One of the things I love to do is repurpose pieces of furniture in new and unique ways instead of selling them or giving them away. As a single mom on a very limited budget, I’ve learned how to decorate on a small budget. Recently my son rearranged his room and decided he didn’t need the top part of his hutch because he wanted to use the bottom part as a TV stand. Ok, that’s fine son, but what am I going to do with the top part of a hutch that has shelving and 2 doors?
Well, here is what I did. I created 4 separate projects, used in 4 different rooms or ways. The first one I tackled was the biggest piece which was the top portion of the hutch. I removed both doors and realized that I could easily turn this into some much needed storage for my studio.
I painted it white and loaded it up with my craft supplies.
I then took on the doors. What could I do to repurpose these 2 doors? I decided to use one of them in my hall bath for hanging towels. Inspired by a picture I had seen on Pinterest (and who isn’t these days), I purchased a metal towel hanger with the word “bath” on it at Hobby Lobby. I then attached it to the wall using the already existing door hinges. Worked like a charm!
I’ve found this works much better than the standard towel bar that was there before and I can hang 3 towels at once. I also left the small door knob on it, gives it great character.
The second door was a real “ah ha” moment. I was getting ready to do my first craft shows and having spent money already on tables, table cloths and other show necessities, I didn’t really want to spend more money on a sign. So I decided to make a sign using all things I already had. I decoupaged the center area with scrapbook paper that was matching my overall look and color scheme. I stenciled my business name on it, distressed the edges a bit and it was ready for my shows. This picture below was my logo for a long time before I had one made. I still have this door and use it as a sign for my shows. It makes for a great conversation starter.
My last project was a shelf board that went inside. I knew pretty early on what I wanted to do with it. I had some vinyl lettering that I had purchased on sale and had not found the right surface to place them on yet. So, I painted the board white, added the vinyl lettering, stenciled some graphics on and finished it off with a ribbon to hang it on.
This corner of my living room has 3 of my projects that I’ve created. The mixed media piece is something really special to me that I posted about earlier and you can read here. The picture frame is one that I painted from a very dark plain wood color. Little by little I’m converting my living room into a lighter shabby white look and this is as far as I’ve gotten! 🙂 Stay tuned for more…
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