I am often amazed by the prices we are expected to pay for items for our homes. I recently spotted an entertainment center for sale on Craigslist, the title stated the original price was $4,995. Seriously you paid for a Television then went looking for something to hold it and ended up spending $5,000? So today, I would like to share some pictures of items I have found for sale in magazines given to me and tell you how you can have the same look for a fraction of the cost. I’ll start with this bench.
You can see this bench costs $800! Exactly what are we buying for this price? A few pieces of wood, some foam pieces and fabric. That’s it. I have a piece of furniture which is very similar in style to this piece. I am about to reupholster it this coming week. I will be using the existing frame, removing the broken down cushions and replacing with new ones. I will recover the entire piece with a $20 piece of drop cloth. Now if I want a design on it, which I am still considering I could use fabric paint ( a bit costly) or Sharpie markers.
Here is my loveseat how I found it, and what it looks like now that my ex broke the one side off, yes it was an accident, but I will never let him forget he broke the seating on Christmas eve.
I had 4 table legs given to me, I had these cut down and painted when finished this is what I had. Thanks to my grandson who spotted a small hole in the one back cushion, and to show me stuck his finger in a ripped a huge hole I was left with only one back cushion.
Can you see how I have the bones already if I wanted to create that $800 bench? If you aren’t happy with a piece of furniture you have, change it, you don’t need to run out and buy a new one.
This next example really is overpriced in my honest opinion. What does this look like to you?
It looks like an upholstered picnic table bench to me. Instead of spending almost $400 for a bench with a small piece of foam, fabric and a few upholstery tacks, why not check out yard sales, curbside finds or Craigslist for an old picnic table with benches. Even a new picnic table set would set you back a hundred or less from most stores. Then you can bring in one of the benches give it a bright paint job, add a piece of foam, etc and have this look for a 1/4 of the cost….and you will have an outdoor table and bench thrown in for the price. Seriously, people really pay that price for something so simple?
Now this one made me laugh, not really in a good way. Would you like to have a utensil holder that looks like a paint can with left over paint spilled down the side?
Now would you pay $19 dollars for it? Save yourself some money, if you don’t have paint cans around, just ask friends. People are always painting something and paint cans are found everywhere. Then let a bit of the leftover paint drip down the side and you have a utensil holder for ZERO cost. This isn’t exactly a look I would want in my home, but that’s not the point. The point is let’s use some creativity and find uses for what is out there in abundance rather than tossing something useful away and spending more money to buy what we could have made.
While on cans and utensil holders? Do you like this one?
I can’t imagine paying $26.50 to hold utensils to cook with. But what does this look like to you? To me it looks like a can from food with a pretty picture decoupaged on it. I don’t buy food in cans, but I do find them and make use of them. Here’s an example of a can I upcycled with some leftover free paint and a picture clipped from magazines I received that were not in good enough shape to donate.
I have also added fabric to cans, the lighter weight fabric will work better for this. They make great planters too for outside, simply add a few rocks in the bottom for drainage and set out your decorated “trash” for a pretty display for summer. Now would you pay $26.50 for that utensil holder above or would you save your money and make one for pennies?
Here is a great idea. Do you have, or have found, an old dresser recently? You really don’t want to let good furniture go to waste, but this needs some real work. You can remove the drawers, and finish off the inside of the dresser, turn it into a bookcase or display shelf. It would also work well for an island in your kitchen. Just pick up 4 casters at the hardware store that lock in place, $5 each and you have a new island. But what to do with those unwanted drawers?
Kammy at Kammy’s Korner surely thought outside the box. You can see the entire look here.
Would you have thought of making window boxes from old dresser drawers? I think these are so cute and love that an unwanted piece of furniture didn’t end up at the curb.
Let’s save our money, go ahead and look at magazines and catalogs then look around your house and see how you can create the same look for a fraction.
How have you found ways to upcycle something unneeded to something useful?