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Submitted by: Brenda Weber, Minnesota
Brenda's cleverness in transforming discards to useable furnishings abounds. From adorning shelves with rusty garden tools to sprucing up average wall hooks with sparkling chandelier prisms to this great hall bench made from an old door. Good work!
Submitted by: Joanne Galley
Joanne found a number of display toppers at the dump and couldn't pass them by. She set four of the pieces together to make a square and used one for the roof to form these great decorative garden houses. The "cap" on top made a great chimney. Each 4-foot high house is decorated in a different theme, with gems on the curtains of one house and a diamond shaped mirror on the door. The pink one even has a clothesline with little clothes pinned on the line. Very cute!
Submitted by: F. Huffman, Indiana
This bed once belonged to the aunt of the new owner's husband. The railings were lost over the years, but she loved it the workmanship so much she felt it was well worth transforming the piece into a new family heirloom.
Submitted by: Nancy, Los Angeles
Nancy found this light fixture discarded on the sidewalk. She pulled out the electrical wiring, stripped, sanded, primed and painted it. With a little elbow grease, she was able to get the glass bowls looking good too. Now that it's reassembled and outfitted with tea lights, it can be used indoors or outside on the patio.
Submitted by: Brenda and Laraine, Illinois
Brenda and Laraine have a pastime the like to call "curbing." That is, they hit the streets looking for things that have been kicked to the curb that they can make over. In fact, the dynamic duo completely redid Laraine's basement with their curbing finds. Kudos to these clever ladies!
Submitted by: Sally Van Nuys-Brown, Ohio
Sally owns Old Town Amherst Antiques & Folk Art, and judging by her makeover photos it must be a wonderful shop. The photo on the left shows decorative hot pads and coasters she hooked using rug scraps and an old coat of her mother's. The shelf was made using old shutters from a cottage in Maine strapped together with metal strips and painted crackle green before adding mirror accents. The entire project cost Sally less than $35 and it looks wonderful.
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