$4 Thrift Shop Bookshelf To Stylish Bathroom Storage Piece

I purchased this small bookshelf a few months ago at a local thrift shop for $4.  The ends were wood but shelves were veneered particleboard.  

When my daughter needed a storage piece above the toilet in her apartment, I set out to restyle this piece.  First the bottoms each side were sawed off to make the shelf appear more like a wall shelf instead of a floor shelf.

Next I painted the shelf with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.  I distressed the shelf and stenciled on a "doily" on two of the shelves using ivory craft paint and a 10" x 10" Decoart stencil called Mandala.  The stencil was a little to wide but still worked out very well.

Farmhouse Kitchen Plate Rack Makeover


 My new project begins with this circa 1970's wood shelf with plate groove that I purchased at a garage sale this summer.  I think it may be a Home Interiors shelf.

Shovel Head Art for the Garden

I recently purchased this old rusty shovel with a broken handle for 50 cents at a garage sale.

Remember Liquid Fence for Deer!


I live across the street from the Rainy River in northern Minnesota, and once in a while a deer family, (doe and one fawn or two fawns) takes up residence night after night feeding on our bird feeders and some of my flowers.

This year I really haven't seen deer in my yard, so I was lulled into a false sense of security.  

But, as I prepare for my online, virtual junk garden tour for 2016, and have been deadheading daily, I ran across some evidence of deer.

First, I noticed the buds from the Black Eyed Susan Perennials were chewed off.  I was mildly upset but I thought they are later bloomers and may have time to form new buds.