Andy and I are very careful about recycling. We were talking the other day and he pointed out that we actually are doing more than what I thought. By buying used or re-purposing things that we already have, we are essentially recycling. A few things in our living room were looking a little dated or worn so Andy has been refinishing them. We have a whole new look for a small amount of money and very little impact on the environment.
One thing we purchased is this cute spinning stool at a local antique shop for $10.00. The legs were loose, the finish scratched and the seat fabric a bit dated.
Andy spent a few hours refurbishing it on Saturday. First he took it apart and gave it a good sanding.
After removing any dust left from sanding he put several coats of paint on it.
While he was doing all the hard work I was having fun hooking a new seat cover for it. The gray yarn is hand spun jacob, the green/purple is hand spun merino and the pink is
Peace Fleece in Moscow Magic.
We brought our two projects together yesterday. Andy did a great job putting it back together too. It's now sturdy and looks like a brand new stool.
We added a new layer of high density foam under the cover for a bit of extra comfort.
Total cost for this project was about $17.00. $10 for the stool, $3 for paint, and $4 for foam. The yarn and rug fabric were left over from other projects.
Next time you are looking for something new to add to your home try picturing what you have with a different finish or fabric. It's easier than you think to change the color of something. Not to mention the huge savings.