. These sturdy, state of the art play kitchens are some of the best examples of furniture re-use I've ever seen. See what I mean...
It never ceases to amaze me what people can do with basic Ikea furniture. Charles Crawford of Crawford Creative Studio took the ubiquitous Lack Side Table and turned it into a sweet, mod clock and table lamp.
Corissa and Kris needed a dining room more than an extra bedroom, so they turned the latter into the former. Would beautiful results like
These life-size birch trunks are made from cut-up cereal boxes and left-over house paints. This is an excellent way to utilize packaging that usually ends up in the bin and
We all have favorite t-shirts with which we cannot part, no matter how grody-lookingthey are. Wenona over at Crafting a Green World was wondering what one might do with those old loves and found some great t-shirt repurposing ideas in the process.
A pillow, perhaps?
I know what's coming next, and yet the title of this post STILL sounds improbable. But with Dr. Qui's Instructable, it's not only probable, it's totally
A waste of good books? Maybe, depending on the titles. Either way, very creative!
A 'book' counter is right at home in this shop:
One of my all time favorite things to find at Goodwill or the Salvation Army is one of these two-tiered, laminate tables. The legs and dividers are solid wood, the base pieces are covered in an ugly laminate. To see how to turn one of these into an upholstered footstool, with parts to spare, check out the entire project on ApartmentTherapy. It so happened
Two sisters, Amy and Jeni, write the Peppertowne blog. One loves furniture and chairs so I'm assuming she's the one who reworked this $8.00 upholstered chair into a waterproof tree swing. Though, I would probably add a seat belt of some sort to keep the kids from flying out. Jeni (I'm assuming) shows you how to waterproof this cushy swing, as well as how to string the chair securely onto the end of the ropes.
Happy Earth Day! To celebrate the event, the Coupon Sherpa has put together an online Eco-Frugal Life Guide (also available in PDF format) to remind us that living a green lifestyle will actually SAVE us money. And I'm not just talking green appliances that start saving you money in 10 years. Oh, no, no, no. The Sherpa's eco-frugal advice will start saving us cash NOW.
Mark Ciolli of Carl & Co. is the kind of New York decorator who is able to take what seems like a piece of junk and transform it into an alluring treasure. His keen eye is able to see beyond an ugly glass tabletop and spy a priceless giradon or take a broken down Victorian piano and use it's supports to make a pair of exotic table lamps as pictured here.
If you'd like to see more of Mark's magic, pick up my book The Find, The Housing Works Book...
The only thing you need to remember to save money in the bathroom is this: Don't use so much. According to the Green Cheapskate, Jeff Yeager, we over-use all over the place. In the shower, at the sink, everywhere. Here's some things to keep in mind when tending to our daily hygiene duties:
If you're trying to achieve that modern, textural, wood wall look, here are some scrap wood walls to consider for your nature loving self. Here, the woodworker has made good use of scrap wood, even though the project was a bit labor intense. But look at the results! It wouldn't be nearly as attractive if the room was overfilled with furniture and dust catching tchotkes. The sparse furnishings complement the dynamic wall.
Do you cry out in the night for a kitchen pantry? It's not impossible, if you have a few square feet of floor space, you can easily convert an unwanted armoire into a smart, stylish pantry that either fits in your kitchen or stands right around the corner. Ebay and Craigslist are inundated with old TV and bedroom armoires, available for next to nothing. Here are few we found for sale and ideas for customizing...