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Hi everyone! My name is Bre, and I blog over at Brepurposed where I share my love of design and DIY. What started out as a blog about flipping furniture has turned into so much more. I’m constantly discovering my style and have my hands full after a recent move into a new home. I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for furniture makeovers and couldn’t be happier that it led me down the path of making one of my dreams come true of being featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s “I Did It!” section!

Pick up the October issue to see my dresser makeover, showcased above. I’m still pinching myself that it actually happened, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my other furniture projects. Here are a few of my favorite nightstand makeovers that I’ve done. Hope you enjoy!

Scandinavian Pink French Provincial Nightstand
Use two colors of paint to get a layered look. After you distress the piece, the layers of paint help give dimension and character. Add in a fun surprise by lining the inside of the drawer with fun patterned paper.

Two-Toned Geometric Chest of Drawers
Add a custom design to your nightstands using a stain and paint combo. With a little bit of painters tape, you can create a beautiful geometric pattern that pops. The possibilities are endless, and there’s really nothing better than the satisfaction of pulling off the tape and seeing that clean, crisp line, am I right?

Distressed Nightstand with Burlap
Add beautiful contrast to a nightstand by staining the top and painting the rest. It helps bring out the wood undertones that peek through the paint and gives furniture a rustic look. Wrapping a piece of burlap over part of the drawer front and adding a fun new knob is the perfect way to bring the look together.

Painted Table with Fabric-Covered Drawer
Add a pop of color or pattern to a painted piece of furniture by covering the drawer front with fabric. It’s a great way to create a custom piece that fits your style!

Antibes Green Side Table

Don’t be afraid to make a statement and go bold. Painted furniture is one of the best ways to bring a pop of color into a room, and a nightstand is the perfect piece to try it on. It’s not as large as a dresser and won’t feel overwhelming. Keep the rest of your decor somewhat neutral to really let it shine.

One of the best parts about painting furniture is finding the perfect piece that someone else thought was trash. Next time you’re driving and see an old table on the side of the road, I challenge you to pull over and pick it up. Grab your paintbrush and let your creative juices flow! Everyone deserves a second chance, right? Even smelly, old furniture ;)

I’d love for you to come visit me at my blog and check out some of my other DIYs and furniture makeovers!


Hello! I’m Carrie from Lovely Etc. and I’m so happy to be posting as a guest blogger here today. I was thrilled when the play kitchen I made for my sons was chosen for the “I Did It” feature in the August issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. This cute little kitchen really represents my outlook on decorating. I believe a gorgeous, unique home doesn’t need to be expensive; there’s nothing better than finding a new life for something that’s no longer useful; and a little paint can transform absolutely anything! This little kitchen started out as an outdated entertainment center that nobody wanted, but with a little paint and imagination, it now gets used every single day.

That is what I love the most about upcycled DIY projects — giving something old a brand-new purpose. Below are a few more of my favorite upcycled projects!

antique dresser bathroom vanity with vessel sink

Bathroom vanity made from an old dresser

Finding a bathroom vanity with great character can get expensive fast. An easy way to get a one-of-a-kind piece is to start with an old dresser. I made this vanity from a family friend’s childhood dresser. It didn’t start out in the best condition, but with some paint, a new sink, and a little work, it turned into one of the favorite parts of our home.

Lantern wired into a lamp

Lamp made from a lantern

I love cute candle lanterns, but as much as I love candlelight, I almost never take the time to actually walk around and light candles. One day, inspiration struck! Why not turn some of my lanterns into lamps that can be turned on with the flip of a switch? Now this cute little lantern gets used nightly in my son’s room.

 

vintage jewelry drawer pull

Drawer pulls made from old jewelry

Nothing dresses up a piece of furniture like some really great hardware. Unfortunately, gorgeous hardware is hard to find and can get expensive fast. This is a fantastic way to make your own using those huge brooches and earrings that are at every estate sale. These DIY drawer pulls are the perfect hardware for a statement piece of furniture.

vintage camera nightlight

Nightlight made from a vintage camera

Vintage cameras are easy to find at yard sales, Craigslist, or Ebay, and they add vintage style to any room. Even better, it’s easy to turn an old camera with a flash unit into the perfect nightlight.

nightstands made from old vanity

Nightstands made from an old vanity

I see cute old vanities at estate sales and yard sales all the time but never had a use for one. When I was searching for a matching pair of very skinny nightstands, I realized these old vanities can be taken apart pretty easily. It is an inexpensive way to get a pair of unique nightstands.

