Repurposed: Before and After
Almost everything in WingSpace is repurposed--from furnishings to artwork to appliances. It was a group effort between my husband, my daughter, and myself. It also took quite a bit of work developing the overall vision, then planning, and diligent deal hunting for the right pieces. We needed to make sure everything was aesthetically pleasing, functional, and comfortable. Not only was it more affordable to open WingSpace with repurposed items, but it will also allow us to to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum.
Here's how we did it:
• We got a ton of furnishings from several liquidation sales and going out of business events.
• We found our rolling training tables, stacking chairs and media cart through craigslist.
• We asked the previous tenants (Prescott College) if they would be willing and able to leave behind the whiteboards and a variety of useful tables and wood chairs - "of course" they said.
• Some of the appliances, artwork and knick-knack type things came from local thrift stores, garage/yard sales, CraigsList, FB Marketplace, the ReStore, etc.
• We went to our local scrap metal yard, Kuhle's Salvage, to find metal racks to hang on our walls so we can easily display local art
• I rummaged through my own garage for items from previous business ventures for display items like easels, baskets, and brochure racks. It's all in the little things, right?
• We have "real" dishes! The kitchen is stocked with reusable mugs/drinking glasses, wine glasses, plates, utensils and dish towels. And we ask our members to bring in their own coffee mugs.
• We have filtered water dispensers to discourage the use of a million little bottled water containers.
• We have a lending library that members can contribute to from their personal stash of business, marketing and personal improvement themed books.
• We plan to talk with our utility company about a facilities grant to change out our fluorescent lighting.
We built the foundation and WingSpace will continue to morph and become what the community (members) wants over time.
We want to encourage our members to participate in the creativity of repurposing by donating useful items that "fit" the WingSpace theme too!
It literally took a village to make this transition. We prepped, patched, painted, removed sticky icky gooey stuff from walls, washed windows and dishes, installed blinds and flat screens, unpacked boxes, and built things - all between March 11th and April 2nd! It took Crazy long days, a lot of laughter, teamwork, pizza and a few beers here and there. The People (some members, and some future members) who showed up each day...
whether for 10 hours or 1 hour - it all made a difference.