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Refurbishing old furniture

 
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One of the time sucks that has kept me from permies over this last year was finally tiling my room.  It seemed a waste to get rid of the nasty old carpet and then bring back in the tired old collection of cast offs that has accumulated over longer than my adult life span.  

I accumulated most of this because I need and use it all. Pulling the old carpet became a several month process of me using every spare moment to refurbish every piece in my room. I feel like the end result is better than the furniture looked new, and I even have some pictures to prove it.

I know I am not the only one doing things like this, but somehow we're not talking about it in the forum. I'm going to take some time showing off.  Feel free to chime in with your own creations.

 
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Okay, here's the promised pictures.   Next projects are reuholstery in the living room.  That will be a learning experience.
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One view of the new look
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Another view
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Upholstered back to cover hole for tv and added a shelf for more storage
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Original finish of purple armoire
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Original finish of cabin bed
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6 dollars at goodwill. Copper guilt to hide the hole drilled in the top. Mirrored subway tile to replace broken mirror with bigger and better. Now it stores my art supplies.
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Painted over a ugly goodwill canvas and hung curtains to replace bifold doors in closet. Curtains in other doorway are a good sound barrier from the rest of the house.
 
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Oh, the little purple cabinet started white with frosted glass and tiny hardware.  I lined the glass door with decorative paper, replaced the tiny hardware with larger knobs from another piece of furniture.   The copper detail on the drawer is an old experiment where I crotcheted one coaster out of copper jewlery wire. I just threaded the knob through it.
 
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Very nice.  I like doing projects like that when I had someplace to put them.

My little house has all it can hold so I enjoy looking at what others have accomplished.

I also like to do upholstery. I have in the past reupholstered two couches.

I am looking forward to seeing  what others have done.
 
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Beautiful!!
 
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