Amanda Forrest: Makeover Maven
There’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt for an upcycling aficionado. You know the type. They’re the ones on the prowl every summer Saturday at the crack of dawn, coffee in hand, ready to scour the yard sale circuit for a bargain that could look like a million bucks-with a little bit of elbow grease.
At the end of the day, of course, the different between one man’s junk and another man’s treasure is the ability to see the potential in a piece of secondhand furniture. The upcycler can imagine what a dated chair could look like with fresh new upholstery; and is willing to forgive a hideous piece of paint-by-numbers art for its pretty frame.
Seeing that potential is a talent that comes naturally to Canadian designer Amanda Forrest. In her role as design expert on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show, Forrest regularly upcycles secondhand finds, working her makeover magic on items that would otherwise be kicked to the curb.
Recently, Forrest was challenged by 1-800-GOT-JUNK to salvage an oh-so-seventies coffee table that was destined for the scrapyard. Here’s the jaw-dropping before-and-after transformation… And the secret to how she pulled it off!