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 organizedclutter.net
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:

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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 organizedclutter.net
 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 organizedclutter.net
 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 organizedclutter.net
I never pass up a cheap cutting board!  So many possibilities...








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Up-Cycled Rummage Sale Wooden Plaque


The first project from my midwinter rummage sale haul last weekend to be upcycled is this dated wooden display board with heart cutout.

First I painted it with DecorArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Primitive.  I applied two coats.

A Midwinter Rummage Sale Haul


It was a great morning for a rummage sale!  

We are in the midst of a January thaw way up here in northern Minnesota.  Here's what I got for $22 today at a local non-profit's rummage sale.

This was the best buy of the day for $2, a DollyDale Feed Scoop with 5 lb scale.  I have never seen a scoop with a scale before in my rummaging, thrifting and/or junking.

It might be a fun piece in a farmhouse kitchen!

My Inexpensive Craft Room/Den/Guest Room Makeover


 Sadly, my den had become a junk room, littered with craft supplies, thrift shop finds, blog props and STUFF.  It needed an intervention.  Because the room is quite large, I am transforming it into a craft room, den and guest room.