"You Cut Tree Farm" Christmas Sign with Old Sign Stencils

You just never know what you are going to find junkin'!  Like this $1 clearance frame painted in barn red with star cutout.  I think it was a cull from a local shutter business.  The frame is 22" x 26".

Here is the makeover!

Wooden Thrift Shop Bookends Upcycled with Paint & Stencils

I purchased these wooden bookends very cheaply at a thrift shop recently.  

Thrifted FRAME Ideas for Holidays, Gardens, and the Home

Picture frames, framed mirrors and old framed cardboard style oil paintings are always available at thrift shops and garage sales.  I look for unusual sizes and shapes, (not just 5x7 or 8x10 photo frames) also frames with raised detail, and rustic reclaimed wood frames.  I always check the mitered corners to make sure they are nice and tight and not coming apart.  
Links are provided under the photos to blog post tutorials.

Thrifted FRAME IDEAS for Holidays, Gardens & the Home www.organizedclutter.net
 This is an example of a great rustic frame of mine.  It's square rather than rectangular, and the wood shows it's age!  It was perfect for an outdoor bucket of greenery.

Thrift Shop Vintage Globe Bookends Upcycle


I purchased this set of vintage Made In Japan, Gifts Round the World bookends, at a thrift shop recently.  I love globes but I want to lighten up my decor so I decided to paint the dark wood.

Thrift Shop Candle Sconces Repurposed as Wall Book Shelves

My project today begins with two dark stained thrift shop candle sconces and a thrift shop wood plaque.

Upcycled Garage Sale IN Box

This wooden "in box" was one of my August Thrift Shop & Garage Sale Finds.  
I sprayed many coats of Zinsser Clear Shellac Spray  to cover some ink stains in the bottom of the box first.
The next step in my upcycle was to paint the box with Dutch Boy Chalky Finish Paint in Antiquated Lace.  I purchased my paint at our local Menards.

Rummage Sale Stool Farmhouse Upcycle with Paint & Stencils



Do you remember this little stool from my August Rummage Sale & Thrifting Finds blog post?  It is a sturdy little stool with a metal tag in front that says "Chester" by Ty Sundberg.  My upcycle of the stools follows.

2017 Rustic Fall Covered Patio Decor

Fall Vignettes From A Rustic Covered Patio www.organizedclutter.net
It's time to share my 2017 rustic, vintage, fall covered patio decor!  I love this windmill canvas print from Hobby Lobby.  I didn't find it in their fall section, but the colors said FALL to me.  The "Vintage" hang tag is the repurpose of a cutting board.  
I stuffed raffia in the barn wood shelf.  Raffia screams fall to ME!

Upcycled Garage Sale Vintage Firkin Sewing Basket


 I found this vintage sewing basket on legs at a yard sale for 75 cents.  It has some issues.  It has no handle and the cover is a little warped.

There is also an ink blot stain inside.  
Did you know this bucket style is called a firkin?  I didn't,  but I googled vintage bucket sewing basket and Etsy has quite a few for sale, and they refer to them as firkins.

From Fall Vegetable Grater Pumpkin to Halloween Jack o'Lantern


Back on August 24th, I re-purposed this vintage vegetable safety grater into a "pumpkin" photo holder.
Today, I up-dated  my re-purposed grater pumpkin into a jack o'lantern.  

Stencil A Buffalo Check Cabin Christmas


Cabin and northwoods style are all around me here in northern Minnesota.  
This Falls City Alumi-Lite minnow bucket is a great candidate for a stencil as it's not the more desired, older, galvanized type.

Rummage Sale Freestanding Wooden Towel Holder

You just never know what you're gonna find at a garage sale or thrift shop!  Many of you are amazed at my finds.  The key to finding great stuff is persistence.  If you go thrifting or garage sale-ing infrequently, your chances of finding something unusual are about nil.  I stop at our two local thrift shops almost every lunch hour, and when I attend garage sales, I am one of first attendees. 
That all being said, the above, was a recent yard sale purchase.  I paid $10 for this bathroom towel holder.  My first thought was that it was an antique, but now I think it's a homemade item.  But still a pretty cool find.

