One of the areas that I recently had re-painted was my foyer. This wall was painted a chocolate brown, and the other foyer and hallway walls were painted in turquoise. It was just too dark for me, so I have brightened up this area a lot with Sherwin Williams in Dover White.
Remember my dresser mirror frame shelf? I made it here.
When I last shared the laundry room on my blog, it had yellow walls, and in addition to vintage washboards and irons, the standard laundry room fare, I displayed vintage, kitschy collectibles like cookie jars, salt & pepper shakers, etc. That post is here. My laundry room is located right next to my kitchen, and seen daily by family and visitors.
This year I have cut back my Christmas decorating budget to almost nothing by using what I already have, and using re-purposed and up-cycled items. I have a new roof to put on in the spring, and will be putting in hardwood floors.Excited for the floors, but the roof is a necessity!
Welcome! I'm Carlene, and my blog is called Organized Clutter. I love to decorate my front door covered patio area each season with salvaged junk.
Today, 14 junkers have united to bring you the best of their Holiday Junk! I am not the world's best builder, but I love to gather up my rusty and weathered junk, and arrange it in a fun and festive vignette for the Holidays.
Directly to the left of my front doorstep is my rusty spring re-purposed Christmas tree plaque. If you click the link you will find a tutorial for this project. (I actually made this project in July, and now finally get to use it in my decor!)
I placed a vintage aluminum cooler, red crate and white metal star on the step under my spring tree plaque. Moving further left of my front door is one of my rustic outdoor greenery pails perched atop a very weathered stool that spent the summer months in my flower garden. A fun red and green wool sock is nailed to the front of the stool. Instructions for my greenery pails made with spruce tree tops are provided in the link.
Moving left again I have layered my old buggy wheel and a very crudely made wooden bench. You may recognize these items from my junk garden posts as well. On top of the bench, I have placed two rusty milk cans with winter scarves with another greenery pail. Three doily snowflakes were added to each greenery pail for extra decoration.
Finally, my super dilapidated table given to me by my Junkin' Friend Jodi, holds one last greenery bucket. The pallet sign nailed to the front of the bench was painted by Jodi.
This vignette will take me right into Christmas and also right on through the Minnesota winter (after the sock and tree plaque are put away of course).
That's my whole junky outdoor vignette in all it's weathered, rusty goodness!
I found inspiration in this snowflake ornament on barn wood created by Susan from the Homeroad blog. The contrast of the hand cut white paper snowflake on the weathered wood was perfect for a Christmas ornament.
My version of Susan's barn wood snowflake ornament begins with Mason jar snowflake inserts that I purchased at Ben Franklin crafts for $4.49.
It was time to make some updates in my vintage coral tiled bathroom. The yellow paint is gone, and my baby dress and my daughter's dress have been stored away. The plates will stay on the wall but will be displayed in a new way.
I purchased these plate rail shelves at the consignment shops recently. They are both the same length, but a little different. I painted them with my new bathroom accent color, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, in French Linen. It is perfect with the coral tile. The top of the wall and the ceiling were painted with a Sherwin Williams color, Dover White.
Decorating a Christmas tree is very expensive, especially if you like to change your theme or colors from time to time. When I want to make a change, I upcycle thrift shop ornaments, repurpose thrift shop items as tree ornaments, or remake some of my existing ornaments.
Susan at Homeroad recently upcycled these metal ornaments with chalk paint. I just love them.
I purchased these four little wooden violins at the thrift shop for $2 or 50 cents per ornament.
I have had this vintage ice cream chair for at least fifteen years. I painted the iron with Rustoleum Heirloom White a long time ago. The chair had been in my den until recently when I tried to sell it at an occasional crafts/collectibles shop on consignment. Luckily. it didn't sell, and I brought it back home.
Here is how I put together Christmas greenery pots for my rustic outdoor vignettes.
First I purchase spruce tree top bundles. I can purchase spruce treetops here in northern Minnesota for $12 for a bundle of ten to twelve treetops. I will be able to make three galvanized pails of greenery from these two bundles.
I have always loved gold frames, even when gold frames weren't in. I have a traditional, vintage style in my living room that works with my antiques and vintage chandelier and fireplace mantel with dental molding.
I purchased this flower painting about 15 years ago for $20 at a garage sale. It had been painted by a local artist, Amelia Bartkowski, that was quite talented. I never quite liked the gold tone in this frame. It was always a little too brassy for my taste but I never found an antique gold paint that I liked.
This week I have found myself in tears more than once. First of all, I am a pretty busy lady with a 32 hour per week job in addition to blogging. But this last week was really hard!
I, was under the weather.
Next, my laptop computer (that I blogged on) died, and I was without a computer for almost a week. I still haven't figured out the new computer operating system yet, and my photo quality is terrible.
Then, I got the bright idea on my day off to paint the built-in cabinets in my bathroom with Annie Sloan in "French Linen". This idea came to me after looking at gray/coral rooms on Pinterest one evening.
I will show you more of this makeover after I change up the decor a bit.
I picked up another wooden mail organizer from the thrift shop this week for $2. I liked the mail and junk mail cut outs. I didn't even mind the crack in the bottom cubby. This organizer is going to be rustic.
I am so pleased to be a part of a great group of junk artists today known as Salvage Style. In my post, I share how I put together a fall Salvage Style outdoor vignette. My fall anchor piece of 2014 is this great vintage orange pulley on a gate. Why not hang it on an old gate (with a chain) like a fall wreath? Here I placed pumpkins on rusty lanterns, and also added a small sign and raffia.