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 ›

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 ›

“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

A couple of years ago, I made a simple repurposed clip board for our gardening/work gloves– both of us had a bad habit of flinging them off in the garage and struggling to find them the next time we needed to wear them! And let me tell you- having the clip board has been a life (and glove) saver! So, when I found these outdated bucket sconces at a thrift store, I decided make something similar for my gardening hand tools.Read more ›

Lodge Decor Inspired by a Hudson’s Bay Blanket

Lodge Decor Inspired by a Hudson’s Bay Blanket

A Hudson’s Bay blanket – a Point Blanket sporting the iconic stripes – was a mainstay in my childhood home. And while I don’t have that blanket anymore, I had a burning desire to recreate that same look. Upcycling thrift store pieces seemed like the easiest way to do so – namely, painting ceramics with those gorgeous, colorful stripes.
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Fireplace Decor with Upcycled Flannel Shirts on a Firewood Holder

Fireplace Decor with Upcycled Flannel Shirts on a Firewood Holder

Here we are- in JANUARY- with the holidays behind us and a new year before us. And in my constant quest for cozy home decor during the winter months, I decided that some fireplace decor was in order. Specifically…a firewood holder or fireplace log holder that had been given a cozy makeover using some flannel shirts from the thrift store.Read more ›

Vintage Christmas Cards in a Multi Photo Frame

Vintage Christmas Cards in a Multi Photo Frame

Back in January of this year, I was thrifting at my local Habitat ReStore and spotted a multi photo frame that was in excellent condition. I put the frame in my cart and filed away this Christmas idea for a later time…and finally, FINALLY, that time is now. I would use it to display vintage Christmas cards or vintage Christmas postcards!Read more ›

Sewing Box by Upcycling a Valet Box or Jewelry Box

Sewing Box by Upcycling a Valet Box or Jewelry Box

Now- I know what you’re thinking: Sadie already created a sewing caddy once before. And you’re right…I still use it all the time, and the pins are safely tucked away from my cat, Cottonball. BUT…when I found this valet box or jewelry box at the thrift store, I knew right away it would perfectly upcycled into a sewing box.Read more ›

Halloween Figurines for Scary Halloween Decorations

Halloween Figurines for Scary Halloween Decorations

When you go to a thrift store (or garage sale…or flea market), there are ALWAYS some figurines available. Whether they are ceramic, porcelain, clay, or other material, figurines are a secondhand shop staple. And as I was on my thrifting adventures over the past few months, I picked up a few along the way. I had a sneaking suspicion with just a little bit of paint, I could create Halloween figurines as scary Halloween decorations with them.
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