Trash to Treasure Inspiration from Upscale Decorator

Feature article by Leslie Young on The Commercial Appeal: 

Thrifty Decorator Furnishes House with Found Objects

Kaye McWhorter is not afraid to look like a crazy woman — when it comes to a good bargain, that is.

“I saw a bench on the side of the road in my neighborhood in Dallas, and it couldn’t fit in my car. I stuffed it in the back seat and couldn’t even close the door. I’m sure people were thinking, ‘What in the world is that crazy woman doing?'” said McWhorter, 67, of East Memphis.

hat bench, spray-painted a different color and good as new, now sits in her upstairs guest bedroom alongside twin beds with old garden gates as headboards, a spray-painted wicker chair and several other wayside discoveries to complete a look straight out of the Hamptons.

Photo linked from The Commercial Appeal site

“It’s fun,” McWhorter said. “It’s that trash-to-treasure thing.”

The retired schoolteacher has filled her five-bedroom, 3½-bath Pidgeon Estates home with found treasures — sometimes repainted, sometimes reupholstered, sometimes repurposed, and all indistinguishable from her more legitimate purchases.

“I feel like God has really helped me to look beyond things as they are and see what they can become, not just with things, but also with people,” said McWhorter, the wife of an ordained minister.

When she drove by a bench disassembled on the side of the road, she saw front-porch potential.

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Michelle

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Unending Ideas for Windows

If I hadn’t already found a ton of great uses for old windows, Kim at Twice Remembered has just given me a zillion more! Okay, well not a zillion, but a lot more than I had before. I never get tired of windows. I wonder if someone can have too many? Nah.

Be sure to spend some time looking around Kim’s site. It’s beautiful! Here is one of the ideas Kim links to that comes from Junk Market Style.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Got an Extra Footboard?

Bed Turned Message Center

This awesome idea comes from “The Happy Homebody” blog. With a little chalkboard paint, a footboard (or headboard) and an extra plain board, you can make a message center too! Here’s a link to the instructions for this and other awesome projects.

Photo by The Happy Homebody
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Other Sites that Inspire

Since I’m just getting rolling on the trash to treasure site, my content is still building. In the meantime, there are some fabulous resources on the web with even more terrific decorating ideas. Here are a couple:

www.reinventedkb.com
has lots of fun ideas and links to many more.

Cute blog and cute title at this one – shanty2chic.blogspot.com

Make a cool shutter that looks like an old barn door with instructions here from Funky Junk Interiors

Photo from Funky Junk Interiors

What’s your latest project or your favorite trash to treasure website? Send us a link,

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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