Repurpose Design Series #1

Repurpose Design Series #1

Yay yay yay!! I’m so happy that this day is FINALLY here! The Repurpose Design Series was birthed from my thrift store challenges I’ve done in the past. So, what I’m saying is my thrift store challenge had a baby and it’s name is Repurpose Design Series. Mom and baby are both well.

Well, I’ve hit my weird quota for this post so let’s move on.


I teamed up with 7 other crazy talented bloggers and Instagrammers for this exciting series! We each set out on a quest to salvage something from a thrift store, flea market, yard sale, etc. with a budget of $20. Why a budget you ask? The WHOLE purpose of this is to inspire as many people we possibly can to buy used – salvage junk – and create a unique piece that reflects your personality and style! It wouldn’t be near as challenging if we could spend $200 would it? Once we had our finds, we had to repurpose and reinvent it! The bloggers I’ve partnered with are extremely creative, and will inspire you to see that you TOO can totally do this.


My find for this month is dun dun dun…..this horridly ugly little stand-thing. I saw it at the flea market where the gal was asking $10. I am a very visual person and can usually see things transformed in my mind before I do anything to them – but this. This was just ugly. I negotiated her down to $5 (always always always barter. Always. #1 rule). I figured $5 was safe enough in case I was wrong and couldn’t actually make this thing pretty. I mean. Look at it. It got beat with the ugly stick 10 times over.


I got it home and painted it a dark gray hoping with all my might that some paint would make it pretty. I had some leftover latex paint from another project so I just used that.


The paint helped. But it still needed something. Distressing it helped substantially – Obviously, because distressing helps EVERYTHING substantially. But it was still missing something. Lastly, I decided it needed a cow. Cows make everything farmhouse and perfect. A little more distressing and she was actually looking pretty cute. Hey! This might actually work.



I decided this would make the perfect end table in my living room to replace what I had been using before. Since the little doors slide open, I can hide my magazines and what-nots in there too!

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What do you think? Did I manage to take this awful ugly thing and make into something fun and cute? I think I did! I had a hard time visualizing the outcome at first, but I took the risk and it paid off! And All for $5.

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Now, head over to these amazing other blogs to check out their finds and what they did with them! You will be SO inspired!!!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and post your own repurposed find with the tag #salvageswagger so we can see it! We will select our first winner next Thursday (May 7th) so go junkin this weekend and salvage something for under $20!!

In 3 weeks we will post the second round this of this series so be sure to check back! 🙂



2 thoughts on “Repurpose Design Series #1”

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    YES! I love this! And do you know how much I love cows!? Adorable!!! It’s funny because my husband was going through all the projects this morning that were posted and he’s like, oh you and The Willow Farmhouse seem to have the same style! Ummmm, yes! I am obsessed with your house!!! Great project girl! Xoxo!

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