Surviving a Bad Week and a Repurposed Wall Shelf

This week I have found myself in tears more than once.  First of all, I am a pretty busy lady with a 32 hour per week job in addition to blogging.  But this last week was really hard!

 I, was under the weather.

 Next, my laptop computer (that I blogged on) died, and I was without a computer for almost a week. I still haven't figured out the new computer operating system yet, and my photo quality is terrible.

Then, I got the bright idea on my day off to paint the built-in cabinets in my bathroom with Annie Sloan in "French Linen". This idea came to me after looking at gray/coral rooms on Pinterest one evening.

I will show you more of this makeover after I change up the decor a bit.  


Decorating For Christmas With Stuff Around The House

Using items around your house as Christmas decor is both fun and inexpensive!

 Today I used this wooden spool, 

And these small, wooden thread spools to make a cute little rustic, Christmas vignette.


Repurposed Tea Strainer Christmas Tree Ornaments

Here are a couple more inexpensive ideas for Christmas decorating with things you have around the house.  Today I am re-purposing tea strainers as tree ornaments.


Re-purposed Drawer Plant Stand

 My plant stand started with this drawer purchased for $5 at a consignment shop.

 This white pedestal was purchased for $7.50 at an antique shop. (And already painted white.)


Cheap Felt Ornament Upcycle

While browsing through Christmas decor at Menard's last week, I spotted these red felt clothespin moose ornaments for $2.99.


An Up-cycled Thrift Shop Shelf

This is a thrift shop shelf that I purchased for $2 recently.


Miniature Pulley Re-Purposed Christmas Tree Ornament

 I found the cutest little pulley today at the consignment shop for $2.  

 I purchased it because I got an inspiration for a re-purposed Christmas tree ornament, and the price was right.

I remembered that I had purchased this spool of music note ribbon at Jo Ann Fabrics last Christmas season but never used it.  I had planned to wrap some wooden thread spools, I think.


Another Up-cycled Mail Organizer With Sheet Metal Accents

Thrift Shop Mail Organizer Makeover
I picked up another wooden mail organizer from the thrift shop this week for $2.  I liked the mail and junk mail cut outs.  I didn't even mind the crack in the bottom cubby.  This organizer is going to be rustic.


Fall Outdoor Decor: a SALVAGE STYLE Event

Holiday & Seasonal Junk Decorating
I am so pleased to be a part of a great group of junk artists today known as Salvage Style.  In my post, I share how I put together a fall Salvage Style outdoor vignette.  My fall anchor piece of 2014 is this great vintage orange pulley on a gate.  Why not hang it on an old gate (with a chain) like a fall wreath?  Here I placed pumpkins on rusty lanterns, and also added a small sign and raffia.

Framed Vintage Kitchen Ware

Vintage Kitchen Decor
Last March I painted a section of my kitchen wall with chalkboard paint.  I thought it would be fun to fill the wall with cooking verbs but I think I overdid it.  At any rate, I needed to change it up.

Vintage Kitchen Decor
First off, I used the white frame on the wall to frame some vintage kitchen items.