Instant Storage & Style: My Goodwill Bureau Find

Dear readers,

Earlier this week we featured a guest post from Joanne Palmisano, author of Salvage Secrets and She shared some tips on how to create a beautiful and affordable holiday centerpiece. Today, she shares one her favorite Goodwill finds that perfectly complemented her guest bedroom.

Instant Storage and Style: My Goodwill Bureau Find

My guest bedroom is a small room with a corner area that I need to have double duty–I need the extra storage but want to have it be useful for guests. This is what the space looks like:

When I went to Goodwill and spied this green bureau, I knew it was the perfect solution. Goodwill always has some great dressers, and other wood furniture finds.  I go in often, because they change daily. I knew when I saw the green dresser it was not going to last long, so I grabbed it right away.  I always have my measuring tape with me so I knew it would fit in the corner space in the room.

All the drawers work well and it has beautiful handles.  All I had to do is give a little wash and style around it. I tucked it in, added a vintage mirror I found at a different time and some branches from a fallen tree.  A few old books, a tray and antique light, make this space feel really cozy.

My guests can use the top of the bureau for their toiletries and I can use the drawers for my sweaters.  I love working with Goodwill for my furnishing my home. Not only do I love to support the mission, but the green factor of reusing.  Recycled dressers and shelving make for great instant closets.  The Goodwill stores in northern New England always have a great selection of these.  You can leave them as is, like I did the green dresser, or change them up with a little paint or decoupage.  Have fun recycling!

Joanne Palmisano, is the author of the new book, Salvage Secrets, Transforming Reclaimed Material into Design Concepts.  She also has a blog called Salvage Secrets, at