Thrifted Firkin Repurposed As A Pedestal Side Table

I purchased this firkin at a local thrift shop for $10.  I never knew these wooden style buckets were called firkins until I found another one last summer at a yard sale.  

This firkin is a sewing basket.  It has small dowels to hold thread spools inside.  I think it had legs at one time because there were metal leg brackets on the underside.  I removed them.

My first thought was to paint the firkin with a new Annie Sloan Chalk Paint called Chateau Gray.  I gave it one coat when it dawned on me that I may have a pedestal in my junk stash to add to the bottom of the firkin.

Re-purposed Drawer House Plant Tray


Do you pick up old drawers?  I do.  Drawers are great for up-cycle projects and displays.

I love them.  Sewing machine drawers are my favorites.  I found this old drawer in my shed.

Farmhouse Kitchen Decor Project Roundup

Buffalo Check Christmas DIY Decor #upcycle #repurpose #stencil #buffalocheck
This was a recent vignette from my buffalo check Christmas kitchen decor post,  My Christmas decor has been all taken down, and I am returning my kitchen to its usual farmhouse style.

Farmhouse style is so fun and very inexpensive.  My farmhouse decor is thrifted and/or easy DIY.

A Shaker Style Shelf Gets A Buffalo Check Makeover

 This shaker style shelf displays china in my living room.  I purchased it several years ago at a local craft shop.  I really should be taking my Christmas decorations down but instead, I painted this shelf.

If you love my buffalo check stencil, you are gonna love this post.  If you are sick of it, well sorry, I am lightening up and changing up my living room with some buffalo checks and neutrals.

Thrifted and Upcycled Office Wall Bins

I have a new blog design.  It's not quite done yet.  It will get a bit more tweaking this week.

I had a blog emergency the other night and almost lost it.  Anyway the new design will be much more minimal, and light.  I am lightening up my house as well!

I found this wooden wall mail/file organizer at the thrift shop recently.

It has three wooden bins, all equal in size.  What drew my attention to the piece was the drawer labels on each bin!  I often add them to my projects.

The first thing I did was remove the backer board.  All of the bins were attached to it with screws.

Gift Ideas with Thrift Shop Finds, Paint & Stencils



This rough framed print was one of my October Fall Finds.  I really purchased it just for the frame.

I used this frame for a gift I made for my older daughter!  I used another thrift shop frame for a homemade gift for my younger daughter too.

Organized Clutter's Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

When I do projects for Organized Clutter, I just never know which ones will be the most popular with my readers.  

Here are the top 6 reader favorites in chronological order:
Thrift Shop Candlesticks Repurposed as Spring Nest Holders #thriftshopmakeover #upcycle #repurpose #springdecor #birdsnest
1. Thrift shop iron candle holders became spring bird's nest holders in my first popular post of 2017.  A great project does not need to be expensive or difficult.

See the transformation here.

A Stenciled, Buffalo Check, Plaid, Repurposed & Upcycled Christmas Tour 2017



Rustic Christmas Vignettes #upcycle #repurpose #printertray #cuttingboard #drawer #buffalocheck
I don't do a full blown Christmas tour.  None of my children are in town, and I'm not a big entertainer so I have abbreviated holiday decorations.  They come for about 4 days.

I decorate my kitchen, my living room and my covered patio.  AND I have a small tree now so I never have to remove living room furniture to put up a large tree.

I will share my recent and some not so recent projects that I used in my 2017 Christmas decor.

Christmas Junk Project Favs Blog Hop



Thrift Shop Wooden Letters to Christmas Sign#Christmasjunkfavs #sign #stencil #oldsignstencils #rusticChristmas #buffalocheck
Welcome to the Junkers' United 2017 Christmas Junk Favs Blog Hop!  Join me and four other bloggers as we share our FAVORITE Christmas Junk!

Thrift Shop Hinged Box Upcycle with Paint and Stencils

I found this little box at the thrift shop last week for $2.99.

The finish is very scratched and etched with names.

The entire inside is lined with metal, so it wasn't a jewelry box.

I think it would make a great desktop box for mail or envelopes or desktop supplies.