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Street Finds

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This morning's walk had me discovering a whole lot of stuff on the sidewalk waiting for the garbage trucks. I was upset to see so much stuff that would end up in the landfill when it all looked in pretty good shape. As an example, see what I found below.



Both the shutters (there were 6) and the chair need a bit of TLC but the rewards would be enormous. Here are some ideas. You'll find plenty more if you do a bit of research.


SHUTTERS


An easy way to reuse the shutters as head boards in the bedroom with just a lick of paint and then flipping them.  




Make sliding doors to glamour out a doorway. You can purchase the sliding gear at hardware stores.



Our lady Martha looked at her shutters and made this linen cupboard. 



If you have the carpentry skills, transform shutters into this kitchen island. Now for the chairs.


CHAIRS



Bored with that old armchair. You can actually paint it! Apparently there is paint specially designed to use on upholstery material. To find out how, click here.



If you prefer fabric, you can pick up wonderful pieces of vintage curtain drapes or upholstery fabric at charity stores and even if there's not enough of one colour to cover your chair, you create a one of a kind of chair like this ... 



or this.



This is my favourite - I have a thing about stripes.



Street Find - Transforming a Discarded Chair

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)


My Sunday morning street find this morning was this side chair. On my way back, someone had picked it up and I was glad of that. We certainly don't need more furniture in the landfill. This chair could have easily been donated to our neighbourhood charity shop at St. John's Church just around the corner!! 

The possibilities for transforming this chair are amazing. 


All it takes to transform the chair is new modern fabric. Above is an example of fabrics used on chairs sold by Anthropologie.

There's a lot of info on the web for reholstering chairs but for me, they are way to complicated. I've reupholstered simlar chairs in the past and, because my attention span is nil, I found an easy peasy way to redo my chairs.



Not to bore you with my own instructions I found that Liz over at Love Grows Wild has nice detailed instructions for recovering an office chair. But since it was the only chair I found that had a separate back and seat, it would be easy to follow what she does.


To see how she does it, click here.


You could end up with something like this.



I love the simplicity of this fabric.

Street Finds

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (3)

Today is trash day in our neighbourhood and I watched as two enterprising guys hit the street before the city garbage trucks. One guy totally dismantled a large discarded backyard barbeque in about 5 minutes flat and stowed it away in the wooden wagon attached to his bike.


The other guy picked up an old (but - for me - still attractive) shed door, and nonchalantly walked off with it. I rushed to get my camera to photograph them, but they both were so quick, that when I got back to the window, both had vanished. Had I dreamt all of it?? It was early (5:30 am), so I'm not entirely sure.