Pirate Decor and Pub Sign on a Cabinet Door

Pirate Decor and Pub Sign on a Cabinet Door

I always have to check out the selection of cabinet doors whenever I’m in a Habitat ReStore. I can typically resist grabbing anything from the pile of usually-plain doors. But on this particular day, there was a bevy of intriguing blue and white doors for the taking. They had a very nautical feel to me and would be perfect for a pub sign or pirate decor that could be used for a home bar and nautical wall decor.Read more ›

Starfish Decor for a Beach House by Upcycling a Christmas Tree Topper

Starfish Decor for a Beach House by Upcycling a Christmas Tree Topper

While working on my recent Thrift the Look: Beach Cottage blog post, one of the most challenging elements to find was a large starfish. I didn’t want to buy a real/dried one from a craft store, so upcycling one was my best bet. I just wasn’t sure what I’d find that could become the starfish decor that I needed.Read more ›

Clever Ways to Use Food Waste and Kitchen Scraps

Clever Ways to Use Food Waste and Kitchen Scraps

I almost exclusively blog about upcycling and/or buying secondhand. But, I yearn to expand my knowledge of related ways to be a smart consumer and reduce waste. Mindful consuming, upcycling / secondhand shopping, and looking for ways to reduce waste all fall under the same umbrella. And every time I hear about how much food is wasted in the USA (and elsewhere, I’m sure), I just feel so discouraged. So, I thought it would be beneficial if I did some research into food waste solutions for my own kitchen.Read more ›

Thrift Shopping for Beach Cottage Decor

Thrift Shopping for Beach Cottage Decor

My “Thrift the Look” blog hop challenges are one of my favorite things to do. And this time around, the theme is Cottage Decor. Any version of cottage decor was up for grabs, but I chose to work on a thrifted version of beach cottage decor or coastal cottage decor.Read more ›

Password Book from a Telephone Address Book

Password Book from a Telephone Address Book

Here we go again with another upcycling idea of mine that probably doesn’t warrant a blog post. But I’m doing one anyway! I was at my in-laws’ mountain cabin and my mother-in-law mentioned that she needed a password book from an office supply store. I didn’t actually realize that a password organizer was a “thing”, to be perfectly honest.Read more ›

Copper Molds as Stone Molds for Decorative Garden Stones

Copper Molds as Stone Molds for Decorative Garden Stones

Years ago, I made a mosaic stepping stone that featured an outdoor key hider underneath it. More recently, I had a hankering to try playing with concrete once again. But this time, I decided to use some copper molds from the thrift store to make some decorative garden stones.Read more ›

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Industrial Decor

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Industrial Decor

One of the more recent home decor trends that I never get tired of is Industrial Decor. Not only do I love the rustic, almost masculine feel to the elements (reclaimed wood, metal, worn leather), but if you think about it, industrial home decor is a product of upcycling. But upcycling on a grander scale. Once developers started repurposing old factories and mills into loft-style apartments, artisan workshops, and commercial space, people were drawn to that industrial look. Read more ›

Painting a Wooden Music Box to Look Like Painted Bedroom Furniture

Painting a Wooden Music Box to Look Like Painted Bedroom Furniture

Whenever I find a wooden music box on my thrifting adventures, I get excited. I love listening to the plinky sounds from the music box (if it still works) and trying to “Name that Tune”! So, when I found this little music jewelry box on the Goodwill shelves, I was immediately smitten.Read more ›

Secondhand Slim Down – Losing the First Five Pounds

Secondhand Slim Down – Losing the First Five Pounds

I know it’s been several weeks since I last checked in on my weight loss journey and secondhand slim down. The honest truth? I didn’t have much to report! I haven’t fallen off the gym wagon at all, but progress has been slow. However, I’ve officially lost 5 pounds which seemed like the perfect benchmark to blog about!Read more ›

Camping Decor Inspired by a Hudson Bay Wool Blanket

Camping Decor Inspired by a Hudson Bay Wool Blanket

The first time I posted a Hudson Bay Wool Blanket–inspired project, I thought of it solely as fall or winter decor. Those classic HBC blankets are made of wool, after all, right? But, a few of my readers commented that the stripes actually reminded them of summer camp. So, I decided to revisit the same idea to create some camping decor to use during the summer months.Read more ›