Recycled Candy Wrapper Easter Basket

by Dinah Wulf

Celebrate the Pink, Yellow, and “Green” Hues of Easter

TerraCycle® Provides Easter DIY Project and Free Collection Program for Candy Wrappers

Spring is in the air, and the Easter bunny is just a hop, skip and a jump away. This year, make sure to fill your Easter baskets, but not your garbage cans, with sweet treats. TerraCycle offers an environmentally-conscious alternative for all those leftover candy wrappers as well as fun DIY projects to get the whole family excited about an Eco-Easter. With the help of partners MOM Brands™ and M&Ms, TerraCycle hopes to make this springtime holiday greener than the newly-grown grass.

 

Need an Easter basket to hold those eggs from an Easter Egg hunt?  MOM Brands Malt-O-Meal® cereals and TerraCycle have a fun – and environmentally-friendly – DIY project the kids will love. All you need are food wrappers, scissors, and a few other items to make your very own Easter basket to fill with sweets. Get the free project here.

To keep those candy wrappers in your Easter baskets out of a landfill, TerraCycle and M&M’s Candy Wrapper Brigade offers an easy alternative. Simply collect candy wrappers, send them to TerraCycle and receive two points per item collected that can be used for charity gifts or converted to cash and donated to any school or charity. TerraCycle even covers the shipping cost. TerraCycle also collects Malt-O-Meal bags through its Cereal Bag Brigade, if you choose not to turn them into Easter baskets. Visit www.terracycle.com to sign up for the Brigade programs and view the full list of items TerraCycle accepts.

 

About MOM Brands MOM Brands is the largest family owned cereal company in the U.S. The company has produced quality cereal products since 1919 and manufactures many varieties of oatmeal, family favorite ready-to-eat and all-natural cereals as well as its original, farina-based hot cereal. Today, one in 10 servings of cereal breakfast eaten every day is a MOM Brands cereal. Dedicated to finding better ways to make a better breakfast at a better price, MOM Brands is continually innovating to produce, package and transport its cereals in ways that reduce environmental impact. For more information about MOM Brands and its cereal products please visit www.MOMBrands.com.

 

About TerraCycle TerraCycle, Inc. is an international upcycling and recycling company that takes difficult-to recycle-packaging and turns it into affordable, innovative products.  Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. TerraCycle works with more than 30 major brands in the U.S. and around the world to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s Brigade programs, which are free fundraisers that pay for every piece of waste collected and returned. For information on how to join a TerraCycle Brigade and on purchasing TerraCycle products please visit www.terracycle.com.

 

Upcycled Sweaters

by Dinah Wulf

Spring it here!!! It’s time to put away all those winter sweaters, or in my world upcycle them!  Upcycling is taking something old and repurposing it into something new.  As you may (or may not) know, I love promoting Etsy handmade sellers because I respect their craft and I just think it’s amazing all the ideas that these talented folks come up with. Here are a few of my favorite items for sale that are currently on Etsy.  All of them are hand-crafted from upcycled sweaters… so awesome AND eco-chic (hey, that’s a new term I am officially coining today)!

These cupcake pin cushions made out of felted wool sweaters are a must have for every crafter.  Complete with a cherry on top, it doubles as an ornament too!

I found some SUPER cozy pillows from Pams Warm Creations and Fancy Marmot.

Spring also means Spring cleaning and organizing!  Check out these adorable upcycled hangers made from wool and cashmere by Folk City.  What a great idea!

I don’t care how nice it is outside, every cup of coffee needs this eco-friendly coffee cup cozy made out of vintage upcycled sweaters.

Display your Spring flowers in this clever sweater vase made out of the sleeve of a vintage sweater.

And last but not least, just in time for Easter, the Easter bunny is bound to fill up this eco-friendly sweater Easter basket full of goodies made by Seasons of Wool.

 

Recycled T Shirt Scrap Skirt

by Dinah Wulf

My little one LOVES to play dress up.

She’ll wear hats…sometimes more than one at a time.

