Over the past years, more and more tasteless DIY'ers have been ruining perfectly fine coffee tables, dressers, and other pieces with lousy paint jobs.

However, there's now a counter-movement, dedicated to fighting their crimes. And many of them can be seen on the subreddit 'Reverse Pinterest.'

According to its 'About' page, this online community is dedicated to "showcasing handcrafted wood pieces that have been rescued from Pinterest-paint hell and restored to their original glory."

Maybe it's not the biggest subreddit, but its 24K members provide a steady stream of content (much of which is produced by their own effort), so continue scrolling and check out their most popular posts.

#1

Restored This Beauty To Original Glory. $20 Goodwill Cedar Chest Returned From Crackled Paint Torture

Restored This Beauty To Original Glory. $20 Goodwill Cedar Chest Returned From Crackled Paint Torture

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K- THULU
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5 days ago

How could someone paint over that?... It's beautiful...

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#2

I Don't Know If I Can Top This One! Fully Restored Brasilia II Petite Buffet

I Don't Know If I Can Top This One! Fully Restored Brasilia II Petite Buffet

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Satan Laughs
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5 days ago

Woah. Talent!!

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Second-hand furniture can add a unique edge to a home and is often easier on your wallet. According to interior designer Deirdre O'Connell, there are things you can do to better your chances of coming across a great find.

"Scouring for second-hand furniture isn't for everyone, but its advantages have never been so great," she said.

"There is the obvious, generally large, financial saving, all the while doing your major bit for climate change, but with global material shortages and long, changeable, shipping delays, wait time for decent furniture can now regularly be 25, 30, even 40 weeks."

#3

Behold, The Most Satisfying Reverse Pinterest Of 2021

Behold, The Most Satisfying Reverse Pinterest Of 2021

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 days ago

Why must people paint such beautiful wood grain 😣

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#4

Something I Did A Few Weeks Ago. :)

Something I Did A Few Weeks Ago. :)

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Ren Karlej
Community Member
5 days ago

Thank you for also putting the base the right way up!

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#5

Painted Antique Mantle Restoration Transformation

Painted Antique Mantle Restoration Transformation

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago (edited)

I was only just saying to someone two days ago how, when they were renovating old houses, they used to rip out the old fireplaces and throw them into a skip with the other rubbish. Such workmanship that went into them. This mantel has to be my favourite restoration.

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For this variety of reasons, more and more people are turning to local vintage, antique, and “pre-loved” finds to furnish their homes, and with a little thought, they can achieve a gorgeous look too.

"As a designer, I avoid anything too perfect, or anything too dated and fussy," O'Connell said. "I like contemporary schemes, of bright rooms with charming furniture and interesting touches. I love the mix of the old and the new."

#6

Heard You Guys Like A Good Before And After

Heard You Guys Like A Good Before And After

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

I really like this.

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#7

Thinking My Recent Rehab Of This Pre-Pinterest Paint Job Would Be Enjoyed Here

Thinking My Recent Rehab Of This Pre-Pinterest Paint Job Would Be Enjoyed Here

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

It was tacky before. I love it now.

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#8

Lane Acclaim Side Table Hidden Under Pea Green Paint!

Lane Acclaim Side Table Hidden Under Pea Green Paint!

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tara
Community Member
5 days ago

This is my fave.

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#9

Vintage Console I Stripped A While Ago

Vintage Console I Stripped A While Ago

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

Hard to imagine someone hid it behind paint.

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To find old treasures, she has made a list of the places where she can source a range of furniture, collectibles, homewares, and bric-a-brac.

In the country she's living, Ireland, there are plenty of wonderful, second-hand marketplaces online, like Done Deal, Adverts.ie, and Gumtree, which are free to sell on and easy to navigate.

Find out what alternatives the internet has to offer for your area, and in the search bars, use brand names or shops like Neptune, Bo Concept, Casey’s Furniture, or Ventura to discover any items from valued furniture names. 

#10

Thought Y’all Might Appreciate My Efforts

Thought Y’all Might Appreciate My Efforts

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Maggie
Community Member
5 days ago

Apprecisted big time.

