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Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Guest Post: DIY Ideas to Freshen Your Throwaway Furniture

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Hi Everyone! We know you may be over here shopping for new furniture, but here at Design Public, we love to mix old and new. So while you peruse for the perfect wallpaper or a new big boy bed, consider pieces you may already own to go with them. Here’s Alex Levin , a writer for Granite Transformations (a green remodeling company that advances sustainable construction practices reducing waste and recycling, such as using broken Skyy vodka bottles to make countertops), with some helpful hints about how to re-use and repurpose. take it away Alex!


In today’s economy, replacing outdated, broken or just plain ugly furniture isn’t always affordable. Furthermore, tossing old furniture also costs the earth. Learn to look beyond the finish of a piece of furniture to reveal the construction, design and material underneath. Here are some ideas to get your started.
Potential Projects:
Lightening up old pieces: Worried that your dark brown antique buffet table will look out of place in your new home – but you love the shape? Paint it a bright bold color that will play off other items in the room and throughout  your home.
Freshen up a wardrobe: Strip, sand and paint one white for child’s room. Add funky hardware (knobs and pulls can be changed out as your kids grow up).
Reupholster a sofa or chairs: Choose a fabric you like, and find a matching glossy paint for the wood frame and legs. You’ll need ribbon and adhesive glue to keep it in place, upholstery tacks and a staple gun.
Wooden tables, desks and cupboards. Whether you want to paint or sand down to restore the original finish is up to you. Kitchen cupboards gain a whole new lease of life through simple repainting, while desks can look completely
different through a coat of gloss and a new stencil design.
Getting Started
1. Evaluate your existing furniture. Make necessary repairs; fix wobbly legs, fill cracks, and take care of any other structural problems.
2. Look at the finish. Assess if you need to strip and sand before refinishing/painting.
3. Gather supplies. Round up everything from the dust cover to protect the floor to the paintbrush. You may need to purchase a few safety items, like gloves and goggles.
4. Choose a workspace. Factor in the weather, ventilation, and upcoming  in-law visits.
Upcycling: Repurpose an Old Item  to Make Something New
Here are a few ideas:
  • Place an old door atop two filing cabinets to create a hard-working desk.
  • Turn plastic bottles into chandeliers
  • Make an Adirondack chair from old baseball bats
  • Turn an iron into a bedside lamp for a unique retro look
  • Transform a clawfoot bathtub into a sofa
  • Turn a discarded dishwasher drum into a modern coffee table
Refurbishing old furniture is easier than you think, and is also a lot of fun. A few quick fixes can help your inherited old pieces fit into contemporary surroundings, save you cash and save the planet.
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Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Designer Interviews: Thomas Wold

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Thomas Wold Mushroom Coffee Table

I had the chance to catch up with Thomas Wold, who goes WAY back with this company, last week for another site I write for, and I wanted to share the interview with you in case you didn’t see it. Thomas is just such an amazingly creative dude, and one of the nicest coolest people around. These images are of some of his pieces that we sell here (click on the images to link to how to buy them if you’re interested). The interview is here.

Thomas Wold Block Party Book Case

Thomas Wold Block Party Credenza

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Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Reclaiming and Repurposing

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Today’s flickr fave comes from our industrious and creative pal, furniture designer Thomas Wold. Thomas collects and reassembles cabinetry and other furniture and creates spectacular assemblages. I’m especially loving the mix of colors and shapes in this one, and the fact that I can squint at the picture and get a peek at what else is going on in Thomas’s studio and try to guess what’s coming next!

thomas wold-rock candy

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Organization Tuesday: Stashing Garden Supplies

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For this week’s organizing tip I turned to Laura Marsden, a member of our Design Public Team, for some help. She has all kinds of great ways of stashing necessities all over her home, and one of my favorites is how she stashes her yard stuff – it’s so clever and cute, and it’s a great way to repurpose something that might have become junk. Check it out:

Out in the garden – Our garden is a bit far from the garage or the house.  We painted and mounted an old mail box to store things that you often need but don’t want to carry back and forth – garden gloves, pruning shears, watering nozzles, spare seeds…

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Green Idea of the Week: Coffee Bag Chic

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Sometimes we design bloggers get worn out. We look at so much design all day that it takes a lot to impress us; sometimes nothing seems new. Sometimes I think if I hear “Hollywood Glamour” or “Brooklyn Modern” one more time I might just throw up, and those are two styles I actually like.

Then there are some times when you go on a virtual house tour that gets you really buzzing with excitement again. This was the case when I saw Alysia’s Treehouse by the Lake on Apartment Therapy L.A. Alysia’s decorating philosophy was inspired by The Recycled Home by Sally Bailey. She begged, borrowed, swapped and repurposed. One of the best results was this ottoman she reupholstered with an old coffee bean sack a local roaster gave her.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

See the entire house tour here.

images via Apartment Therapy L.A.

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