She doesn’t discriminate on the TYPE of hat…

She loves sunglasses and purses…

She loves scarves…

She even wears fairy wings with her PJ’s around the house…

During my spring cleaning, I always bring out a couple boxes.  One for things I would donate and one for things I need to throw away. I noticed I had a ton of cheap (but colorful) old shirts that I was throwing away.

I decided to make a skirt that my daughter can wear to play dress up with. This project took no time at all.  This Recycled T Shirt Scrap Skirt doesn’t need to be perfect because it’s just for play and it’s very easy and inexpensive to make.

I purchased four child sized head bands at the dollar store for one whole dollar.

Simply place one headband around a large round vase or can.

Cut your recycled T-shirts at the desired length.  I cut different lengths.

One by one fold each scrap in half lengthwise and tie them in a knot around your headband as shown.

Here’s a picture of one of my daughter’s best friends playing dress up with it.

Try different colors, patterns, and fabrics.  The possibilities are endless.  You can use the same tutorial with tulle, to create a tutu as well!

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Places To Go: Arenbeology

by Dinah Wulf

My family and I were out one day shopping in Costa Mesa.  While in route, I almost caused a car accident because I saw a sign on the side of the road that said, “100% Reclaimed Wood”, and yelled out for my husband to stop. Being used to this, he pulled over without question.

The sign led us to a small shop in what looked like an office complex. Outside, on this sunny Sunday afternoon, were several pieces of gorgeous furniture.  As my husband and daughter waited in the car, I went inside to check out more.

I can sum up this experience in three words, I WANTED EVERYTHING.  The shop, Arenbeology embodied my motto, “Repurpose, Reinvent.” I briefly met a few friendly faces, Ryan Jestin, the Owner and his employee, Ted who invited me to look further at the look book sitting at this beautifully crafted dining table.  They both explained that anything can be custom made based on your specifications and that each piece was unique and made from local reclaimed wood from old warehouses and other buildings in California. The pictures shown are some of my favorite pieces on their website.

If you are lucky enough to live locally in Southern California, here is some information.

  • Open Saturdays 10:30-4, Sundays 12-4
  • Open on weekdays by appt.
  • 3303 Harbor Blvd Unit K4
  • Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Phone: (714) 812-6772

If not, feel free to visit their website here.

 

 

DIY Reupholstered Chair

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Reupholstered Chair, Written By: Loren Crane, Pandora’s Craft Box

One cloudy day we found this lonely, awkward looking chair by the dumpster. I just saw the potential and the beauty this chair could bring to my home. We took it in and wondered what we had gotten ourselves into!

We knew nothing of reupholstering and we found more bad news as we when we removed the fabric!  All of the foam was dusty and by just looking at it the chair made me itch. We decided to remove everything from the chair. All was left was the frame, nails and springs.

Then the long journey to reupholstering began. It took about a month of long nights and hard work to finish the chair. I looked at other blogs and I could not find references to help with the process. Most blogs only had the before and after pictures, so I decided to step by step tutorials for those who might need a little guidance in reupholstering.

I go through step by step on how we attached the foam to the frame. You can see my hubby hard at work.

When all was said and done here it how it looks like with the foam was stapled to the frame.

I think the easiest part of the chair was gluing the decorative trim to the chair.

I hope you all enjoy reading about my journey with taking this chair from blah to glam. After this chair I don’t think there is anything I can’t do! I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say.

Links to the tutorials

Removal Reupholstering Part I

Springs Reupholstering Part II

Foam Reupholstering Part III

Foam Reupholstering Part IV

Fabric Reupholstering Part V

Finale Reupholstering

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Simple Ways to Reuse and Repurpose

by Dinah Wulf

Simple Ways to Reuse and Repurpose

Did you know…

  • Large oatmeal canisters are the perfect size to hold 2 rolls of toilet paper? Cover it up with decorative scrapbook paper to match your bathroom to make the perfect, but necessary hiding place.
  • Pringles cans are the perfect size to store cookies. Pretty it up with wrapping paper and ribbon and there you have the perfect hostess gift.
  • An old rake can add some rustic charm and be used to hold wine glasses in your kitchen, jewelry in your bedroom, or tools in your garden. Photo Source: BHG

