• Source cheap goods through recycling centres and auction houses.
• But when it comes to auctions make sure you stick to your top price and don’t go over.
• Also, be resourceful, there’s no shame in collecting freebies from council clean-up piles and you’ll be doing the planet a favour – re-using other people’s garbage.
We found a wooden card table which was transformed into a dining table using vinyl ($16 a metre from Lincraft) cut to size with a craft knife. It was then secured to the tabletop using contact adhesive and staples. Shannon also found some plastic garbage bins from the Bowers Reuse and Repair Centre which was then upended and topped with cushions to use as seats for their table.
We also hunted down an old window and frame ($20) at a recycling centre, which was cleaned up and reinvented as a coffee tabletop (by sitting it on an old wooden box).
Recycling centres often collect the waste collected at council clean-ups to repair and re-sell cheaply. The Bowers Reuse and Repair Centre is at Hut 34, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville.
For more information and tips from Shannon, visit the Lush House show page here