Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Repurposing Furniture

I was running short on time yesterday and didn't want to rush completing the drop cloth slipcovers...so one more day and I should be done. In the meantime, I was just sent a link to a new article at HGTV.com which includes a couple of my projects, along with projects from some of my favorite bloggers!


"Check out these easy ways to repurpose old home furnishings before you decide to toss them out. From a ladder display shelf to cabinet mantel decor, you will find a way to repurpose many forgotten household items."  By Farima Alavi


Salvaged Home Office

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. Donna (of Funky Junk Interiors) used wood pallets to create an industrial-style shelving unit to maximize storage space. Fill the shelves with vintage-inspired objects to finish the rustic look.


Practical Antique

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 turned into a practical home office desk. The crisp white cupboard against the chalkboard 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...hang framed memorabilia to add to the timeworn look. (To see the entire room click here.)


Bright, Bold Focal Point

Sometimes a fresh coat of paint is all a piece of furniture needs to breathe new life into a space. Melissa Michaels (of The Inspired Room) painted this once-dull coffee table into an eye-catching royal blue color. "The unexpected pop of color is a fun contrast to its otherwise traditional lines," she says. The bold color makes the table the focal point in this mostly neutral living room.


Playful Kid's Dresser

If you don't like the look of an old dresser, update it with a bright color. Here a forgotten dresser was painted with bright pinkish-red chalkboard paint for a playful look that works perfectly in a kid's room. The dresser allows kids to use their imaginations by drawing or writing anything they want on it, keeping the walls safe from any unexpected drawing. (See my step-by-step tutorial here.)


No Damage Here

Damaged furniture doesn't have to be thrown away. Marian Parsons (of Miss Mustard Seed) suggests hiding imperfections on furniture with decoupage. She used aged sheets of music to hide imperfections on this neglected dresser, while also giving the all-white bedroom a shabby chic look. Other items great for decoupaging furniture are maps, book pages, letters and postcards. "The treatment will hide gouges, water marks, missing veneer and other signs of abuse on furniture," she says. Decoupaging furniture will also add dimension and distinct style to a room.

To see more ideas, visit HGTV.com to read the entire article.

38 comments :

  1. The salvedged home office is great very contempoary but I absolutely love Miss Mustard seeds musical cabinet I saw that over on her page just this morning, she is so clever. Have you seen her union jack dresser its fanbulous? Great photos im loving your blog :)

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  2. All great ideas. I'd like to try to fun chalkboard dresser for my boys' room.

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  3. Janell, I have always loved your home office.It looks like it came straight from the pages of from Domino. You have such great vision!

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  4. I agree with the prior comment, the home office is the crown jewel. It has a very warm welcoming feel that makes it so inviting. I really think it is fantastic!

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  5. Great ideas. Love the photos. Home office is my complete fave.
    Wendy

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  6. I remember when you first told us about painting your pinkish dresser. And I don't know why I didn't notice until now, but I have the same dresser in our guest room. It came with a tilt mirror on top. Did yours?
    My dresser has never been painted. It was in such good shape I didn't need to do anything to it.

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  7. Some great ideas and that home office is stunning!
    Shelley

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  8. Fabulous ideas Janell- love love that little blue coffee table. Simple paint can make such a HUGE difference.

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  9. Seems like I've been repurposing all my adult life.....it's just become the cool thing to do! Back then I did it because I didn't have money to buy new! I love that it's coming back into vogue now, and some of these great old pieces are finding new life.

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  10. Hey Janell,

    I think your study is my favourite room in your house. It was a tricky choice but if I had to pick one then that would be it.

    I love the way you've bought your grandparents' furniture back to life.

    Sarahx

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  11. most of my furniture is repurposed...love that i can customize it to what i need and that no one else has it!

    www.23designcompany.blogspot.com

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  12. most of my furniture is repurposed...love that i can customize it to what i need and that no one else has it!

    www.23designcompany.blogspot.com

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  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE your home office desk, Janell! Just love the chunky white against the black wall. Amazing effect.

    And thanks so much for the fabulous shoutout! WOW! :)

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  14. Lovin' that chalkboard dresser! The labels in chalk are awesome.

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  15. Janell I need your DIYer attitude and abilities. I get so inspired by all that you do, but alas I just don't feel I could do your projects justice so I live vicariously through YOU!!
    If you have a chance today would love your opinion on my blog post on what to paint my 2ft. letter P!! Happy Wednesday,
    Kathysue

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  16. I love to see how creative people can get when repurposing pieces. Those are the pieces it seems that guests are always drawn to.

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  17. These are gorgeous! I'm loving the home office at the top. Enjoy the lovely day, Kellie xx

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  18. Thanks for the shout out, Janell, so many fun ideas!!!

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  19. I like the drawers in the last photo! Wouldn't it be neat done with vintage maps or postcards, too?

    Kelly

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  20. Any of you repurposers out there have any luck applying grass cloth to wood veneer? I'm wondering if I could get away doing with with mod podge. I'd like to update my ikea hemnes dresser with grass cloth drawers. any tips??

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  21. Jane, that dark wall makes me want to add one to my new office done in Gray Cashmere, great work. For the chalkboard dresser, did you use Hudson Paints? I should look at the tutorial right now.

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  22. All of you guys are so talented! I adore your red chalkboard chest!

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  23. Yes, Hudson Paints...which are FABULOUS!!! I have ordered and used four colors...need more things to paint with chalkboard paint!

    Janell

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  24. great ideas!

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  25. Really great designs... I love them. All are luxurious.
    -Home theater furniture

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  26. Love it!!! This is my kinda post! Just what I do best too! The decopauge is one thing I haven't done yet....hmmm, need an idea!

    Please leave me some suggestions...just starting my own DIY/Home decorating blog...looking for feedback!
    juliesfreshperspectives.blogspt.com

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  28. That's my kind of furniture! Love what you do!

    Anyway I was searching for interesting blogs yesterday and I came upon yours! Hence my reason for this message. I want to pass on the Versatile Blogger Award to you! You can view it at my blog: http://sewmagic.blogspot.com
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    Have a Marvelous Day! :)

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  29. Wow you are so creative. I was looking for some inspiration to get me started on refinishing a conference table I recently came across. Thanks for providing it!

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  33. This is really great!! I love re-purposing, too! Just yesterday, I "re-upholstered" a chair using belts! If you have a minute, Check it out at www.WhatAmberLoves.com and let me know what you think!

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