  • Coffee mug racks make handy accessory and jewelry racks.  Spray paint it a fun bold color and it doubles as art.
  • A spice rack can be repurposed to hold beads or small notions for a craft room.  How many of us have one of these and NEVER use the spices? I don’t even know what half of them are!
  • Drawer pulls can be mounted on your wall to cleverly and decoratively hang picture frames with twine or ribbon. Photo Source: Pottery Barn

  • Old plates and glasses (or candlesticks) can be converted into cute cake stands.  Simply adhere the two with epoxy and spray paint it the desired color.  If you paint the platter, make sure you place a napkin on top with unwrapped food to make it food safe.
  • On old plate stand can be used for extra storage in your bathroom for your toiletries and makeup.

  • The clips from plastic pant hangers make perfect chip clips.
  • Old dresser drawers can be repurposed into shelves. Paint them a fun color and add wall paper inside.
  • An unused magazine file holder can be used in your pantry to hold and organize (vertically) foil, plastic wrap, wax paper, etc.

  • An old wall mounted magazine rack can be used to hold extra towels in your bathroom or guest room.
  • You can drip old candle wax into a bottle cap and add a wick for an instant tea light.
  • This one’s for the kiddos… you can cut bubble wrap in large squares and write each number with a black sharpie to create bubble wrap hopscotch!

 

Repurposed Kitchen Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

My motto is, “Repurpose, Reinvent.” (If you haven’t noticed ;))

I thought I’d put together some of my favorite repurposed kitchen ideas from some of my favorite websites.

A website I peruse often is Apartment Therapy.  They have countless inventive and creative ideas.  Check out this repurposed IKEA shoe rack turned pot holder and this salvaged card drawer turned kitchen storage.

Here are some repurposed fruit crates for shelving and storage from Poetic Home. I love the idea of displaying canned preserves in old mason jars as opposed to hiding them in the cupboard.

Anyone know where I can get truck springs? Check out these fabulous repurposed truck springs as bar or counter stools from House Beautiful. It reminds me of something from the Picker Sisters.

Card catalogues are popular. Also from Poetic Home, a card catalogue for kitchen utensils has enough compartments to store your knives, forks, spoons, serving utensils, napkins, and more!

Although not necessarily repurposed, this upcycled and salvaged dish rack from Country Living is beautiful.

I found this repurposed newsstand into a plate rack from a great blog, Craft Journal.

This cut idea from Better Homes and Gardens is simple and unique.  Consider adding a magnet to the back and hanging them on your refrigerator.

 

Chair Bench

by Dinah Wulf

My friend emailed me a few pictures of a dining room set she wanted to try and update. The first thing I thought of when I saw the chairs was that we HAVE to upcycle them into a chair bench.  I first saw this idea on an HGTV show (I can’t remember which one but I’m thinking it was Home Made Simple…sorry!). The minute I saw the episode, I recall wanting to go to the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity ASAP.

Here are the pictures of her chairs.

I thought that the bench we made could have arms on each side. In other words, use the arm chairs on either side, cutting off the arm closest to the center… does that make sense?

Anyway, Of course time (and our busy schedules) got away from us and my friend and I haven’t had the chance to complete this project just yet. I have, however had time to search for some chair bench inspiration.  Surprisingly I found a few great tutorials and photos! I thought I’d share them since they were so amazing!

This first one is from Country Living. This bench was salvaged from inexpensive flea market finds with broken seats.

Décor Hacks featured this mismatched chair bench back in May. I love the color palette.

This blue bench from Froufrugal is kind of what I pictured for our bench (arms on the side) with an added patterned cushion.

Finally, this bench from Haven’ Fun with Junk caught my eye with its bluish gray color with red accents.

When my friend and I finally make time to take on this project, you’ll definitely see it posted!!

 

 

TerraCycle Upcycled Valentine’s Craft

by Dinah Wulf

LOVE THE PLANET THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

Celebrate with Eco Games and Gifts from Upcycling Pioneer TerraCycle

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching.  Some are planning romantic dates with their longtime sweetheart.  Some are planning to finally ask out their crush at recess.  Regardless of your plans this Valentine’s Day, TerraCycle has sweet ways to celebrate that are good for the planet, good for the wallet and good for you.

