Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tie One On! Upcycled and Repurposed Neckties



As all clothes do, neckties go in and out of style over time, so they are often donated to goodwill shops or given away to friends or family who might find a use for them. Other times, we may find ourselves the inheritor of ties when a loved one passes on. 

What do you do with those ties? Why not upcycle them into something brand new or create a unique memory craft in honor of a loved one? Check out this collection of ties that have been upcycled into unique, new items. 



Obi style belt made from recycled men's ties by Senseless Art





































Woven recycled ties chair by Peter Raphael Russo






Lampshade made from recycled neckties by Nancy Gamon
You can visit Nancy's Etsy shop here



















Fabulous woven tie memory quilt by Rayela Art



Detail of tie weaving by Rayela Art
Read the full story on this wonderful piece here








Sweet apron made from recycled neckties and fabric by Michelle Claire Textiles


















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I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase 
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Upcycled Dressers: Painted, Wallpapered, & Decoupaged


What better way to recycle an old piece of furniture than to upcycle it into something brand new? Check out these great examples from some folks who have done just that with dressers and chests of drawers. With some paint, stencils, decoupage and a little imagination, you too can create your own custom furniture masterpiece!



Painted and stenciled dressers...



Add a brightly painted showpiece
Beautiful turquoise blue painted dresser


Tree dresser by aoneko. Created with painter's masking tape.





You can never go wrong with red. I love the shiny finish. by Apartment Therapy



Billiard inspired chest





RESERVED Turquoise Lace Dresser
Turquoise with gray







Reverse stencil painted dresser with DIY instructions by Pieces of Me via flor.com



This vintage dresser was repainted a serene shade of green. by Country Living




Wallpapered dressers...

Wallpaper covered dresser by Bryoine Porter


by Bryoine Porter




Wallpapered dresser by picnicsunderthemoon




Camoflauged! 




This dresser (above and below) was etched. Awesome! via IKEA Hackers





Decoupaged dressers...


Decoupage dresser with DIY instructions by Annie Sloan




Botanical decoupage with DIY instructions from Martha




Decoupage book pages with Eiffel Tower motif. Would look great in sheet music too.



Map decoupage from Country Living



Decoupage with family photos DIY instructions from seekatesew



Yay for metallic finishes!




Chevron dresser design created with painter's masking tape. DIY by Twice Lovely




Bird and branch design dresser by chichistudio




Another variation of the popular bird & branch motif by gypsy barn




Bright & patterned = focal point of the room




Black and white





Scroll painted design



Eclectic purple




DIY instructions from janiphotography




I love this chest of drawers by junkdrawerdivas




Another great piece by junkdrawerdivas on etsy Vintage... Love the colors! (above and below)




Dresser Set




Use a vintage dresser used as a sideboard or buffet





The perfect combination: turquoise and red via etsy




Brightly painted drawers in different colors are perfect for a child's room



This ornate vintage dresser has been painted a regal shade of blue


Reclaimed wood dresser


Drawer Details....



Old car door handles and window handles as dresser drawer pulls





Wallpaper lined drawers. (This is the green dresser shown above)




Drawer lining paper (or old wall paper or fabric) isn't just for the inside bottoms of drawers. Get this look by decoupaging the paper to the sides of the drawers.


What do you think? 

Like this post? You might also enjoy: 

Fresh Ideas for Repurposing Dressers

Old Furniture Upcycled Into Dollhouses & Play Kitchens



What do you think?

I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase 
at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns