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Repurposed with Style

March 11, 2011

As a family, we do our best to keep as much stuff out of the landfill as possible. We reuse, reduce, and recycle whenever possible. It’s a pretty good feeling knowing that we rarely have to take out the trash because we don’t create much waste. Having said that, we still have a lot of room for improvement, and we are always a work in progress.

Repurposing is where my husband is king! He’s artistic and super handy, so he comes up with some pretty great ways to make random and unwanted  items useful and attractive. Here are a few of his most recent projects:

The featured piece is a plant table that he made using a rusty old Singer sewing machine base that was in his mom’s garage, and a piece of barn wood that he shaped, sanded and finished with tung oil (see here for the history of the barn wood).

Repurposed with Style.
Cool circular pattern on table top. We’re curious how it was made.

This one is a super sturdy step stool that he made to keep out in the garage.  It’s not the most attractive piece in the world (I happen to love its simplicity), but hey – it’s a shop tool! It weighs a ton, and could safely hold a 500 pound man. It’s also made of barn wood.


Repurposed Barn Wood Stool

Finally, this was a small table he saved (or dug out of the trash, whichever you prefer) from being thrown out at a college rental property he did some work at. It was unfinished, and the top was busted off. College kids – They don’t take care of anything! He put a new top on it, and gave it a lovely stain. Now it sits next to the chair in our bedroom!

Rebuilt top. Looks original.

Mahogany Stain. Cute little table.

Three cheers for my husband, his green ways, and cheap furniture!!!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda Schamel permalink
    March 16, 2011 3:43 pm

    Maybe he could teach his brother to be more resourceful. Scott loves to beat stuff up, chuck it into the garbage and just buy something new.


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