Garage Sale Piano Bench Upcycle with Buffalo Checks/Antiques Stencils


I purchased this piano bench at a garage sale last summer.

It is structurally in great shape but the maple 1960ish finish is scratched and chipped.  It's going to get a makeover.

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!