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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Key Hook Cabinet Makeover

Key Hook Cabinet Makeover

Most of the time- emphasis on “most”– my projects go off without a hitch, or at least with hitches that are few and far between. But, this project almost ended up in the trash from my frustration- which is hard for someone like me to admit. Thankfully, though, I was able to power through my vexation for this cute little key hook cabinet that I found on a thrifting adventure.Read more ›

Displaying Vintage Christmas Cards in an Upcycled Multi Photo Frame

Displaying Vintage Christmas Cards in an Upcycled Multi Photo Frame

Back in January of this year, I was thrifting at my local Habitat ReStore and spotted a rotating multi photo frame that was in excellent condition. I was fresh off a Christmas high, with several “coulda, shoulda, woulda” holiday project ideas bouncing around in my head. But it was January and time to move on, right?

Nope. 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 ›

Junkin’ Journey: Marion and Black Mountain, North Carolina

Junkin’ Journey: Marion and Black Mountain, North Carolina

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is nearly complete, but we were lucky enough to find a weekend to squeeze in one final junkin’ trip this year. As you may remember, I have a particular fondness for the Appalachians in the fall- when the leaves on the trees wash the mountains in a perpetual sunset and “Nature’s glitter” swirls and twirls behind the car as we zoom by.

This time around, we didn’t go too far from home and explored towns along Interstate 40 just east of Asheville, North Carolina- focusing on Black Mountain through Marion. We checked out a BUNCH of shops but I’ve narrowed down my favorites- as highlighted below…Read more ›

From Barn Stall to Front Door: Upcycled Address Sign

From Barn Stall to Front Door: Upcycled Address Sign

For years, I’ve watched bloggers create unusual address signs / house numbers for their front doors and porches. They’ve used everything from nautical buoys, to salvaged wood, to vintage metal milk jugs. And I waited…sometimes patiently, sometimes not…for the right idea for OUR address sign to come to me.

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Shopping in Louisville, KY: Best Antiques, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, and Thrift Stores

Shopping in Louisville, KY: Best Antiques, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, and Thrift Stores

When you think of Louisville, Kentucky, the first things that probably come to mind are Churchill Downs, bourbon, and baseball bats. Thankfully, though, that’s only scratching the surface of this sweet city! We recently hit the road in search of the best antiques, vintage, architectural salvage, and thrift stores in Louisville, KY – and now I get to share them with you!

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30+ Upcycling Ideas for Patriotic Decor / Independence Day Decorations

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Patriotic Decor / Independence Day Decorations

With Memorial Day behind us and July 4th on the way, it’s easy to get swept up in all things red, white, and blue. Luckily for everyone, there are all kinds of upcycling ideas and repurposed projects for patriotic decor. From creative American flags, to front door wreaths, patriotic bunting, and Americana decorations – there are tons of options out there.Read more ›

Potholder or Kitchen Hot Pad for a Baking Dish Made from Country Quilts

Potholder or Kitchen Hot Pad for a Baking Dish Made from Country Quilts

Well, here we are again with the same vintage quilt that I found at a thrift store…this time with Project #2! To refresh your memory, I found these country quilts at a Habitat ReStore in the North Georgia Mountains. I ended up just purchasing one of them…the pretty lady on the left!Read more ›

Coffee Mug Suet Feeder

Coffee Mug Suet Feeder

It’s a new month which means it’s time for my latest upcycling project to appear on The Good Life Blog! This time, I decided to mix things up a little and do something outside. I *LOVE* a good DIY project for my yard and garden (especially for the birds), but a chilly South Carolina winter can make that challenging. But then I realized I could create a super simple & inexpensive suet feeder (perfect for winter) to hang in my yard…using a common thrift store item: Coffee Mugs!Read more ›

Wound and Wound: Spinning Candlestick Lace Holder

Wound and Wound: Spinning Candlestick Lace Holder

How many times have I found something interesting at a thrift store…brought it home…repurposed it for my blog…and then realized I didn’t know what to call it? I’ll answer that for you- LOTS AND LOTS OF TIMES. A clever turn of a phrase can be completely foiled by a complicated description, and therein lies my frustration with this piece. It’s a candlestick…no wait, candlesticks…on a single base…but without arms, not a candelabra. Good gracious, what would you call it?Read more ›