Vintage Farmhouse Decor with Wood Bookends and Architectural Antiques

Vintage Farmhouse Decor with Wood Bookends and Architectural Antiques

When I spotted this pair of wood bookends at the thrift store, I grabbed them right away. They were just heavy enough to scream “well-made” to me, and were blank slates for an upcycling idea. I envisioned them paired with architectural salvage to create some vintage farmhouse decor…Read more ›

Architectural Wall Art with Porch Brackets and a Gold Medallion

Architectural Wall Art with Porch Brackets and a Gold Medallion

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 architectural salvage project to my collection. And this time, I’m using some porch brackets that I spied at Maliasmark’s booth during a local vintage market.Read more ›

Farm Sign and Country Wall Decor on a Cabinet Door

Farm Sign and Country Wall Decor on a Cabinet Door

While on a Junkin’ Journey to Blue Ridge, GA, I found a cabinet door / cupboard door that just screamed BARN! It would be perfect for upcycling into a farm sign or country wall decor, give how much it resembled a red barn. So, I snapped it up and brought it home with me. Read more ›

Statement Brooches with Wood Medallions and Tweed

Statement Brooches with Wood Medallions and Tweed

For two years now, I’ve had a bag of wood medallions (also known as appliques, those wooden embellishments appear on furniture) just sitting in my craft room. I purchased them at an architectural antiques store in Nashville, TN because they seemed PERFECT for a future project. At the time, I didn’t know what I’d do with them. Until I started envisioning them as statement brooches for a coat or hat…
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Shopping in Louisville, KY: Best Antiques, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, and Thrift Stores

Shopping in Louisville, KY: Best Antiques, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, and Thrift Stores

When you think of Louisville, Kentucky, the first things that probably come to mind are Churchill Downs, bourbon, and baseball bats. Thankfully, though, that’s only scratching the surface of this sweet city! We recently hit the road in search of the best antiques, vintage, architectural salvage, and thrift stores in Louisville, KY – and now I get to share them with you!

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Shotgun!: Brevard, North Carolina (A Junkin’ Journey)

Shotgun!: Brevard, North Carolina (A Junkin’ Journey)

*** Please note that this post on Brevard, NC has not been updated since early 2016. I had planned on updating it in 2020, but as we all know, 2020 hasn’t gone as planned!  So, please check back in 2021 for a freshly updated post. ***

I love to sit down, study the map, and figure out where I want to head to next for my latest junkin’ journey. For obvious reasons (money, time…), I tend to stick relatively close to home- with the occasional longer sojourn to further-away stops. But for right now, I decided to head back into western North Carolina.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a mountain town.

So we headed up the mountain- literally- to Brevard, North Carolina. Home of the White Squirrel Festival, Brevard is a charming little town with an equally charming Main Street. And I’m happy to report, several charming little shops to explore…shall we?Read more ›

Junkin’ Journey: Knoxville, Tennessee (Part 1)

Junkin’ Journey: Knoxville, Tennessee (Part 1)

*** Please note that this post on Knoxville, TN has not been updated since early 2016. I had planned on updating it in 2020, but as we all know, 2020 hasn’t gone as planned!  So, please check back in 2021 for a freshly updated post. ***

I don’t know about you, but I love to visit college towns. They are perpetually injected with youth and the funky vibe that comes from college coeds. And as all things “vintage” become trendier, college towns are really turning into hotbeds of places to thrift for cool, unusual, or wonderfully seasoned secondhand pieces. So, revisiting Knoxville, Tennessee moved to the top of my junkin’ journey list! Home to University of Tennessee’s main campus, it’s a fun mountain town that boasts a LOT of thrifting and antiques-shopping options.

I ended my weekend with a carload of goodies and a text message apology to Jon for everything I was bringing home. But, where, oh where, did I go?Read more ›

Window Pane Decor & Flower Art with an Old Window Frame

Window Pane Decor & Flower Art with an Old Window Frame

I’ve always admired old window frames at antiques shops and architectural salvage stores. I didn’t pull the trigger for a while, though, because they were often too big or too expensive. When I finally found the right old window frame for me, I couldn’t wait to bring it home and make some window pane decor.
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Light Up Pumpkin and Jack-o-Lantern Light for Halloween

Light Up Pumpkin and Jack-o-Lantern Light for Halloween

I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again- one of my favorite places to go for both crafting inspiration and supplies is Habitat ReStore. And for some reason this year, I can’t stop making Halloween decor with vintage light fixtures. And this time, I’ve turned one into light up pumpkin and jack-o-lantern light.Read more ›

DIY Table Lamp from Architectural Salvage: Porch Baluster

DIY Table Lamp from Architectural Salvage: Porch Baluster

Many moons ago, I had spotted some gorgeous- and I mean STUNNING- lamps at a highfalutin antiques shop in Cashiers, North Carolina. Constructed from old porch balusters (the spindle’s more robust cousin), they were striking…and strikingly expensive. I went from defeated to determined, though, when Jon whispered to me in the shop, “We can make those.”Read more ›