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Turning trash into treasure

September 1, 2012

Sarah Rose Beaudoin, owner of BeaudoinRose, a new shop located at 68 South Main St. in Woonsocket, offers unique recycled items including furniture, mirrors and wall hangings. Photo/Ernest A. Brown

WOONSOCKET — When Sarah Rose Beaudoin was attending art school in Boston, her artistic pursuits included ceramics and stained glass design.
It wasn't until a couple of years after her four-year education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts that she discovered her true artistic calling: giving vintage pieces of furniture new life.
Beaudoin is an "upcycling" artist. Upcycling means taking discarded items that would normally end up in a landfill and finding a new use for them. For Beaudoin, it's all about turning trash into treasure and using discarded materials to create something of higher quality or value.
"The key is taking something and extending its life expectancy so that it can be enjoyed by future generations," says Beaudoin, who recently set up shop in the Le Moulin at Market Square, a former mill at 68 South Main St. being redeveloped by Marie Deschnes as an artists' enclave and commercial attraction.
The quaint shop, which is called BeaudoinRose, features vintage items, paintings, glass and mirrors and a collection of upcycled furniture ranging from antique chests, cabinets, stools and tables and other interior pieces to unique one-off pieces like an old church pew, all lovingly repaired, sanded and repainted.

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