Using Barnwood to Fix a DIY Birdhouse

Using Barnwood to Fix a DIY Birdhouse

Several years ago, I saw a “junk shop” decorative birdhouse in an antiques shop. And while I didn’t make the purchase, I never forgot how cute it was. So, when I found this broken DIY birdhouse while thrifting, it seemed like I had been given a second chance at a junky birdhouse. I just needed to fix it up and I already had the right piece of barnwood to do it!Read more ›

Christmas Porch Decor with DIY Candy Canes

Christmas Porch Decor with DIY Candy Canes

There are a few Christmas “staples” that I’ve never created for my blog, and candy canes or candy cane decorations are one of them. And honestly, I had no earnest intentions to do something about that…until I came across some walking canes at Goodwill.Read more ›

Kitschy Retro Christmas Wreath with an Upcycled Food Tray

Kitschy Retro Christmas Wreath with an Upcycled Food Tray

Funny story- throughout the past year, I found one plastic Christmas tray after another- some vintage-y, some less so. They were cheap and festive, so I bought several with no actual project ideas in mind. That is, until I found this kitschy Santa Claus tray- he had great vintage style, was round, and would make for a perfect retro Christmas wreath.Read more ›

Wooden Spindle Ornaments from an Upcycled Mug Tree

Wooden Spindle Ornaments from an Upcycled Mug Tree

Last year, I upcycled a broken mug tree into a tabletop Christmas tree…but had set aside the remaining “arms” for another project. Well, I’m happy to say that I’m FINALLY upcycling those coffee mug tree arms now- into DIY wooden spindle ornaments !Read more ›

Tweed Acorn Decor with Nut Bowl Caps

Tweed Acorn Decor with Nut Bowl Caps

While putting together a collection of Upcycled Fall Décor projects for a blog post, I ran across this oversized acorn decor project that I just fell in love with. It’s not my originally idea (important for me to point out), BUT I wanted to create my own version of fabric acorn décor.Read more ›

Rusty, Junky Plastic Pumpkins

Rusty, Junky Plastic Pumpkins

This post is sponsored by Rust-oleum, who provided a Rust Finish Metal Effects Kit by Modern Masters at no charge to me. All opinions are my own.

I have to admit- on certain junk or antique pieces, I like the look of rust more than actually dealing with rust- the chipping, the flaking, etc. So, when I had a chance to try out the “Rust Finish Metal Effects” kit by Modern Masters, I jumped at the chance! Right off the bat, I knew I wanted to try it on those plastic pumpkins that are ALWAYS at thrift stores this time of year.Read more ›

Stenciling with Metallic Paint for a Touch of Glam

Stenciling with Metallic Paint for a Touch of Glam

Stenciling with metallic paint is something I’ve wanted to try for a while now, and I finally had the chance recently. I wanted to share my most recent thrift store makeover with you (that I stenciled with metallics), but first, there’s a bit of a backstory that I first want to share.Read more ›

Industrial Metal Card Catalog from Upcycled VHS Tape Drawers

Industrial Metal Card Catalog from Upcycled VHS Tape Drawers

I can’t be 100% certain, as I’ve not visited EVERY thrift store across the globe, but I’m 99% certain that every thrift has old VHS tape drawers (or cassette tape drawers) on their shelves. You know the ones I’m talking about, right? Usually 2 or 3 drawers wide…faux wood grain…stackable, etc?

Well, I decided that I needed to come up with a great reuse idea for them (because they’re so plentiful). And I knew exactly what I wanted to try to achieve: creating a DIY industrial metal card catalog table using this pair of old VHS tape drawers.Read more ›

Pumpkin Sign Fall Décor from a Repurposed Wooden Paper Plate Holder

Pumpkin Sign Fall Décor from a Repurposed Wooden Paper Plate Holder

Sometimes, I find a potential project piece while thrifting and I have NO IDEA what it even is. That was what happened recently, when I stumbled across this oddly shaped wooden rack. So, I posted it on my Facebook page and asked for help identifying it. Within moments, dozens of people happily informed me that it was a paper plate holder!Read more ›

DIY Japanese Fishing Floats (from Thrift Store Glass)

DIY Japanese Fishing Floats (from Thrift Store Glass)

What happens when you first publish a blog post in July of 2014, only to find out a few years later that the craft product you used is no longer made and off the market? Well, this happens: republishing the project and tutorial entirely, starting over from start to finish…and re-making my 2014 DIY Japanese Fishing Floats, but with a new (and improved) paint product AND far more blogging expertise under my <tool> belt.Read more ›