District Upcycle- Drenga Designs

District Upcycle- Drenga Designs Eco-friendly home wares and DIY classes. Crafted in our Nation's Capital!

My passion for bringing new perspective to objects that were overlooked and thought of as tired or dated is highlighted here at District UpCycle. Highlighting creations I have made or collaborated on with friends who also share my trash to treasure passion. Thanks so much for visiting my page, I'm excited to share my creations with you. Have an idea in mind for a custom piece, just holla, lets talk details! Website: www.drengadesigns.com www.themarkethouse.net

Find your bench and paint it too!!! Or have me do it for you :) bench customizations start at $130 Then sit on it, sip y...
06/13/2016

Find your bench and paint it too!!! Or have me do it for you :) bench customizations start at $130
Then sit on it, sip your iced tea and enjoy the return of cooler summer weather!

04/10/2016
Master Penman Jake Weidmann | HUMAN

This is one talented human right here. Check it out & share it with a friend who would get a kick out of it!

As the world grows increasingly digital, storied art forms like penmanship are quickly dying out. Old masters pass away, leaving behind a gaping void. Enter ...

03/25/2016
What's the Difference Colour Series Part 1. Fusion Mineral Paint Taupes

Taupe is the new white folks! I remember not too long ago everyone wanted white dressers, white end tables, white chairs. Well thank goodness that trend is fading and I love me some taupe with bright accents! Taupe is incredibly neutral. Swap out your decor accessories when you want a little change/pop of color. Here's a little insider info from Fusion Mineral Paint on how to pick the perfect taupe for your makeover! Don't forget I have a Fusion 101 workshop at The Market House where you can learn how to DIY!! Don't have the time/energy to DIY? Don't stress- Let me paint it for you! #DIYfurnituremakeover #FusionMineralPaint #VintageFurniture #DIYtutorial #TheMarketHouse #DrengaDesigns #PaintThatSucker

It's often difficult to see the finer details between the colours until you put them in perspective side by side.

03/22/2016
6 rooms into 1: morphing apartment packs 1100 sq ft into 420

1100 SqFt of useable living space with only 400 physical SqFt.. Go head NYC! If you haven't poked around @KirstenDirksen YouTube channel yet- it's worth falling down the rabbit hole :)
#SmallSpaceLiving #MorphingApartment #DIY #FairCompanies

In 2010, we met Graham Hill- the founder of treehugger.com and a serial entrepreneur. He had just bought two tiny apartments in a century-old tenement buildi...

Did you miss out on this past Saturday's Fusion Mineral Paint workshop?! Fear not DMV DIY-ers you still have time! Learn...
03/21/2016
Fusion 101 April!

Did you miss out on this past Saturday's Fusion Mineral Paint workshop?! Fear not DMV DIY-ers you still have time! Learn how Fusion can help make over your patio furniture with ease- Click the link below to get more info & sign up for April's workshop.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fusion-101-april-tickets-20895699600

#mdfurniture #paintedfurniture #fusionmineral101 #fusionmineralpaint #upcycled #furnituremakeover

This Saturday March 19th 11:30-2:30 come celebrate Spring with me at The Market House Don't ditch it- Learn how to make-...
03/16/2016
Fusion 101 March!

This Saturday March 19th 11:30-2:30 come celebrate Spring with me at The Market House Don't ditch it- Learn how to make-over your furniture instead of getting rid of it! Handy design tips, fast fixes, and stylish inspiration is all included in this workshop that shows you the in's & out's of Fusion Mineral Paint made by Homestead Paint Co.

03/14/2016
Lego-style apartment transforms into infinite spaces

Talk about an up-cycled abode! I love this concept as well as the YouTube channel, so many amazing inspirations. #upcycled #livingsmall #legohouse #faircompanies

When Christian Schallert isn't cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 24 square meter (258 square feet) apartment looks like an empty cube. To use a piec...

03/08/2016
How to Crackle with Fusion.

