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 ›

25+ Project Ideas for Repurposed Picture Frames

25+ Project Ideas for Repurposed Picture Frames

Few things in life are certain, but this one is: step into any thrift store in any town, and you will find a plethora of picture frames. Why so many end up donated to thrifts, I’ll never know…but the good news is that they are full of repurposing an upcycling potential. I’ve upcycled a few frames myself, and I’ll surely use some repurposed picture frames in future projects as well.Read more ›

French Farmhouse Décor from the Thrift Store

French Farmhouse Décor from the Thrift Store

I wanted to take a quick detour from my normal upcycling / repurposing DIY tutorial for a slightly different kind of blog post. Today, I wanted to dive into thrift shopping a little deeper, because shopping secondhand is near and dear to me, and the foundation of everything I do here on my blog. Think of this as a “Shop the Look” kind of post, but not with fashion. Instead, we’re going work on a “Shop the Thrifted Look” home décor vignette (French Farmhouse Décor) using an online magazine photo as inspiration.Read more ›

Tissue Box Cover Bird House

Tissue Box Cover Bird House

This wooden tissue box cover is one of the last things I snapped up at a favorite thrift store before it closed. And yes, I’m still a little pouty that the shop is gone because it was SO close to home and provided me SO many projects. But, anyway- I liked the solid construction of the tissue box cover but didn’t have a project in mind. On a whim, I challenged my Facebook page pals to give me ideas on what to do. There were several suggestions, but my favorite came from my friend, Clair (who hosts Blues Moon Radio), who suggested a bird house.Read more ›

Craft Junk Giveaway – July 2018

Craft Junk Giveaway – July 2018

You guys!! It’s time again for a Craft Junk Giveaway. Four times a year, I wrangle up some of my favorite blogging friends and we all fill boxes with everything upcycling and crafting- whether it’s vintage pieces, thrift store treasures, or fun DIY supplies! And now that July is officially here, that means it’s time for the third quarterly craft supply giveaway of 2018. So, let me show you how my giveaway box came together…Read more ›

Vintage-Inspired Military First Aid Kit

Vintage-Inspired Military First Aid Kit

Ok- so, in the interest of full disclosure, I fully intended this project to be my Product Test Drive post for July. BUT…things didn’t exactly go as planned. So, I’m putting that product “on ice”…which has a double meaning. Why? Because my plans for this little medicine cabinet were to transform it into a vintage-inspired military first aid kit. (Get it…putting it on ice…first aid…ok, dumb joke!)Read more ›

Igloo Cooler to Easy-Breezy Wine Chiller

Igloo Cooler to Easy-Breezy Wine Chiller

How about a crazy easy summer time project that requires no tools or effort whatsoever? This is one of those ideas of mine that *almost* doesn’t warrant a blog post because it’s so dang simple. BUT- I’ve learned through your comments that even when I have a simple project idea, I should always publish it here on the blog. So, here we are…with a thrifted Igloo beverage cooler…that I am upcycling into a fun and easy wine chiller!Read more ›