Trash to Treasure Makeover Photos

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    Cabinet Before and After

    A Charitable Makeover Project Cabinet Transformation for Charity. - Rose Wilde

    Turning Junk Into Beautiful and Fun Things

    Turning trash into treasure is the ultimate in recycling, and clever folks around the country are doing just that. These makeover photos are proof that one man's trash is indeed another man's treasure!

     

    Submitted by: Rose Wilde, Missouri

    From Rose Wilde: "Just wanted to post this photo of my favorite trash to treasure project. I was sent this dilapidated old cabinet to refinish for a project where all proceeds would go to a Habitat for Humanity...MORE donation. Very satisfying project and fun to do."

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    Tealight Chandelier

    Tealight Chandelier. Submitted by: Nancy, Los Angeles

    Submitted by: Nancy, Los Angeles

    Nancy found this light fixture discarded on the sidewalk. She pulled out the electrical wiring, stripped, sanded, primed and painted it. With a little elbow grease, she was able to get the glass bowls looking good too. Now that it's reassembled and outfitted with tea lights, it can be used indoors or outside on the patio.

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    Belt Buckle Necklace

    Belt Buckle Necklace. Submitted by: Dotty Stringfield, Texas

    Submitted by: Dotty Stringfield, Texas

    For this elegant necklace, Dotty used an interesting 4" vintage mother-of-pearl belt buckle found in a little out-of-the-way antique shop as the centerpiece. She secured it to the beaded necklace with a little loop of pearls. Opalescent pink glass beads, imitation pearls, goldtone filigree metal beads and vintage Aurora Borealis glass beads completed her pretty design.

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    Norma Jean Dresser

    Submitted by: Rose Wilde, Missouri

    Rose has a patent pending for the technique (Wood Icing) she used to refinish this lovely dresser. She purchased this piece in poor condition at a thrift store for $12.50 specifically to enter in a faux finishing contest in which the finished product took first prize. Rose named this impressive dressing table "Norma Jean." To learn more about her products, visit the Wood Icing website.

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    Meerschaum Pipe Necklace

    Meerschaum Pipe Necklace. Submitted by: Dinah Taylor, New York

    Submitted by: Dinah Taylor, New York

    Dinah found this broken Meerschaum pipe with a wonderful twin horse carving in an auction box lot. She decided to salvage it by attaching it to sterling sliver collar after adding 14 karat gold beads and crystal beads in amethyst, teal blue and green. What a great way to keep a lovely decorative piece out of the trash heap!

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    Deco-Style Necklace

    Deco-Style Necklace. Submitted by: Dotty Stringfield, Texas

    Submitted by: Dotty Stringfield, Texas

    Dotty says she loves using "found" items in jewelry design. For this necklace, she employed a 2" pierced metal sew-on trim piece with a black and silvertone deco design found in a batch of "junque" jewelry she purchased from an individual. Red and black vintage glass beads were recycled to echo the deco pattern of the centerpiece. A great way to save a piece of vintage scrap from the landfill!

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    Washtub Fish Pond

    Fish Pond Washtub
    Washtub Fish Pond. Submitted by: Bernadette Cardwell, New Jersey

    Submitted by: Bernadette Cardwell, New Jersey

    Bernadette's neighbors put this old washer on the curb for trash, luckily she saw it and moved it to her backyard. It has been a planter and an ice bucket, but now it is a fish pond. Love the paint job!

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    Silverware Bracelet

    Silverware Bracelet. Submitted by: Lindy Buren, Iowa

    Submitted by: Lindy Buren, Iowa

    Old silverware has now become silver "wear" ... Lindy says to ask grandma or mom for silver flatwear they are tired of polishing. She cut off the spoon/fork end with a hacksaw, drilled a hole in each end, attached jumprings, charms and a fastener, (after bending it around a pipe) and on the wrist it went! Lindy says everyone just loves this bracelet.

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    Thrift Store Accent Table

    Thrift Store Accent Table. Submitted by: Kimberly Hunt, Nebraska

    Submitted by: Kimberly Hunt, Nebraska

    Kimberly enjoys painting on things she picks up for a few dollars at second hand stores and thrift shops. This is a coffee table that was worse for wear until she sanded, primed and painted it, which resulted in a lovely accent piece.

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    Old Window Makeover

    Old Window Makeover. Submitted by: Sandy Galloway, Kentucky

    Submitted by: Sandy Galloway, Kentucky

    Sandy found this old window at a peddlers mall. She says the ideas she had for it were endless, but she decided to attach some old forks given to her by her mother-in-law, and add greenery and fruit to decorate it. Sandy says, "I'm so happy with the way it turned out!"

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    Painted Baseball

    Painted Baseball. Submitted by: Eve Hughes, Mississippi

    Submitted by: Eve Hughes, Mississippi

    Being a lover of "junk" makeovers, Eve decided to take an ordinary baseball and paint it with patio paint available at any craft store. Afterward, she sprayed it with a couple of coats of clear finish and glued on some pieces of broken jewelry for the antenna. She thinks it looks cute tucked under a plant outside in the yard. So do we!

