Alicia Cox Thomson
Friday, October 15, 2010 8:52 AM EDT
Whether you call it upcycling, reusing, refurbishing or reimagining, today's Top 5 Friday is all about finding decor inspiration and doing it yourself.
Headboard From Wooden Skids (aka Pallets)
This idea came courtesy of Julia Black from Pure Design, who hosted a video series for us called The Green Geek. Watch how she transformed three skids and some salvaged wood into a beachy white headboard for a queen size bed (three skids are the perfect size!).
Chair Turned Bathroom Caddy
Image: Pink to Green blog (via French Charming, originally from Country Living)
This is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" ideas. Cut the seat and legs from an antique chair, use a level to make it straight, attach securely to the wall (you may need to find a stud for peace of mind) -- et voila! A DIY bathroom caddy perfect for a powder room or guest bathroom. (Hey, you might as well put it somewhere people can admire your creativity!)
Large Wooden Spool Turned Art Table/Coffee Table
I was actually inspired last night at the bus stop (in front of a condo construction project) by four large wooden spools just sitting around, just the perfect size and shape for my current coffee table conundrum. If they're still there tomorrow, I might just go back...So today I specifically searched for a photo that illustrated my dream, and wouldn't you know? Design*Sponge of course had an adorable example. Though I'm not sure if you can buy these, I bet you could scavenge one from a construction site (just ask nicely) or purchase at a salvage goods store.
Vintage Crates Turned Storage
Images: Apartment Therapy
This isn't a new idea, but it's a good one! Even Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge mentioned them in her trends video. I like these two treatments because they show two different ideas: mixing and matching crates and using the same type in a grid. Both achieve that well-worn, homey vibe with little effort.
Suitcase Turned Chair (Love!)
Seriously, isn't this amazing? People come up with the craziest things.
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