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Jun 16, 2009

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Reclaimed Home was inspired by the rehabilitation of a Victorian house. After restoring the home to its former glory using antique salvaged materials, a business was born. Reclaimed Home takes old, discarded objects and reinvents them. Today they share some of their ideas for reusing and upcycling trash into decorative home treasures.
Upcycling is a fairly new term for an ancient practice. We’ve all been upcycling for years without even realizing it. Have you ever cut your pants to make a pair of jean shorts? You upcycled. Ever made a frame out of old moulding? Yup, upcycled. Tire swing? You get the picture.
 
I sort of fell into reclaimed materials when I was restoring my 120 year old brownstone. The home was filled with original details, but it was in bad disrepair. Rather than replacing with new, I hit the salvage yards.
 
The house is (nearly) finished, but I’m still hooked. I now see life in discarded table legs, old beams and tin ceilings. My projects range from easy (coat of paint) to skilled (shutter cabinets) to bizarre (let’s just say I have a doll fetish).
 
If one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, where do you find this trash? My favorite resource is Craigslist curb alert, free and garage sales. Freecycle is another great site. Habitat’s ReStores are always useful. After nearly two years in the business, I have my “clean out guy” connections. They call me BEFORE they have their tag sales. I must say, there’s nothing better than getting something for nothing. Dumpster diving and bulk trash day send shivers down my spine.
 
The thing about upcycling is that anything goes: it doesn’t have to look perfect or even make sense. Whatever it looks like, it’s better than it will look in the landfill.
 
Below you’ll find some of my favorite “inventions.”
Too Easy!
I purchased boxes of sample tiles from a local concrete fabricator. With a gloss sealant and cork backing, these make great coasters. I love the fact that they still have the numbers!
 
Parquet Floors
Blue desk frame with upholstery tack picture holders. How can you beat my 1960’s childhood photos, though?
 
Gold hanging clip made from single vintage parquet floor square. It’s a good idea to add extra support to the back of parquet tiles, as they are held together with mesh.
 

Coat Hooks From Just About Anything!


A glass doorknob on a piece of old molding. Antique hooks on a plywood board. Coat hooks are just about the easiest thing to make.
I bought a pair of 1950’s water skis at a garage sale for $15 and made coat hooks out of each of them.

This broken chair back was found on the curb.
Other Hooks and Shelves
Victorian Diorama by recliamedhome

An antique post office drawer now hangs on the wall for use as a shelf and key/hat hook. The vintage magazine interior was a Modge Podge job.

The towel bar was fabricated out of a Victorian window lintel, used copper pipe and antique glass doorknobs.

Got Legs?

This vintage mechanic’s toolbox was found at a garage sale for five bucks. The legs were found in a dumpster. Now it’s a coffee table. If you have some longer legs on hand, tool boxes can also make great desks.


Art Doesn’t Have to Hang on the Wall
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The painting table project requires a bit more skill. It’s easy to back the painting and place it on a base, but the glass top and backing needed moulding around them.

Shutter to Think



Shutters are one of those things you can always find for free. I have some rather large ones sitting in my basement that came with the house. This radiator cover works perfectly in my living room. Other shutter ideas: litter box cover, partition screen, corner shelving unit, cupboard doors. The list is endless!

 

Check out ReclaimedHome‘s shop for more of their inventive handiwork. The related items below are all made from upcycled materials!

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Super Lemon Mandala Record Clock
Super Lemon Mandala Record Clock
Sold
Recycled handprinted napkins Enchanted Garden yellow
Recycled handprinted napkins Enchanted Garden yellow
Sold
Tupper TIME - Pumpkin
Tupper TIME - Pumpkin
$25.00 USD
Desk Frame
Desk Frame
Sold
Bird Feeder. Repurposed Recycled street lights. Emerald Skies and warm sunshine. 3 dollars from sale goes to the National Audubon
Bird Feeder. Repurposed Recycled street lights. Emerald Skies and warm sunshine. 3 dollars from sale goes to the National Audubon
Sold
German Beer - bottle cap trivet
German Beer - bottle cap trivet
Sold
sparkly sangria red knitted vase with upcycled glass interior
sparkly sangria red knitted vase with upcycled glass interior
Sold
SURFERS RULE Cork Necklace Uncorked in Test Tube
SURFERS RULE Cork Necklace Uncorked in Test Tube
Sold

155 comments

  • BlueNostalgia

    BlueNostalgia said 8 years ago

    Very neat!