Spring is upon us folks! That means porch make-over season!! My personal favorite season. Think about finishing your porch furniture with a crackle effect! It naturally disguises the weathering of furniture and lends it self well to the shabby chic look. Homestead House makes a great crackle glaze that works well with their Fusion Mineral Paint line. You can learn how to get this look in my Fusion 101 class on March 19th! Sign up on Eventbright today to reserve your seat- only 5 available.
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Watch how Crackle can transform your pieces in one step right in front of your eyes! Do not back brush, apply just as you see here, 1 coat of paint, then a l...

03/06/2016

Hello Facebook Friends! I'm asking you because I've asked the internet and found zero real answers- yes that happens.
I have 5 paper shopping bags PACKED FULL of tiny fabric scraps- what do I do with them?? I'd like to recycle them (actually I had grand ideas of re-using them but space and time won't allow me to keep them any longer...)
Anyone know of an organization that collects fabric scraps for recycling?? Tag a friend who might know? I have no idea.

Oh goodie, we're moving on up DC! Just because rent is rising doesn't mean you have to go bankrupt furnishing your home ...
03/04/2016
D.C. Rises from Sixth Most Expensive Rental Market to Fifth

Oh goodie, we're moving on up DC! Just because rent is rising doesn't mean you have to go bankrupt furnishing your home with style! Drenga Designs remodels your existing furniture to give it a new life with out spending all your hard earned rent money!
Average make over cost for a dresser is between $80-175 for a desk- $75-145 Send me a note or visit my website if you're interested in a furniture face lift!!
#DrengaDesigns #DCFurniture #DMVFurniture #UpcycledDC

http://dc.curbed.com/2016/1/6/10849154/washington-dc-rent-december-2015-zumper

Interesting view of old DC! This one is pretty cool too!https://youtu.be/hyjhT0Z0g9YI come across old photos all the tim...
03/02/2016
Vintage Washington, DC (stock footage / archival footage)

Interesting view of old DC!
This one is pretty cool too!
https://youtu.be/hyjhT0Z0g9Y
I come across old photos all the time when cleaning out dressers (you'd be surprised what people leave in dresser drawers when they get rid of them!) I've never come across any like these!
#OldDC #VintageDC #AntiqueWashington

1920s: Wide shot of Pennsylvania Ave with view of Capitol and passing traffic; private garage for congress; Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument (1930s); Th...

02/20/2016
Decoliner Custom Built - Jay Leno's Garage

Jay Leno has a knack for finding awesome cars, but this one is my absolute FAVORITE! Talk about an up-cycled bus!!! Tag someone that would get a kick out of this ride! #upcycled #JayLenosGarage #decoliner #NiceRide

Decoliner Custom Built. The brilliant creator of Pistol Pete and the Tank Car is back with his latest - a motor home inspired by a houseboat with a flying br...

Looking to Re-vamp a piece of furniture and your mindset this Spring? My friend Tim is a certified life coach and self p...
02/15/2016

Looking to Re-vamp a piece of furniture and your mindset this Spring? My friend Tim is a certified life coach and self proclaimed Restoration Junkie! He leads a very restorative workshop and shows you how you can make over a tired piece of furniture and your attitude on life. Hit the re-set button by joining the head Restoration Junkie at VisArts Rockville OR DC Goodwill! more info on Tim's workshops here: http://www.kimeleadership.com/workshop-photos.html

02/13/2016
Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam

Here's a great way to use a sticky note pad! I love me a good exquisite corpse... I guess it's called Anijam if they move :) HAPPY SATURDAY- go make something!

Purchase the signed Yellow Sticky Notes Collection 2007-2013 DVD for only $10 which includes Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam and 35 min. of films. All ...

02/08/2016
Tiny House bus tour part 1

This has to be the cutest tiny home I ever did see (on the internet)!!! Leave a comment with YouTubes of homes you love & inspire you! #tinyhome #bushouse #washingtontinyhomes #microliving

Mira and Jeremy Thompson school bus tiny house tour. For more visit our website at vonthompsoncreative.com This is a tour of the house on wheels Mira and Jer...

