Budget Blues;Renew, Reuse, Recycle and Other Ways to Decorate

OK, We’ve talked about furnishing your home with other people’s junk.  You know, the one man’s junk is another man’s treasure approach, but there are so many other, inexpensive ways to creatively decorate your home.

My daughter took a pretty worthless picture from a fabulous frame and  replaced it with a mirror.  Then, instead of heading to home depot to get a cabinet for her bathroom sink, We hit the second hand stores and found an old dresser with lots of counter and drawer space.  We bought a sink and cut a hole in the top of the dresser to fit it.  Our plumber was amused, but added fixtures and connected the pipes. I love the results.

Another approach to decorating is to do it yourself.  I found a website I  like that helps you build the furniture you can’t afford.They sell plans for furniture similar to what you would find in catalogues like Pottery Barn and you can build the pieces yourself at a fraction of the price www.knock-offwood.com. Love the stuff.

I took a different approach to the same idea.  I found a piece in the Sundance Catalogue made from Chicken Coops.   I brought the picture to a woodworking class at my son’s school and asked them to build it for me.  I purchased the necessary supplies and made a donation to the school. (I’d really prefer to give them my money anyway) , I now own the piece, signed by the artists, my son and his classmates.  It’s exactly what I wanted.

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