  • IrinaPhotography

    IrinaPhotography said 8 years ago

    I like Victorian-style houses. This one on the picture is so cute!

  • TheVintageWaffle

    TheVintageWaffle said 8 years ago

    Good story. I hope to some day have my own Victorian or old farm house.

  • WinchesterLambourne

    WinchesterLambourne said 8 years ago

    Oh man, I want! ♥

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great ideas!!! Going to try a few myself!!

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 8 years ago

    fantastic!

  • iworkartwork

    iworkartwork said 8 years ago

    Wow! I so want everything! What a wonderful treasures!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 8 years ago

    I met Phyllis at Brooklyn Blog Fest and was so intrigued by her work fixing up old houses. I love old architectural details and preserving and reusing those odds and ends makes life so much cooler. Glad to have you on the Storque, Phyllis!

  • edithandlulu

    edithandlulu said 8 years ago

    I love uncorked! Very cool packaging.

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 8 years ago

    very clever!!!!!

  • cjBlue

    cjBlue said 8 years ago

    Absolutely Fab!!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 8 years ago

    love uncorked too!!!!!

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 8 years ago

    Wow, how awesome!! This makes me want to change my decor around my own house! :)

  • reiter8

    reiter8 said 8 years ago

    Love it. Very creative. There are so many good 'gently used' materials out there just waiting for a second chance. Love that towel bar!

  • raeraesisters

    raeraesisters said 8 years ago

    Awesome ideas! It's always good to see things reused rather than tossed!

  • jessicaschuler

    jessicaschuler said 8 years ago

    Would love to see more pictures of the interior of this house! Beautiful work, this has always been a dream of mine and I enjoyed briefly living vicariously through you.

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 8 years ago

    yeah! do it up!!

  • younghairlove

    younghairlove said 8 years ago

    Good idea and good luck!!

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 8 years ago

    A lover of all things upcycled - I think that these guys are completely cool! Thanks for doing what you do! xo

  • mossyrockpottery

    mossyrockpottery said 8 years ago

    When I was a bachelor, everything I had was upcycled... My end tables were painted electrical wire spindles, my "entertainment center" was formed from several shelves that formerly had glass sliding doors... I made a tapestry from a giant American flag that covered most of one wall (formerly used as a funeral flag for a military burial, bought for $4 at a flea market). I also lined the top of the wall with old CD's (from a radio station where I worked) to reflect what little light there was and brighten up the place. Lets just say, my wife didn't let me keep most of it when we got married... But I thought it was cool.

  • pandawithcookie

    pandawithcookie said 8 years ago

    I like some of the ideas here. I am a fan of the upcycling.

  • MariesVintage

    MariesVintage said 8 years ago

    Very inspirational, makes me want to try my hand at a summer project!

  • sleepypillow

    sleepypillow said 8 years ago

    Love the idea. thanks for sharing!

  • LaLah

    LaLah said 8 years ago

    WOW...guess I better start on some new upcycling projects!!! love this stuff.

  • reclaimedhome

    reclaimedhome said 8 years ago

    Thank you, thank you, everyone! The house is very much a work in progress. After 5 years, we're still ripping it apart and living with renovation. http://www.flickr.com/photos/castleandkeep/sets/72157603719986312/ Our other house is nearly finished. Lots of salvage in that one as well. http://www.flickr.com/photos/castleandkeep/sets/72157594378041657/ Hope you don't mind the links, Vanessa!

  • LabyrinthLeather

    LabyrinthLeather said 8 years ago

    Brilliant!

