desk repurposed as vanity by Amy's Upcycles

So Many Ways to Repurpose a Desk!

I was talking on the phone to a potential client the other day about a desk he has that is a sentimental family piece, but is simply not functional.  The place where your knees are supposed to go is so small that only a child could fit.  I have not seen the desk or even… Continue reading So Many Ways to Repurpose a Desk!

Hoosier Cabinet, Amy's Upcycles, upcycles, refinish, repurpose, customize, painted furniture, Pottstown, PA, TCACC

Hoosier Cabinet Reborn

This Hoosier cabinet makeover was so much fun! My client was given this cabinet and it was in pretty rough condition.  Although the flour bin and sifter were in great shape, it was missing the roll-down door on the top and the decorative trim on the bottom of the base was no longer attached.  The floor… Continue reading Hoosier Cabinet Reborn

Amy's Upcycles, Upcycle, Refinish, Painted Furniture, Pottstown, PA, repurpose, reuse

Work With What You Have

I recently hosted a workshop with Erin Cochran of Revealing Redesign on how to get "unstuck" with your home challenges.  One of the topics we covered with this wonderful group of fun and energetic people (I'm telling you, this group was a hoot!) is working with what you already have.  You may look at some… Continue reading Work With What You Have


Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce Display

I'm so excited to have the opportunity to showcase examples of my work at the Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce. During the month of July, I have several pieces on display at the Chamber office.  If you are interested in seeing these items in person, you can stop by the Chamber at 152 E. High St.,… Continue reading Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce Display


Cartoons Reimagined

A lot of what I do involves repurposing pieces in their new life.  When I saw this desk, I immediately knew I wanted to create a coffee or wine bar.  Drink bars are becoming more and more popular, and I love finding compact pieces that will fit the bill. I purchased this old secretary desk (yes,… Continue reading Cartoons Reimagined


From the Moment I Saw It…

This cabinet came from the basement of a friend's house and was donated to me to see if I could do something with it.  From the moment I laid eyes on it, I knew what it wanted to become.  It was destined to be a beautiful coffee bar, with an open space for a coffee… Continue reading From the Moment I Saw It…


Damage Repair and a Makeover

I have a friend who ordered this cute little storage unit, but unfortunately, it arrived with the door broken.   She called the company and they told her to just dispose of it and they would send her a new one.  Sooooo.... I loved the size and functionality of this storage unit.  But without the… Continue reading Damage Repair and a Makeover


Outside the Box

When it comes to upcycling, thinking outside the box is at the heart of what I do. That doesn't always just apply to looking at a singular piece of furniture. Sometimes it’s a much larger picture. For instance, unless you built your home and selected each and every element, there’s bound to be something you… Continue reading Outside the Box


Do You See What I See?

Often times when it comes to these extremely dated, heavily varnished pieces, it's hard to imagine another life for them. But if you take a step back and look closely, this piece provides two drawers, a storage cabinet, and bi-level flat surfaces. What could that mean to you? It means this piece could become a… Continue reading Do You See What I See?