One of the upcycle projects of which I am most proud is this set of chests. Originally belonging to my grandmother, these gems were painted an ugly and flat green with horrendous drawer pulls when my grandmother first gave them to us. We stripped off the green paint, applied a dark stain, and added some sleek steel handles to completely transform these chests into a more modern bedroom set.
This armchair originally belonged to my mom. It was always my favorite place to read in my family’s home and, when my mom had it reupholstered in this beautiful salmon-colored fabric, I grew to love it even more. She had grown tired of the chair a few years later, so I gladly volunteered to offer it a new home in my house.
I wish I could remember where it was that I found this adorable bird key holder. Long before moving out of my parents’ house, I had amassed a considerable collection of items with which I hoped to decorate my own place one day. This key holder was one of those items and I thought it both quirky and whimsical. I had little need for a key rack when Mike and I moved into our new place, but my necklaces were in desperate need of some organization, so the key holder was transformed into an adorable way to display some of my jewelry.
I had a great time upcycling these old wine bottles into candle holders. The bottles themselves are quite elegant but the candle wax dripping down the sides and the mixture of colors and labels make these upcycled candleholders a bit more eclectic and fun.
Much as I try to not grow too attach to material items, this ring is one of my very most prized possessions. I bought it super-discounted from an antique dealer who was closing down her store. I’ve worn it nearly every day ever since and I feel completely naked when it’s not on my finger. This is quite easily my very best secondhand find.
Thanks for allowing me to share just a few things over here on Life of a Vegetarian Girl. Hope you found some inspiration to recycle, upcycle, or scour your nearby secondhand store!