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My First Reupholster

In 2005, I found two pieces of furniture that I couldn’t wait to beautify. The one above (purple) was dingy white and free on Craigslist. The one just below was sitting with no cushions by our dumpster.

I carefully removed the old fabric and used it as a pattern for the new fabric. A little bit of research and a lot of staples birthed my first major DIY project.

The orange and blue bench below was a bit easier since I started from scratch. After measuring the bench, I headed downtown Los Angeles to the garment district and bought foam for the seat.


After some bed time reading…

I found my “next” DIY project on Kindall’s Creations via Tip Junkie

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(It’s) round on the ends and high in the middle – O-HI-O! I couldn’t help it. I’m a Buckeye! However, this time I won’t be talking about football or the dance team. Instead, I’m cheering for  APOC – or A Piece Of Cleveland!

APOC, part of a deconstruction movement in the Northeast area of Ohio, rescues wood and other materials from demolished homes and uses them to build furniture. Because they are passionate about preserving the history of Cleveland, each piece of furniture comes with a Rebirth Certificate detailing the history of the wood/materials.

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Click Below to visit their website.


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Rolled into One

Steven Ma might be my latest hero.

He has managed to design and build a bench, uh planter, er electricity generator  and roll it, quite literally, into a circular bench/planter/electricity generator made from – you guessed it – recycled materials (aluminum and glass). The ec-O generates electricity, stores water, grows plants, and acts as a night light!

CLICK to see more of Steven’s work.

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Wine Barrel Funiture

Tyson and Genine Gilbert of Mountain Hill, Texas has set a goal to transform as many wine barrels as they can. Using oak wine barrels and other quality woods, they hand make tables, chairs, bar stools, wine racks and other pieces of home furniture for homes and businesses.  The lowest price I’ve seen on their website is $379. The highest price I’ve seen so far is $6700.

CLICK to learn more about their ordering and shipping policies.

Mark Russel Lutz of Oregon also hand makes furniture from old wine barrels.

CLICK to view his pricing and shipping information.

Offering white glove delivery, California Vines, whose customer service is in Rochester, NY, also offers wholesale furniture as well. CLICK to check out their shipping rates, other products, and sales.

Vintage Cargo Wine Barrel French Market Island Wine Stave Back Bar Stool

Paul Block of Napa Valley, California is an environmentalist who asked the wine barrels what they wanted to be and they responded with…

CLICK to visit Paul’s website.

Don’t don’t forget to tell these artists that you found them on Flippin Factory!!


Benches, Bookshelves, and Planters, oh Jerome!

Jerome, of Haters Recycled Furniture, is using recycled materials to build benches, bookshelves, and planters. And by recycled materials I mean old barn wood, recycled nails, and unused paint.

Benches start at $40, Large Planters are $24 and his small planters are $16!

HERE for Jerome’s Facebook page.