Garage Sale Framed Wall Art to Framed Signs

This framed winter picture was in my August thrifting and rummage sale finds post.

This picture is also from a rummage sale.  

Thrift Shop "Four Little Pigs" Cutting Boards

Do you remember the four pig cutting boards from my August finds post?  The one on the far left has actually been used as a cutting board and the three others were cut out and never used. 

Fall Double Decker Thrift Shop Wooden Fruit Bowl Decor


 Do you remember these wooden fruit bowls of yesteryear?  I find them from time to time when thrifting.

New Flexsteel Furniture for the Living Room

I chose this tan and cream herringbone fabric for my new Flexsteel sofa and chair and a half.   My fabric choice was a Revolution Performance Fabric:

"Revolution Performance Fabrics® by STI and Brentwood Textiles are true performance fabrics.  Woven with Olefin yarn, the fabrics are virtually unstainable, easy to clean, and extremely durable; yet beautiful and soft while also resistant to fading from the sun. Revolution Performance Fabrics® are made with upcycled fibers and have no chemical treatments making them easy on the environment."  

Garage Sale Oval Mirror to Fall Pumpkin Welcome Sign!

My fall project today starts with this plastic or resin antique gold oval mirror with raised detail.  I paid $2.

Vintage Kitchen Safety Grater To Fall Pumpkin Decor

This vintage safety grater was a recent find included in my August 19th post.  Today's project is a super easy and quick repurpose.

Clipboard Photo Gallery Wall


The furniture store that I am employed by sells decor accessories from Kalalou.  I was recently inspired by Kalalou's Clip Board Photo/note Holders gallery wall.

My Garage Sale & Thrift Shop Finds in August

I haven't shared my thrift shop or garage sale finds for quite a while. 
Many of these items will be appearing again on my blog soon after transformation!
Vintage side table with mid century modern legs $10.

Junk Garden Before & Afters 2017

2017 Junk Garden Before & After Photos organizedclutter.net
I think this garden before photo is the most dramatic.  This little bed started out like this last May.  The metal pedestal under the laundry tub was salvaged from a restaurant/bar type formica table purchased at the thrift shop.  Flowers in this laundry tub include Euphorbia Diamond Frost, sweet potato vines, a yellow double calibrachoa, Butterfly Marguerite daisies, and pink zonal geraniums.
The ground level has more Marguerite daisies, pink seed geraniums, white alyssum and pink lantana.

Garage Sale Stool Makeovers with Plaid Shirt from Old Sign Stencils


For some reason, I always pick up little stools at rummage sales and thrift shops.  I want to try out a new stencil from Old Sign Stencils called *Plaid Shirt.  These little stools that I picked up for a dollar or two will be great practice pieces.
To prevent any stain bleed through, I sprayed the two stools with Zinsser Clear Shellac Spray

Junk Garden Vignette with Garage Sale Finds

Here's another garage sale item that I found recently.  It's spent some time outdoors so the paint is very worn on the seat.  Not as much on the back.  Blueberries have been hand painted on the little chair.

A Fixer Upper Junk Garden Plant Stand


A Junk Garden Fixer Upper Plant Stand www.organizedclutter.net
 This little plant stand was for sale at my friend's parents garage sale.  Since I helped with the sale, I was able to take a few things free (it was only priced $1) to upcycle.  
Here, I am brushing on a coat of vinegar and steel wool stain.

Organized Clutter's 2017 JUNK GARDEN Photo Tour & Video

Welcome to my annual junk garden tour!   
There were times I was discouraged about this year's tour...  We had an unusually wet and cool spring and early summer, but it has turned around some, and I am happy to share my tour.  Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom and see the garden video!
Organized Clutter's 2017 Junk Garden Tour & Video organizedclutter.net
  Lets start the tour here at this small flower bed next to the driveway.  Earlier this year I found a Formica table with a metal base at the thrift shop.  I discarded the table top and added a board and then a laundry tub to give this bed some vertical height.  See this bed at planting time here.

An Upcycle of a Thrift Shop Upcycle


 I purchased this pitcher plaque at the thrift shop for a couple bucks.

