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 

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

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


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? 

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Fresh Ideas for Repurposing Dressers

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What do you think?

I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase