Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rising to the Funky Junk Challenge

Are you all following Donna's 31 day from blog to business series at Funky Junk Interiors?  If not, head over there NOW and check it out.  One of Donna's lessons was to look at something in a new way and she challenged us to find an object and use it in a different way.  Now this is one of my favorite things to do.  When I taught elementary school I would show the students an object and ask them to list the many varied and unusual uses and ideas for it.  They loved stretching their imaginations this way and so did I.  I have challenged myself that way a few times--check those ideas out here and here.

I decided to use a little $1 stool I had picked up at the thrift store.  Paint job on this one?? It was called cleaning out the paint brush, brushing on a few different colors I had used before washing the brush.  A little stain over the top finished the look. 
repurposed step stool http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/rising-to-funky-junk-challenge.html
On to my unsual idea or ideas--I challenged myslef to come up with uses other than step stool for this piece.
Idea #1--Decorative "lift" to give home decor a little more height when needed.
repurposed step stool http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/rising-to-funky-junk-challenge.html


repurposed step stool http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/rising-to-funky-junk-challenge.html
Idea #2--A towel holder (excuse the dirty towel--I was baking a pie and it was my shoulder towel.)
repurposed step stool http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/rising-to-funky-junk-challenge.html


repurposed step stool http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/rising-to-funky-junk-challenge.html
Idea #3--A place to corral frequently used kitchen items
repurposed step stool http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/rising-to-funky-junk-challenge.html

repurposed step stool http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/rising-to-funky-junk-challenge.html
Idea #4--A little book holder for a shelf or table
repurposed step stool http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/rising-to-funky-junk-challenge.html

repurposed step stool http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/rising-to-funky-junk-challenge.html
Idea #5--Cookbook and recipe card holder. 
repurposed step stool http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/rising-to-funky-junk-challenge.html

repurposed step stool http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/rising-to-funky-junk-challenge.html
Challenge yourself--it is fun and good for your creativity.

14 comments:

  1. Inspired--that is one versatile piece!

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  2. Oh wow Becky I love all of those ideas !! I think the one that really stood out to me the most is the towel holder for some reason ~ I love them all though!

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  3. Can I have one :). Love the kitchen cookbook and recipe idea...and the color of the stool helps its versatility too I think :)

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  4. Love the cookbook version...possibly because I have those same gluten free cookbooks. Celiac here...you too?

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  5. I think the towel holder is my favorite, Becky. It was the one I least expected, but seemed so perfect after your photo.

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  6. Great ideas...very clever....enjoy your day...Mariaelena

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  7. Love the old step stool!
    You really have some very fun & clever ways in which to use the stool.
    I am inspired :)

    ~Diane

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  8. Wow, you really came up with some great vignettes for that cute stool - great job! I've been following her challenge, and I selected the piece I want to use for this challenge - you've inspired me to get up and do it!

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  9. Nice job, Becky!
    I hope to join her party later this afternoon.

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  10. I didn't get around to doing her project.:( BUT, I really enjoyed seeing how you perfectly pulled it off!! Love it.

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  11. Idea #3 and #5 Looks like it's purpose is in the kitchen! Very cute!

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  12. A cute and versatile little stool. It looks very well loved. All the ideas are great but my favourites are 1, 2 and 3.

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  13. Love the variety of ideas you have. Would never have thought to use it as a towel holder. Love it.

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  14. Very Cute , lOVE all of your ideas, great thinking!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your kind words!