Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Repurposed Furniture

Rescued Furniture for Yard Decor


Did you ever pass by a curbside item that you just cannot resist?  Well, those who know me often wonder...Where did you find that?...How did you get that home?  My response is:  Where there’s a will, there’s a way.  All items pictured below were rescued or gifted to me.  My friend’s often tell me that I can always find a use for their unwanted items.


Rescued, repurposed or gifted pieces for my winter garden vignette.  Gifted lamp from Kiegan, recycled wire form lamp shade, recycled yellow prisms, repurposed antique mirror from my grandma’s attic, rescued 1960s sewing table cabinet, revived vintage chair, rescued & repainted mini garden bed, blown glass Christmas garland.















Most of the items are curbside beauties rescued on different days.  Saved the pieces until the time was right.  Fall in Chicago is the perfect time for painting my larger pieces - not too hot & not too cold.

Paint is my best friend!  I found some blue & yellow paint in my garage & starting painting.  Remember to lightly sand your pieces first, I choose to hand sand versus mechanical sanding & I prefer to use “Two in One” paint with primer in it.  You can always use a separate primer, but I choose to skip the task of priming separately.  Two coats of boho chic blue paint, bold yellow paint, and a darker blue paint was applied to each piece.  Red and yellow accents were added for pops of color.  Red paint revived a bean pot lamp.  The vintage metal form lampshade was updated with yellow prisms.


In Spring, plants will be added to the garden “bed”.  I never worry about my outdoor vignette items becoming dirty, besides my multi-generational squirrels don’t seem to mind!

















These bright boho chic blue furniture pieces will add visual interest in our bleak, cold Chicago winters. In spring, colorful Coleus plants will be added to the bed. Keep scrounging and always think outside the box.  Visit my shops at CasaKarmaDecor.zibbet.com & CasaKarmaDecor.etsy.com. My son, Max, is a recycling & repurposing guru, too.  Visit MaxsUniquities.etsy.com for unique man cave decor, masculine finds, repurposed items, vintage finds.

Keep scrounging,
Scrounge Hound

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Chair is More Than Just a Chair!

When is a chair more than just a chair?  


My love for chairs continues.  Chairs seem to cross my path in many ways.  My latest vintage mini-chair was purchased from WhiskeysWhims.etsy.com and is my personal favorite!  I came across this adorable, rustic, boho chic chair and just had to have it.

When is a chair more than just a chair?  Look closely at top photo...the chair seems to be suspended in mid-air.  It is not really suspended in mid-air, keep reading to find out a unique way to display chairs.  My outdoor chair collection has grown so much that I have begun my indoor collection of smaller sized vintage chairs or vintage mini-chairs   Wooden chairs are my favorite, wood is much warmer than metal.  A time-worn chair has plenty of scuffs, chippy paint, fabulous patina.  Oh, the stories a vintage chair could tell.



My latest small vintage chair.
 Rustic, boho chic chair purchased at 
WhiskeysWhims.etsy.com



Think outside the box when displaying chairs.   In the background of top photo there are wall displayed vintage mini-chairs in graduated sizes. The bottom two wooden chairs were my daughter's and I swiped them from her.  She sacrificed her small wooden chairs for the sake of art.  Can't just have one chair displayed on the wall, the other chairs may get lonely.  Collections have more impact and are more appealing when grouped together with similar items.  

How did I hang the chair?  Fishing wire.  Yep, I said fishing wire and is my best friend when hanging lighter weight items. 17-pound test fishing wire was used to display the chair.  The chair has been strategically wrapped in fishing line, making it nearly impossible to see the filament.   Clever idea.



Small vintage chair appears

 to be suspended in mid-air 
amidst my decor.


Keep scrounging and keep the earth green by rescuing a vintage chair.  Add a little love, ingenuity and paint to revive an old chair.  One can NEVER have too many chairs!

Until next time, 

Scrounge Hound