Is it just me or does any one else find it slightly ironic that the "Emergency Telephone" should only be used "in case o...
02/02/2016
TITANIC 1912 ORIGINAL FILM FOOTAGE VERY VERY RARE FILM,

Is it just me or does any one else find it slightly ironic that the "Emergency Telephone" should only be used "in case of storm"... #VintageFilm #RareFilm #FreeIrony

VERY OLD FILM OF THE TITANIC VERY RARE FILM, RMS Titanic was a passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an...

What better way to celebrate Gal-entines Day than to paint with your favorite gal?! I've got 4 spots left in my Feb 13th...
02/01/2016
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What better way to celebrate Gal-entines Day than to paint with your favorite gal?! I've got 4 spots left in my Feb 13th (national Galentines day) Fusion 101 class, don't forget to show some love to your gals! Tag a gal that might be interested!

01/31/2016
French Mansion Unlocked After 110 Years!!

This is the type of house keeping I would not complain about!! I would've LOVED to be a team member cleaning & restoring this mansion! The bathroom looks amazing & all the wooden things everywhere!! The music in the video is a little creepy, you won't miss anything if you mute it lol #AntiqueFrance #TimeCapsule #Antiques #FrenchOddity #BachelorPad #ExoticWood

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01/30/2016
“Through Clouds and Water” by A Common Future

Finding the beauty in the grimy situations of life. What makes you feel alive? Do you have a hobby, are you looking to develop a new skill? Champion surfers don't become champs over night... flex those creative muscles! There's no time better than Saturday morning!

Filmmaking duo A Common Future meet the cold-water surfing community on Britain’s North-East industrial coastline. Read the full feature on NOWNESS: http://b...

Looking to renew your living space with a hint of custom? Find the perfect piece at The Market House and get a custom pa...
01/26/2016
Custom Furniture

Looking to renew your living space with a hint of custom? Find the perfect piece at The Market House and get a custom paint job in store by Drenga Designs! Turn around time is usually with in a week (that is if we don't get slammed with yet another winter storm! #YouWinJonas) #CustomFurniture #RockvilleFurniture #PaintedFurniture #FusionMineralPaint #FusionPaintRetailer

01/22/2016
Dudes Try Pinterest Nail Art

So here it is, FRIDAY. *cue orchestra* The Impending Snow Storm of DOOM is upon us DMV!!!!! I hope you braved the mile and half long line at the Harris Teeter and checked out in glory with all the TP/beer/snacks your broken little reusable shopping bag could carry. What's that, you brought your roomie so you could both carry I.S.S.ofDOOM supplies?!? Bravo my crafty friend. Despite the fact a single flake hasn't hit the pavement (YET) and the snow plows are revving their engines, you are cozied up enjoying this flex day the work from home gods have bestowed upon you. (Are you getting Snomageddon flash backs yet? I am! & I couldn't be more excited!) But what to do with your lunch break now that you'll be cabin fevered for the next week and a half (Snow Gods willing)??? Buzzfeed has some great ideas! One for starter- a nail art competition between you and your roomies! (double bonus points if your roomie is a dude and you get to laugh the entire time at his lack of nail art skillz) Break out the nail polish DMV! Fire up that Instagram video option!! We've got some nail art to conquer this weekend! #nailartfail #nailartondudes #dudestrynailart #nailsanddudes #impendingsnowstromofdoom #cabinfever #letsdothis

"Now there looks like there’s a butt-cheek on my hand." Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedvideo MUSIC No Ordinary House...

01/20/2016
Gays vs. Lesbian Compete In Building Ikea Furniture

Happy Hump Day! (insert camel emoji)
Here's a lil sumtin sumtin from BuzzFeed to make you giggle mid-day in your mid-week! Are you an Ikea master, or do you habitually call a friend/lover to help you assemble the dreaded IKEA? Tag your IKEA assembly buddy to make them giggle! #IKEA #furniturerace #getitdone

“We’re about to kick some ass…gay ass.” Check out more awesome BuzzFeedBlue videos! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedblue1 Get all 12 episodes of the BuzzFeed Violet ...

