Summer inspires us to spend more time outside. Having the imagination to conjure up furniture ideas while strolling around the beach area or walking in the woods has always influenced my creativity.
I was recently inspired while spending time on Plum Island's Sandy Point Refuge. It's always intriguing to notice items deposited on the beach from the strong winter surf. Driftwood was in abundance; however, always amazing to me are the 12-foot beams weathered and washed up on the shoreline. This recent adventure has inspired me to research the possibilities of upcycling otherwise unusable salvage from the shore.
While decorating these recent days, most people noticeably aren't purchasing bedroom suites as much as in the past.
Platform bed: Obtain (2) long wood beams, from a salvage yard or your weekend adventures. Measure the size of your mattress. Cut the beams to the desired width. Place one on the floor at the head of the bed location and one at the length of the foot bed location. Lay wood planks of different sizes on top of the beams lengthwise and directly next to each other to create a platform for the mattress to rest on. Nail the boards into the beams at the top and bottom. Place the mattress on top. No headboard or footboard necessary.
Leaning driftwood floor lamp: Create a floor lamp with driftwood or reclaimed wood. Measure 5 feet in height and cut. Choose a wall sconce fixture that works with your room décor. Drill a hole in the wood piece to feed the electrical cord through and attached the light fixture. Plug into a wall socket connected to a wall light switch.
Driftwood mirror: Collect smaller finger-size wood pieces of driftwood from the shore. Purchase an 8-, 10- or 12-inch round mirror or use one that you have. Using a hot glue gun, attach the pieces 1 inch into the mirror's edge. This will create the first layer of wood around the perimeter of the mirror. Continue to layer the pieces to the desired thickness.
Wood trunk end table: Using tree trunk sections to make end tables are easy, depending on the look you want to achieve. Stripping off the bark of the truck will provide a sleek more modern look. Measure the desired height and cut. Add feet or legs to create your own style. Finish the wood table with a clear coat of Verathane.
All materials can be purchased at craft and home improvement stores.
Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs and RAW Furnishings, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at blogs.lowellsun.com/daleydecor. She also blogs at debbedaleydesignsllc.blogspot.com.