Jenn completed several projects from the day she rummaged through the family “collection room.” Here are her ideas:
Window Side Table– an old wood window will make unique end table simply by attaching pre-made table legs. Table legs can be purchased from any home improvement store for around $10 a piece, or simply remove the legs from an old table and recycle. Clean the window with soap, water and a scrub brush, sand any rough edges and attach the legs following the manufacturer’s directions. Add paint or embellishments if desired. Our Studio 5 table was embellished with designs cut from vintage sheet music. Spray adhesives was used to adhere the music to the glass.
Grandma’s Apron– repurpose grandma’s old house coat into a stylish apron. Free apron patterns can be found at www.freeneedle.com. For a special touch, enlarge and photocopy an old recipe onto fabric paper (available at Joann’s Craft) and attach recipe to the front of the new apron.
Tennis Racket Message Center– Turn an old racket into a message center by cutting a piece of plywood the same shape as the center of the racket. Spray board with chalkboard paint. Adhere the board to the tennis racket strings using a strong adhesive, such as liquid nails. Tie a piece of chalk to the racket and add a few old drawer pulls or hooks to hang keys, etc.
Finial Book End– Attach an old finial to a piece of pre-cut craft wood (purchased at Michaels Crafts for 60 cents) Paint wood, and you have an instant bookend or table top décor.
Miscellaneous– Old trays, chair parts can be combined to make fun snack trays. Look for different uses with the items you discover during your fall cleaning. An old vent makes a great twine or yarn dispenser, and an old gunny sack, cleaned and stitch on a purchased throw pillow, creates a one of a kind conversation piece.
Studio 5 Contributor Jennifer Heslop loves turning trash into treasure. She is handy with a hammer, and has a knack for saving a dime by doing it yourself! If you have questions for Jenn, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org