Garden Junk Ideas Galore 2014 Round Up

I just never, ever tire of dreaming up junk garden planters or vignettes.  Here are some ideas I used in my 2014 junk gardens!
Pansies in a half barrel vignette on the deck here.

Best of Holiday Junk 2014

Continuing my year end look back at Organized Clutter 2014, here are some of my favorite holiday junk ideas! 
Random Junk Valentine's Day "Love Sign" www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
A rustic, country thrift shop framed sign and random junk create a Valentine's Day "LOVE" sign here.

My Top Five Garden Junk Projects of 2014

Time to reflect on my favorite garden junk projects from 2014!

Vintage Jello Mold Toadstools for the Garden www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Vintage Jello molds, paint, buttons and thrift shop screwdrivers made the cutest little toadstools here.

Christmas in the Foyer

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.

Shutter Photo Holder & Re-purposed Dresser Mirror Shelf www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Remember my dresser mirror frame shelf?  I made it here.  

Salvaged Wood & Jewelry Christmas Tree Ornaments

Brooch & Wood Ornament by timewashed.com
I recently pinned and was inspired by this salvaged brooch and wood ornament  by timewashed.com.

I remembered that I had a somewhat dated, framed jewelry tree on blue velvet from my neighbors, so I pulled it out of the garage.

Re-Purposed Drawer Pull Christmas Ornament


This is a metal drawer pull I got from my Junkin' Friend Jodi, probably for free!  
I started the ornament re-purpose by pulling back the ring on the drawer pull and actually bending it just a bit so it would hang straight up and down.

From Kitsch to Rustic in the Laundry Room

Kitschy Laundry Room Decor www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
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.

Junky Jingle Bell Re-Purposed Trivet Tree

My latest thrift shop purchase is this brass trivet for $1.

Simple Rustic Snowflake Themed Christmas Tree

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! 


JUNKERS UNITE With An Outdoor Rustic Christmas Vignette

Pails, Milk Cans, Weathered Wood & Christmas Greenery www.organizeclutterqueen.blogspot.com
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!)

Pails, Milk Cans, Weathered Wood & Christmas Greenery www.organizeclutterqueen.blogspot.com
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.

Pails, Milk Cans, Weathered Wood & Christmas Greenery www.organizeclutterqueen.blogspot.com
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.

Pails, Milk Cans, Weathered Wood & Christmas Greenery www.organizeclutterqueen.blogspot.com
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. 


Pails, Milk Cans, Weathered Wood & Christmas Greenery www.organizeclutterqueen.blogspot.com 
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!







Savvy Southern Style


My Salvaged Treasures

An Organized Cluttered Rustic Crate Christmas Mantel

My very favorite Christmas mantels are rustic and jam-packed with organized Christmas clutter!  

Easy Rustic Snowflake Ornaments

Homeroad Barn Wood & Hand Cut Snowflake Ornament http://www.homeroad.net/
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.

A Re-Purposed Laundry Stomper Christmas Angel

Rustic Christmas Angel www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
I'm sharing a super easy Christmas project today that I made from a rusty, vintage laundry stomper/plunger that I picked up yesterday for $5 at the consignment shop.

Simple Christmas Decor in the Kitchen

Last February I changed up my kitchen wall and added a cutting board/breadboard display.
Rustic Cutting Board Kitchen Wall Display www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
That blog post is HERE.

Upcycled Thrift Shop Plate Rail Shelves for the Bathroom

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.

Upcycling Thrift Shop Christmas Ornaments

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.

Blog Inspired Ice Cream Chair

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.

Rustic Christmas Outdoor Greenery Pails


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.

A Marriage of Two Frames

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.

Surviving a Bad Week and a Repurposed Wall Shelf

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.  

Decorating For Christmas With Stuff Around The House

Using items around your house as Christmas decor is both fun and inexpensive!

 Today I used this wooden spool, 

And these small, wooden thread spools to make a cute little rustic, Christmas vignette.

Repurposed Tea Strainer Christmas Tree Ornaments

Here are a couple more inexpensive ideas for Christmas decorating with things you have around the house.  Today I am re-purposing tea strainers as tree ornaments.

Re-purposed Drawer Plant Stand

 My plant stand started with this drawer purchased for $5 at a consignment shop.

 This white pedestal was purchased for $7.50 at an antique shop. (And already painted white.)

Cheap Felt Ornament Upcycle

While browsing through Christmas decor at Menard's last week, I spotted these red felt clothespin moose ornaments for $2.99.

An Up-cycled Thrift Shop Shelf

This is a thrift shop shelf that I purchased for $2 recently.

Miniature Pulley Re-Purposed Christmas Tree Ornament

 I found the cutest little pulley today at the consignment shop for $2.  

 I purchased it because I got an inspiration for a re-purposed Christmas tree ornament, and the price was right.

I remembered that I had purchased this spool of music note ribbon at Jo Ann Fabrics last Christmas season but never used it.  I had planned to wrap some wooden thread spools, I think.


Another Up-cycled Mail Organizer With Sheet Metal Accents

Thrift Shop Mail Organizer Makeover www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
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.

Fall Outdoor Decor: a SALVAGE STYLE Event


Holiday & Seasonal Junk Decorating www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
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.

Framed Vintage Kitchen Ware

Vintage Kitchen Decor www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Last March I painted a section of my kitchen wall with chalkboard paint.  I thought it would be fun to fill the wall with cooking verbs but I think I overdid it.  At any rate, I needed to change it up.

Vintage Kitchen Decor www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
First off, I used the white frame on the wall to frame some vintage kitchen items.