Repurposed and Upcycled

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 […]

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Steampunk: Trash to Treasure Becomes a Family Addiction

The trash to treasure addiction has begun to spread to the rest of the family! My son who is a high school student has an interest in welding. So earlier this year, he created this steampunk sculpture for a welding competition. He got to go all the way to the national Skills USA competition in Kansas City this past summer.His sculpture involves different types of metal, thus different types of welds. I know nothing about welding, so he has me trumped in this department. I do however have a high appreciation for his skills.  I know the green doily just […]

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A Decorative Fireplace Mantel with Old Shutters

A few weeks ago, my readers left several great ideas for my WWYD Wednesday post about old shutters. I’d like to share a couple of photos sent to me from reader Julieanne. She says, “I found the old mantle at an auction for $70 and added the shutters and glass handles! Absolutely love the finished result!” Me too Julieanne! Check out this before and after, everyone. Before: After: I love it Julieanne! I think a fake fireplace adds a lot to a room. I have one too, but yours is fabulous! Do you hide anything behind the shutters? I like […]

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WWYD Wednesday- Door Knob

I have this door knob that I believe is porcelain, but it looks like marble or stone. I want to use it for something decorative. So, I thought it would be the perfect idea to put to my readers for What Would You Do Wednesday. I thought I had a good photo, but when I blew it up, it’s a little blurry. Sorry! What do you think? What would you do with it? Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

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WWYD Wednesday – Wood Finials

I picked up these two finials at a yard sale. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them just yet, but I know someone out there will have an idea for WWYD Wednesday. They normally would screw into the end of a wooded drapery rod, but I’m looking for something less traditional. They are made of wood, and they have wood screws attached. What would you do with this? Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

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WWYD Wednesday – Dominoes

I bought a box of assorted sized wooden dominoes for 25 cents at a yard sale. Now, I’m wondering what to do with them. Any ideas?  It’s What Would You Do Wednesday. The day when it’s your turn to tell me what you would do with this item. I didn’t count them, but it’s an empty chocolates box full.  I’m thinking I could make jewelry or a picture frame…or who knows what? I can’t wait to hear your ideas! Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

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Transformation Tuesday – Furniture from…a Box Spring?

Sometimes, the creativity of my readers just amazes me. I received an e-mail from Linn at The Home Project last week with a photo of the new furniture she and her husband made from an old box spring. My husband would likely use the wood for firewood, or toss the whole thing on the brush pile. But not Linn! You’ll have to hop over to her blog to see the full post, but here’s a teaser for you from her photos. This has to be one of my favorite Transformation Tuesday ideas. Linn shows their full tutorial of how they […]

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Teapot Turned Flower Pot

My husband rescued this big aluminum tea kettle for me from the trash. I love it! I turned it into a flower pot and now I’m waiting for the Gerbera Daisy to bloom. Now, if I could only remember what color flower I planted in there. Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

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What Would You Do Wednesday – Vintage Shutters

I bought this shutter at the Apron Chicks Barn Sale in May, and I’m planning to hang it on the wall. But now I need your help. On this What Would You Do (WWYD) Wednesday, I’m wondering what you would do with it and I’m looking for suggestions.  At a yard sale, I bought this berry garland, so I’m thinking I’ll use it on here somehow. But now it’s your turn. What would you do to turn this into a wall decoration? Leave your WWYD comments below, and who knows? Maybe I’ll use your idea! Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating […]

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Transformation Tuesday – Pallet Benches Part 2

I finally had some dry days to get the deck re-stained and the new benches coated for the first time. I love how it turned out! In case you missed the first post, the benches are made from pallets and my only investment was in the bench pads from Walmart (only $20 online, and much more in the store). The pads were exactly the width of the pallets, and just the right depth for the way the seats worked out with the pallets.  I originally purchased pads for the back rest too, but then changed my mind when I decided […]

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