I recently visited a few a of my local consignment and reuse it shops. I am looking for items to decorate our family room and newly transformed playroom once guest room. As a member of The Compact, I know I will be buying only used items to achieve the look I am after. I am going for (as least right now) a light, bright, comfortable, kid friendly, less is more theme. Here is what I have found and reinvented so far……
I bought this at the Reuseit Shop for $5. It is really rough-looking around the bottom edges. I didn’t want to put too much time into this so I just wiped it down and painted it an off-white. I used paint I had just collecting dust in the basement. Unfortunately the paint was not a no VOC ( Volitale Organic Compounds) paint but I did save the paint from the trash.
Total Cost = $5
Number of items saved from a landfill= 2
And now here it is in its new home in the playroom. (yes, that IS a VCR and those ARE VHS tapes!) My kids are 2 1/2 years and 9 months old so as long as the Fisher Price Little People tapes are playing they are happy. You didn’t think I would just get rid of a perfectly good VCR did you? Besides VHS tapes run me anywhere from $.10-$.50 at garage and consignment sales so who’s complaining.
I bought 2 oval picture frames $2 each from the Reuseit Shop, painted them with the same off-white paint from above. Then took out the pictures and stapled fabric (which I had in my box of random fabrics) to the back of the frames and Voila!
BEFORE / AFTER
Total amount spent= $10
Total # of items diverted from a landfill =6 (including paint and fabric scraps)