{reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose}

November 15 is America Recycles Day – a wonderful reminder to all of us that we should be doing our part to help keep Mother Earth beautiful and healthy. So this week, and every week, just remember to reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose!

Repurposing old and outdated furniture is a simple way to help reduce landfill waste and cut down on the carbon footprint required to make and ship new furniture. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

Kim Yeager, founder and principal of Lark Nest Design, refurbishes decor and furniture for clients here in the Twin Cities. She recently hosted some seminars for Hirshfield’s on best practices for refinishing furniture. Some of her tips include:

  • You can paint metal: You can paint metal, just make sure to prime the surface first!
  • The more you sand, the better you’ll get: The more you sand, the more you’ll pick up a technique. You don’t want to sand so deeply that you go beyond the top layer of wood. Learning how your sander handles will also help you when you “distress” painted objects.
  • Don’t take shortcuts: If a piece has hardware or drawers, remove them entirely for prep and painting. Because these areas get a lot of use, they are ripe for eventual paint flaking. Sand drawer edges carefully so the old paint is gone before applying new. Two coats of sealer should give the drawers “armor” for future use.

Read more of Kim’s tips here.

Now that you’ve got the basics, here are some of our favorite repurposed projects from around the web!

Old drawers as shelves via RemodelAholic.

repurposed furniture

RemodelAholic

Old door turned coffee table via DIY Network.

repurposed furniture

DIY Network

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{kim yeager’s inspiration rubs off on roseville}

I have been taking a lot of side roads to work lately, as 35W has been a parking lot in the mornings. One morning I passed a house and there was a piece of furniture at the end of the driveway. I thought nothing of it. The next day I drove past the same house and it was still there. This time, I slowed to look at the item. It was intriguing. It wasn’t until I saw Kim Yeager’s presentation on the Art of Junk that I realize..I needed that old TV stand.

The next morning, Shop at Home employees, Dawn and Emily, went to pick up the piece, and both were a little nervous as they have never picked up treasures off the curb. They went up to the door and asked the homeowner if they could have it. He was more than happy to see it go and probably had a good laugh watching them load it into the vehicle.

Once back at the showroom, we consulted with Ashley, the store manager of Rosedale, what prep we needed to get our new stand ready to be painted. He recommended a light sanding with fine sandpaper and Wil-Bond to help clean the piece. Typically with Wil-Bond, you are to top coat within a half an hour, but Emily and I didn’t realize that the odor was going to be so strong. We eventually stopped using the Wil-Bond and wiped the furniture piece down with a clean rag. I’d suggest using the Kleanstrip Deglosser which we now carry in the stores.

Next step, prime. Ashley primed the piece outside using B-i-n Shellac-Based spray primer. Once primed and dried we were on to the fun part; the transformation. Picking out a color was actually easier than any of us expected. We looked at a few paint samples (lime green, purples and teals) and realized we were drawn towards blue-greens. We chose Hirshfield’s 0683 Joyful Tears. It was intense enough, but not too dark. The product used was Hirshfield’s Heavy Duty Eggshell. We were so happy with the color, that we were nervous to apply the finishing top coats for fear that we would mess it up. But then we remembered that this is just paint and if we didn’t like the finished look, we could always paint over it.

We chose to dry brush a brown color (Hirshfield’s 0557 Evermore to be exact) over the top of the paint. After we dry brushed the brown, we used a cotton rag and took off some of the brown paint. This helped to create a vintage feel to the piece. After the brown came the finishing touch…metallic! I believe that every painted piece of furniture deserves a little metal to help finish it off. We used Modern Masters color Antique Bronze. We used the same technique as the brown for applying the color. Instead of applying the metallic everywhere, we highlighted the wood detailing on the doors and applied some metallic to the edges of the piece. And believe it or not, the hardware is the original hardware from the piece. We are all in love with our new piece! One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!

Submitted by Shannon Scarrella, Hirshfield’s Shop at Home

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