Industrial Metal Card Catalog from Upcycled VHS Tape Drawers

Industrial Metal Card Catalog from Upcycled VHS Tape Drawers

I can’t be 100% certain, as I’ve not visited EVERY thrift store across the globe, but I’m 99% certain that every thrift has old VHS tape drawers (or cassette tape drawers) on their shelves. You know the ones I’m talking about, right? Usually 2 or 3 drawers wide…faux wood grain…stackable, etc?

Well, I decided that I needed to come up with a great reuse idea for them (because they’re so plentiful). And I knew exactly what I wanted to try to achieve: creating a DIY industrial metal card catalog table using this pair of old VHS tape drawers.Read more ›

Creating Wall Art from Architectural Salvage

Creating Wall Art from Architectural Salvage

For someone who loves architectural salvage so much, I don’t work with it often enough. Sure, I’ve created a few projects in the past, but far fewer than those using, say…thrift store finds. So, I’m here to add another repurposed architectural salvage project to my collection- this time, using pieces of gingerbread trim that I spied at Maliasmark’s booth during a Vintage Market Days event in Asheville, North Carolina.Read more ›

Pumpkin Sign Fall Décor from a Repurposed Wooden Paper Plate Holder

Pumpkin Sign Fall Décor from a Repurposed Wooden Paper Plate Holder

Sometimes, I find a potential project piece while thrifting and I have NO IDEA what it even is. That was what happened recently, when I stumbled across this oddly shaped wooden rack. So, I posted it on my Facebook page and asked for help identifying it. Within moments, dozens of people happily informed me that it was a paper plate holder!Read more ›

DIY Japanese Fishing Floats (from Thrift Store Glass)

DIY Japanese Fishing Floats (from Thrift Store Glass)

What happens when you first publish a blog post in July of 2014, only to find out a few years later that the craft product you used is no longer made and off the market? Well, this happens: republishing the project and tutorial entirely, starting over from start to finish…and re-making my 2014 DIY Japanese Fishing Floats, but with a new (and improved) paint product AND far more blogging expertise under my <tool> belt.Read more ›

25+ Project Ideas using Repurposed Cabinet Doors

25+ Project Ideas using Repurposed Cabinet Doors

Similar to cutting boards, salvaged cabinet doors (or cupboard doors, depending on your lingo) are an amazing DIY canvas. A large blank expanse of wood, painted or not, with minimal prep work to be done- usually limited to removing handles and hinges. Now, I haven’t repurposed many cabinet doors yet- a few, yes, but not many– but I do have a handful in my stockpile, just waiting for their time to shine.Read more ›

DIY Vintage Wooden Crates from Upcycled Drawers

DIY Vintage Wooden Crates from Upcycled Drawers

This is one of those ideas that has been rattling around in my head for a while, and I’ve finally set aside time to give it a go. See, last year, I repurposed an old drawer into a potting bench and endeavored to recreate the look of an old fruit crate with wood stain. It was at that moment that I wondered if I could upcycle drawers (of a slightly different shape) into DIY vintage wooden crates- like the old soda crates of days gone by.Read more ›

Saving a Suitcase: Vintage Luggage Décor

Saving a Suitcase: Vintage Luggage Décor

During one of my Junkin’ Journey trips (specifically to Richmond, Virginia), I came across the most GORGEOUS old suitcase at an antiques shop. But as much as I loved it, I couldn’t justify the cost on something I simply didn’t need- truly an exercise in restraint for me. So, I snapped a photo and thought of it often…until I wondered if I could recreate the look of vintage luggage décor on my own.Read more ›

Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

When I was a teenager, I had grand plans that involved collecting snippets of vintage jacquard ribbon (and non-vintage, if pretty enough) to decorate “all the things”, such as handbags, headbands, and t-shirts. But I quickly found out that the gorgeous ribbon I coveted so much was expensive…and my plans fizzled out. Fast forward a couple of decades, and I’m back at it with an alternative (and thrifty) plan: What if I repurposed ribbon belts from the thrift store to embellish all the things?Read more ›

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Caddy & Bakeware Storage

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Caddy & Bakeware Storage

Magazine racks are a pretty common sight at thrift stores, aren’t they? I’ve certainly seen my fair share of them, and have even repurposed them before. So, I really had no intentions of upcycling another magazine rack so soon…but upon spotting this behemoth on a thrifting adventure a few weeks back, well…I simply couldn’t say no. With it’s tall straight sides and the desperate need for a makeover, it just screamed “kitchen caddy” to me because it was perfect for holding bakeware.Read more ›

Beach Sand Collection Display (in a Vintage Spice Rack!)

Beach Sand Collection Display (in a Vintage Spice Rack!)

There I was in Goodwill, crawling through the housewares when I paused to check an alert on my phone. A friend’s photo popped up- of a gorgeous sunset on the beach- and when I went back to thrift shelf scanning, there it was. An older spice rack that someone else had painted purple, using it to house her button collection. But with the beach photo still burning a hole in my mind and the spice rack in front of me, I suddenly realized that that the two would work swimmingly together- as a beach sand collection display!Read more ›