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 8 years ago

    Relcaimed Home you Rock! Just love everything you wrote in this piece-so perfectly true, and your tips and ideas are great! Big thanks for including my upcycled bird feeders among all the other lovely and ingenious item picks. Heck, even not so lovely upcycle sends me.

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 8 years ago

    fantastic! these are the kind of items that make me giddy... kudos to you guys!!!

  • TrilliumArtisans

    TrilliumArtisans said 8 years ago

    Awesome! Love upcycling. Great to see our artisan (EyePopArt) featured in related items. Thanks!

  • OffTheHooks

    OffTheHooks said 8 years ago

    great article & ideas-- it's amazing and sad what gets thrown away in our society.

  • jenniferlynnstudio

    jenniferlynnstudio said 8 years ago

    The tool box for $5 was a steal! Great find!..Love what you did with the shutters. Thanks for sharing!

  • 2ReVert

    2ReVert said 8 years ago

    Great article, LOVE that toolbox... why can't I find a deal like that ;) Thanks so much for including our coaster as well. :) 2ReVert

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 8 years ago

    I just LOVE that painting table!!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 8 years ago

    Oh this is great! I just found some old suitcases on the roadside I'm going to make into coffee tables!

  • polkadotsoup

    polkadotsoup said 8 years ago

    Terrific article - upcycling is one of my favourite pastimes!

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 8 years ago

    Upcycle is super cool! I love upcycling too it's very challenging and fun!

  • Salzanos

    Salzanos said 8 years ago

    This is right down my alley! I love to make use of things that most would throw out because it is not NEW anymore or has some little broken area. I reclaim broken jewelry into new. I also love to take things found out used stores and redoe things just like this article! way to go!

  • shopgoldmine

    shopgoldmine said 8 years ago

    BRILLIANT!! Vintage stuff is so much better than buying new! LONG LIVE VINTAGE!!

  • chandistreasurechest

    chandistreasurechest said 8 years ago

    All I have to say is---WoW! Pretty Clever :)

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 8 years ago

    FABULOUS ideas :) Love this article!!!

  • nostalgiaorganics

    nostalgiaorganics said 8 years ago

    BIG advocate of upcycling. My soaps come in fabric packaging that you can "upcycle" to make really unique crafts ~ label turns into a pattern! Less Waste, More Love is our motto! Come say hello!

  • maggiemaescolours

    maggiemaescolours said 8 years ago

    Always loved the recycled stuff. Great ideas!!!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    That is the best use of vintage!!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    thanks for keeping our landfills a bit less cluttered by buying used items for your house. that is my motto, recycle the wares.

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 8 years ago

    This is a great idea filled blog. Makes me want to look around my house for something to makeover.

  • AuracaunaDesigns

    AuracaunaDesigns said 8 years ago

    LOVE the tool box coffee table and the water-ski coat rack!

  • skrocki

    skrocki said 8 years ago

    my house is full of items that have been upcycled, there are some excellent ideas included for people looking how to re-use something in a completely different way.

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 8 years ago

    Some fantastic ideas, very resourceful!

  • beadstylin

    beadstylin said 8 years ago

    Cool! Dumpster diving sends shivers up my spine too. Unbelievable what people throw out.

  • trishafern

    trishafern said 8 years ago

    great to see that reusing, upcycling and recycling is getting so mainstream. i love the reuse of the glass made into a beautifully textured knitted vase!

  • staceylyndesigns

    staceylyndesigns said 8 years ago

    Being a pack rat I'm always trying to find uses for things I can't part with. Great ideas!

  • simplylovlee

    simplylovlee said 8 years ago

    Great items/ideas! I totally believe in re-purposing items!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great ideas, neat stuff.

  • CouchDesign

    CouchDesign said 8 years ago

    Some really fantastic ideas here- I love the Victorian diorama.

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy said 8 years ago

    Oh man, that bird feeder is fantastic!! I LOVE it.

