A FREE old chair is the perfect furniture to repurpose. This chair side table is great for outdoors by my drop cloth hammock or porch swing. I gave it a quick whitewash because I didn’t want it to look too new. I did hit a few glitches and had to call in a favor from a neighbor. I still get stumped and challenged on even some easy projects.
It’s time for August’s Power Tool Challenge. This month’s theme is Use Unconventional Materials. I used fabric! Other projects include pipes and more! You’ll love all the new ideas. I love my new DIY Drop Cloth Hammock!
A free full length mirror gets a makeover with some rustic picture frame molding. Add some reclaimed wood for the perfect rustic framed full length mirror. The mirror had been in my way for months, happy to have it completed and out of the shop!
I know you’ve already seen the table, but I wanted to share this chair makeover with you and show you that the table not only works as a console or library table, but add a chair–and you have a writing table. The writing table is perfect for a home office or a kitchen nook.
Thrift stores are great places to find gold mirror frames to repurpose and transform into new and functional pieces such as this handy memo cork board. Paint is an amazing way to change up hollywood regency gold mirror frames. Tips on cutting thick cork board, as well as other great thrift store makeovers from the Thrift Stored Decor Challenge team!
How to make your own serving stands from repurposed drawer fronts and scrap spindles. Mindi will show you step by step how easy these serving stands are to make. The serving stands are perfect for small gatherings, parties, and even weddings!
Using FREE bed posts (have you ever seen a bed with these kinds of posts?) and some bargain plywood along with the picture frame molding I recently shared, I made this handy double column console table. I also think it would be great at a vintage wedding for displaying photos and a guest book.
How to display vacation photos is not something I usually think about. Many times I do a photo book upon returning, but while visiting Cape Cod with my daughter Jamie, I collected sand, rocks and shells. I wanted to display these along with a favorite photo in a shadow box that fits with my decor. I’ll show you how I made a rustic shadow box using an IKEA ribba shadow box.
Here’s a new episode of DIY with MRL, the podcast of My Repurposed Life. If you’re interested in hearing the previous episodes go to the podcast tab at the top of the site. Click it and you’ll be able to pick and choose which episode to listen to.
You may remember I’ve been working with Maker 13 in southern Indiana. I’ve been taking classes which allow me to go to the space and use the machines in my free time. Recently I used an Epilog Laser to etch cutting boards, ceramic tiles and wooden spoons. After some trials and tribulations, I was somewhat successful.
A small mid century modern side table gets a new chance after the makeover it got is ruined with a huge scratch. A painted, stenciled table top disguises the not so pretty top. Details on the original makeover as well as the newest, latest look.
The Power Tool Challenge Team is back this month with fabulous, creative weekend garden projects to inspire you. Some are similar and a few are very different, but all are very creative. Be sure to hop over to see all the details on the blog.
Do you ever get an idea in your head and you want it done YESTERDAY? That’s the way things go around here. Once I decide to do a project, I can’t wait. This was one of those projects. Suddenly I realized I wanted a standing laptop table and I got right to work. A couple of weeks later and I’m loving it. Details on the blog.
Mindi is back this month with great tips on repairing and painting this adorable grain stripe step stool. It didn’t start out looking like this, it was in desperate need of repairs. She even added storage in the dead space in the back of the step stool. I always learn stuff from Mind’s tutorials, be sure to check it out.
My Repurposed Life is my name, repurposing furniture is my game. Sometimes I even re-do a re-do. This is one of those projects. After years of having this end of bed bench in the bedroom, it was time for an update. Using a coffee table as a bench for the bedroom is great for putting on shoes and/or helping the pets get off and on the bed. Complete tutorial to make your own.
Reclaimed artwork doesn’t generally come with a frame. While vacationing in Cape Cod with my daughter Jamie in late June, I actually picked up three pieces of reclaimed art. This sweet painting of three sandpipers scurrying on the beach is done on a piece of scrap plywood. The artist is John Bates of Provincetown Massachusetts….
Using two free table legs and a table leaf from the storage garage, I made this beautiful new console table perfect for a hallway, entry or even as a sofa table. Tips and tidbits for you to file away to use someday in your own shop.
A trio of gray glazed shelves are made from one odd piece of wooden trim. Adding wood for the shelves and hooks make the large one perfect for any room. I’d love to know your thoughts on what configuration the trio should be displayed.
A free, damaged headboard gets a new chance after a little sawing and painting. I rarely throw anything away or turn down free stuff from neighbors. This was one of those cases where I said yes, but was wondering what I was going to do with this damaged particle board headboard.
Here’s a redo of a redo! It doesn’t happen often, but this is an old project I did in 2009, and now I’ve updated it and gave it a new look. It was a nightstand, then a t.v. stand, now it’s a small chest great for a guest room OR a coffee station in a small kitchen.