While cleaning up trash doesn’t seem like a romantic way to spend the day, you can celebrate the holiday and effect real-world change with special Valentine’s Day items, products and decorations in Trash Tycoon, Facebook’s first upcycling game from Guerillapps and TerraCycle.  In the game, you can clean up trash and upcycle it to fun products like necklaces, Valentine’s Day cards and heart shaped wreaths to send to friends or to decorate your town.  Players’ hearts will swell because Trash Tycoon creates positive social impact by donating 10% of in-game dollars to environmental projects sponsored by CarbonFund.org.

Next, love Mother Earth and your Valentine by making an upcycled necklace out of Kraft Cheese wrappers or chocolate wrappers, just like the necklace in Trash Tycoon!  TerraCycle’s Design Junkies have brought the beaded necklace into the real world with simple, do-it-yourself instructions available for download here: bit.ly/ValentineBraceletDIY.   Whether you make one for that special Valentine or one for each of your friends, recipients will be touched that you took the time to give them a heartfelt, handmade gift.

Here is the How-To on YouTube.

Finally, Valentine’s Day and candy go together like peas and carrots, but the packaging can be a real heartbreaker.  All those red and pink wrappers left over from sweet treats can be sent to TerraCycle through Mars’ Candy Wrapper Brigade to be recycled and earn money for charity.  Signing up is free and easy at www.terracycle.com.

About TerraCycle

TerraCycle, Inc. is an international upcycling and recycling company that takes difficult-to recycle-packaging and turns it into affordable, innovative products.  Founded in 2001, TerraCycle (www.terracycle.com) is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. TerraCycle works with more than 30 major brands in the U.S. and around the world to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s Brigade programs, which are free fundraisers that pay for every piece of waste collected and returned. For information on how to join a TerraCycle Brigade and on purchasing TerraCycle products please visit www.terracycle.com.

 

Wine Crate Shelves

by Dinah Wulf

A few posts ago I wrote asking for help on recycled wine crate ideas.  I FINALLY thought of something!

But first, as a recap, I’ve had these wine crates from a Wine Tasting Bridal Shower that I did.  You can get wine crates from any specialty wine store.  Oftentimes they are free or some stores sell them for about five dollars apiece.

Materials:

  • 3 Wine Crates
  • Stain (optional)
  • Polyurethane (Optional)
  • Paint Brush (Optional)
  • Rag (Optional)
  • Four ¼” 20X36” Threaded Rods
  • Eight ¼” Cap Nuts
  • 24 ¼” Flat Washers
  • Knob

Here are the wine crates before.

As you can see here, there were white sticker labels on some of them.

To remove stickers from unfinished wood, apply heat directly with a hairdryer, peel, and voila! No sticker!

As most wine crates are made out of unfinished wood, I wanted to darken them a little with stain to give them a weathered look.  I purchased a sample from a hardware store for less than three dollars.  To do this, I first sanded and rough spots with 150-grit sand paper.

Next, I applied the stain with a paint brush. Each stroke should be in the direction of the wood grain.

Wipe the stain off with a cloth or old rag in the direction of the wood grain. I did this to the top, bottom, sides, and inside for all three crates.

Once the stain is completely dry (check the drying time on the stain you choose), apply a coat of polyurethane to each crate.

When the polyurethane is dry (approximately two hours), align the bottom and middle crate with the bottom crate upside down (as shown below).  This will make it easiest to drill and align the holes.

Using a ¼” drill bit, drill a hole in each corner, drilling through both crates.

Next, align the middle and top crates, turning the top crate upside down (as shown).  Using the holes in the middle crate as guides, drill the four holes in the top crate.

Insert each threaded rod one by one and sucure each one with a nut and bolt on both sides. Use cap nuts for the bottom and top.

I think 24 inch threaded rods may work better (sturdier). I may perhaps add metal brackets for more support too because of the height.

I added a decorative knob to the top crate with a lid.  I used a pre-existing hole.

Here are some after photos.

