Why buy new? Flipped furniture saves money, environment

  • September 26, 2023

Lisa Arnold is a transformer.

The Richland resident takes pieces of furniture that are outdated and brings them back to life.

“I am passionate about this,” said Arnold, owner of Fabulously Flipped. “I put my heart and soul into every piece to make it look beautiful again.”

She began by refurbishing some of her own furniture in 2018 and selling it at a local upcycle shop in Richland called Modern Yesterdays.

By the summer of 2022, Arnold began searching for additional pieces to flip. Her business began to grow to — she started refurbishing bathroom vanities, kitchen cabinets and bedroom sets. She has recycled buffets, coffee tables, nightstands, desks and even old record players.

“A person might have a family heirloom they want to preserve, something special to them, and it just might need updated,” Arnold said. “They want to keep it, but feel like it needs a new color because they are changing the décor of their home. I can help them.”

One of the benefits is that clients don’t have to invest in purchasing new, she said.

According to Architectural Digest, a GlobalData survey said 54% of shoppers feel that buying secondhand furniture pieces is better for the environment.

Additionally, refurbished furniture adds a character that one isn’t going to find at budget or mass-produced furniture stores.

The cost of her service varies based on size, intricacy and technique — the paint and finishing process. Pricing for a six-drawer dresser starts at $200.

She typically works on quality wood pieces.

“I can save you money,” Arnold said. “A lot of times people get new countertops and floors and backsplashes for their kitchens. I can redo the cabinets for a fraction of the cost (of new ones).”

When she is doing a project such as refacing kitchen

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Inside a $100k renovated French-inspired home at Pinnacle @ Duxton, Lifestyle News

  • April 21, 2023

In this week’s Insider Tour, we visit a 1,001 square feet apartment in the Pinnacle @ Duxton, one of the most unique (and famous) public housing development in Singapore.

The apartment was purchased for $925,000 and underwent a $100,000 renovation to achieve a modern French aesthetic that pays homage to the heritage black and white houses of Singapore.

The first thing that greets you as you enter the apartment is the fluted feature wall, which wraps around to concealed storage and the bomb shelter.


The entrance to the apartment also features breeze blocks, adding to the overall charm and character of the space. As for the living, the feature wall is covered in wainscoting and the perimeter of the ceiling is dressed up with black crown molding.


The kitchen features a long counter and a vinyl herringbone floor, and the glass partitions were removed to create an open kitchen setup. The kitchen floor is covered by unique black and white motif tiles that go along with the classic pendant lights.


Another detail is the french arched doors with fluted panels that lead to the service yard.


The bathroom doors are quite a sight with French doors, and the bathroom has been done up with black tiles and matching black bathroom fittings that form a good contrast with the white basin.


The master bedroom features a king-sized bed and full-height cabinets with arched rattan detailing.



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This article was first published in Stackedhomes.

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Drew Barrymore Shares Her Intense Home Renovations, Destroying A Kitchen With A Hammer

  • June 21, 2022

By Zoe Phillips,

Drew Barrymore may be on her way to a new kitchen. The actress posted a video to Instagram on Monday showing off her personal demolition skills.

In the clip, Barrymore takes a hammer to the counter and cabinets of a brightly colored kitchen. Dressed in work clothes and safety glasses, she smashes sections of checkered green tile and pulls down a row of white cabinets that hang above them.

“Don’t mind me, I’m just having the time of my LIFE,” she captioned the video.

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Last year, Barrymore revealed a different kitchen renovation also on Instagram when she posted a carousel of images that also showed off her kitchenware line, Cook With Beautiful.

“Kitchen Reno complete,” she wrote at the time.

Barrymore didn’t say where this new renovation is happening now. Regardless, she is no stranger to home design. Her The Drew Barrymore Showsegment, Designed By Drew, features a partnership with design expert Mikel Welch — together, the two of them remodel the homes of others around the world.

“Drew puts her love of design to use improving the living spaces for people spreading positivity around the world,” tdrew“he show’s website reads.

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Barrymore recently spoke about the success of her daytime show while Seth Meyers last month.

Meyers began his conversation with Barrymore by congratulating her on the six daytime Emmy nominations she and the show received. “I feel like relief is a huge definition of joy right now, too,” Barrymore replied. “Like, I’m so relieved that it’s working, that we get to stay.”

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Home Renovations That Will Pay You Back

  • June 13, 2022

“If it’s more than 15 years old, upgrading the kitchen floor, cabinetry and appliances to modern standards will net you more money during [the] time of sale,” said Joe Polyak, founder and realtor of Rise Homes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Many families view the kitchen as the center of the home. So, minor kitchen renovations can drastically increase your property’s value — the Remodeling report showed a 65 percent national recoup on average. This renovation can also increase home enjoyment for the entire family.

If you have an outdoor kitchen that needs to be renovated, consider updating the appliances. For example, Lowe’s offers savings on high-quality appliances.

“Outdoor entertaining and grilling go hand in hand,” said Jule Eller, director of trend and style at Lowe’s. “So bring the heat, and fire up that backyard flavor with a modular grill. You can choose add-ons like a sink, side burners or refrigerator to create a complete outdoor kitchen.”

Still, renovators should take care not to go overboard with kitchen remodel costs. “Upgrading the appliances to a certain level of luxury — KitchenAid versus Bosch, for example — can significantly increase value,” said Polyak. “Be careful, though. You don’t need to put Wolf appliances in a condo in a blue-collar condo complex. That won’t add value.”

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