Here's some pieces that couldv'e been yours ;) Hand painted by Katie Drenga. A variety of materials used including but n...
01/19/2016

Here's some pieces that couldv'e been yours ;) Hand painted by Katie Drenga. A variety of materials used including but never limited to- homemade chalk paint, gel stain, milk paint, Fusion! Mineral Paint... If you stand still in the room long enough, you will be painted!

Here's some pieces that couldv'e been yours ;) Hand painted by Katie Drenga. A variety of materials used including but never limited to- homemade chalk paint, gel stain, milk paint, Fusion! Mineral Paint... If you stand still in the room long enough, you will be painted!

Drenga Designs is always taking custom orders! Roses are so 2015...Surprise your boo-thang by updating your boudoir furn...
01/17/2016

Drenga Designs is always taking custom orders! Roses are so 2015...Surprise your boo-thang by updating your boudoir furniture with a custom paint job for V-day this year! Book now before its too late!

01/12/2016
Aerial Drone capture of Positano

Well its not furniture but it sure is inspiring... I'm dreaming of being here instead of cloudy DC today.
What inspires you? #dailyinspiration #ItalyAnytime

Aerial Drone capture of Positano and surrounding coastline - a unique bridseye view of this stunningly beautiful area of the Amalfi Coast!

01/08/2016
3 Things Every Crafter SHOULDN'T Do...

HAPPY FRIDAY CRAFTY PEOPLE! Here's a great video by Angela Walters on what NOT to do as a quilter, that can be applied across the board of all crafts. #NewYearNewCrafts #ShesCrafty #DIY #Quilting #DrengaBlog #KnowledgeIsPower

I recently watched a video by Angela Walters, an experienced quilter. She had some very thoughtful pointers on what NOT to do, which can be a great lesson to any crafter. If you quilt, make felt sculptures, paint, sew, garden, whatever your craft may be, Angela has some great advice. If you like her…

01/07/2016
Fusion 101

Come get your paint on this Saturday January 9th at The Market House in Rockville MD! Katie will show you the in's and out's of Fusion Mineral Paint! Why paint with Fusion??
- ZERO V.O.C.!
That's right! No harmful stinky chemicals.
- Fast drying & excellent coverage!
Self leveling paint and doesn't need a top coat- it's built in!
- Fun & versatile!
Fusion can be used on kitchen cabinets (hello new kitchen!!) furniture, you can even make unique handmade gifts with Fusion. It's the Mac Daddy of all craft paints! With Ultra grip and Tough Coat you can paint patio furniture and make your best porch yet!

#PaintedFurniture #DIYclassesDC #DIYclassesMD #Rockville #DIY #DrengaTeaches #DrengaDesigns #TheMarketHouse #NewYearNewFurniture

Katie Drenga will show you the in's and out's of Homestead Paint Co. newest line of paint- Fusion! Mineral Based Paint. The class is an introduction to Fusion and the other products that you can use to transform furniture and unleash your creativity. Different finishes will be demonstrated include-…

01/04/2016

Lets get crafty this year! Crafty hour this week is painting wine glasses! From 6-8pm Friday Jan 8th We will be painting & glitzing up those special cups just for "mommy's special juice" :) Others might even use the term "crunk cups" (remember that?! hello 2005! on that this topic its highly recommended you urban dictionary that term even if you do know what it is... haha oh man.) Tag a friend that you wanna get crafty with! #DIY #CraftsWithKatie #DrengaDesigns #TheMarketHouse
More info- https://drengadesigns.squarespace.com/crafty-hour/

Happy 2016! Stay crafty DC!
01/02/2016

Happy 2016! Stay crafty DC!

2016 is right around the corner!! Your furniture is not getting any younger- but you can change that! And I can teach yo...
12/21/2015

2016 is right around the corner!! Your furniture is not getting any younger- but you can change that! And I can teach you how... Fusion Mineral Based Paint is like a facelift for that tired dresser, without all that icky plastic surgery :) With classes every-other Saturday at The Market House I will show you the ins and outs of furniture make-overs! Classes are limited to 6 students, it's highly recommended that you reserve your seat in advance. Read more about classes here: https://drengadesigns.squarespace.com/crafty-hour/

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