I truly believe that almost anything can be given new life again with a little creativity. (Or, let’s be real, sometimes a lot of creativity.) Do you have a great upcycling idea or need help seeing the potential in something you already own?  Share in the comments or tag me on Instagram @lovelyetc. I’d love to see what you are working with!


It is always my goal to bust the myth that “organizing is expensive”. Technically speaking, the act of organizing is free. You may even find yourself earning money during the process. It is the storage needed to complete the organizing projects that is typically costly. However, beautiful storage does not have to cause monetary pain. All you need is Craigslist or a thrift store paired with a little creativity and you can create some fairly inexpensive solutions to everyday storage problems. Let’s take a look at a few examples of fantastic furniture makeovers that didn’t break the bank, yet are excitingly unique.

Filing Cabinet Makeover

Let’s begin with one of my favorite transformations right away. Old metal filing cabinets are a dime a dozen at general thrift stores, but do you see what some spray paint and a remnant piece of stone can do? Not only is the filing system unique; it also boasts four total drawers while doubling as the perfect drop zone location.

Beautiful Jar Storage DIY

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Another hot item that can be found in just about every kitchen is a canning jar. Now we all know that canning jars are darling and can be used for endless storage purposes, but take a look at what the addition of some paint and hardware can do. These sweet jars look like they came straight from the shelves of the beautiful neighborhood boutique.

Bookcase Bathroom DIY

Bookcases and hutches typically land at the top of my favorite storage furniture list. They can easily be utilized in any room of the house; their versatility truly knows no bounds. Above, a dated hutch is now acting as a makeshift linen closet thanks to the help of some paint and blingy hardware.

Bookcase Craft Storage DIY

While this bookcase shows that a few minor modifications will create an entirely different storage purpose. Dowels really took this bookcase to new organizational heights for a variety of craft and gift wrapping supplies.

Frame Dowel DIY

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If space is a concern, dowels continue to work as inexpensive craft organization when paired with everyday photo frames. Let’s all vow to never pay full price for a decorative frame again; typically the older they are, the better their style!

Bookcase Island DIY

How about combining two console tables with four casters to create a mobile kitchen island? Extra work surface, added storage and mobility? It’s a kitchen trifecta!

Dresser to Desk DIY

Sure, paint is an instant game changer for most furniture makeovers. However, hardware can also do wonders for everyday pieces. Above, the addition of some simple hinges turned a common dresser into a one-of-a- kind desk!

Cabinet to Child

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Let’s not forget our younger pals, the craft desk above was created by modifying a standard kitchen cabinet!

Entryway Media Center Coat Storage DIY

Another make-you-smile spot for the kids can be created in your home’s entryway with the help of a repurposed media cabinet.

Garden Center DIY

Finally, think outside of your home’s walls. There are many wonderful exterior paints and polyurathanes on the market that allow furniture to function big out on your patio or front porch. Pair a variety of hooks and organizers with an old cabinet and your gardening routine just became even more lively.

So what do you think? Have I convinced you to search Craigslist and thrift stores for all of your storage needs?


Flea Market Chic-12 Clever Uses for Crates

I was my in my late twenties when I moved to Colorado, with not much money to my name to get started & build a home, I scoured thrift stores, antique malls and flea markets every weekend. I was in desperate search for affordable ways to showcase my style & stay organized. I couldn’t afford anything new but that was OK because I loved buying vintage and the idea of connecting with the past. Plus, the aged patina & worn details created such a warmth that couldn’t be purchased new, especially back then. Each weekend would yield a full trunk of lots of goodies, big & small and of course lots of fun. The supply of big, beautiful crates out in CO blew me away. They were cheap & my thrifty self love that, some just a few dollars, so I used them everywhere. There was a time though my husband actually had to say, “enough, we are good with crates,” that was until I found an old chicken coop and made it in to a TV stand, but that is another story for another post:).

