In The City — 04 October 2019
Designers turn trash into charity treasures

By Patti Roth

City & Shore Magazine

Are there treasures in trash?

That’s the question buried in an assignment for South Florida designers and artisans participating in Red Shield ReDesign Bash for The Salvation Army.

Participants use their ingenuity, artistic sensibilities and passion to repurpose and elevate old items into one-of-a-kind furniture, art pieces and accessories. Their unique projects will be showcased and auctioned during a fundraising event Oct. 11 at The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale.

Among recent examples:

  • Interior designer Janie Micek and her husband, John-Paul Micek, of Studio 818 in Oakland Park, built a bathroom vanity from a used wooden three-drawer dresser. They updated the thrift-store piece with fresh paint, switched out the handles and topped it with a white-quartz slab and sleek vessel sink.
  • Traci Miller of Miller Construction Company in Fort Lauderdale and her husband, Troy McHatton, created a pair of rolling accent tables from recycled auto tires. They draped one table in sisal rope and the other in scrap fabric. They topped each piece with a glass surface pulled from neighborhood bulk pick-up piles.
  • Alena Capra of Alena Capra Designs in Fort Lauderdale picked fancy footwear as her inspiration to add personality to a wooden chair with a rattan back. She reupholstered the seat, painted the frame in a rich dark hue with hints of vibrant red and embellished the piece with strategically placed metal studs.

Red Shield ReDesign Bash for The Salvation Army, 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Galleria, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $100 for general entry, $175 for VIP priority seating with a cocktail reception. Information and tickets,


Photo: Alena Capra was inspired by fancy footwear for this reimagined chair for the event. (Courtesy).

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