Showing posts with label repurposing furniture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label repurposing furniture. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Refurbished/repurposed jewelry boxes

I recently repurposed two old jewelry boxes as organizers and I am so pleased with the outcome that I am thinking of stopping by Goodwill to look for some more.  These first two repurposed jewelry boxes cost me nothing as both were dumpster rescues that I refurbished with left-over craft paints and gems.
Jewelry box number one was originally repurposed for my daughter's rock collection which has grown so large that now the jewelry box houses her shell collection and we are in the market for a new rock box.  The inside was already lined with velvet, I simply painted over the spots on the outside and embellished it with glitter paint and bits of left-over gems.

For repurposed box number two...I enforced the broken sides with white duct tape (they even have pink now) and embellished it with stickers.  I use it to house her beads and jewelry making supplies.  If you don't have hopes of finding an outcast late 70's model jewelry box in your neighborhood then visit the local thrift store where you are sure to stumble upon a low priced outcast.

Apparently we are not alone in our project because I found lots of other examples on the web...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Easy Repurposed Furniture

repuposed tv stand
Repurposed TV Stand to Kitchen
Repurpose by Way of Slipcover

You don't have to be a woodworker or seamstress to #repurpose your old furniture into something new.  I successfully repurposed old dinning room chairs this weekend with simple $7 slip covers that I picked up at Big Lots.  I saved well over $200 that I would have used to purchase new chairs and rescued four old ones.  These #money saving slip covers are available for just about any type of furniture at retailers such as Big Lots, Ross and even Target. Slip covers are just one money saving way to #repurpose old furniture without getting dirty.

Repurpose by Way of Location

Consider repurposing by way of location.  Old living room end tables make great night stands or children's art tables or a tiny desk.  You can purchase single children's chairs to pair with an old end table at IKEA or consider rounding up some old foot stools to serve as tiny chairs.  Old TV stands can be #refurbished into toy kitchens in an afternoon.

Old armories, side boards, and dressers all make great new TV stands when relocated to the living or family room and could potentially #save you a lot of #money over a large unit.  Consider using a dresser as a side board in your dinning room.  Repurposing old furniture is not just refurbishing it; it is considering a new way in which to use it.

Repurpose by Upgrading
Another way to get extended use out of old furniture is to upgrade your mattress.  European foam mattresses are all the rage but they can be expensive.  Try a new European foam mattress topper for a fraction of the cost.  European foam toppers can be purchased at Target, Overstock and Big Lots for between $20 and $100 and they can extend the length of your old mattress by as much as a couple of years.  If you have a futon with an old cover you can recover it inexpensively with a neutral toned fitted sheet of the same size or better yet a duvet.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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