Beyond readers are as busy as bees and twice as creative. Here’s a selection of projects they submitted that show how old stuff can enjoy new life.

This 1950s-era bread delivery truck drawer is now a serving tray for Cory LeBlanc of Camarillo.

When remodeling her house, Karin Aldridge of Camarillo turned two sinks into decorative planters.

Danica Lopez of Thousand Oaks made a wreath from scavenged pine cones and her wedding cake topper

Carol Haverty of Camarillo mounted tractor disks on tree stumps to use as planters for her succulents.

Iron candle holders display antique religious relics for Flora Bratt of Thousand Oaks.

Susan Wilson of Camarillo created ceramic flowers made of vintage plates and doorknobs.

Evie Bystrom of Thousand Oaks transformed an old upright piano into a piano bar in what she calls “upcycling.” We call it charming.

This etched glass panel was part of Sandra Weston’s front door before she turned it into a decorative divider in her Thousand Oaks bathroom.

“I continue to be interested in new things that
seem old and old things 
that seem new.”

­­ — Jaquelin T. Robertson, architect

This hand crafted rocker was a Father’s Day gift for Doug Magnusson of Thousand Oaks. His son built it, using a reclaimed wine barrel.

Dolores Murphy of Camarillo used vintage power line glass insulators for her luminous lamps.

With her husband and son, Lissa Coffey of  Westlake Village turned an old horse corral fence into two rustic picnic tables with built-in coolers for drinks and snacks.

Visiting birds can feed in Ela Lindsay’s repurposed Tiffany lamp in Moorpark.



Kimney Bennett of Agoura Hills used a vintage window frame to bring a sense of style to her outdoor table garden.

Heidi Dauwalter of Simi Valley has had this trash-to-treasure sculpture in her family for decades.

Jeanne Cristiano of Thousand Oaks converted candlestick holders into electric lamps for her fireplace mantel.

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