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#11

The Abuse Is Finally Over

The Abuse Is Finally Over

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Nizumi
Community Member
5 days ago

Someone ... painted...over...INLAY...?!??!??!?!?!? Why would you paint over inlay?!??

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#12

I Put Two Months Of My Time On Weekends And After Work To Remove The Awful Paint From This Gorgeous Danish Teak Desk With Floating Legs!

I Put Two Months Of My Time On Weekends And After Work To Remove The Awful Paint From This Gorgeous Danish Teak Desk With Floating Legs!

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Ren Karlej
Community Member
5 days ago

Shouldn't that be floating drawers rather than legs? Doesn't matter I know, but I was just curious 🤷

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#13

Was Told To Post Here. Before And After De-Pinteresting

Was Told To Post Here. Before And After De-Pinteresting

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K. Lange
Community Member
5 days ago

In am not mad about the before. I love the color

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1st Dibs, for example, is a world-class platform, full of vintage designer listings and is regularly used by interior designers for antique and modern furniture.

You’ll see its name regularly in the sourcebooks of design magazines. However, remember that even vintage designer furniture often doesn’t come cheap, so it might be a good idea to start your searches from "Price Low To High" if you're looking to save an extra dollar.

#14

Before And After

Before And After

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Ren Karlej
Community Member
5 days ago

Such beautiful wood panelling - why on earth do people want to hide this under layers of paint?

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#15

A Ridiculous Amount Of Love, Patience, And Skill Went Into Reversing These Mid-Century Modern Pieces! I Restore For A Living, And Although I Really Hate Dealing With Painted Stuff, It Makes Me That Much Prouder Of My Craft

A Ridiculous Amount Of Love, Patience, And Skill Went Into Reversing These Mid-Century Modern Pieces! I Restore For A Living, And Although I Really Hate Dealing With Painted Stuff, It Makes Me That Much Prouder Of My Craft

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setsuriseikou
Community Member
5 days ago

Outstanding job!

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#16

Under 3 Coats Of White Paint And 1 Coat Of Green, Was This Beautiful Rimu Timber

Under 3 Coats Of White Paint And 1 Coat Of Green, Was This Beautiful Rimu Timber

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Ren Karlej
Community Member
5 days ago

Much better now!

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#17

Restauration Process, Finished!

Restauration Process, Finished!

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Lisa H
Community Member
5 days ago

My goth heart likes both, DON'T DOWN VOTE!!!!

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Then there are charity shops, antique shops, markets, and salvage yards. Again, do your research and find out where they are located around you. Even if you don't find anything visiting these places, your time won't be wasted.

"There is a great sub-culture to the second-hand furniture world," O'Connell said. "In my experience, things tend to be memorable; you'll have a funny story to tell, you’ll encounter hilarious characters, or you’ll learn the hard way about measuring up!"

#18

Thonet Dining Chairs, Redeemed

Thonet Dining Chairs, Redeemed

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

These look super.

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#19

Before And After

Before And After

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

Such a big difference. I would have this in my home.

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#20

Stripping Paint Is The Absolute Worst. Three Weeks After Staring I’ve Finally Made It, Boys. Just Picked Up Another Similar Dresser Painted Brown. Why Do I Do This To Myself

Stripping Paint Is The Absolute Worst. Three Weeks After Staring I’ve Finally Made It, Boys. Just Picked Up Another Similar Dresser Painted Brown. Why Do I Do This To Myself

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
5 days ago

Because you’re a good person who rescues abused furniture and rehomes it to someone who will cherish it in its intended form.

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#21

American Of Martinsville Dresser That I Tried My Best To Restore

American Of Martinsville Dresser That I Tried My Best To Restore

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Boreddd🇺🇦
Community Member
5 days ago

Tbh, I think they're both pretty

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However, as you can see from the pics, some things look better if you withhold from painting them. Interior designer Kelli Ellis thinks you should not pick up a brush just for the sake of doing it.

