Planting My First Junk Garden of 2017

I purchased this old table at the thrift shop for $5.  I really didn't want the table, I wanted the heavy metal base.  I didn't even care that it was rusty.

Thrift Shop Chair Upcycle with Fusion Mineral Paint & Old Sign Stencils

I found this vintage chair at the thrift shop last week.  
First I sprayed it with Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye Clear Shellac Spray .  The shellac will prevent any bleed through of old stain.

Outdoor "Farmhouse" Barn Door Sign/Planter Box with Old Sign Stencils

 I purchased this partial barn door with awesome rusty hardware last year at a local consignment shop.  It was a rustic backdrop last season to some of my container gardens.  

Outdoor Vintage Junk Decor

Isn't this a fun little shelf?  I found it last month at Jackson's Icebox Antiques & Collectibles, a favorite little occasional, local shop.  It's so rustic.  It fits perfectly in this spot on my covered patio.  Now let's do some styling!

Fuchsias, Creeping Jenny & Galvanized Pail Planters

When I get ready for our cold Minnesota winter, I don't empty my galvanized pails or put them in storage.  The washtubs, pails and mop buckets sit in a row on my deck, with snow cover from December through mid April.

Rummage Sale Footstool Up-Cycle & Repurpose

 This is an antique purchase from a garage sale last summer.  I think it was a footstool as there were nail or tack holes on the top shelf front and back.

Thrift Shop Enamelware Tissue Holder to Herb Planter

I purchased this enamelware tissue holder at the thrift shop last week.  I did a little research to see if it was rare or somewhat valuable before I transformed it.  I didn't find any currently listed on ebay or etsy,  or sold on ebay for any big prices.  Anyway, I didn't plan to put tissues in it.  

Thrift Shop Jewelry Mannequin Up-cycle

This jewelry mannequin had been in the thrift shop for quite a while.  I really never gave it a second thought until:  

Vintage Thrift Shop Two Tiered Table Up-Cycle

I found this sweet little two tiered table at the thrift shop last week.  It has some water damage and the top tier was a little warped but it had possibilities.  It was made by Mersman, a midcentury table company.

Thrift Shop Shelf Upcycle with Hardware Cloth

This little homemade shelf was a recent purchase at the Littlefork Thrift Shop.  It was quite rough plywood except for the back which was a smooth shiny piece of wall paneling.  I removed the paneling back.

Rummage Sale Clock Repurpose

My project today begins with a homemade wooden clock face that I purchased at a rummage sale for $1.

Up-cycled Midcentury Metal Plant Stand

I purchased this little black metal plant stand at a rummage sale two weeks ago.

Thrift Shop Wall Magazine Holder to Family File Organizer

I don't find wooden wall magazine racks very often at the local thrift shop.  This one was probably from a waiting area in an office or clinic.  I thought it had some possibilities so I picked it up.

Thrift Shop Cutting Board Repurpose

You know I always pick up inexpensive cutting boards when I find them, and this one was no exception.  It's quite plain, not very thick and when I looked at it I saw a HANG TAG.
First, I painted the cutting board with one coat of Dutch Boy Chalky Paint in Antiquated Lace. This paint is not pre-mixed. I distressed the thin coat of chalk paint with with 220 grit sandpaper.  

Rummage Sale & Thrift Shop Items Get a Decor Makeover

My first project today begins with this pretty simple little wood box with 2  Home Depot Stickers and  a rope handle.  I think I paid under $1 for this item at a garage sale.

A New Acquisition For the Flower Garden

New Wrought Iron Garden Finds
I traveled a hundred miles yesterday to attend a large rummage/craft sale in the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota.  

$5 Decor with Thrift Shop Cracker Tray & Dollar Tree Succulents

Earlier this week, I found this vintage (mid century) wooden cracker serving tray.  The center handle will fold down if you wish to fill the tray with saltines or Ritz crackers all the way across.  Since this stain had a possibility of bleeding through chalk paint, I sprayed the piece before painting with Rust-Oleum Zinsser 408 Bulls Eye Clear Shellac Spray 12 oz.

Next I spray painted the cracker tray with two coats of Krylon K04108000 Chalky Finish Spray Paint, Colonial Ivory, 12 Ounce.  I distressed the edges with 220 grit sandpaper after the piece was dry.  I sealed the paint with Krylon 51313 Satin Finish Crystal Clear Interior and Exterior Top Coat - 11 oz. Aerosol

Thrift Shop Wall Candle Sconce to Stylish Twine Holder

My project started out with this cream colored thrift shop wall sconce.  I purchased a 7/8" x 36" dowel at a local craft shop.  If you can find a pine dowel, it will be easier to complete this project rather than a hardwood.  Dowels are available at most craft shops or lumber yards.

Rustic Boho Mandala Sign with Rough Sawn Fence Boards

I just love the Mandala stencil from DecoArt.   I have the 10" x 10" size from Home Depot.  You can also get a DecoArt Mandala stencil in 12" x 12"  and 18" x 18".  I think of the Mandala as a doily, but it is a very trendy design in the Boho decorating.