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    Colorful Painted Chair

    Submitted by: Shannon Cauble, Texas.

    Submitted by: Shannon Cauble, Texas.

    This was an old chair that was given to Shannon. She based coated it white and added detail to it using acrylic craft paints for her daughter's bright, garden themed room. She loves the way it turned out!

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    Cracklin Rose Dressing Table

    Cracklin Rose Dressing Table. Submitted by: Rose Wilde, Missouri

    Submitted by: Rose Wilde, Missouri

    This is another one of Rose's resale shop finds she purchased for $45. Someone had attempted to refinish it but ruined it in the process. She replaced the knobs with wonderful Rose designed handles as shown in the inset photo detailing the finish. She achieved this attractive "Cracklin Rose" design using her Wood Icing product.

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    Dumpster Chair

    Dumpster Chair. Submitted by: Kathleen Rohrbach, Pennsylvania

    Submitted by: Kathleen Rohrbach, Pennsylvania

    Kathleen pulled this horrible looking rocking chair (top photos) out of a dumpster. Everyone thought she was crazy, but she definitely saw potential. Five months later, after stripping it down and convincing her husband to help her sand a bit, she brought the wonderful tiger maple wood back to life and she reupholstered the chair (bottom photos). It turned out beautifully. As a bonus, there was a date of 4-17-1916 chalked onto the inside of the side...MORE rail of the chair. Kathleen couldn't be more happy with her dumpster find!

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    Speaker Planter

    Speaker Planter. Submitted by: Diane Gream, Louisiana

    Submitted by: Diane Gream, Louisiana

    Diane's friends often give her their castoffs because they know she likes to turn trash into treasures. Diane took this old stero speaker, removed the "guts" and added some old legs off of another "trash" item. Then she covered the sides with an attractive wallpaper border, covered the top with a 99 cent wooden tray painted to match and a put a flower pot in the speaker hole. Can you say unique?

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    Glass Mirror Cross

    Glass Mirror Cross. Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Here's something else Melody made from scraps. She took an old mirror that someone had given her and cut it up into strips. She layered them with heavy duty two-way adesive tape like they use to hang things on walls. Displaying it on a plate holder was a great idea too!

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    Brass Trumpet Wall Vase

    Brass Trumpet Wall Vase. Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Here Melody salvaged an old trumpet and turned it upside down to use as a wall vase. She notes that everyone loves this idea since any old horn will do!

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    Crackle Finish Potato Bin

    Crackle Finish Potato Bin. Submitted by: Maggie Palmer, Washington

    Submitted by: Maggie Palmer, Washington

    Maggie bought bought this potato bin at a local thrift shop for $14. It was rather ordinary looking so she crackle painted it with a gray base and white topcoat and decoupaged a pretty poster to the front. It turned out just the way she had envisioned it!

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    Tin Wall Pocket

    Tin Wall Pocket. Submitted by: Lindy Buren, Iowa

    Submitted by: Lindy Buren, Iowa

    This tin wall pocket was made by Lindy's husband after she gave him a few instructions. Instead of wiring the two pieces of tin together, he riveted them. This has been on Lindy's wall for a year and she likes it so much she's having a hard time thinking about taking it down for Christmas.

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    Window Bar

    Window Bar. Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Here, antiques windows Melody found in her old homestead barn, thick dowel rods and a glass top were used to make a very functional bar for her home. What a great idea!

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    Refurbished Door

    Refurbished Door. Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Using an old door she took out of her barn, Melody painted it three colors: green, teal and white. She sanded it down and then installed a mirror and put blue tiles around the edge. She says that everyone loves the way this door looks in her home. Melody also took an antique horn, which belonged to her husband as a boy, and made a vase to hang on her crafty creation.

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    Headboard Display

    Headboard Display. Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Melody used an antique headboard and mirror on top of a cabinet made of old windows to make a display for her shop. She painted it white and sanded down all the edges to give it a shabby chic look. How lovely!

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    Patriotic Chair

    Patriotic Chair. Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    This attractive patriotic piece started with a chair Melody actually pulled out of the dump. She painted it red, added some vibrant fabric and definitely turned another man's trash into some very special treasure.

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    Seashell Mirror

    Seashell Mirror. Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Melody made this pretty mirror using seashells she collected over the years. She glued each one individually to plywood and then applied a coat of lacquer to hold them in place. She then added a mirror to the back secured with mirror hooks. Easy, fun and charming!

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    Window Table

    Window Table. Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Submitted by: Melody Erbaugh, Indiana

    Melody also uses old windows to make tables. Adding a simple skirt around the edge of the window, some fancy legs to hold it up and a coat of paint makes a lovely occasional piece.

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    Animal Print Footstool

    Animal Print Footstool. Submitted by: Pamela Wiggins, Texas

    Submitted by: Pamela Wiggins, Texas

    This footstool was purchased at an estate sale for 50 cents. I invested in enough frabric to cover the extremely worn upholstery using a heavy duty stapler to tack it in place. I also removed the very worn wooden legs and painted them black. I loved the way this piece turned out, and the way it looks in my bedroom.

