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Minimizing Waste – Maximizing Creativity

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Shopping Cart Furniture

Ramon Coronado is one of a few folks across the globe who is taking “flipping furniture” to another level with his shopping cart furniture. Creative imagination, artistic prowess, and access to junk just about covers the criteria for all things FLIPPIN’ AWESOME!

Doug Meyer, owner of Rustic Rebirth in Ohio, not only makes chairs from shopping carts, but he even has a loveseat made from two (2) wheelchairs!

I was first introduced to Reestore, based in the U.K., when its owner was pitching his idea for a business that specializes in flipping furniture on Dragon’s Den, the Canadian (and original) version of American Inventor. Reestore also has a sofa made from a bathtub! Yep. A bathtub sofa.

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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.



Find a nickel, pick it up, and all day you will have…

…a couch.

YES! Johnny Swing, a Vermont-based artist, makes furniture out of money (and tables from car windshields).

He welds coins together to make couches and so far he’s made 20 nickel couches.

His philosophy: Being embraced by money is more peaceful than being enslaved by it.

CLICK to visit Johnny and don’t forget to tell him you found him on Flippin’ Factory!

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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.