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I lived in Harlem, NYC for 6 years and I loved every moment of it – the history, the brownstones, the stories, the people, the music, and the food. Most of all I loved being able to jump on the train and get to where I was going. However, there were days when I couldn’t get a cab driver to take me back home – uptown to Harlem, to 149th Street. That is another can of worms I’ll open up later. Today’s DIY coffee table was inspired by yesterday’s memories of NYC.  I love you NYC. I’ll be back soon!!


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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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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!!

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Hammer and Hand: Upcycled Furniture

Portland-based Hammer and Hand, is an all-in-one home building company. They’ll build your home, provide home energy services, and do the handy work. If you already have a home, they’ll even add an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unity). After all is said and done and with the help of BrightDesign Lab, they’ll even build your furniture – FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS!

STaCK is their customized shelving unit made with old bleachers and vintage locker baskets.

WRaP is their made to order table created from disassembled barn wood.

Their FARM TABLES are handmade from century-old barn wood.

CLICK to visit Hammer and Hand

CLICK to visit BrightDesign Lab.