Upcycling in Style

Lately, a few designers here at Furnitureland South have been up to some good.

Working alongside other local designers here in NC, we’ve been furnishing two custom-built homes, all in the name of charity.

The project, called Chic Chateau, not only showcases local design talent, but fundraises for Habitat for Humanity, to buy building supplies to build homes for the needy.

But this is no ordinary design project. The budget for each room is extremely small. And we mean SMALL.

For the past few months, we’ve scoured local consignment shops and thrift stores. We picked through the dirty, the broken, the straight-from-grandma’s-basement pieces to uncover unexpected treasures at unbelievable bargains. You have to have an open mind, but you also have to have an imagination to see the potential! You’ll see what we mean.

We breathed life back into these pieces through repainting, reupholstering, or adjusting the function (maybe it wasn’t INTENDED to be a table, or a bench, but now it’s hard to see it any other way!).  Now the two homes are completely furnished – down to accessories and rugs, and every bit of it is for sale!

Take a look at some of the before and after shots…what transformations!

These wing back chairs had great lines and a timeless style, but definitely needed a face-lift.

Success!  These newly reupholstered chairs look fabulous in the Living Room space!

{Living Room designed by Kate Zylstra + Stephanie Sitton}

This doesn’t look too appealing, and you might easily walk away and never give it a second look. But give it to a designer…

…and you end up with a fantastic entertainment unit!  What a difference a coat of paint and a little imagination did to this piece!

{bonus room designed by Monique Kidd + Meredith Allen}

Yikes! How ugly are these pieces?

Ta-Da! Yes, this is the SAME lamp and scroll back dining chair.

{dining room designed by Jaime Berg + Jessica Yelverton}

You definitely need to see these completely rooms in person! The homes, located in Greensboro, NC at the Gates of Brassfield off New Garden Road (2006 & 2008 Stratton Hills Court), are open to the public this weekend (September 28-30) from 10am – 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 5pm on Sunday.  Tickets are $15 for one day and $20 for a two-day pass. All proceeds from ticket sales and the furnishings sale will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

So come on out and give one of these unique, one-of-a-kind a home! By doing so, you’ll be helping give someone deserving a home, too.

Kate L Zylstra

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