Creating Wall Art from Architectural Salvage

Creating Wall Art from Architectural Salvage

For someone who loves architectural salvage so much, I don’t work with it often enough. Sure, I’ve created a few projects in the past, but far fewer than those using, say…thrift store finds. So, I’m here to add another repurposed architectural salvage project to my collection- this time, using pieces of gingerbread trim that I spied at Maliasmark’s booth during a Vintage Market Days event in Asheville, North Carolina.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 ›

DIY Vintage Wooden Crates from Upcycled Drawers

DIY Vintage Wooden Crates from Upcycled Drawers

This is one of those ideas that has been rattling around in my head for a while, and I’ve finally set aside time to give it a go. See, last year, I repurposed an old drawer into a potting bench and endeavored to recreate the look of an old fruit crate with wood stain. It was at that moment that I wondered if I could upcycle drawers (of a slightly different shape) into DIY vintage wooden crates- like the old soda crates of days gone by.Read more ›

Tissue Box Cover Bird House

Tissue Box Cover Bird House

This wooden tissue box cover is one of the last things I snapped up at a favorite thrift store before it closed. And yes, I’m still a little pouty that the shop is gone because it was SO close to home and provided me SO many projects. But, anyway- I liked the solid construction of the tissue box cover but didn’t have a project in mind. On a whim, I challenged my Facebook page pals to give me ideas on what to do. There were several suggestions, but my favorite came from my friend, Clair (who hosts Blues Moon Radio), who suggested a bird house.Read more ›

Igloo Cooler to Easy-Breezy Wine Chiller

Igloo Cooler to Easy-Breezy Wine Chiller

How about a crazy easy summer time project that requires no tools or effort whatsoever? This is one of those ideas of mine that *almost* doesn’t warrant a blog post because it’s so dang simple. BUT- I’ve learned through your comments that even when I have a simple project idea, I should always publish it here on the blog. So, here we are…with a thrifted Igloo beverage cooler…that I am upcycling into a fun and easy wine chiller!Read more ›

Industrial Style Rotating Hardware Bin (from Tupperware!)

Industrial Style Rotating Hardware Bin (from Tupperware!)

This project has been rattling around in my head for nearly a year now, but up until recently, I wasn’t sure how to fully execute it. You see, I have coveted a vintage / industrial rotating hardware bin for a long time. But I couldn’t pull the trigger on an authentic one (too pricey) and I was staunchly against purchasing a reproduction. That’s when I started formulating a repurposed DIY version…using a plastic party platter dish that I found earlier this year at a thrift store.Read more ›

DIY Cork Board in a Thrifted Picture Frame

DIY Cork Board in a Thrifted Picture Frame

I was cleaning up my Craft Room a bit and found some old cork tiles I had snagged on a thrifting adventure in the past. I was about to put them in the “re-donate” pile (which I am CONSTANTLY adding to)…but thought better of it. If I found the right picture frames, I could use the tiles to make a fancy-ish cork board (or several) for my office!Read more ›

Shirt Pocket Sachets

Shirt Pocket Sachets

Even though I made repurposed drawer sachets once before, I had this spark of an idea and I simply had to share it with you. Because it’s so “DUH!”…and because Father’s Day will be here soon, it seemed like the perfect time to write about my idea for Shirt Pocket Sachets using thrift store clearance shirts.Read more ›

Jewelry Hanger from a Refreshed Memo Board

Jewelry Hanger from a Refreshed Memo Board

Sometimes I am flush with project ideas, but then there are the scary droughts. And you guys, I was in a drought recently- all sorts of self-doubt creeped in, my thrifting luck dried up, and I just needed to step back for a bit. But, thankfully I felt the gears in my head start to turn again when I stepped back into a thrift store and found this outdated memo board thingamajig. I knew right away that it would be easily transformed into a very handy DIY jewelry hanger, perfect for a teen or tween’s room, a dorm, or any small space, like an apartment.Read more ›

From Steak to Stake: Barbecue Fork Garden Sign

From Steak to Stake: Barbecue Fork Garden Sign

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 it into a cute little garden sign? What if I used it as a stake instead of for steak?Read more ›