I think this would be perfect in a kitchen or bathroom for extra storage, or for plants!

 

 

 

Repurposed Lighting Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

Everywhere I go, I always have my camera.  Not only do I want to capture fun moments with my daughter, family, and friends, but I find decorating inspiration EVERYWHERE. I end up filing my pictures in digital folders on my computer.

I just noticed that I had taken several pictures of lighting ideas and thought I’d share them. Some of these pictures are old, but in my head, the store bought version is way too expensive anyway.  I’d rather try and recreate them with flea market or thrift store finds.

Anyway, here is some really cool repurposed lighting inspiration that I’ve captured on my camera over the last several months.  I think with a little creativity, you can get these looks for less.

This was a lamp I saw at Anthropologie.  It’s simply a tea kettle, lamp kit, and colorful lamp shade.  I’ve also seen lamps similar to this made out of stacked tea cups and saucers… super cute.

This one is also from Anthropologie (I frequent there often… love the window displays). It’s a lamp made out of recycled cardboard!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! The mix of an industrial metal basket and chic chandelier is fantastic!

If I recall correctly, the price tag on this one was pretty steep…several thousand dollars….yikes! I think a smaller version of this made out of mismatched thrift store silverware would be cute.

I can picture this one hanging in an enclosed patio or sun room.  I like the mixture of glass bottles, shells, and twine.

Technically, this one isn’t repurposed, but it caught my eye.

 

 

 

Repurposed Pin-spiration

by Dinah Wulf

“Pin-spiration” is a new term I’ve been seeing a lot lately. Pintrest is yet another social networking site that allows you to create virtual pin boards of absolutely anything that fits your fancy.  Check out my Pin boards here.  Did I mention I am obsessed with it? I can spend hours perusing the site.

Here are some great repurposed pin-spiration ideas I pulled off this addictive site.

Maps are the stylish craze these days! Better Homes and Garden repurposed a globe into a bowl by adhering (what looks like, or could be) a candlestick to make an interesting centerpiece.

Good Housekeeping displayed this cute outdoor side table made out of four window shutters and a glass top.

This one is fantastic! Curbly.com repurposed an old filing cabinet into a rolling kitchen cart. It serves several purposes including kitchen storage and cutting board… genius!

What girl wouldn’t like this to show off a collection of shoes! Check out these shelves turned beautiful display case. (Photo source unknown)

This may be my favorite and DEFINITELY my style. It’s an old barn door turned sliding bathroom door. (Photo source unknown)

Another idea for repurposing old rustic doors is using two as headboards as pictured below. (Photo source unknown)

Greenisuniversal.com has this creative tutorial for repurposing old belts and weaving them into a vintage aluminum lawn chair.

And last but not least (ok, maybe). Unfortunately, not all designs work out. Although it was initially a good idea, this repurposed Nintendo game console was repurposed into a lunch box and posted on failblog.com… at least they tried!

 

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Six Ways to Recycle Maps

by Dinah Wulf

Maps are so beautiful.  I’ve been looking for some ways to use them because I see them everywhere (including my glove box).  Just like CD’s, record albums, and books, they are becoming obsolete due to the emergence of electronics like the GPS and the internet.  But what I do love about maps is that they tell a story and simultaneously serve as a work of art.  Here are six great ways to recycle maps.

One: Art Work

Check out these heart maps by Tcktyboo.  Each heart represents a special place.  For example, where you were married, where you went on your honeymoon, or where the kids were born.

 

I also saw a great idea on Pintrest (I can’t find the picture or source anymore) where a map was framed and the route to a special trip was stitched in a coordinating colored string… so cute! Update! Thanks to Adri, here is the link for that map! http://www.marthastewart.com/375160/map-artwork Thank you, Adri!!!

 

Two: Pillow

This is a pillow from Etsy inspired by a vintage map.

 

Three: Pinwheels

Another Etsy find, these cute pinwheels make a whimsical vintage wedding favor.  Click here for different pinwheel tutorials.

 

Four: Upcycle Furniture

Here are three great examples of using decoupage on maps to turn an old piece of furniture into a unique and beautiful conversation piece.

