…really is another man’s treasure. Outfitting a house with free furniture is an art that my friend Rose taught me years ago now. She was the master at finding potential in curbside castoffs. I took copious notes as she transformed old beaten dressers and sates into something that might have leaped off the pages of a Pottery Barn catalog. Since those days I’ve transformed my own share of thrifted and gifted furniture into recharged decor. I would still love to be able to win a sweepstakes to Broyhill someday, but for now I’m content with my transformed works.
This bookshelf was a Sauder-type freebie that was worn and creaky. I did some repair and paint work, backed it with excess curtain fabric, and made a garland of scraps. It sits in my daughter’s room and because I used what I had on hand, it cost me almost nothing.