Don't throw it away - repurpose it at Transitional REdesign: Talk of the Towns

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - Furniture repurposing and upcycling is all the rage right now. Buying vintage furniture pieces that are a few years old is a way to create fun, exciting new items that can be easily incorporated into your current decor. Repurposing...

Don't throw it away - repurpose it at Transitional REdesign: Talk of the Towns

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - Furniture repurposing and upcycling is all the rage right now. Buying vintage furniture pieces that are a few years old is a way to create fun, exciting new items that can be easily incorporated into your current decor. Repurposing vintage furniture doesn't have to mean that you are simply reupholstering or adding a new coat of varnish. With a little creativity, vintage or recycled furniture- or pieces and parts of the furniture- can be turned into completely new items to use throughout your home!

This is one thing that Transitional Treasures knows a lot about. This Broadview Heights consignment shop not only offers incredible buys on furniture, household items, jewelry and clothes but also offers classes in furniture painting and repurposing furniture. Transitional REdesign is a division that focuses on teaching people how to stretch their budget by being a bit creative. To get you started on your next DIY project, here are a few of the ways you can repurpose vintage furniture. One is it just add a fresh coat of paint to an old item and them perhaps some hand-painted flowers or design for a whimsical feel.

An easy project that allows you to create a cute way to display small collectibles, knick-knacks or even books is to hang the drawers of an old dresser or nightstand on your wall.

Picture frames aren't large pieces of furniture, but they can still be repurposed in all kinds of ways. Remove the glass and make anything from memo displays, jewelry holders, serving trays, and more.

An old stepstool can make a perfect bedside table with a fresh coat of paint.

Convert a headboard into a blanket or quilt rack to display in your guest bedroom.

Take a vintage side table and make it into a showstopper in your home with furniture painting classes at Transitional REdesign.Transitional Design 

Old armoires can be transformed into a child's dress-up wardrobe. Buy a slightly beat-up looking armoire, remove the doors, paint it a vibrant pink or purple for your favorite little one.

Take an old console television set and convert into a cozy spot for your furry friend to relax.

Transitional REdesign is hosting a furniture painting class on Sat. March 28 and will also give more tips on repurposing furniture. For more information, go to transitionaldesign.net or call 440-627-6390. Transitional Treasure and Transitional Design are located at 601 Towpath Rd., Broadview Heights.

Seniors of the year: The floor is open for nominations for the Brecksville Senior Volunteer Man and Woman of the Year sponsored by the Department of Human Services and the Brecksville Kiwanis Club. Pick up a nomination form at the Human Services Center. Deadline for nominations is March 17. The annual Volunteer of the Year luncheon is Tuesday, May 16 at noon at the Human Services Center.

Pancakes anyone? Scout Troop 652/Crew 652 is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast on Sun., March 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Basil's the Great Parish Center. Cost is $5 adults, $4 children under 12 and seniors over 55. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit cup and a beverage (coffee, tea, orange juice, milk or water.) All proceeds will help send the scouts to the Sea Base National High Adventure Base in the Virgin Islands. It's all you can eat so come hungry and help out the scouts!

Make clay jewelry: The Independence Art Guild hosts a program on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. on Polymer Clay Jewelry at the Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Drive. Polymer clay is an art medium that is known for its versatility, pliability, and simplicity to work with.  This easy-to-work clay can be baked in a home oven. Attendees will create marbleized beads and/or a wearable art pin during the hands-on program. The cost for members is $3.00; for non-members $5.00. In addition there will also be a $5.00 supply fee. For reservations, contact Carol Braverman at 216-524-1045. Fees will be collected at the door.

Library happenings: "Investigate It! Evidence" is for children to learn how scientists analyze fingerprints, tire tracks and other evidence and then perform their own investigation. This fun program is Thurs. March 16 for grades 6-12 at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

A "Practice ACT Test" will be given to students grades 9-12 on March 11 from 1-4:30 p.m. This is a full-length practice ACT test sponsored by Huntington Learning Center and is free and open to the public.

An "ACT Test-Taking Tips and Practice Test Results Workshop" is for students grades 9-12 to help improve their scores with valuable tips from The Huntington Learning Center. Students will also get their results from the ACT Practice Test on March 11. Parents are welcome on Wed. March 15 at 7:00 p.m.

The Cuyahoga County Public Library Brecksville Branch is located at 9089 Brecksville Rd. Register online at cuyahogalibrary.org or call 440-526-1102. To register, for more information and a complete list of events, visit cuyahogalibrary.org. All events are sponsored by Friends of Brecksville Branch Library

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