  • violetbella

    violetbella said 8 years ago

    great article, i love all of those ideas! i love dumpster diving!!! im always looking in peoples yards when i drive by at there piles of junk that just sits there, and think of all the things i would do if i had that piece of junk!

  • eileenheneghan

    eileenheneghan said 8 years ago

    What great stuff. My brother and sister in law would love your stuff, they have been fixing up the house they bought and they are getting burned out. It is such hard work! I am passing along this article maybe they can get reinvigorated.

  • anteakbooteek

    anteakbooteek said 8 years ago

    If only everyone had this talent, just think, no more landfills! But for now, leave it to us pros! Thanks what a great Storque.

  • kenjiku

    kenjiku said 8 years ago

    Great IDEAS!

  • kidacollective

    kidacollective said 8 years ago

    Just brilliant. I'm in awe.

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli said 8 years ago

    What we used to call "junking" is now "upcycling"...no matter what you call it, I will always love finding new uses for old stuff. Love everything featured and now I am off to check out those flickr links...thanks for a great article!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 8 years ago

    Loved reading this!

  • belovedbaglady

    belovedbaglady said 8 years ago

    What cool and creative upcyclers! Why buy new?!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 8 years ago

    Lovely house! The ideas are amazing!

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 8 years ago

    This is right up my alley.Great ideas, it is nice sitting in your home looking around at the things you've worked hard on.

  • HelloVictory

    HelloVictory said 8 years ago

    super! I love the shutter idea. way cool

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for a great article!

  • SecondHandNews

    SecondHandNews said 8 years ago

    What a fabulous article! There's nothing better than reclaimed vintage!

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear said 8 years ago

    I loved the "skis-turned-to-coat-hooks", simply fabulous! Cheers!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 8 years ago

    ooh i like this one! those skis have a lot more life in them though.... the old wood ones are the best!

  • MintyFreshFusions

    MintyFreshFusions said 8 years ago

    I was so excited to see the general theme, then bulk trash night, and the ReStore, then I even saw me in the featured items! Such a SWEET article to be featured in! Thank you! We're working on a 192O American Foursquare we bought next year, she's the warm up to a larger Victorian later, I just wish we didn't have to go to Syracuse [from Utica] to get to the ReStore, I think you just inspired another trip! :]

  • CollectionObsession

    CollectionObsession said 8 years ago

    Great creative ideas. Your house is lovely. We are in year 7 of our 1912 Arts and Crafts renovation, and are about 1/2 done.

  • girlchild

    girlchild said 8 years ago

    I've been dumpster diving and curb lurking for so long, I thought I invented it. But I'm glad to know I'm not alone.

  • BabySnuggles

    BabySnuggles said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I live in a 120 yrs old victorian home. You have made my day, by showing me how gorgeous it can be again. I'm inspired! way to go!!!!

  • AlliesAdornments

    AlliesAdornments said 8 years ago

    Great article, & the cashmere elephant is to die for!

  • ohmay

    ohmay said 8 years ago

    lived in an Edwardian in San Francisco....love the built-ins and high ceilings. Way to go restoring instead of modernizing.

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 8 years ago

    creative!

  • COGnitivecreations

    COGnitivecreations said 8 years ago

    So many ideas, so little time... Thank you for the inspiration!

  • 26olivestreet

    26olivestreet said 8 years ago

    awesome tips! ...and that bird feeder is AMAZING!

  • QuercusSilver

    QuercusSilver said 8 years ago

    Fantastic creative suggestions and it all looks so great.

  • MyGrandmasAttic

    MyGrandmasAttic said 8 years ago

    A-MA-ZING! I love it! Up cycling is the best!

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 8 years ago

    i'm now hating my house :D

  • ellabellamay

    ellabellamay said 8 years ago

    WOW! We bought an older house recently, and now I feel really good about it! There's potential in everything! Thanks for a great article!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 8 years ago

    Shutter radiator cover is amazing. So many great ideas in this article. My partner dumpster dived and found wooden trestle legs, I was dubious as to their usefulness. But inspiration struck, and I used them to make her a full length tilting dressing mirror. Not as elegant as many of the examples here, but it was more interesting than something I could have bought new, and she was happily surprised.

