Glass Fishing Floats / Japanese Glass Floats for Nautical Decor

Glass Fishing Floats / Japanese Glass Floats for Nautical Decor

Full disclosure – this upcycling idea and tutorial was first published in July of 2014. But in the years since, the product I used to make these glass fishing floats went off the market. So, I started from scratch with new products, MUCH better photos, and the cutest Japanese glass floats that are simple and inexpensive nautical decor. Who says beach home decor can’t come from the thrift store anyway? Read more ›

Upcycling a Barbecue Fork into House Signs or Garden Plaques

Upcycling a Barbecue Fork into House Signs or Garden Plaques

Ok- I will fully admit that this is a truly zany idea of mine! There I was at the thrift store, looking for inspiration on the shelves. I was going to move aside this barbecue fork (to avoid getting jabbed!) when it dawned on me that the barbecue fork could BE the inspiration I was looking for. What if I transformed some BBQ tools into house signs or garden plaques? In other words…What if I used it as a stake instead of for steak?Read more ›

5 Minute Craft – Easter Decor in Hobnail Milk Glass

5 Minute Craft – Easter Decor in Hobnail Milk Glass

Hobnail milk glass is one of those things that you can actually find in thrift stores from time to time. Some people collect it, but plenty do not…and while I don’t snap up every piece I see, I couldn’t help myself with this oblong dish that I recently found.Read more ›

Metal Candleholder Nest Decor with Speckled Eggs

Metal Candleholder Nest Decor with Speckled Eggs

I don’t know about you, but Spring is front and center in my mind. The trees are budding, the daffodils are in full bloom, and even my husband’s allergies have kicked in. So, I’m kicking off the season with a fun and SUPER simple spring project idea. A few months ago, I snagged this metal candleholder from Goodwill and knew immediately that I would repurpose it into bird decor / nest decor for Spring decorating.
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Demijohn Bottle in a Crate for French Farmhouse Decor

Demijohn Bottle in a Crate for French Farmhouse Decor

Since my county no longer recycles glass, the last thing I would have planned on buying from the thrift store was a wine bottle. But this particular bottle was an unusual shape and seemed ideal for upcycling. It made me think of a demijohn bottle that you might see in a French farmhouse / French farmhouse decor, so that’s what I decided to make with it.
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Wire Storage Baskets and Industrial Farmhouse Decor from a Wire Kitchen Rack

Wire Storage Baskets and Industrial Farmhouse Decor from a Wire Kitchen Rack

Not too long ago, I had a REALLY fortuitous thrifting trip- as I drove home, I realized I had found materials for nine different projects. NINE! Maybe the thrifts were all freshly replenished, or maybe I was wearing a most impressive thinking cap, but either way, it was an adventure for the record books. One of my finds was a wire kitchen rack that I wanted to upcycle into wire storage baskets that had the look of industrial farmhouse decor.Read more ›

How to Build a Potting Bench that is Portable for a Small Yard / Garden

How to Build a Potting Bench that is Portable for a Small Yard / Garden

Every Spring and Summer, my Pinterest and Facebook news feeds are filled to the brim with big, beautiful potting benches! Whether constructed from pallets or old doors, or even a genuine vintage potting table, they are stunning and, well, LARGE. But, here’s the thing- I’m a gardener on a very small scale…I simply don’t have the space for the classic potting bench. So, I set forth to create something on a smaller scale…Read more ›

Independence Day Decorations with Faux Vintage Firecrackers

Independence Day Decorations with Faux Vintage Firecrackers

I’ll be perfectly honest…in the months leading up to summer, I struggled to come up with a single patriotic project idea. I bemoaned this to everyone- my husband, my friends, and my mom/ But it all changed on a dime when I went to a new favorite thrift store and found this white wicker basket that was star-shaped. I knew immediately that it was destined to become Independence Day decorations. Read more ›

Creating Rustic Decor with a Metal Basket and Burlap Ribbon

Creating Rustic Decor with a Metal Basket and Burlap Ribbon

I struck thrifter’s gold the other day (or, more like thrifter’s silver) when I spotted a bunch of silver plate bread baskets on the Goodwill shelves. Each metal basket was perfectly tarnished (i.e., patina!) and in need of a new purpose in life. As I studied the collection of wire baskets, I pondered the idea of transforming them into rustic decor…
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Vertical Herb Garden with a Standing Shower Caddy

Vertical Herb Garden with a Standing Shower Caddy

Last month, I introduced my three-part upcycled herb garden series with Part 1- by sowing herb seeds in rusty, thrifted muffin tins / pans as starter pots! But several weeks have since passed and it’s time to bring you Part 2, which involves another repurposed thrift store find: A standing shower caddy.

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