Turn the Everyday into Eco-Fabulous: How to Transform Tired Furniture into Sytlish Must-Haves

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We hear a lot about the power of reuse. It's better for the environment and your wallet. But, where do you start? For most of us, thinking about do-it-yourself projects can be a little intimidating, especially if you're idea of unclogging the sink is calling the plumber.

Fortunately, DIY experts like Zem Joaquin of ecofabulous have made it their business to show us how easy and cool a little bit of creative reuse can be.

To prove how easy and inexpensive it actually is, Zem went onto Kijiji Classifieds and bought a "pre-loved" cabinet to give an ecofabulous make-over. Below is a step-by-step guide of how she turned an ordinary and easily-forgettable piece of furniture into a stylish attention grabber. The piece needed a little TLC, but the craftsmanship was excellent.

The greatest part, beyond using low-VOC paint and preventing a perfectly great item from ending up in a landfill, the whole thing only cost $70, including the price of the cabinet.

Plus, she offers cool, creative ways to get those elegant little accents, like sanding brass handles instead of using a chemical polisher to create a brushed metal look, so that you don't have to expose yourself to harsh toxins or chemicals in the process.

Here are the steps Zem took to convert the cabinet into something fresh and beautiful, while still keeping it's original charm.

A Kijiji Cabinet Conversion

Courtesy of Zem Joaquin, ecofabulous