  • chinacutter

    chinacutter said 8 years ago

    Such a great idea!Thanks for your sharing. Wish everyone a pleasant day.

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story to get creative juices flowing. My dream is to get a home and I want to upcycle too! I love the chair back you made a wall hanging with-gorgeous! I wish you much continued success in your business.

  • YesWeeKend

    YesWeeKend said 8 years ago

    I love victorian houses and the reinventing for what concernes forniture creates the more eclectic interiors!

  • hellome

    hellome said 8 years ago

    SunshineandRavioli said: What we used to call "junking" is now "upcycling" ----- So true! I remember many a trash day cruising various neighborhood "Curbies" lol. Glad there are so many more options like freecycle now. Have never heard of Craigslist curb alert - good to know. Another good place for unique finds is after closing at a large flea market. Lots of times people will just leave their unwanted and sometimes broken items behind for you to rescue and repurpose.

  • djd8

    djd8 said 8 years ago

    I really enjoyed this story. I love repurposing anything, bringing it back to life, once again. I know, when you are all finished with your home, it will be beautiful! What a sense of accomplishment. Keep up the good work.

  • Atticspirits

    Atticspirits said 8 years ago

    I love flee markets , I have been junking/Up cycling as long as I remember , I just prefer old things over new things , New things mostly seem to lack spirit about them . I have always called it "treasure hunting"

  • BelleMereBelleFille

    BelleMereBelleFille said 8 years ago

    This reminds me of a house I wanted to buy with my husband in Logansport, Indiana (from a realtor Mrs. Drinkwine!) It was TOO beautiful to be true, but totally gutted with all the good stuff stolen and resold. Kudos for your perseverance and creativity! Here! Here! to Victorian era homes!

  • woodponddesigns

    woodponddesigns said 8 years ago

    I love using recycled/upcycled items - my favorite is felting wool sweaters and making them into wee critters http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26576257

  • clothpaperstitches

    clothpaperstitches said 8 years ago

    The painting table is such a cool idea. Love it!

  • VintageSurplus

    VintageSurplus said 8 years ago

    Stellar renovation! Time and time again, it's been proven that authentic materials (even with grunge on them) will withstand the test of time better than lots of fancy "off the shelf" stuff at the home decorating store nowadays. It's so fantastic to see lots of people **YOU GUYS** be willing to put the effort into restoring good, old stuff to its former glory and find new uses for sturdy and stylish stuff that can no longer perform it's intended function (old water skis, parquet floors...). Thanks for sharing this and inspiring others to do the same! Carry on...and please keep it coming! :)

  • JAdamsDesigns

    JAdamsDesigns said 8 years ago

    I LOVE the old wooden tool chest that became a coffee table!

  • RetroHouse

    RetroHouse said 8 years ago

    Love this article!!

  • SalvagedExpression

    SalvagedExpression said 8 years ago

    I love old victorians and the idea of restoring one to its former glory. That and of course upcycling! I might have to steal that toolbox idea (in case I didn't have enough curb end tables).

  • brandeye

    brandeye said 8 years ago

    i love it all!!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    I love upcycling and these ideas are great. I go to a lot of salvage stores and it's amazing how much we throw away and how many wonderful buildings have been torn down. At least these pieces get a new lease on life with someone who can appreciate them. :)

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 8 years ago

    Congrats on nearly finishing your old house project! Old houses are labors of love & restoration can be full of surprises (some good, some not so much)! I grew up with upcycling mentality & raised my family DIY style too. It all started with grandma recycling her 1930s floral barkcloth drapes into porch glider slipcover & pillows way back.....caught the bug early. Now look at all my Etsy shops!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 8 years ago

    Very Cool!

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones said 8 years ago

    Amazing, thanks for sharing!!!