Crates have always served a useful purpose, to store & transport things from milk, to oranges and even animals. You can find them just about anywhere these days and some still for just a few dollars. The aged wood & worn texture lends a warmth to any space and provides practical storage every home needs. Here are 12 clever ways to use creates in your home…

1. Most of us have any entry way or family room with a console table, why not add a crate underneath & fill that empty space. You can use it to host blankets, hats or shoes. Tip, if you add casters to your crate you can slide it back under after using it, without worry of damaging your floors.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use for entry way storage

2.Flip your crate vertically & add casters for additional height & mobility and viola you have a unique & versatile side table. You can also add another piece of wood for more shelf space.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates Image by Marie Nichols

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3. With a busy family myself I am always looking for functional mudroom solutions, especially during the colder months, when the amount of accessories quadruples. Nestle a group of crates under a bench or stack them vertically to house your winter essentials.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, a clever addition to your mudroom to store shoes, hats & scarves Rooms for Rent

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BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, Finding Home Farms Clever Boot Storage

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4. Love the idea of rustic chic, then why not use a small crate as a vase to hold your centerpiece. I may have cheated with this one a bit because it is actually made from paint sticks but I had to share, it is so visibly pleasing and original.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, a clever centerpiece idea, The Wedding Chicks

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5. Hang a grouping of crates of varying sizes and tones right on the wall for added interest and functionality. There are no rules for what to display and store inside, have fun & try not to over clutter, that way it looks more curated.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, create a functional wall display Coco Kelley

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BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, mount them to the wall

6. How about stacking them side by side for a coffee table? By layering 4, it visually takes up more space and feels balanced in front of the sofa. Tip, face the openings in for a tidy, more fluid look.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, makes a unique & clever coffee table

7. We all need kitchen counter storage, when things are placed cohesively on a tray or shallow container it just looks better and feels more organized. You can use a counter crate to host kitchen essentials or maybe use it as a coffee station {which is what I use mine for}. Tip, use items with varying heights & similar function to give balance.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, Making Home Base Kitchen Storage

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8. Use a variety of crates, in odd numbers to create a plant stand, genius right?! Grouping your plants together gives a cohesive feel and is a great strategy for staying on top of watering and time management.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, The Happy Interior Blog, use them as a plant stand, genius!!

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9. Stack them on the floor for extra office storage. You can use them facing out or even up to store files. Either way it is an affordable way to stay organized in your work space.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use as additional office storage, Advice From A Twenty Something

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10. Open shelving is a hot trend right now, so why not add a few shallow crates to house books, magazines or records. It will give your smaller items structure and give a balanced look with scale & size.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use in a book case to store books, Craftberry Bush

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11. Attach a bunch of crates of similar size and tone for a custom wall unit that is both original & purposeful. Tip, mount them in different directions for a sleeker, more modern look.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use to create a build in custom wall unit by Front & Main a CT coffee shop on West Elm Blog

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12. If you like wine then why not stack similar size crates in a cool, dry place to host your collection. Tip, check them to be sure they are sturdy and mount them to the wall for added security.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, wine storage

I am completely inspired by crates again, which means my husband could be in trouble:). Thank you for stopping by! Happy hunting,

Jen-City Farmhouse


Last week we teamed up with our Makeover Madness finalists City Farmhouse, In My Own Style, My Fabuless Life and Thistlewood Farms for a linky party! We loved seeing everyone’s projects that were shared with us and it was incredibly difficult to pick out our favorites! We finally narrowed it down to our top five. Check out the winners and get the links to their projects below!

 

 

Pink Little Notebook’s Home Office

French Country Cottage’s Dining Room

Maison de Pax’s Distressed Mirror

Estuary Design’s Repurposed TV Cabinet

Rooms for Rent’s Neutral Living Room

Thank you to everyone who shared their projects! You can see all of the submitted projects here.


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