Garage Sale Demilune Style Table Upcycle


It had bronze metal legs, and a wood demilune top.  It was in fair condition.  Time for an upcycle.

A Different Twist On A Repurposed Shutter Photo Holder

This thrifted shutter was an inside window shutter.  The kind that you put in a bathroom, and the slats open and close.   

I removed the vertical wood piece that opened and closed the shutters on the back,  and glued them shut with wood glue.

Farmhouse Style Window Screen Kitchen Decor

I'm sure many of you pick up old windows when you can find them cheaply!  

I also pick up old window screens.  Especially, if they have metal screens with wooden frames like this white one.

Up-cycled Watering Can & Repurposed Paint Finish Sample Signs


A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive some free garden junk, including this watering can.

Upcycled Garage Sale Cabinet Door Photo Display


I purchased two of these vintage cabinet doors at a garage sale recently for $1 each.

I think they are mahogany, so after cleaning them with Krud Kutter and hot soapy water, I brushed on two coats of Dixie Belle Paint's Boss in Clear.  Boss is a stain and odor block product.  I have also used Zinsser Bulls Eye Clear Shellac for this purpose.

Next I painted the door with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.

French Linen and Old White are my two favorite Annie Sloan Colors, and I usually have them on hand.

I then pounced on stripes with my *Old Sign Stencils Thick Grain Sack Stripe Stencil.

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

I simply centered the stencil on the door, and taped it on the door with blue painter's tape.  I had to move the stencil to the left and to the right to complete the stripes.  

I used Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth for the stenciling.

I lightly distressed the edges with 150 grit sandpaper, and added a light coat of Dixie Belle Best Dang Furniture Wax in Clear  to enhance the paint.  I prefer Dixie Belle wax to Annie Sloan wax, especially for non-furniture pieces that won't any heavy use.

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A sawtooth hanger was nailed to the back for hanging, and three 2 1/4" Bulldog Clips were screwed into the door to hold old snapshots.

The first photo is a four generation pic with me, my mom, my grandma and my great grandma.  

The photo with the old Rambler car, has my aunt, my two cousins, my mom and me.

The third photo is me.

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I hung the cabinet door display in the hallway, with other upcycled/repurposed photo holders.

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Links to other repurposed/thrifted, unusual photo holder projects, here:



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This unusual gallery wall is in a boring hallway.  I like displaying old snapshots in creative ways, and inexpensively.

Unfortunately, the gallery wall is really hard to photograph as it has no natural light and because it's so narrow.

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Shabby Chic/Boho Junk Garden Vignette


I am always thinking up new ideas for outdoor junk garden vignettes around my yard.  

I was thinking shabby chic/boho style for an area in the back yard, along the house wall that gets part sun and quite a bit of shade.

My first step was to stencil the old enamelware coffeepot with a mandala stencil.

Garage Sale Fan Blade Re-purposed As A Wall Flower

 Last weekend I purchased this 24" fan blade at a garage sale for $2.

Continue reading to see what I did with it...

Free Garden Junk Up-cycling Projects

Last Wednesday evening, an elderly gentleman from my church, dropped off some junk for my garden, including two watering cans, two spittoons, a funnel, and an old milk can.

YAY!  More garden junk!

Easy Tobacco Basket Sign Project

 I found this flat, white distressed, tobacco type basket at a garage sale.  It was from Hobby Lobby, and still had it's Spring Shop tag.

I sent the basket home with my daughter who put together a cute little wall sign with it!

Create A Grater Photo Display/Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine

 I received this wonderfully chippy old cabinet panel from my Junkin' Friend Jodi!

 It just so happened that this thrift shop vintage grater fit the panel's raised center almost perfectly.

I love it when this happens!

I also love it when my projects are featured in a magazine!