Refurbished Treasures ~ Before and After

My sister, Renae, is very creative and does some amazing refurbishing.  This China cabinet, which she’s had for thirty years, had been moved to her garage to get rid of.  But then she slept on it and came up with an idea.

With a lot of ingenuity and hard work, she now has a beautiful hutch.  Since this photo was taken, she has painted the  inside a lighter color which makes it “pop” even more!

This old tin ceiling tile came from a store that was being gutted in Tennessee.

Here is that same tin.  Renae and her husband, built a frame for this ( 1 x 2 pine trim) and mitered the cut corners.  They then reinforced the corners with “L” brackets.  Leaving the original paint, a layer of crackle paint was brushed on top and allowed to dry. Next, the black paint was brushed on and the crackle started showing through immediately! (We did this project at our house, too.)  Very simple, yet an impressive wall decor piece!

The above mirror is just an example of what was used for the below piece.  I purchased  the frame of a broken mirror from my local Hobby Lobby Store, on the clearance aisle.  I then went to the fabric department and purchased home decor fabric.  I popped the cardboard out of the metal frame and covered it in a thin layer of quilt batting (using double-sided tape).  I then covered it in my chosen fabric, rolled out the wrinkles and taped it on the back, before popping it back into the metal frame.  This is now used as our headboard.  It simply hangs on the wall and was a very inexpensive and fun project! (I’ve changed the fabric out on it a couple of times.)

Thanks Renae, for you pics and projects.  We hope this inspires you to work on those projects in your head, closet and garage!  More to come ~

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15 Responses to Refurbished Treasures ~ Before and After

  1. LINDA LESLIE says:

    Love the new look of the china cabinet. Like you, I enjoy repurpose for furniture and many other items. Almost anything can be saved with some imagination and paint. Watch for mark down paint at Lowe’s and save some more.

  2. Holly says:

    those are amazing! very inspiring, i just love them. i love old things, and if i could refurbish things like that, i’d do it, hands down. i suppose it takes practice…maybe i will be able to one day! thanks for sharing! so beautiful and creative.

  3. Justine says:

    Stopping by from the Grow your blog {blog Hop}!

  4. Darla says:

    Don’t know about Paula’s house but am always inspired when we make a ‘pit stop’ at Renae’s….the girl knows how to decorate! And I guess it’s awesome to have a handy hubby. Hope all the readers will send in ideas for repurposing, refurbishing and recycling – next challenge?

  5. I would love that too, Darla! Please do send before and after photos of your projects!( I have several in the garage “waiting” for me to tackle them. With the great weather this week, I have no excuse. And yes, Renae’s place is always an inspiration….we may just have to blog a PHOTO TOUR of her house, soon!

    Sooooo…what you got cooking?

  6. Deborah Cochran says:

    These are amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

  7. connie says:

    This is the type thing I absolutely love to do!! Ever watch Junk Brothers or Dirty Money? This is the concept of both shows.

    • I have not watched these shows, but will look them up now! You’ll have to send some of your before and after pics and we’ll share them on here. It’s fun seeing what others have done and getting ideas and know how from them.

  8. Kelly says:

    Thanks so much for linking up at Live Laugh Linky! Hope to see you again this week, friend 🙂

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