HOW TO RE-PURPOSE OLD FURNITURE - two matching display cabinets

I call them "The Nouveau Brothers" because
they are twins and I added a little art deco
styling to them. I built these cabinet using
all re-purposed parts from different
unwanted pieces of furniture. But the
inspiration that started them off was found
in a very unique pieces of furniture.

I purchased this dresser from an auction (below left) about 9 months earlier.
It looked like a dresser when I was bidding on it but come to find out it was 2 little
sets of drawers stacked and only attached at the back with wood braces (below right).

These 2 short little pieces started my brain thinking. 4 months later I came up with a plan
to use them as the base to 2 matching cabinets. And I must add when you re-purpose furniture
and you only build with recycled items, finding multiples of what you need is not easy.
Here is a look at the BEFORE & AFTERS of many of the things that made it all come together.

Strange Little Dressers

Shelves came from a bookcase headboard

Curved tops came from another headboard

Bed slats for shelves & Bed rails for shelf walls 

 Reclaimed Glass Doors from a Hutch 

Cast Iron Stove Legs

 Wood handles from an old dresser

and finally Chair Arms for something fancy

I want to thank everyone who continues to support me and let you know
I couldn't do this without your wonderful comments and encouraging words!


Lastly here are some updates of treasures that can be found at


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  1. Good grief~no wonder it took so long! You must have the patience of Job to search out all those individual parts. I can emphatically state that I will NEVER do such a project, LOL. My method is to buy something, see what I have around the house or in the scrap bin to "fix it up" and go from there. Which explains why my projects are most definitely not in the same league as yours. Just a beautiful job you did on these, kudos!

  2. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR !!.....this is the most amazing thing. You and yours just blow my skirt up with all the beautiful furniture you make. Just amazing.
    xo bj

  3. Kristy, If no one has ever told you this, than I am going too. You are amazing my dear, alot of people say they upcycle furniture because they paint a dresser or too, myself included in that list. But you are the queen or upcyclers, who else would have used all those parts or even thought of using those parts. You have such vision and you are so talented, I am in awe of the things you create, I really am.
    Amazing Amazing going back to look at that post again for the third time now.
    ps I just ordered 2 frames from George, I have the same ones in my bedroom and I painted the inside with chalkboard paint and put our intials in them. A friend keeps trying to steal them lol Now I can make her some. hugs Tobey (I bow to you, oh queen of upcyclers)

  4. I know I've said it before, but you're fekkin' brilliant! I would never think to put all those pieces together! You ARE the queen of upcycling.

  5. If you remember a comment I made in a guest post about being "smacked silly" by some bloggers, you were one of those it referred too. Might only be one other one now that I think of it. When you put pieces together it smacks me silly girl.


  6. Those look amazing! I wish I could hire you to build me furniture.

  7. OMG! You know that I am a fan of yours, but I just have to stop and say, you are not only a carpenter, painter of furniture, restorer, etc. but you are a top #1 ARTEEST!
    Your art form comes forth in each and every piece, and I can tell that your love for what you do, is included in each and every piece. The Noveau Brothers are just the show case for all your talents, and even though it was a challenge to you, I have a feeling that you do you best work with a challenge. I just wish I had some money, because there have been 4-5 pieces of yours that I would have purchased in a heart beat and I want all the rest of them too! Ha Thanks for sharing all this beauty with us and keep up the great talent!

  8. You are blessed with such an eye for design and finding the jewel in the coal! I am in awe, just in awe. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. unbelievable. You are truly the queen! lol. I would never have thought to do all that. Of course I would never have the patience or vision. Hah. Turned out great.

  10. I absolutely adore these!!! I am floored by the amount of imagination and ingenuity it took to put these together from all that salvaged stuff. I bow to the Queen.

  11. WOW! You are super talented lady! I love these!!

  12. Seriously what you do with these pieces is amazing. What transformations I have seen you do since I became a follower. I have a friend who also makes cabinets out of doors, but hands down you win.

  13. You really are creative at putting all those parts together and coming up with something wonderful, it's amazing!

  14. THIS is your best trait: you see the potential of every little piece, and that somehow you will find other pieces to add and make actotally new item. I was amazed just watching you go through an entire warehouse then find a hidden room with a ton of treasures that I never knew was there. You are amazing!

  15. These are insane Kristy!! you have such vision & a such a talent to pull together the random parts to create something so cohesive it looks as though its always been like that :) Kudos on another stellar project!!
    carolyn xox




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