Stenciled Sign Inspired by a Vintage Pay Phone

Stenciled Sign Inspired by a Vintage Pay Phone

Long-term quarantining is, quite honestly, the best thing that has happened to my garage in a long time. It’s the only thrift store I have access to and I’m uncovering things I’d long forgotten about. And one of those things was a square-shaped cutting board. I decided it was the perfect piece to make a stenciled sign that was inspired by a vintage pay phone.Read more ›

Retro Canisters for Mid Century Modern Kitchen Decor

Retro Canisters for Mid Century Modern Kitchen Decor

Whenever I’m at an antiques mall and see a set of retro canisters, I always pause and ponder if I need them. You know the kind I’m talking about, right? Tea and coffee canisters that come in different sizes, often labeled in a vintage or mid century modern font?Read more ›

Faking a Skotch Kooler for Plaid Christmas Decor

Faking a Skotch Kooler for Plaid Christmas Decor

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 ›

Fall Leaves Decor on an Autumn Sign

Fall Leaves Decor on an Autumn Sign

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 that magical transition by creating some fall leaves decor to showcase the change.Read more ›

Fall Apple Decor from Monkey Pod Bowls

Fall Apple Decor from Monkey Pod Bowls

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. Read more ›

Pirate Sign as Nautical Wall Decor

Pirate Sign as Nautical Wall Decor

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 look and I decided to transform one into a pirate sign to use as nautical wall decor.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 ›

Vintage Farmhouse Decor from a Wooden Ice Bucket

Vintage Farmhouse Decor from a Wooden Ice Bucket

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 ›

Craft Paper Storage in a Vintage Photo Album

Craft Paper Storage in a Vintage Photo Album

Craft paper storage for my vintage ephemera (i.e., old paper stuff like labels) 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. It just seemed ideal to be upcycled into a DIY paper organizer!

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Faking a Metal Inlay in Wood on a Wooden Lazy Susan

Faking a Metal Inlay in Wood 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 . It was badly stained with water rings and begging for a makeover. Suddenly, I had a vision of restoring the finish and faking a metal inlay in wood by using a stencil.Read more ›