Posts Tagged ‘furniture’

Al Frank upcycles

Monday, September 5, 2011

Do you follow us on Facebook? If not, you’re missing out on some of the best content: photos and comments posted by YOU, the readers. Some of my favorite recent updates have come from Al Frank in Edina, Minnesota. Al is the father of my dear friend Lindsay and (in the nearly 15 years I’ve known their family at least) always has a home improvement project in the works. Lately, he has taken to refinishing dumpstered furniture. Here are two trashtastic examples:

A national bagel store was throwing out a bunch of chairs. The next stop was the dumpster. The manager said I could have some. I rescued 8 chairs. I took them apart and refinished them. My wife, Kathy, reupholstered them. We’ll now enjoy them at our cabin in Wisconsin.


I made this table from Corian and a pine beam destined for the dumpster.

Thanks for sharing, Al! Fan us on Facebook, trashies! Post your projects, Facebook fans!


Sitting on your trash

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I came across these whimsical shopping cart chairs and a whole mess of other cool shit via a Popular Fidelity link to this dense and entertaining WebUrbanist post entitled “20 Eye-Catching Pieces of ‘Recycled’ Urban Furniture:  Geeky and Green Adaptive Reuse Projects”.  I’m not sure I want to perpetuate a term like “adaptive resuse,” but I do want to spread the word about these artful and functional trash creations.  Aside from what’s pictured here, my favorite are the couch made from an old bathtub and the abstract coffee tables made from bent bike tires.

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