Recovered and Repurposed We’re Finally Here!


Six o’clock, Tuesday morning, loaded up and ready to go. John thought the trailer would be too big, but we used every inch of it!

The drive, which would normally take 5 hours, took 7 because of the added weight and of course several stops for the dog to stretch her legs.

Packing for this trip we took three things into consideration;

  1. It’s only for 6 months, so don’t get carried away
  2. John and I had to unload all this stuff ourselves, so keep it light
  3. Our apartment is on the second floor with a narrow staircase to navigate.

Here are a few of the furniture modifications we made;


Our game table repainted and recovered is working  as our dining table.

IMG_1311bench1This bench started out life as a swing set which John built 20 years ago. When the kids were gone he repurposed the wood to make a southwest bench for the backyard, it sat outside this way for twelve years, I’ve used it in many photo shoots.

I thought it would make a good “sofa”, so I sanded the old paint off, put a sealer on it and recovered the cushions.

Making use of everything, including the boxes which carried items, John and I made a “coffee table” from four wine crates and a piece of plexiglas that use to be on one of my watercolor paintings.

IMG_1312Our light weight rattan patio chairs with a new coat of paint and cushions covered to match the “sofa” worked out well.



Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 1.41.11 PMHere’s my Ikea hack. I bought this screen a few years ago and never liked it. This is what it originally looked like. Black wrought iron with white sheared fabric.







This is what it looked like after I painted it a sage green and wrapped it with 3000′ of jute twine.

It’s been fun getting here, now to start some art classes!








7 Replies to “Recovered and Repurposed We’re Finally Here!”

  1. Diane you and John are two very creative people and your apartment looks great with your repurposed pieces, Thumbs up!!! It will be fun to follow along with this fun adventure, I admire your talents and your adventurous spirits!!!

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  2. Your description of your move was most interesting. I like your rationale regarding choices and thought process of setting up “home”. I am sure you guys will have a lot of fun on top of the business side of the move. Kudos and will watch what is going on via FB. Cheers!


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