April 22, 2009

Beautiful recycling

I hope this post inspires you to look at “junk” in a different way. If we all take one old piece of furniture or a knicknack destined for the trash bin and find a new use for it, we CAN make a difference!!

It’s Earth Day 2009 — the perfect day to post about a blogger who is doing her part to help the Earth :-)

Sarah banner

One of my favourite blogs is A Beach Cottage. Sarah lives in Australia, and she’s decorated her beach cottage with garage sale and thrift store finds. Some things she’s even picked up from the side of the road!! And guess what?? It all looks FANTASTIC once Sarah gets a couple of coats of her favourite beachy white paint on it :-) If you haven’t visited Sarah’s blog, you’re missing out on a real gem.

Here’s just a sampling of Sarah’s beautiful “recycled” cottage, starting with some vintage suitcases painted white and stacked to create a night table…

Sarah suitcases 1

Sarah suitcases 2

A sea chest that started out red with black writing and now has a new life as a white table…

Sarah sea chest

Who knew a hamper could look so good?!

Sarah hamper

Sarah said she made these curtains in the bathroom from scrap linen in about 2 minutes!!

Sarah bathroom

Simple white flowers in old bottles… beautiful…

Sarah bottles with flowers 2

Sarah bottles with flowers

Sit down for a bit…

Sarah chair

Sarah director chair

Sarah garden bench

You can do more with a bench than just sit on it… (am I the only one flashing back to Happy Days?!)

Sarah bench 1

Sarah bench 2

A cart can hold a lot of stuff!!

Sarah cart

And some tables

Sarah small table

Sarah round white table

Sarah telephone table

Sarah white table

Sarah dining table

Sarah painted this table a very light blue instead of her usual white…

Sarah blue table 2

Sarah blue table

A good spot to make a phone call or do a bit of blogging on the laptop…

Sarah desk

Sarah desk 2

Mirrors reflecting beautiful things…

Sarah mirror

Sarah mirror 2

Sarah mirror 3

A lovely old dresser

Sarah dresser

Some pieces are already beautiful with their peely paint and patina

Sarah adirondack chair

Sarah adirondack 2 Sarah cabinet

I could go on and on, but you get the point!! Sarah has created a wonderful beachy cottage by refinishing and reusing old stuff that may have otherwise ended up in a landfill if she hadn’t seen the potential. Thanks Sarah for helping out the Earth!!

Take a tour of Sarah’s house to see more of her beautiful recycling.

And before I go, I want to mention a few other blogs with green ideas

I know there are a lot of other bloggers out there who find great stuff at garage sales and thrift stores. If your home is filled with found treasures or if you have creative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, please leave us a comment with a link to your blog so we can check it out :-)



Susan Lang said...

kelly, thanks for the comment on my recent post. Have not received info from victoria but any help with WLW would be greatly appreciated! Happy Earth Day... and a GREAT post on your blog! ...susan

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS said...

Beautiful pics. I love a lot of white and texture, but I confess, I need color, too! Heck, blue and green are beachy, right! I celebrated Earth Day with a post on designers' favorite green finds for home design:

mrsben said...

WHITE yet serene and warm. LOV-i-LEE!
(Great post Kelly.)

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

People have a very hard time throwing anything away around me! I am always wondering how "this" can be used in another way.

The cottage is lovely.

Happy Earth Day :)

Maria Killam said...

White paint! It just makes everything look fabulous!!

janet said...

kelly, Sarahs cottage is like a little peice of heaven, so beautiful and i think this space could relax even the most stressed person. thanks for sharing.

abeachcottage said...

hey Kelly

thank you so much, I really appreciate it, I am glad that you like what I am doing and yeah it sure does do well for the environment buying old vintage pieces to recycle

happy weekend


Karla said...

Kelly - Thanks so much for including me in this! And happy Earth Day to you too!

Speaking of recycling, my husband and I recently made over an old, unwanted, found on the side of the road headboard - we gave it a makeover and turned it into a bench! It turned out great and it feels even better knowing that it's not laying in a landfill somewhere! Check it out:

Have a great day! And GREAT post, by the way! Her cottage is one of my absolute favorites!

~Karla @ It's The Little Things...

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