Without a doubt, kitchens and bathrooms sell houses so when we were thinking of selling our house a kitchen renovation was a must! Unfortunately, the previous owner of our house didn’t think that way. Below is the actual real estate picture of how the kitchen looked before I bought the house!
The kitchen sported the original 80’s builder cabinets with some improvisation on the part of the previous owner. For instance, see that cabinet holding the toaster oven? It looked like something that had been dragged in from the curb. Not that there’s anything wrong with upcyling (it’s what Birdz of a Feather thrive on!), but it didn’t even have a proper countertop – just a grungy piece of painted plywood.
The counter space was about the size of a postage stamp (between the sink and stove and beside the fridge). It was hardly a kitchen you’d enjoy cooking in!
If you’ve ever wondered what to do with that one last bloom from the garden as Fall sets in, grab an ink stamp holder the next time you’re out hunting for those vintage treasures. I can promise this will be the fastest, easiest and cutest 5 minute project you’ll ever do!
We were on the way back from a rare Saturday appointment when we stopped in at our favourite antique market much later than we would usually go. When you snooze you lose, but in this instance the timing was perfect because we probably would have overlooked this piece had we gotten there earlier!
I didn’t know what I was going to do with the ink stamp stand until about 2 seconds after I purchased it. Inspiration didn’t take long to hit!
With the weather transitioning, our guitar planter can be displayed outdoors while the weather is still nice and then brought inside to enjoy until next Spring! We first saw a guitar planter in 2012 while vacationing in Florida when we visited the botanical gardens in Naples. It was like any traditional botanical garden until we came upon a stunning vignette in the Smith Children’s Garden. It featured planters made of items from garage sales, thrift stores and donations to show that expensive flower pots and a lot of space is not needed to have a garden.
This was very much up our alley: repurposing items into planters to save them from going to a landfill! The guitar planter left a lasting impression on both of us. Thinking back, it’s probably where my adoration for succulents started to turn into more of an obsession!
Recently Hubs came across this abandoned guitar. He’s the best ‘Partner in Grime’ a girl could ever ask for: always bringing me other people’s discarded items!
This guitar was beyond saving as an instrument but absolutely perfect to use as our first victim (I intend to make another one after working out some of the kinks on this one).
In a previous iteration of this retro filing cabinet, I had fun turning it into a planter. There’s nothing I won’t turn into a planter, as our phone booth and bathroom light fixture planter projects will attest. Today’s post is a quick one to show you how Hubs made over the filing cabinet for his mancave.
Retro Filing Cabinet Find
We often upcycle roadside rescues, but It’s amazing what you can find left behind inside a rented or newly purchased house. My brother-in-law used to sublet parts of his house and over the years many people came and went…. and abandoned their stuff in various rooms. When he finally moved out of the house himself, he wanted to leave a clean slate which meant completely clearing it of years of accumulation from past renters. Hubs jumped at the opportunity to reclaim this old filing cabinet before it would have hit the curb on moving day. He didn’t know at the time where we’d ever have room for it but he grabbed it anyway.
We thought these teak chairs were beautiful as they were so instead of making them over, we gave them a ‘makeunder’!
You know, the funny thing about DIY projects is that they somehow beget another one – often right on the heels of the project you’re working on. After Hubs banished me from the house while he was stripping our staircase, I took a walk around the neighbourhood and stumbled on these teak beauties in the GARBAGE!
Have you ever had a window dressing dilemma? We’ve had several – and all with the same window! This is how the window coverings looked in the bay window at the back of the house when I first moved in; tattered and worn. The house needed so much work that window dressings fell to the bottom of the priority list.
Hubs had a thing for vintage metal pieces even before he met me, so when he came across a vintage display holder for a retro bathroom scale he stepped right up and bought it. I’m a Star Trek fan, so I instantly loved the ‘Borg’ reference! Once we were married and started frequenting antique markets together, we kept coming across scales. It wasn’t long before he found a Borg scale to accessorize it at our favourite antique market in Aberfoyle!
Birdz of a Feather is all aflutter! We’re excited to share that we’ve been nominated for an Amara Award in the Best DIY & Home Improvement (International) category. Voting opens today (August 15th) at 5:00 am and goes until September 19th.
Amara Interior Blog Awards are giving away a Leica camera to one lucky voter. Show us some ❤ and vote for Birdz of a Feather to be entered into the giveaway! Your vote will help get us to the shortlist 🙂
We’ll resume our usual blogging schedule as soon as we’ve flown down from cloud nine. In the meantime, we’ll leave you with this little tease:
Up ahead is a makeover of this curbside find. Think about how we might upcycle it, then stay tuned to see if you were right! All I’ll divulge now is that you’ve likely never seen a tutorial for it 🙂
I had yet to install a paver walkway, despite owning and renovating two houses before this one. Hubs came into the picture shortly after I bought this house so it was great timing for me; maybe not so much for him! Faced with rows of underwhelming builder slabs that the previous owner lived with for over 20 years, the perfect opportunity presented itself for both of us to learn a new skillset!
Here’s an idea of how the walkway looked before (but you’ll have to imagine it without the pond because we installed that ourselves)!
A vintage light fixture can add a unique touch to a space. When hubs built my craft studio in the basement, the main source of lighting was pot lights but I also wanted pendant lighting over my sewing machines for additional task lighting. We chose a pair of Ranarp pendants from Ikea.
They say that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, but I wonder if that holds true when items you would typically find in those spaces are used outside! Why not repurpose your bathroom fixtures in the garden?
We had a blank section of fencing at the entry to our backyard that needed a little somethin’ somethin’. Last August when we stumbled upon a garage sale, I decided that the somethin’ was going to be a bathroom light fixture!