Pumpkin Centerpiece and Food Dome from a Wooden Mixing Bowl

Pumpkin Centerpiece and Food Dome from a Wooden Mixing Bowl

Even though I am busy-busy-busy working on projects for my book, I couldn’t let the season go by without making at least one pumpkin project! And for this one, I went “garage shopping”, and came across this set of wooden bowls. I set aside the smaller ones for my book, and decided that the large wooden bowl might be perfect as a food dome and pumpkin centerpiece.Read more ›

Fall Apples for Back to School Decor

Fall Apples for Back to School Decor

Even though I had already upcycled some monkey pod wood once before, I decided that thrifting fate was telling me to do it again. You see, I came across these monkey pod bowls twice over the course of a few weeks. And, well– that’s a rarity for most thrift store “smalls”! After I saw them the second time, I decided they kind of looked like Fall apples, or rather, they could look like apple decor. So, into the cart they went.Read more ›

From Country Decor to French Farmhouse Style

From Country Decor to French Farmhouse Style

Country decor from the 1980s, the wooden pieces covered in ducks, geese, and hearts, are a pretty common sight in thrift stores. And while the motif is outdated, the pieces often have good bones and are made of heavy, solid wood. This magazine holder was no different and I decided that I could “re-trend” it from country decor to the French farmhouse style pretty easily.Read more ›

Farmhouse Easter Decor from Wooden Bobbins

Farmhouse Easter Decor from Wooden Bobbins

Every now and then, I am so inspired by another blogger’s project idea that I can’t help but try a version of it myself. I just thought these spindle carrots were SO adorable as farmhouse Easter decor that I really wanted to make some myself. And when I found these wooden bobbins / large wooden spools, I knew right away that they were meant to become faux carrots.Read more ›

Painted Wooden Pumpkins from Monkey Pod Wood for Rustic Fall Decor

Painted Wooden Pumpkins from Monkey Pod Wood for Rustic Fall Decor

Funny, but true, story about this project. It all started out when I found this apple-shaped wooden tray at the thrift store. I find pieces of Monkey Pod Wood at thrift stores all the time but never know what to do with them. But this one was just too cute a shape to pass up.

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Restoring a Small Footstool with a Wooden Cutting Board

Restoring a Small Footstool with a Wooden Cutting Board

I don’t buy much thrift store furniture for upcycling projects, simply because I usually repurpose small items from the housewares section. But I couldn’t pass up this small footstool that I saw the other day. Its rush seat was unraveling, but I could tell it had good bones and was a nice piece of primitive furniture. So, I decided to try my hand at restoring it.Read more ›

Upcycling a Wooden Cake Stand into a Tic Tac Toe Game Board

Upcycling a Wooden Cake Stand into a Tic Tac Toe Game Board

Ok, you guys- I went “shopping” in my garage again and decided to finally repurpose this wooden cake stand. It was one of those “I’ll think of a project later” purchases while thrifting one day. And now that the warmer weather is here, I decided to upcycle it into a tic tac toe game board for a fun (and pretty) thrift store makeover.Read more ›

Tea and Coffee Canisters as Wooden Gift Boxes

Tea and Coffee Canisters as Wooden Gift Boxes

Every now and again, I spot a set of tea and coffee canisters at the thrift store. They vary in design, but they are almost always made of wood and are ripe for upcycling. Especially this pair of canisters, which were missing lids and reminded me of wooden gift boxes.

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Thread Bobbins from a Fabric Mill as Rustic Christmas Ornaments

Thread Bobbins from a Fabric Mill as Rustic Christmas Ornaments

Because Greenville, SC (where I live) was historically a town filled with fabric mills, the relics of those old mills are found in every vintage shop around. And repurposing those relics is a favorite pastime- including these wooden bobbins or thread bobbins. Because they were on the smaller side, I had an idea to turn them into icicle ornaments!Read more ›