Monday, April 2, 2012

Re: Turn Tables on Trash

Reclaiming and repurposing items to give them new life and keep them out of the landfill is one of my favorite activities. It's a fun way to save money and to be earth-friendly.

My heart does a little happy dance whenever I stumble upon someone else's trash-to-treasure project. This whimsical little redo greeted me at an estate sale this weekend. Isn't it cute? (Pardon the smartphone photo quality.)

Such a simple idea. The base is a nice, recycled ceramic table lamp minus the electrical workings. The tabletop is a freshly painted picture frame with a pretty piece of scrapbook paper or wallpaper inserted under the glass.

A project like this is relatively simple to do and can be an inexpensive way to add some fun and color to an outdoor seating area or a sun room.

Here's another repurposed table from the same sale. (And, an even worse photo. Oh, my!)

Another lamp base, painted silver. The tabletop is a vintage mirror.

Don't be afraid to experiment with repurposing household items rather than putting them out to pasture. Learning to look at common items in a new way can make your life more interesting and you home decor totally unique.

Make it a great day!


  1. I also adore seeing other people's trash to treasure creations! Some show such creative, out-of-the-box thinking. I hope somebody bought these side tables so they can go on to enjoy yet another lifetime of use.

  2. Some of my favorite items are trash to treasure finds or make overs. Laura

  3. Hi Ann!

    What clever ideas! I always see so many lamps when shopping my favorite store (GW) and they would make great tables...

    Thanks for sharing this at my party this week!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

  4. I always love the recycled projects...this is a great use of lamp bases...You can never go wrong with trash to treasure...

    Have a great weekend Ann :)


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