My Repurposed Life

If I were this gals husband, I would be feeling pretty inferior or damn proud!  She’s like the Wood Whisperer.  Why buy wood for a project if you can just take apart an old bed, dresser or any other scrap you have laying around.  I am convinced that Gail can make just about anything.  Who are these ladies with such vision?  OK, I can see the potential in this fire place.  The before is so so………80’s?  Now I thought I loved paint, but Gail really kicks it up a notch.  She is a regular in the oops paint section at Home Depot.  She will paint anything if it sits still.  Her fireplace transformation is daBomb!  She has a hammer and she’s not afraid to use it.To go along with that new fireplace, a friend of hers told her she needed something……..some light.  So she rummaged around in her garage, sawed on a few pieces of wood, glued here and there and made herself some candle sticks and accents for free.  Added some of her ooops paint, placed them in the area you normally would burn a fire…….so cute.

She has several photos on her site on repurposing furniture items for other things.  Great ideas.  Here she took an old dated headboard.  And just like that…she’s got a new message center.  What?  You didn’t see that coming?  Didn’t have that vision?  Me either.   But WOW!This dresser was a cast off from a friend.  It was pretty weathered, so she did what any of us would do…………she used paper bags to repurpose it.  OK, I confess……I’ve never heard of that either.  But I like it.   Looks pretty cool.  I would highly suggest rummaging through her photo library get a feel for all the items she creates from those old cast offs.  I’m just warning you now………….you’ll feel very inadequate.  But hey…… I can bake a mean muffin.



Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog
Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





  1. says

    You are so right, I would never, never vision that bedframe as a message/organizer center.
    I’m going to her blog and check out all the repurposed stuff. Thanks for the link.


  2. Martha says

    Wow. Awesome! I’m going to go visit her website right now. I wish I had that imagination! :-) Thanks for sharing.

  3. Alison says

    Wow, now that’s one creative gal! Love that message center. I wish I had that kind of creativity.

  4. Deborah says

    I am off to see the “Wood Whisperer” – OMG! Does she have the vision, or what? Thanks for hooking me up with her. She’ll be on my favorites list soon, I’m sure. Oh, and thanks for putting us in for the monthly Lisa Leonard giveaway. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Melissa says

    Wow she is good!!! thanks for sharing the inspiring site!!

    Thanks also for a chance to win big!!

    Melissa from Naches, WA

  6. Danyiel Johnson says

    Yeah, the message center…I would have never thought of that and I think outside of the box. It’s awesome.

  7. EFY says

    Cool ideas. I remember brown paper bag crafts from years ago. Going over to visit for some new ideas! Blessings!

  8. MLiss Inman says

    I love all of the amazing ideas she has. My mind is just not that creative. I will be going to get some fresh ideas from her blog. Thanks!

  9. says

    Gail inspired me daily. She is a master at refurbishing and working with wood AND she shoots out projects on a daily basis. Amazing!

  10. says

    I have a small headboard like that! It’s been sitting in the garage for about six months. Yeah! A project for this winter. Thank you to your crafty friend, and thank you to you for posting this.

  11. says

    I love your site!
    I’m amazed by miss repurposed !
    I have her on my side bar & love to see what she’s up to next!

  12. Roz says

    I love this kind of thing! I’ll definitely ck out more of photo gallery. Thanks for sharing this!

  13. Deb says

    I am in total amazement of women who have visions like that! My mind doesn’t think that creatively….wow is only one word to describe her talent! Thanks for her website too!

  14. gail says

    Thanks for featuring my blog today! I appreciate the very kind words from you and your readers. My fireplace is one of my all time favorites. I still look at it in wonder. :)
    Thanks again, and I’m so happy to have a chance to win this great giveaway!


  15. Gramma Teetsie says

    WOW – what amazing work and great ideas. That fireplace brightened the whole room. I have dark wood in my living room with bookshelves built in and I am so afraid to take the step to brighten up the shelves with lighter color. Would love it if I had a friend that would say – “OK, this is what we are going to do” I am just afraid of change but she makes it all look so easy. Thanks for the ideas.

  16. says

    You have great ideas and I find your advie inspirational. Waste not want not. Wow! That is great advice. Please, take a minute to view my blog. It is

  17. mary says

    I am amazed by peoples creativity. I looked at that and saw a door. But what a wonderful bed it made.

  18. Sarah S. says

    I have a girlfriend who did her whole kitchen with that paper bag technique. Her walls looked like old leather – amazing!!

  19. Gianina says

    Thanks for yours ideas. Love Lisa Leonard Jewerly. Thanks for the chance.
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