What I Found Thrifting & Garage Sale-ing!

I am so happy that once again the garage sale season has kicked off and thrift shop inventory has picked up as well.  The following items will be probably be appearing on my blog in the coming weeks or months with a makeover or in my decor.

A vintage highly carved glove box.  There was a pair of purple ladies dress gloves inside but I think the box is older than the gloves.  I won't be painting this.  Maybe just a little clean up and hemp oil for to bring out the wood grain.

More Rummage Sale & Thrift Shop Makeovers with Paint & Stencils

Here are the befores:  a paper plate holder, a wooden vase and an over the sink shelf, purchased last Saturday at a church rummage sale.

The EASIEST Thrift Shop Re-purpose EVER!

A thrift shopping trip earlier this year netted this one Demco retro deco style metal bookend from the 1970's.  This before pic was quite blurry in my dark laundry room.  The color is beige.   

I had purchased my first can of Krylon Chalky Spray Paint in Colonial Ivory and this was a good opportunity to try it out.  

From Spring Junk Yard to Summer Junk Garden

Spring comes late to northern Minnesota.  Our snow was gone early this season, but the temps had been cold until the end of last week when we finally got a taste of the 70's.  

My husband and I raked our lawn on Saturday, and I dug in my flower beds a bit, and as usual, I was mortified.   My junk yard looks so awful before the green grass, summer foliage and blooming annuals and perennials fill in around my junk, and the transformation from junk yard to junk garden occurs.

Here are some examples:
Today - Junk Yard

Milk & Cream Company Framed Stenciled Sign

I purchased this square frame at a thrift shop last year.  It and unfinished frame that I stained with the vinegar and steel wool grayish stain.  Then I never did anything else with it, until now, when I found a square of Russian birch plywood (for crafts) at my local Menards.  I think it was $1.99.

First I painted part of the plywood square with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.


Four New Thrift Shop Upcycles

This primitive country wooden flag got a new look with Rustoleum Heirloom White Paint and *Old Sign Stencils Getaway Collection Stencils.

My First Garden Junk Project of 2016!

I love it when my junk finds do double duty inside AND outside!  

Like this old weathered window frame with attached sill.  It was a perfect Christmas mantel anchor last December!