DIY Farmhouse Style: Upcycled & Repurposed

DIY Farmhouse Style: Upcycled & Repurposed

It’s hard these days to get away from the idea of “Farmhouse Style”- not that I WANT to get away from it. In fact, I completely understand its appeal. However, I have a very difficult time defining and describing it. It’s almost as if it’s a culmination of the best aspects from shabby chic, industrial, and primitive styles.

And while my entire home isn’t committed to the style (i.e., I don’t commit entirely to ANY one style!), I enjoy adding small touches and projects that would likely win Joanna Gaines’ approval. I’ve done a few farmhouse-ish projects over the years: a rustic traya DIY message center…and this embroidered feed sack, but I decided to gather up a few favorite ideas to inspire not only myself, but you, too!Embroidery on a vintage burlap feed grain sack for repurposed DIY farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.comRead more ›

Taking “Steps” to Prevent Lock-Out: A Secret Key Hider

Taking “Steps” to Prevent Lock-Out: A Secret Key Hider

Getting locked out of the house is not fun at all, is it? It happened to me once, and that was all it took…from that day forward, I decided to “take steps” to ensuring that it would never happen again (pun intended). But, hiding a key under a rock wasn’t good enough for me- where’s the DIY/repurposing fun in that??

Creating mosaic concrete stepping stones has been a popular DIY for a while now, so that in itself is nothing new. But I had this idea that I wanted to try out- What if I created a DIY mosaic stepping stone with a key-hiding pill bottle embedded in the concrete??

And to test my theory out, I needed an inexpensive cake pan from the thrift store that would serve as my concrete mold/mould. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. 

Cake pans at thrift store to be repurposed as DIY stepping stone molds / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A thrift store staple!

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From Barn Stall to Front Door: Upcycled Address Sign

From Barn Stall to Front Door: Upcycled Address Sign

For years, I’ve watched bloggers create unusual address signs / house numbers for their front doors and porches. They’ve used everything from nautical buoys, to salvaged wood, to vintage metal milk jugs. And I waited…sometimes patiently, sometimes not…for the right idea for OUR address sign to come to me.

And then it did. In the most UNUSUAL of items.

So there I was at the Country Living Fair, my hands full of treasures and a body full of exhaustion. I was ready to leave, but hit one last booth before I departed: Olde Tyme Marketplace. And there, like a DIY beacon of hope, was a pile of reclaimed barn stall numbers…with one sporting our very own house number perched right on top.

Vintage salvaged barn stall number plaque to be repurposed into an address sign by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

101…no, it can’t be. What are the chances?

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Junkin’ Journey: Augusta, Georgia and North Augusta, South Carolina

Junkin’ Journey: Augusta, Georgia and North Augusta, South Carolina

When you think of Augusta, Georgia, chances are visions of golf, azaleas, and green jackets come to mind, thanks to The Masters tournament. But I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy Augusta…or its sister-from-across-the-river city, North Augusta (which is in South Carolina). One of my all-time favorite vintage shops is in Augusta, and was the catalyst for this trip. But this time around, I checked out a few other shops and wanted to share them with you!Read more ›

From Outdated to Outstanding: My One-Stop Snack Station

From Outdated to Outstanding: My One-Stop Snack Station

The time has come for a new post for The Good Life Blog (for Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina). And this time around, I took a couple of frequently-spotted thrift store items…fused them together…and gave them a fun makeover. In particular, I’m working with an outdated wooden coaster set- you’ve probably seen them yourself! Coaster sets (usually a dark stained wood) that look like small pieces of furniture…

Vintage wooden furniture coaster set at thrift shop for repurpose by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little outdated…but not out of the picture.

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“Ingredients” for the Perfect Bottle Opener

“Ingredients” for the Perfect Bottle Opener

One of the reasons we purchased our house was the screened in back porch, which is as big as a bedroom. The yard is lined with cypress trees, so there’s tons of privacy and it’s easy to forget that we live in a regular ole’ neighborhood. We’ve lived here for three years now, and I finally got around to DIYing something I’ve wanted for a long time on the porch- a bottle opener!

But here’s the crazy part- it all started with a wooden recipe box from a thrift store…

Wooden recipe box from thrift store to be repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My project’s main “ingredient”…

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Cool & Coastal Upcycled Project Ideas

Cool & Coastal Upcycled Project Ideas

For years and years, I lived near the coast in South Florida- both on the Atlantic side and the Gulf side. And even though I am now landlocked in the Appalachian foothills, I still enjoy the tranquility of coastal décor- whether it’s the white/aqua/tan color palette or the childhood beach memories it conjures up, there’s just something about it that’s breezy and relaxing. I mean, really, who knew décor could feel breezy?Read more ›

Thrifted Parts & Pieces: DIY Hat Stand

Thrifted Parts & Pieces: DIY Hat Stand

I’ve confessed my love of accessories to you before- particularly with scarves and vintage costume jewelry. But I am ALSO a lover of hats…especially during the humid southern summers! So, while I’ve made plenty of jewelry organizers over the years (and at least one scarf rack!), I was clearly overdue to make something for my hats.

Well, my friends…finally, that day is here!

I love the look of vintage hat stands, but they are hard to come by and unsurprisingly pricey. But the look- their shape- is replicable using a few parts & pieces from the thrift store…in fact, it was this set of wooden salad bowls that inspired my project.

Vintage wooden salad bowls at the thrift store for repurposing into hat stands by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Have a salad, then hang your hat…

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Yesterday’s Barn Art for Today’s Tool Shed

Yesterday’s Barn Art for Today’s Tool Shed

Funny story…so, while I was out thrifting one day, I came across these two Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs. I didn’t actually know the term “hex signs” at the time, but I snapped them up with the intention of putting them in my Etsy shop. People collect Pennsylvania Dutch items…they were in relatively good shape and would be easy to ship, so it seemed like a no-brainer.

vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs for repurposing as tool shed art by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My muses!

But as I was putting the Etsy listing together, a project idea started to percolate…Read more ›

The Clutch Home Runner: Upcycled DIY Handbag

The Clutch Home Runner: Upcycled DIY Handbag

One of my favorite local thrift stores, Second Chances, has the most amazing linens section of any thrift store I’ve ever been to- and y’all already KNOW I’ve been around the thrifting block a few times. It’s a two-story, well-appointed shop, and the linens have an entire room dedicated to all things textile- pillows, comforters, curtains/drapes, pillows, etc. I just so happened to be passing by the table runner wall cubbies when I spotted a lovely yellow & blue runner that reminded me of jacquard ribbon in French country colors.

Thrift store table runner for repurposing as a clutch handbag by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Running with an idea…

It was in lovely shape, save for a few wine stains in the center…but no matter at all…I only had plans for repurposing the ends. But what, pray tell, would I do with table runner ends, hmmm??Read more ›