Upcycled Thrift Shop Pitcher Plaque organizedclutter.net
I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and stenciled it with "Flowers" in French and added a little shelf.  I liked the finished project but was never happy with the light blue paint showing through on the sandpaper distressed edges.  So I re-painted the whole thing with Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Chiffon Cream.  This time I didn't sand the edges to distress, I used my FolkArt Layering Block and Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Walnut Noyer .  Details on the layering block are here.

YARD of FLOWERS 2017 Garden Tour


A Junk Garden Tour From the Yard of Flower organizedclutter.net
The Yard of Flowers is my sister in law Kris's yard and gardens.  As you can see, Kris, like me, is a junk gardener.  I love how the rusty fencing, turquoise container, galvanized pitcher and stencil all mix so freely with both zinnias, cosmos and hydrangea.

A Junk Garden Makeover for a Dated Birdhouse Planter


A Junk Garden Makeover for a Dated Birdhouse Planter organizedclutter.net
This cutesy country birdhouse planter was at a neighborhood rummage sale on Friday.  It was priced at $2.  

Succulents in a Junk Garden

Growing Succulents in a Junk Garden organizedclutter.net
This photo of a small garden area next to my deck was taken June 9th, 2017, about a week after planting.  Several varieties of annual and perennial sedums, and sweet alyssum make up the majority of the planting.  I also purchased a $13 plastic succulent basket with a variety of different plants.

2017 Covered Patio Summer Decor Video


I was hoping to video my junk garden tour this year or at least part of it.

Today I am practicing with a short video of my covered patio area.  I shared still photos of my covered patio here, but I hope you will click on the video and see the changes since June.  The video is under two minutes.



2007 Organized Clutter Covered Patio Decor

My annual junk garden tour and my sister in law's Yard of Flowers tour is coming very soon!









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The Prettiest Window Box in Town 2017

The prettiest window box in my town is not mine!  It's my sister in law Kris's.

Cousin Sue's Blooming Place Tour

Cousin Sue's Blooming Place Tour organizedclutter.net
Today I am sharing my cousin Susan's flower border and container gardens.  While Susan is not a junk gardener, she has a real knack for garden design and art.  I hope you enjoy the tour!

Junk Garden Tour Sneak Preview

Junk Garden Tour Sneak Preview 2017 organizedclutter.net
It seems like I have complained about the weather almost all spring and now summer!  It's been wet, and it's been cool, and it's been cloudy.  While I think the perennials may have enjoyed the extra moisture, I think my annuals would have preferred more heat and sun.  
Today, my very first Asiatic Lily bud opened, so I will be sharing my 2017 garden tour very soon.   Here is a sneak preview of some of the flowers and junk too!

Buffalo Check Desktop & Upcycled Jewelry Holders

 This simple farmhouse-style desk was in my youngest daughter's room.  I recently gave it some personality!

Fun Junk Garden Vignettes from the Yard of Flowers

Junky Garden Vignettes organizedclutter.net
 Finally, we are getting some warm weather and sunshine again here in northern Minnesota.  Our annuals still need to do some growing before the 2017 garden tours, but for today I am sharing some awesome junk garden vignettes at my sister in law Kris's house!  This is my HAPPY PLACE too!  Galvanized bucket and gym locker baskets!  Love!

Progress in the Junk Garden July 1st


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Back on May 28th, I planted and diagrammed my front yard junk garden border.  Early on in June the weather was ideal, but as the month progressed, it got cooler and much wetter.  The perennials seem to be thriving but the warm weather annuals are slow to grow.

Buffalo Check Your Junk Garden 4th Of July


My only 4th of July blog post for 2017 begins with this vintage blue gas can.  I pulled it out of my shed.   It was originally purchased at a rummage sale for $1.
With my success stenciling a buffalo check pattern on a vintage minnow pail planter, I decided to try stenciling on this gas can.

Buffalo Check Garden Junk Planter


I love planting annuals in metal pails.  If you are familiar with old metal minnow buckets, there is the outside like this and an inside water strainer part.  Both can be planted in.  I purchased this bucket for $5. 
 As you can see it has some dings and fragments of red paint in spots from a painted label.  I washed the outside surface with a wet rag and KRUD KUTTER Tough Task Remover. Krud Kutter removes any grease or dirt that may cause problems with paint adherence.