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Before and After: Shangri-la Dresser

We found this beat-up wood veneer dresser at a Habitat Restore. We decided to go with a clean white paint on this piece and I love the way it turned out. I also think it would look great in a funky...

Old Frames and Old Photos

We recently came across a bunch of old frames that needed to be saved. We took them home, cleaned them up, and painted them all white. Then, we attached string horizontally across the backs of the...

Before and After: Old Chandelier Turned into Desk Lamp

I was looking for a small lamp for my desk and stumbled across this broken chandelier at an antique faire. It needed new wiring, a light bulb... and something else. That something else turned out to...

Before and After: Vanity

My husband and I picked up this vanity at a salvage yard here in Florida. It was falling apart and covered in scratches and dents. We painted it a light distressed blue and used a painting technique...

Repurposed Tennis Rackets

I found a couple of tennis rackets with brackets and decided to turn them into something else (since I'm terrible at tennis). I happened to need a magazine rack so that's what they became! I nailed...

Repurposed Door Sewing Table

We salvaged a ladies restroom door and turned it into a tabletop for my sewing room. The vent at the bottom of the door was turned into a place to organize my sewing supplies. You can see more...

Dumpster Dresser: Before and After

I found this antique dresser in the dumpster! My husband and I sanded the drawers (didn't restain them), painted the frame, and added pewter hardware. I love how it turned out! See my other projects...

Recent comments

Re: Repurposed Upcycled Philco AM Radio & Turntable Clothes Hamper

Seriously? Could this be any cooler?!! You've got one lucky daughter!!

Re: Before and After: Shangri-la Dresser

Thanks, everyone! I love this dresser. :) Best part about it? It only cost us $40! Ya gotta love junk furniture. :)

Re: Old Metal Ladder Turned Into a Storage Rack

Ohhh I love this! Great job on this one!

Re: Before and After: Shangri-la Dresser

Thanks, junqueartiste! First we cleaned the surface with a damp rag. We also had to use wood glue and a clamp to get the strip of detail back on. Once that was done we coated the dresser in primer and then painted it Pale Bloom (Valspar). If I remember correctly it was an eggshell finish. We spray painted the handles, too.

Re: Art Deco Bird Cage Floor Lamp

Those birds look so real! I love this combination and I know my husband will too... won't be surprised if we have something similar in our house someday! :)

Re: Old Frames and Old Photos

Thank you!! :) -Leslie

Re: Upcycled Student Room Accessories

I love all of these! You are so clever!

Re: Pallet Patina

This is BEAUTIFUL! I love the finish!!!

Re: Simple Spindle Dragonflys

So pretty! :)

Re: Time Machine Robot

This is so awesome! I love it! :)


Re: My "Top 10 Junk Pick"...NUMBERS

Looks great! I love the old carnival sign. :)

Re: Repurposed Tennis Rackets

Thanks, everyone! I had a lot of fun making this project. :) And Jim, it would be so cool if this made it in a magazine someday... after all, it was designed for magazines! ;)

Re: Fence post headboard

What a transformation! :) I love it!

Re: Repurposed Tennis Rackets

Thank you! I just started the blog at the beginning of March, but it is quickly taking off. :) We have so many upcoming projects to look forward to.

Re: Repurposed Door Sewing Table

Thanks, Jim! We really lucked out with this find. :)


Re: Shabby, Salvaged Wood Tray

Great job!! It's beautiful!