Cover a wooden chest

Inspiration from Nate Berkus

Revamp an old Dresser

Add new life to an old Vanity

 

Five: Gift Wrap

Just in time for the holidays, use an old map as gift wrapping paper.

 

Six: Monograms or Letters

Use decoupage to commemorate a trip on craft letters (source unknown).

 

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Repurposed Crate Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

A few months ago, I did a blog post on recycling old crates.  It included using crates for shelving, bike baskets, and side tables.  Since then, I have gathered a collection of old wine crates from a wine tasting party I did in October.  I’ve been searching for more inspiration for a new project and found some other great repurposed crate ideas.  Here are a few pictures.

This wine crate dog bowl would be a perfect DIY project for me, especially since I have two little pups, Harley and Pablo.

I like these ideas of layering and using a crate as a planter.  This would also look nice outside, on a patio or atrium. The problem with this idea is that I don’t have a green thumb, so I don’t really have that many plants.

How cool is this… creating a rustic work space in the garage complemented with a wood bench. The problem with this is that my garage has no room for it.

I’m guessing these are milk crates? Love this look, but my collection of crates are too small and are in different shapes and sizes.

This is also great.  These crate shelves have two purposes. It’s functional for holding kitchen necessities as well as displays a collection of antiques. My issue with this idea is that my kitchen is so small that I have no wall space for this.

I started a list a while back of how I should repurpose my collection of wine crates including making a jewelry case, a cornice, a seat, or a dog bed, but I still can’t decide.

Any ideas or suggestions? I feel stuck… help!

 

Photo Sources: Eco Salon, funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot, Green Dairy, Love1, Remodelaholic, tangledepartment.blogspot

 

Recycled Magazine Bowl

by Dinah Wulf

Awe man! This project was a lot tougher than I thought. Ever since I made that recycled magazine frame, I have wanted to make something else out of magazine pages.  When I first had this recycled magazine bowl project in my head I pictured a large shallow fruit bowl. Let’s face it, not all DIY projects turn out exactly like you want them to.  In this case, my fruit bowl turned into a… ummm… key/change holder thingy? LOL!

I do have to admit, however, that this little sucker is VERY sturdy.  Although it didn’t turn out quite like I expected, it is still very cute and useful.  Here is how I made it.

Using a paper cutter, I cut two inch thick strips from an old magazine.  Each page gave me three strips and I used about 75 pages for this project.  See? Now you know why there was no way I was making a larger bowl!

I folded each strip twice lengthwise to create a half inch thick strip.

Next I began rolling each strip, securing it with a tiny piece of scotch tape.  Make sure you pull your roll taut as you go.

When the base was completed, I applied two coats of decoupage medium, allowing it to dry completely in between each coat.

Next, I continued adding strips gradually layering each round upwards. When I reached the desired height (actually when I was tired of folding and rolling strips), I added another two coats of decoupage medium to the inside and outside of the bowl.

Here are a few after photos.

 

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Flea Market Finds

by Dinah Wulf

I am completely obsessed with Flea Markets.  Ever since I started blogging, I have come across so many fun places to go. I wanted to share some of my flea market finds and show how you can get hunt for inexpensive great pieces and repurpose them into something new.

I found this old milk crate for five dollars at a flea market in Orange, California. I decided to add mason jars, turn it on its side and use it for my makeup and hair products.

Old crates and boxes can be repainted and used to display collections or for storage.

Copy a Restoration Hardware look and collect old books.  Antique books are very easy to find and can at times literally cost pennies.

I found these old rusty horse shoes at a local flea market for two dollars apiece and turn them into a coat/hat rack.

I love the industrial look of these old metal card drawers.  I use them to store craft supplies.

Check out this old wooden basket turned upside down.  Add an inexpensive lamp kit from a hardware store and Voila!

Antique seltzer bottles are great to display in a bathroom or guestroom.  They can run anywhere from $10 to $50 a piece.

Window shutters are fairly easy to find.  Use them to prop behind a side table or place two or three side by side to create a headboard.

 

By the way, for all you SoCal locals, the Long Beach Antique Swap Meet is this weekend! Click here for a discount coupon.

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