30+ Upcycled Fall Decor Project Ideas

30+ Upcycled Fall Decor Project Ideas

Every year, I look forward to the “-ber” months…September-December…for an abundance of reasons. Certainly the end-of-year holidays are wonderful, but more importantly, I simply love Fall. When I was younger, I loved going back to school for all the non-educational reasons: back-to-school clothes, boys I hadn’t seen all summer, football games. So, it should come as no surprise that I REALLY love upcycled Fall decor projects…and I suspect I’m not alone.Read more ›

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 ›