The Marriage of a Shutter and a Shelf

I was lucky enough to find two wooden shutters that had never ever been painted or stained but were a bit weathered.  I paid $11 for the pair.

 Here is one of the shutters that I deepened the gray weathered look with some vinegar steel wool stain that I found the recipe for on the internet.

The other shutter was cut in half and painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream.  It displays vintage black and white photos in my laundry room.

When I found this wooden shelf at a garage sale for $1 that had neither been stained or painted, I gave it a weathered gray look as well.

 It was attached to the front of my shutter with screws.

 Sawtooth hangers were added to the back.

 I also added a Tim Holtz enamel tag number "57".  I love these little tags.  You can get them at a craft shop or at Amazon.

It's funny how some things were just meant to be together!





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Vintage Rummage Sale Finds


When I first started purchasing vintage items about 20+ years ago, I always purchased vintage items that still looked pretty new.  I was really wrapped up in the item's resale value, and Kovels and other antique price guides were always based on condition.  Now I am not as concerned about the resale value as much as the charm that a well used item possesses.  Like this little tea kettle with it's dings and chippy black handle. This little rummage sale tea kettle will work perfectly in my less than perfect farmhouse kitchen. $2.

 I also purchased this Lane (cedar chest company) trinket box.

These boxes were still made until very recently, but most likely not in the USA.  This box has the Lane Altavista, Virginia imprint. $2.

Then there was a clear baggie with three items for $4.  This solid brass burgundy velvet lined trinket box was one of the items.

This is the engraved top.

The bottom is signed by the artist Lowell Sigmund.  I found other brass items by Sigmund on Ebay.  Similar boxes went for $25.00.  This box may hold my paperclips on my desk in place of the water meter cover I found a couple months ago at a rummage sale.


This was baggie item number two.  A brass roll of stamps holder.  I will probably sell this item in my shop.

 And here is baggie item number three.  A ________________.  What is it?  I'm not sure.  

 Here is the bottom.

It comes apart.  My husband thought it was some kind of sander.  It is similar to a sander design but it sure seems pretty fancy to do messy wood sanding.  What is this?





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Vintage Inspiration Party #212

Welcome back to the VIP!
We can't wait to see what you've been working on this week!
First, take a look at what your hosts have been up to recently!

Two Rustic Farmhouse Projects


I have a fun old black and white wash day photo of my ancestors.  The photo hangs in my laundry room.  I thought it would make a great photo transfer project.

Vintage Pie Cutter Slicer Snowflake Re-Purpose

I saw this vintage pie slicer at an estate sale in September.  I wasn't even sure what it was at the time but I thought that it looked like a snowflake.

After I got the pie cutter home, I noticed the center was very sharp and reconsidered using it as a Christmas decoration.  I shared the pie slicer on my facebook page, and my readers suggested that I use it for jewelry.  I commented that I wanted to repurpose the pie slicer but it was so sharp I was afraid that the center was too dangerous.  That's when a reader suggested I glue a knob on the sharp point.  The knob idea was genius.

I painted a wooden drawer knob with white flat paint.  I had a snowflake rubber stamp that I stamped with black ink onto white paper.   Then I made a laser copy of the snowflake stamp, and used the Mod Podge image transfer method to put the image onto the knob.

I used Gorilla super glue to attach the knob to the pie slicer.  Next, I  tied a brown card stock "snow"  tag onto my snowflake and hung it with jute twine.



I just love to repurpose vintage items (especially kitchen ware) as Christmas decorations.  See my alternative Christmas trees here, and Christmas tree ornaments here.





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Vintage Inspiration Party #211


Welcome back to the VIP! We have some wonderful upcycled, repurposed and vintage decor features this week we know you'll love!

Mid Century Rummage Sale Revivals

I purchased these items a couple weeks ago at a rummage sale.  I think they have a mid century modern vibe.

Vintage Inspiration Party #210

Welcome back to the VIP! We have some wonderful upcycled, repurposed and vintage decor features this week we know you'll love!

Take a look at what your hosts have been up to recently!

Vintage Inspiration Party #209

Welcome back to the VIP! We have some wonderful upcycled, repurposed and vintage decor features this week we know you'll love!

Take a look at what your hosts have been up to recently!

Easy Loaf Pan Wall Display Bins

My latest project was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers and friend, Angie, from the Knick of Time blog.

Two New Projects with Rustic Coat Hooks


Rustic Kitchen Sign with Hooks & Old Sign Stencils
I got a few great weathered boards from my Junkin Friend Jodi, with the idea in mind to make a sign with rustic hooks and a rustic drawer handle, and Funky Junk Donna's  fun "Farmers' Market" stencil from the Old Sign Stencil Line   I used her stencil with white acrylic paint and a pretty dry bristle type stencil brush, with a pouncing action.  

I then brushed on a coat of water based "Polycrylic" protective finish in satin.  This also darkened the wood and made the white lettering pop.  

The cutting board/biscuit cutter pot holder project on the left is now for sale at my shop as well as this sign with hooks.

3 Thrift Shop Makeovers in ONE Post

Here are three thrift shop makeovers I completed this week!
First this iron, ornate frame in a sort of Pepto-Bismal pink.