Friday, February 1, 2013

Trash to Treasure

A piece of old, unused furniture can become functional again with a little creativity. This Hoosier cupboard, popular in the early 20th century, was sitting in a woodshop for years. With some refinishing and paint, it was turnedt into a practical home office desk. The crisp white cupboard against the black walls makes it the focal point of the room. The cupboard drawers allow for an abundance of storage space, and the size of the cupboard provides plenty of room for office equipment. "The piece not only adds to the design of the room but holds great memories as well," she says. Hang framed memorabilia to add to the timeworn look.

This home office is filled with items from the junkyard. Sawhorses make up the legs of the desk, a wood pallet works as the desktop and an old ladder provides the framework.

Take an ordinary tea tin and transform it into a stylish storage container using chalkboard paint.

A vintage headboard is given new life as a hanging rack.

Even the smallest, most outdated items can be repurposed with a little love.

Turn to unexpected materials to freshen up old furniture. Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar used scraps of old wallpaper samples and some paint to transform this dining table into a work of art.

When you remodel a room, you oftentimes are left with extra material. After remodeling her kitchen, Melissa Michaels placed her leftover cabinet doors on the fireplace mantel as decor.

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