  • Luster

    Luster said 8 years ago

    I loved reading this since I use the old copper wire from my house to make Jewelry....and I LOVE visiting our local salvage yard for treasures!

  • Morado

    Morado said 8 years ago

    Such cool ideas! thanks for sharing...and the picks are just delightful :o)

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 8 years ago

    we're currently upcycling a chicken coop for our soap studio. i love the ideas in this article.

  • KariCrumpMosaics

    KariCrumpMosaics said 8 years ago

    FABULOUS Article!! I feature upcycled items in all my pieces! Good to see other lovers of junk! Junk on!

  • QwertyO

    QwertyO said 8 years ago

    Such fun! I have always loved taking something old and creating something different from it. Great article!

  • FairyBubbles

    FairyBubbles said 8 years ago

    I love old houses:)

  • BibbysRocket

    BibbysRocket said 8 years ago

    Where is that house? It looks like Buffalo's West side.

  • emcisaac

    emcisaac said 8 years ago

    Creative upcycle, love the ideas and will steal a couple for myself!!! Okay I don't have to be original all the time!

  • reclaimedhome

    reclaimedhome said 8 years ago

    Thank you, thank you once again! Bibbys, the house is in Beacon, NY.

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 8 years ago

    Love, LOVE this! A job well done. :) I think about how my grandparents upcycled nearly everything... using old coffee cans to store extra nuts, bolts, nails. Cutting buttons off of shirts for use in later projects... with those worn out shirts getting a second life as rag rugs or quilts. Even the tiniest of fabric pieces were used to create "make do" pincushions. Thanks again for sharing your story and your ideas.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 8 years ago

    Fabulous post! My husband and I did historic restoration for 20+ years. It's amazing some of the the things you find behind those old walls. Off to look at your flickr pool.

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    Such great ideas!!! So inventive!

  • springflowerchild

    springflowerchild said 8 years ago

    I thought that house looked familiar! I grew up in Beacon, Ny. I've always wanted to restore one of those old house too.

  • michon

    michon said 8 years ago

    oh, I love this kind of stuff! I wish I had more storage space, I would go crazy at garage sales and make all kinds of cool things for my home...

  • sandali

    sandali said 8 years ago

    Awesome -- I love the rustic wooden table & painting table -- trigger happy days ;)

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    I love this story! Fantastic upcycled creations - the water ski is my favorite. Reclaimed home is a fantastic blog!

  • BirdAndMoonStudio

    BirdAndMoonStudio said 8 years ago

    I love this "upcycled" thing. Of course!!! we have ALL being doing this for a long time. GRAND creations!

  • girlindustries

    girlindustries said 8 years ago

    What an amazing home.

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage said 8 years ago

    Love all the finds. I always look at stuff and try to see what I can do with it. This adds to my list by showing me cool stuff and getting the creative juices flowing. Thanx

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage said 8 years ago

    Fantastic chair art!

  • Phoenixbartender

    Phoenixbartender said 8 years ago

    What great ideas. I don't hate the fact that I need to go through my garage now!

  • bellavioletta

    bellavioletta said 8 years ago

    wonderful art........we love bulk trash days and construction site dumpsters...you never know what your gonna get.

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop said 8 years ago

    Super article. You have to feel good about rescuing great old stuff that was destined for the trash - making something out of what had been thought of as nothing. I love it.

  • TangBaby

    TangBaby said 8 years ago

    whoa! go go mintyfreshfusions!

  • yosemitevintage

    yosemitevintage said 8 years ago

    You must feel a great sense of accomplishment with this wonderful project. Old houses are a gift that keeps on giving. Thanks for sharing your ideas and the offerings you have in your etsy shop. I really like the back of the chair idea - would look nice over a mirror too, for an entry way. That reminds me, theres a huge estate sale tomorrow that I wont be able to stay away from, but I promise to be good. Lovin' Etsy!

  • babook

    babook said 8 years ago

    i love the all uprecycl . it amaze !!