What a lovely planter we have to share with you today. A hanging planter that is made from cedar scraps. Leave it to Mindi to make something so darn cute out of scraps. This would look oh so pretty on my DIY Picket fence! So funny how Mindi and I think alike. I have been toying with something very similar, but couldn’t quite figure out how to make it work….
I am so excited to share this month’s Power Tool Challenge project. The theme was Summer Fun, and I DID struggle with trying to figure out WHAT to make. But when I figured it out, I ran with it and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! I made a portable diy pallet bar. It’s so easy to set up, store and transport for on-the-go parties and functions. I did a little video so you can see exactly how easy it sets up.
I picked up a $5 vintage drawer and with a scrap piece of wood, paint and glaze, it’s now ideal for a small wall shelf, or a shelf to rest on a console or library table. I found a new glaze and I’m loving it so much, I can’t stop using it.
A $5 chippy chair planter? Yep, this project was so easy, and I love how it looks. The chippy chair got a quick white wash paint makeover and it was ready to display my pretty Boston fern. Hop over to see more chair planter ideas.
I can be such a procrastinator. I have had this drawer in one place or another for years. I painted it from black to white last year, but still didn’t do anything but move it around the garage. Finally I finished it. You’ll get the details on this and see many more repurposed drawer ideas to inspire you when you hop over.
Originally priced at $20 this whiskey barrel lid was a steal at $4. It needed some TLC, repairs and sealing. Now it makes a real statement piece for a home bar or the bourbon lover. The brand is Stitzel Weller, poured right here in Louisville, KY back in 1961.
I am now a member of a maker space-called Maker 13 in Jeffersonville Indiana. I have taken several classes. I’m sharing how I made a maple and cherry wood cheese board. It was much easier than I ever thought it would be and I used a planer for the first time ever. I’m excited to tell you all about this new experience. I hope you enjoy reading about my new cheese board.
I found a $1 antique oval picture frame at Vendors’ Village (where my booth is located). It was in rough shape, but I knew it was worth a buck. It got put aside until I finished my latest hall tree and I was wishing I had the perfect wreath to hang on it. I didn’t, so I redid the oval frame into a chalkboard instead. I hope you learn something from this short tutorial.
I LOVE making repurposed door projects. This DIY entry table is beautiful and functional. Add a basket under the lower shelf to add even more functionality. The blue door and table is the perfect addition to any home decor. The addition of a chalkboard is just the icing on the cake! Click over to see all the details so you can make one yourself.
I saw a window project at Cracker Barrel and literally found the perfect window at a ReStore for a dollar two days later. The knobs were 50% off at the craft store. It makes a great wedding photo display hat rack.
For this month’s power tool challenge the theme is outdoor/patio. I use a pocket hose for watering plants and flowers on my patio and I’m tired of it laying on the ground. I decided this was the perfect nudge I needed to fix this problem. I hope you enjoy seeing my project and those of my friends’ taking part in this challenge.
After building the DIY picket fence last year, I’ve been wanting to make a new covering for the porch swing. It was in the plans last year, but it never happened. We made the pergola/arbor to look like the one that covers the front gate. It’s been years since I’ve really enjoyed this swing-I look forward to getting back out there and relaxing.
We have a guest post today from Charlee of Travel Build Create. She will show you how to use a repurposed chair to make a beautiful doll bed perfect for that special girl in your life. I’m thinking you could also use it as a pet bed for your kitty or puppy. Please give Charlee a warm welcome.
We have another Thrift Store Decor project today! I’m sharing the easiest and cheapest project ever. $2.50 Easy Glass Globe Solar Light! Drop another buck for a bracket and you’re all set. I love how this set looks on my front gate arbor. Think weddings, parties and more!
This accidental project came about by accident, but had a few hiccups along the way. Sometimes projects can try my patience, and I may even give up for a while. I stuck with this one even after some stenciling gone wrong. Hop over to read all the details on this girl’s step stool.
Another blue project from Mindi? Well, that’s no real surprise! But the paint technique and color is beautiful. And that Sunny? What a perfect name for that sweet face. If you’ve wanted to get a holder for your dog bowls, Mindi will show you the perfect way to DIY it!
Last Fall a reader wrote me to ask if I could make her some shelves like she saw on Pinterest. I don’t typically do that, but I felt up for the challenge. Using new lumber and corbels I found online, I made Cindy some chippy farmhouse shelves. Click for more details on how I achieved the chippy paint look.
Angie is so lucky to have access to great farmhouse items to repurpose. In today’s project she will show you how to use an old farmhouse water pump as yard decor! How clever and creative. Have you ever seen a farmhouse water pump?
How to make a rustic garden table perfect for potting, entertaining and more. Step by step tutorial using reclaimed fence boards. Weekend project for you to make. Check it out!
Today’s project is from my new friend Randi who blogs at A Fresh Squeezed Life. You may have seen Randi featured at our Talk of the Town link party. She’s very creative, and I think she has a great message about when projects try our patience. Please give her a warm welcome.