Plaid Christmas Decor with a Faux Skotch Kooler

Plaid Christmas Decor with a Faux Skotch Kooler

For many years now, I’ve admired the look of a vintage Skotch Kooler. It works so wonderfully as plaid Christmas decor, but I rarely find them at local antiques shops. I did, however, find a red Thermos cooler while thrifting earlier this year, and an idea began to form.Read more ›

Stenciling Fall Leaves in the Colors of Autumn

Stenciling Fall Leaves in the Colors of Autumn

Like most people, I adore the colors of fall leaves. But even more specifically, I love leaves that are “mid-change”. The ones that showcase a gradient of colors in green, yellow, orange, and red. So, I decided that I really wanted to try to capture those colors of autumn by stenciling some fall leaves on a cabinet door in my stash.Read more ›

Fall Apples and Apple Decor from Monkey Pod Wood

Fall Apples and Apple Decor from Monkey Pod Wood

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 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, in the cart they went.Read more ›

Pub Sign / Pirate Decor from a Cabinet Door

Pub Sign / Pirate Decor from a Cabinet Door

I always have to stroll down the cabinet door aisle when I’m in Habitat ReStore. And usually, I can 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 I decided to make a sea pub sign or pirate decor that would be perfect for nautical wall decor.Read more ›

Re-Trending from Country Decor to French Farmhouse

Re-Trending from Country Decor to French Farmhouse

Country decor pieces from the 1980s – 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 And while the motif is outdated, the pieces often have good bones and are made of heavy, solid wood.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 stand was no different and I decided that I could “re-trend” it from country decor to the look of French farmhouse pretty easily.Read more ›

Ice Bucket to Farmhouse Vase / Vintage Home Decor

Ice Bucket to Farmhouse Vase / Vintage Home Decor

Several years ago, I went to a Country Living Fair near Nashville, TN and fell in love with a wooden bucket. It was cute and had perfectly chippy turquoise paint – but it also had a $245 price tag. Obviously I walked away (bitterly) and vowed to recreate it one day. And irony of ironies, that day has arrived! I was recently in Nashville, TN and found this ice bucket while thrifting…Read more ›

Vintage Photo Album turned Paper Organizer

Vintage Photo Album turned Paper Organizer

A paper organizer for my craft paper supplies (vintage stuff, like old greeting cards, tags, labels, etc.) was not high on my list of “priority projects”. But, I spotted a vintage photo album at the thrift store the other day, and, well, fate had another plan in mind.Read more ›

Mid Century Modern Makeover on a Wooden Lazy Susan

Mid Century Modern Makeover on a Wooden Lazy Susan

Every now and again, I prefer doing a “refinish” than a “repurpose” on something that needs some TLUC (Tender Loving Upcycling Care). And so was the case with this wooden lazy Susan …badly stained with water rings, it was begging for a makeover. So, I decided to turn into vintage decor with mid century modern style.Read more ›

Utensil Caddy Paint Brush Holder (And More Craft Storage Ideas)

Utensil Caddy Paint Brush Holder (And More Craft Storage Ideas)

Craft room storage and organization are a constant struggle for me, so it’s on my mind a lot. And this entire post started out when I found a utensil caddy while thrifting. At first I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it, but I realized later on that it would make the PERFECT paint brush holder.Read more ›

Holiday Card Holder and Woodland Christmas Decor

Holiday Card Holder and Woodland Christmas Decor

Sometimes my Christmas projects are really “out there” as far as upcycling ideas go, but this one is, perhaps, not so “out there”. BUT, it was fortuitous for many reasons, which I’ll explain momentarily. However, let’s first chat about this wooden jewelry box I recently found at the Goodwill Bins. It was the perfect piece to upcycle into a holiday card holder.Read more ›