  • JoDyer

    JoDyer said 8 years ago

    Creativity and good old fashioned commonsense, great stuff!

  • monamivie

    monamivie said 8 years ago

    Awesome article! I just published my book, "Random Acts of Greeness", it is full of upcycling ideas :)

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 8 years ago

    One of my favorite articles of all time! Amazing what artists can do with what other people toss at the curb or abandon.

  • spareGus

    spareGus said 8 years ago

    I love reclaimed items, they are the most satisfying things to have in a home!

  • AchAchLiebling

    AchAchLiebling said 8 years ago

    What I really love about this article, in addition the style, is that it presents cool things are practical and realistic. I also like that author's comment that her home is a work in progress and she lives with ongoing repairs and renovations. I think that's a nice counter-view to the enviable, though unattainable, ideal of picture-perfect, totally done, spic-and-span homes presented in decor mags and blogs.

  • GreenTease

    GreenTease said 8 years ago

    Way to go!!! Live in a "work in progress" myself thanks for the incentive to keep pluggin at it!

  • GreenTease

    GreenTease said 8 years ago

    Way to go!!! Live in a "work in progress" myself thanks for the incentive to keep pluggin at it!

  • sirenedelmare

    sirenedelmare said 8 years ago

    Love this article! Way to go!!!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring. People will eat it up...like it should be!

  • VIKukA

    VIKukA said 8 years ago

    Super amazing stuff!

  • frstyfrolk

    frstyfrolk said 8 years ago

    What fabulous ideas you have shown and what a beautiful home! Thanks for sharing all the inspiration. Smiles, Cyndi

  • alittledream

    alittledream said 8 years ago

    Wow! Fantastic finds. I love old vintage items. Especially glass door knobs, typewriter keys, skeleton keys, old windows, and colored glass. Now I want to go on a search in my area for all this cool stuff. Thanks

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter said 8 years ago

    Love to find new uses for old, vintage or antique goods! This is the way to go... Thanks for all the SCOOP!

  • CGDesigns

    CGDesigns said 8 years ago

    Ingenious, talk about bringing the imagination to life! It's also very earth friendly and very "Go-Green".

  • maryjanesheirlooms

    maryjanesheirlooms said 8 years ago

    Inspirational!

  • bydesign4u

    bydesign4u said 8 years ago

    repurposing,recyling,cycleup,all great ideas. Love old used worn objects, so much more character..

  • vaeda

    vaeda said 8 years ago

    I love this article, so inspiring!

  • zJayne

    zJayne said 8 years ago

    This is really FABulous! It is endless, the possibilities!

  • Namoo

    Namoo said 8 years ago

    Such great ideas!

  • Mattamorphis

    Mattamorphis said 8 years ago

    Everything but the kitchen sink! I would put a nice fat gold chain on a sink and use it as a fabulous charm bracelet. Can you imagine toting around nYC with that. I wonder how much the extra cab fare would be. oh my!

  • MonstersAndRobots

    MonstersAndRobots said 8 years ago

    I especially love the ideas of putting legs on a tool box and making furniture from window shutters.

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 8 years ago

    I am soooooo impressed!!!!!!

  • angelene

    angelene said 7 years ago

    this has really motivated me for the house renovation i'm doing at the moment with my fiance!

  • littlepumpkincrafts

    littlepumpkincrafts said 7 years ago

    so cool!Great house.

  • littlepumpkincrafts

    littlepumpkincrafts said 7 years ago

    so cool, great house

  • HotDoggies

    HotDoggies said 7 years ago

    My daughters latest facebook post is hide your clothes from mom before she turns them into shoes ha-ha just don't buy anything polka dotted. One of my favorite recent projects are these booties made from vintage cutter quilts http://www.etsy.com/listing/52537731/vintage-quilt-baby-booties

  • drewauman

    Drew Auman said 5 years ago

    Another way to Upcycle stuff is The reGives Network ... It's free and nonprofit http://www.regives.com Check it out

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