"Slapping any old paint on the furniture can turn into a disaster. Take time to consider what your best paint options are, or leave the furniture as it is," Ellis said.

#22

I Saw This Desk On Cl For $50 And Drove From San Antonio To College Station To Pick It Up. Restored It In American Oak And Black Lacquer

I Saw This Desk On Cl For $50 And Drove From San Antonio To College Station To Pick It Up. Restored It In American Oak And Black Lacquer

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

A job very well done. I love the legs.

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#23

60s/70s Wine Bar Restoration

60s/70s Wine Bar Restoration

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Mia Black
Community Member
5 days ago (edited)

What a beauty

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#24

Facebook Marketplace Makeover

Facebook Marketplace Makeover

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
5 days ago

What did they pair it with on the left? A neon sign?

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#25

Pair Of Lane Acclaim Round Tables

Pair Of Lane Acclaim Round Tables

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Maggie
Community Member
5 days ago

I love the beautiful patina on those.

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"Painting furniture is a skill that takes time to master. It is a bad idea to simply attack a piece of wood ... with a paintbrush or spray can."

"Although you can find videos on YouTube, you truly need more than a three-minute explanation of how to do it," the interior designer highlighted. "People who rely on the Internet to help them paint furniture almost always end up with furniture they do not want to keep."

#26

Final Update On My Mcm Nightstands! Before, Fully Stripped, And After! They Are My Pride And Joy

Final Update On My Mcm Nightstands! Before, Fully Stripped, And After! They Are My Pride And Joy

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Maggie
Community Member
5 days ago

Much better.

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#27

My First Furniture Unflip

My First Furniture Unflip

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Nene Miu Miu
Community Member
5 days ago

That is absolutely beautiful! To look at it makes my heart sing I want to just sit by that beautiful piece of furniture and its sunny glowing finish that is like summertime it is fantastic

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#28

The ‘Distressed’ Console That Caused Me Such Distress

The ‘Distressed’ Console That Caused Me Such Distress

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Ren Karlej
Community Member
5 days ago

Distress? Poor thing looks like it was in agony! Much better now, beautiful wood.

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#29

I Bought This Coffee Table In 2018 For $15 At A Flea Market Because It Was Cheap And I Needed Something For My Living Room. Finally Got Around To Stripping It This Weekend

I Bought This Coffee Table In 2018 For $15 At A Flea Market Because It Was Cheap And I Needed Something For My Living Room. Finally Got Around To Stripping It This Weekend

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Torrey Walters
Community Member
5 days ago

The before picture looked alright, but I'm so glad you removed the paint

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Ellis said that even though it is currently trendy to paint furniture, trends tend to change with the wind.

"Something that seems to look good now can easily seem dated in a few years. At that point, you are either stuck with your 'handy work' or in for a huge refinishing job."

#30

Johnson Carper Ronda Saved From Teal Spray Paint

Johnson Carper Ronda Saved From Teal Spray Paint

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
5 days ago

*throws money at screen*

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#31

Forgot To Take A Pic Of The Finished Product Without Stuff On It But! My First Reverse Pintrest On This $10 Genuine Mahogany Dresser That Had Been Spray Painted

Forgot To Take A Pic Of The Finished Product Without Stuff On It But! My First Reverse Pintrest On This $10 Genuine Mahogany Dresser That Had Been Spray Painted

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Scout Finch
Community Member
5 days ago

WHY would someone spray paint over Mahogany?

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#32

Beautiful Restoration Job

Beautiful Restoration Job

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Bobby
Community Member
5 days ago

Anyone else get really confused until the realized the after picture was first?

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#33

Reverse Pinterest That A Friend Did

Reverse Pinterest That A Friend Did

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Lem
Community Member
5 days ago

That wood is beautiful!

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#34

Reversed This $10 Fb Marketplace Kroehler Side Table

Reversed This $10 Fb Marketplace Kroehler Side Table

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Jelena
Community Member
5 days ago

I will never be able to understand why someone would cover a perfectly beautiful wood structure with any kind of paint, I know tastes are not up for debate, but still......