Easy Easter Decor With A Thrift Shop Stool & Tissue Paper Decoupage

Last minute Easter decor with a simple three legged, small wooden stool from the thrift shop.

DIY Planter Urns from Thrift Shop Finds

 I found this metal flowerpot at a local thrift shop recently.

Free Large Wooden Spoon & Fork Upcycle

Oops!  I almost forgot to take a "Before" pic of this wooden 26" spoon and fork my mom salvaged for me from the garbage when one of her fellow tenants moved out of the apartment building.  As you can see, I am painting the spoon and fork white.  To be exact, I am painting the wooden spoon and fork with Fusion Paint (Champlain)

Decor Ideas for Flower Lovers

 I got this package of floral napkins from my mom a couple nights ago.  I have been wanting to try napkin decoupage on rough sawn boards ever since seeing a post from Sweet Pickins blog.

Dated Thrift Shop Purchases to Decorative Wall Pockets

My first thrift shop makeover is this Early American style wall planter with brass insert.

Two Thrift Shop Finds Become Easter Decor

I purchased this standing wooden cross and basket at the thrift shop yesterday.

Galvanized Envelope Wall Organizer

These galvanized "envelopes" were a part of my Midwinter Rummage Sale Haul in January.  I paid a buck a piece for mine, but similar ones are available at Target for $9.99 each.
I had another glued end board (1" x 12" x 48) from Menard's on hand.

Round Up of Cutting Board/Breadboard Projects

I have never met a cutting board/breadboard that I didn't like...

Unless of course it was TOO expensive.

Here is a round up of my cutting board projects to date from Rummage Sale/Thrift Shop Finds:

Thrift Shop Cutting Board Re-Purpose/Up-Cycles

Thrift Shop Fish Cutting Board Repurpose

 I think this is my very first fish cutting board thrift shop find.  I usually clean my cutting boards with Krud Kutter to remove any residue from cooking oil.  Krud Kutter is also great for cleaning crud around the house.

Spring Re-Purpose for Thrift Shop Candle Holders

I am dreaming of spring, so I decided to makeover these three thrift shop, black metal, candle holders with spring in mind.

Up-Cycled Thrift Shop Towel Bar & Sign

I picked up this antique brass towel bar at the thrift shop the other day.

Two More Midwinter Rummage Sale Up-cycles

Continuing with makeovers from my midwinter rummage sale haul, I grabbed the old cutting board with cracks.

Two More Rummage Sale Up-cycles

My first up-cycle today is the faux washboard made solely for decorative purposes.  As you can see I paid $1 for it.  It has a copper color metal washboard.

"GATHER" Up Some Thrift Shop Finds & Get Stenciling

I picked up this plain wooden tray at the thrift shop recently. 

Three Easy Projects For Your Home

Dark pine stained mirrors, shelves and wood decor from the "cutesy" country decorating days are common finds at thrift shops in my area.  With just a little paint, stenciling, and  hooks, these finds transform easily.

Potato Masher Re-purpose for a Farmhouse Style Kitchen

I'm still working on upcycling/repurposing and selling my purchases from a midwinter rummage sale.

This over-sized potato masher is my project for today.  It cost me 75 cents.  I washed up the potato masher and then treated the handle with Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil.  It darkens and protects the wood.

Three Thrift Shop Kitchen/Dining Upcycles

The first thrift shop up-cycle started with a large wooden spoon and fork. Everyone had these a while back.  I think I even had a set in the 70's or 80's.

Rummage Sale Sleeve Ironing Board Re-Purposed As Trestle Style Display Shelf

Today I have an upcycling/repurposing project from my midwinter rummage sale purchases.

This was the sleeve ironing board top part.

Thrift Shop Primitive Platter Makeover

From this photo you can't tell that this platter is 21 1/2" in diameter.  It's quite large.  I found this primitive style resin platter at a local thrift shop recently.  I used to be a huge fan of prim country, but lately I have lightened up my country style to be more in line with farmhouse style.

Thrift Shop Up-cycles with Fusion Mineral Paint & Doily Stencils

I purchased this vintage ice cream chair at the thrift shop for $10 recently,

And this little wooden stool for $5.

Thrift Shop Valentine's Day Project

My Valentine's Day project started out with the purchase of this little wooden box with heart cutout and a cutting board.  The box has a rusty metal insert behind the heart cutout.

I removed the handle on the box and taped around the edges of the heart prior to painting.  I painted both pieces with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  I distressed both pieces with 100 grit sandpaper and then screwed the box to the cutting board.  I also stenciled the word love above the handle cutout with the Inspiration Stencil from Home Depot.

Cutting Board Valentine's Day Display Box
 I usually don't care for heart cutouts much but for a Valentine's Day Project I made an exception.  I sealed the pieces with Varathane Water Based Matte Poly.

Cutting Board Valentine's Day Display Box
 The little display box works well for red faux tulips or maybe even filled with heart shaped red lollipops on the counter.

Cutting Board Valentine's Day Display Box
I never pass up a cheap cutting board!  So many possibilities...

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