September 23, 2014

Due to the weather - Fall arrived! - Repurposeful
Monday was postponed until today.

Some of these ideas are just too ingenious to
wait another week to share with you.

If ugly extension cords are a problem, turn them into wall art.

Do you have a milk crate and just
don't know what to do with it?
Turn it into a storage stool.

If you repurpose something while using it for its
original purpose, is that a Double On Purpose?!
 Love, love, love this storage idea.  Brilliant!

 This is probably why Cadillac didn't go into the bicycle business.

 The coolest dog leash ever!

The ultimate Carry On.

Record "I love you" and have the wave form printed out.
 Mount it in a locker and give to someone special.

It costs almost as much to grind up a stump as it 
to have the tree cut down.  Turn it into a picnic table!

 Jay Russell, a farrier in Idaho, created an amazing
sculpture using old horse shoes.

 Sprockets, gears and clock parts. Oh, my.

 His future lies in either the Indianapolis 500
or the Indianapolis Orchestra.

 What I can't figure out is the purpose of the little chest.

Why didn't someone think of this years ago?

Some of the most incredible repurposing ideas are also some of the simplest.  

September 22, 2014

The regularly scheduled post, Repurposeful Monday, has been canceled due to

today being the first day of Autumn!!!!!

Have a tailgate party worthy of Country Living magazine.

Try making a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Here's a super easy recipe from With a Blast:

Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte
(1 serving)
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
sugar to taste
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup hot double-strong brewed coffee
whipped cream, sweetened or not
extra pumpkin spice to sprinkle

1)  Heat together the milk, vanilla, sugar and pumpkin pie spice.  Remove from heat, blend until frothy with a handheld blender or in a large blender; fill a cup three-quarters full.
2)  Add the coffee and stir.  Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with the extra pumpkin pie spice.

Buy thrift store sweaters and make stuffed pumpkins.

Get a Fall manicure.

Take a walk through crunchy leaves.

Make cinnamon candles for friends.

Visit an orchard and pick apples.

Create a pencil vase.

Watch You've Got Mail for the millionth time.

Yup.  It's going to be a great Fall.

September 19, 2014

How in this world did Friday get here so quickly?!

Seriously, this week has flown by.  Let's catch our breaths
while viewing some inspiring Before and After projects.

A $6.99 rocker at Goodwill:

. . . . is now a valued family treasure:

This little chair was literally all to pieces:
Brunswick Reupholstering
We have a Winner!

A family's dog chewed up the foam seat of this
reproduction Queen Anne wingback:
I hope he's seen the error of his ways.

Design Sponge
The two elements that make this project such a success are the
black lacquered paint and the refreshing contemporary fabric.

Country Living online recently showcased some
dramatic small kitchen make overs:

The magnificent stove deserved a beautiful
kitchen and, boy, did it get one.

 Gloomy, gloomy, gloomy:

Ah, so pretty and simple now:

 Painted cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a new light fixture
and re-stained floors completely changed this kitchen:

A Canadian couple restored the bathroom in their
MidCentury Modern rancher back to its original state:

Apartment Therapy
The original blue and white wall tiles were still in
place and they were able to march the floor tiles.
LOVE the reproduction photo above the loo!

Let's switch gears and look at some much bigger projects.

A 1930s Art Deco apartment building in the Laurel Heights
area of San Francisco was given a surprisingly modern facelift:

As beautiful as this renovation turned out, I truly wish they had
restored the simple and elegant building back to its original design.

Very rarely do I write off a home as beyond saving
but I'd be tempted to throw in the towel on this one: 


For these next two renovations, it might have
been less work to build completely new homes:

You'd think that it would be impossible to
change the profile of a split-level home:

But, they did it:

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We're going to close with an oldie but a goldie -
This Old House's 2009 Reader Remodel Winner:


It looks too perfect - almost like a Hollywood set.
And what happened to the trees?!

Have a great weekend and keep an eye out for a B&A project of your own.