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
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
 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
  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
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.