Mar 08, 2012 | Post by: janine rose
How many pairs of jeans do you own that are too old or don't fit? I know I have quite a few. What to do with those old jeans? Well, there are many options. You can make them into something new or you can donate them to the fantastic organization, Cotton.From Blue to Green. They take your old denim and turn it into insulation for houses built for Habitat for Humanity. Check out a few of my favorite denim rehabs below!
Denim Sunburst Textile Art via Belrossa
Upcycled Jeans Card Wallet via BlueDoorShoppe
Blue Denim Clutch via SaraAnneDesigns
Mar 01, 2012 | Post by: janine rose
I came across these two amazing foldable chairs at a thrift shop and instantly fell in love with them. I had never seen anything like them before and I couldn't figure out how to unfold them. After playing with them for 10 minutes and feeling like a complete moron, I turned them upside down I found out they were Leg-o-Matic chairs which had directions on how to open and close them and were stamped with the date JUN 1962. I didn't know anything about them, but I knew I had to have them. So, in 90 degree heat I carried these babies home and did some research.
These chairs were manufactured by the Leg-o-Matic Company which produced folding tables and chairs from the 1940's until the 1970's and were heavily used in Airstream Trailers for their ease of storage. I just love the look and fun folding nature off them. If you are interested in getting your hands on some Leg-o-Matic's, they sometimes pop up on eBay and Etsy and I have seen them at a couple of flea markets.
For this tutorial, I show the process of re-doing the fabric on one chair, but did both. I decided to re-cover the seat pads with one of my favorite fabric designer's, Jessica Jones of How About Orange
, Outside Olso Picket Dust fabric
for a fresh rehab.
Feb 29, 2012 | Post by: janine rose
Let's face it, stylish, fun and colorful rugs are ridiculously expensive. I have a boring plain rug I bought from IKEA years ago, little did I know with some inspiration, imagination and some paint, I could have a high-end looking one of a kind rug!
So take that boring rug or piece of plywood (how cool?!), go to your local flooring store for some highly discounted remnants, or check the thrift store and craigslist and get to painting your rugs! Check out the following for some great DIY painted rug ideas.
Stenciled Circle Rug Tutorial via tatertots & jello
An Ikea Rug Makeover via a little bite of everything
Painted Striped Rug via jandjhome
DIY Chevron Rug via Cape27
Plywood Rug via Sugar Bee Crafts
Pink Geometric Painted Rug via adventures of an almost 40 year old intern
Adventures in Rug Painting via BirdHouse
Renew a Rug via La Factoria Plastica
Jan 30, 2012 | Post by: janine rose
We all have way too many T-shirts lying around that we don't wear because they are out of style, don't fit well, or we should have never bought in the first place (or grabbed at that charity event)
Don't throw them away, no matter how bad you think they are. You can donate them to your local thrift shop, someone will appreciate them, OR you can turn them into something completely new and fun!
Have any great recycled T-shirt tips? Share them in the comment section below!
t-shirt pom poms tutorial via Craftaholics Anonymous
Dec 01, 2011 | Post by: janine rose
I always love Tanya at Dans le Townhouse'
s projects. She upcycled two old estate sale frames, added some scrap silk & batting and framed two vintage bakelite brooches. Check out her beautifully detailed DIY Framed Bakelite Brooch post
Nov 28, 2011 | Post by: janine rose
I am completely in love with this suitcase table I made. I found a great vintage suitcase at a flea market & mid-century modern legs on eBay. Added some hardware and a piece of wood and out came this great table! This piece is fairly easy to make and can be also used for storage!
Nov 11, 2011 | Post by: janine rose
Don't have a lot of money, but want some interesting wall art? Check out the following DIYS made from paper towel and toilet paper rolls that you would normally recycle. Add a little glue and paint and you are done!
The Art of the Toilet Paper Roll via Just a Girl
Oct 30, 2011 | Post by: janine rose
I have been recently scoping out file cabinets at Goodwill and after checking out these great file cabinet rehabs, I am definitely going to pick one up. Have a boring grey one lying around? Check out the following photos, DIYS and tutorials for inspiration!
via house of sarager
Sep 06, 2011 | Post by: janine rose
I am in love with this herringbone wood dining table. Photographer Sarah Summers and her father modified an old door into a custom herringbone top dining table using repurposed ash wood strips. Check out her beautiful tutorial for detailed instructions with gorgeous before and after photos.