The end of the year is a time of reflection, and while digging through the mountain of junk in my workshop earlier this week, I started reflecting on some of my favorite farmhouse projects that I’ve made out of castoffs that others call junk.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but I’ve broken it down into projects made with three types of junk that I love to work with.
If it’s made of metal, chances are good I’ll love it – especially if it’s old metal.
This Pallet Wood & Tin Cans Kitchen Organizer was one of my favorite projects (and the beautiful old can labels are free printables you can download and print).
An empty old metal paint can is something most people would throw away, but I thought it made a beautiful farmhouse style hanging flower vase for my entryway.
Here’s another repurposed metal flower holder that was originally used to hold trash.
I’ve got all kinds of beautiful old metal in this farmhouse kitchen vignette.
Grouping it all together has such a visual impact.
OLD JUNK WINDOWS
Several years ago, I brought home an entire trailer full of old windows. I sold many of them and repurposed the rest, like this antique window turned into dairy sign.
Here’s another one that I turned into a flag display on our barn.
I’ve also made several repurposed window chalkboards.
Old Bowls & Pie Pans
I’ve lost count of how many tiered stands my husband and I have made over the last five years, but we’ve made oodles of them.
You can make your own with our Tiered Stand tutorial found HERE.
No two are ever identical. It just depends on the bowls, pans, and spindles I have on hand to work with.
They are always one of my favorite projects to work on and are always best sellers in my online shop.
Old Bread Tins
I never pass up old bread tins if they are reasonably priced. In fact, I found another one today in an antique store and have several more in my junk stash to work with.
I usually turn them into wall bins like this one.
There you have it.
Old metal anything, old windows, and old bread tins. These are some of my favorite kinds of beloved junk!
What are yours?