SPECIAL REPORT: Turning trash to treasure, Do it yourself

SPECIAL REPORT: Turning trash to treasure, Do it yourself

TYLER (KYTX) - The idea of bringing trash inside you're home doesn't necessarily sound like a good idea, but nowadays more and more people are doing just that: Taking trash and turning it into treasure.

Do it yourself-ers are popping up all over the place, trying their hand and creating one of a kind items ranging from furniture, clothing, decorations and other knick-knacks...

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains while this growing trend of doing it yourself is not only a fun way to express yourself, but it is also a way to save money.

People can spend thousands of dollars in the run of a year to get those special pieces of furniture, or hundreds of dollars upgrading their wardrobe. Nowadays more and more people are realizing how much something costs, doesn't necessarily indicate it's worth. So instead of searching high and low for just the right piece of furniture, or that one piece of clothing you really want, people are just making it themselves.

With a coat of paint and the swipe of a rag, a turquoise throw away table can get a new life.

"If you don't like the color repaint it, sand it down if you have to," said do it yourself-er Rebecca Wells.

For years she's taken old pieces of furniture and neglected items and given them a new look.

"It's almost like artistic expression. Some people can paint a beautiful landscape, make clothing but this is something I can do."

Wells says there's not right way when it comes to DIY.

"Take a dresser paint it make it make it match it can be a great buffet in your dining room, You can take an entertainment center paint it to match your kitchen and use it as a pantry," Wells said.

But there are some tips: shop at garage sales and go to second hand stores.

"These are quality pieces, they're solid wood."

Also, check with family members to see if they have old items they don't use anymore.

"If you look back to the 60's and 70's you may see those pieces are dated but it's got really good bones, it's solid wood and it's gonna last forever it just needs some sprucing up".

Wells first tried her hand at DIY back in college, however more, people all over the country are doing their own projects...

"I think there is some wisdom is knowing how to have a budget and live within your means."

Avid do it yourself-ers like wells say, the DIY-ing picked up steam as the country went through the recession.

In 2009, at the height of the recession, the Bureau Labor of Statistics reports the national unemployment rate hit a 26 year high of 10.2 percent, leaving nearly 12-million Americans jobless.

"They take an item which was supposed to something totally different originally and do something else," said Habitat Restore director Joe Woodridge.

Habitat Restore is a branch under Habitat for Humanity which helps build homes for low income families.

Most of the furniture, fixtures, appliances, paints, wallpaper and a long list of other items are donated to the facility, and all of it is for sale to the public, it's not just for habitat home owners.

"A lot of people come in and find things that say i really wan to do something with this," Woodridge said.

He said he's seen an increase in people coming to the store for DIY projects. The difference here, all the money goes back toward helping Habitat for Humanity.

"They save some money but they also know the money they spend go toward helping to build for low income families."

Wells says, she's gone to resale stores like the Restore, and Tyler consignment and wherever else she can go to get the goods she needs.

"I actually had a dining room table a garage sale for like $35. The Restore had a huge shipment of chairs. I got the last five chairs and that was $5 a piece," Wells said.

With YouTube, Pintrest, magazines and just you're imagination, there's an ever flowing list of places to get DIY inspiration. The key is to just get started.

"You want nice things, but you should not have to sacrifice style for savings."


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