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    Desk/Chest Makeover

    Desk/Chest Makeover. Submitted by: Carol Suthers, Missouri

    Submitted by: Carol Suthers, Missouri

    Purchased for around $25 at an auction, this fold down desk/chest combination was refurbished with a wide self-adhesive wallpaper border surrounded by antiqued white wooden trim. The inside of the desk cubby and drawers are lined with a blue and white pinstripe wallpaper "for a neat look."

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    Gibson Girl Chest of Drawers

    Gibson Girl Chest of Drawers. Submitted by: Carol Suthers, Missouri

    Submitted by: Carol Suthers, Missouri

    Another inexpensive auction buy, this 1940s chest of drawers features a Gibson Girl style print decoupaged in the wooden medallion area. A set of crystal drawer pulls replaced a metal set, which was missing two pulls. A thick piece of glass tops the piece to make it functional.

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    Sleep Tight Child's Chair

    Sleep Tight Child's Chair. Submitted by: Kay Sears, Massachusetts

    Submitted by: Kay Sears, Massachusetts

    This chair was purchased at an auction in rather bad condition with a deep black stain and a few bangs and nicks. Kay applied a sealer and a couple of coats of a semi-gloss blue and then added her hand painted designs. She says the child that now owns it won't sit in another chair!

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    Painted Chest Makeover

    Painted Chest Makeover. Submitted by: Diane Gream, Louisiana

    Submitted by: Diane Gream, Louisiana

    Again, this was something a friend of Diane's was throwing out in the trash, an old wooden chest of drawers. The drawers were missing, but the solid wood frame was still good. She took the top drawer divider out and made the space below into shelves. Inexpensive screen doors were added to the front along with a little hand painting . A great look for very little money!

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    School Chair Makeover

    School Chair Makeover. Submitted by: Kay Sears, Massachusetts

    Submitted by: Kay Sears, Massachusetts

    Kay purchased this old school chair, along with a few others, at a yard sale. She spray painted the background and free hand painted the colorful designs for a charming result.

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    Ceiling Tile Art

    Ceiling Tile Art. Submitted by: Diane Gream, Louisiana

    Submitted by: Diane Gream, Louisiana

    For this easy project, Diane used 2' X 2' tin ceiling tiles that she picked up at a flea market for $10. After cleaning them up she painted and framed them. She says, "Paint is the magic" that made these so attractive.

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    Ceiling Tile Planter

    Ceiling Tile Planter. Submitted by: Lindy Buren, Iowa

    Submitted by: Lindy Buren, Iowa

    Some silver ceiling tin tiles were given to Lindy for Christmas by a contractor that knew she loved junk. She didn't have enough tiles to line a ceiling, so she's been using them for projects instead. This piece was made with an old barn window, tin tile and the lumber from an old screen door. Lindy uses this attractive planter outside in the summer and inside in the winter.

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    White Door Bench Makeover

    White Door Bench Makeover. Submitted by: Brenda Weber, Minnesota

    Submitted by: Brenda Weber, Minnesota

    Brenda's cleverness in transforming discards to useable furnishings abounds. From adorning shelves with rusty garden tools to sprucing up average wall hooks with sparkling chandelier prisms to this great hall bench made from an old door. Good work!

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    Trash to Treasure Houses

    Trash to Treasure Houses. Submitted by: Joanne Galley

    Submitted by: Joanne Galley

    Joanne found a number of display toppers at the dump and couldn't pass them by. She set four of the pieces together to make a square and used one for the roof to form these great decorative garden houses. The "cap" on top made a great chimney. Each 4-foot high house is decorated in a different theme, with gems on the curtains of one house and a diamond shaped mirror on the door. The pink one even has a clothesline with little clothes pinned on the line....MORE Very cute!

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    Headboard Bench Makeover

    Bed Bench - Trash to Treasure
    Bed Bench - Trash to Treasure. Submitted by - F. Huffman, Indiana

    Submitted by: F. Huffman, Indiana

    This bed once belonged to the aunt of the new owner's husband. The railings were lost over the years, but she loved it the workmanship so much she felt it was well worth transforming the piece into a new family heirloom.

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    Curbing Trash to Treasures

    Submitted by: Brenda and Laraine, Illinois

    Submitted by: Brenda and Laraine, Illinois

    Brenda and Laraine have a pastime the like to call "curbing." That is, they hit the streets looking for things that have been kicked to the curb that they can make over. In fact, the dynamic duo completely redid Laraine's basement with their curbing finds. Kudos to these clever ladies!

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    Trash to Treasure Projects

    Trash to Treasure Projects. Submitted by: Sally Van Nuys-Brown, Ohio

    Submitted by: Sally Van Nuys-Brown, Ohio

    Sally owns Old Town Amherst Antiques & Folk Art, and judging by her makeover photos it must be a wonderful shop. The photo on the left shows decorative hot pads and coasters she hooked using rug scraps and an old coat of her mother's. The shelf was made using old shutters from a cottage in Maine strapped together with metal strips and painted crackle green before adding mirror accents. The entire project cost Sally less than $35 and it looks...MORE wonderful.