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#35

It Had To Be Done. I Hope You'll Enjoy The Result

It Had To Be Done. I Hope You'll Enjoy The Result

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

I love it 100% now but a bit of me likes it before as well.

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#36

Restored This Johnson Carper Fashion Trend Desk. This Paint Did Not Want To Come Off

Restored This Johnson Carper Fashion Trend Desk. This Paint Did Not Want To Come Off

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

It had no character before. I quite like it.

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#37

Stripped And Sanded This Mission Oak Coffee Table. Happy To See The Tiger Oak Back Out In The Open

Stripped And Sanded This Mission Oak Coffee Table. Happy To See The Tiger Oak Back Out In The Open

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
5 days ago

Some people just don’t know what they have when they paint over such beautiful wood.

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#38

I Found This Painted Broyhill Brasilia On Craigslist And My Husband Fixed It

I Found This Painted Broyhill Brasilia On Craigslist And My Husband Fixed It

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Maggie
Community Member
5 days ago

You sure did. Lovely

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#39

Stripped The Paint And Transformed It Into A Tilt Out Storage Cabinet

Stripped The Paint And Transformed It Into A Tilt Out Storage Cabinet

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Alaskatgal
Community Member
5 days ago

Hard to believe it is the same piece!

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#40

My Refinished Bassett Dresser, It Was Pink!

My Refinished Bassett Dresser, It Was Pink!

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Tina Girard
Community Member
5 days ago

Yep. Sure was pink! Pepto Bismo pink. Great save.

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#41

Stanley Furniture “Linear Precision” Credenza

Stanley Furniture “Linear Precision” Credenza

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

A stunning piece.

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#42

First Time Rehabbing A Piece. Broyhill Sculptra Dresser. Few Mistakes With The Finish Due To Impatience. But I’m Happy With It For A $30 Thrift! All Thanks To Dashner Restoration Youtube Channel

First Time Rehabbing A Piece. Broyhill Sculptra Dresser. Few Mistakes With The Finish Due To Impatience. But I’m Happy With It For A $30 Thrift! All Thanks To Dashner Restoration Youtube Channel

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

Nice.

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#43

Lane Acclaim End Table For $50 On Facebook Marketplace, Before And After

Lane Acclaim End Table For $50 On Facebook Marketplace, Before And After

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
5 days ago (edited)

Why anyone would paint a flat color over such beautifully patterned wood is beyond me. I much prefer the contrasting colors of wood used in the inlay to the dull flat blue—-even though blue is a favorite color of mine.

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#44

Beautiful Wood Grain Revealed

Beautiful Wood Grain Revealed

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

I agree.

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#45

I Was In Desperate Need Of A Dresser And Bought This Cheap. 7 Layers Of Paint Later I Found This Beautiful Wood Underneath

I Was In Desperate Need Of A Dresser And Bought This Cheap. 7 Layers Of Paint Later I Found This Beautiful Wood Underneath

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

Wow!

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#46

My Crusade Upon Painted Antique Furniture

My Crusade Upon Painted Antique Furniture

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
5 days ago

Painting over such pretty wood grain should be a crime punishable by being painted the same color and not allowed to wash it off.

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#47

Thrift Store "Rescue"

Thrift Store "Rescue"

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Donkey boi
Community Member
5 days ago

FAKE! You can tell it's not the same clock because they are showing a different time!

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#48

I Wish I Could Pay $170 To Purchase This Piece Off Of Fb Marketplace And Restore It...literally Should Be A Crime To Do This

I Wish I Could Pay $170 To Purchase This Piece Off Of Fb Marketplace And Restore It...literally Should Be A Crime To Do This

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

I agree. I especially don't like when they put inspirational words on furniture.

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#49

Reversed It

Reversed It

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
5 days ago

Looks so much better in its intended form—-the mosaic even looks better contrasted with the wood rather than the white paint.

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#50

First Major Restoration

First Major Restoration

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RosieB
Community Member
5 days ago

That is really nice.

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