Turn Old Junk into Fabulous Farmhouse Decor

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. METAL JUNK

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Wagon Wheel Farmhouse Christmas Candle Chandelier

I’ve got an upcycled wagon wheel project to show you today.  But first can I whine a little? Yesterday was one of those no good, very bad, everything-seemed-to-go-wrong days. It started out great. The sun was shining, the weather was warm, and I woke up raring to get to work …               … and then I slammed my finger in a door.

Vintage Bench Makeover & Boring Blog Post Titles

Vintage Bench Makeover. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz … I know that’s the most boring blog post title in the world, right? I kinda miss the good old days before I knew  it was important to include very specific words if you wanted Google to find your blog post. Basically, forget everything you ever learned in school about writing an interesting title, because Google won’t find it.  Google Smoogle What I really wanted to title today’s post is The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the {Read More}

Happily Ever After Mini Dresser Makeover + New Quilt Block Stencil

I think all the best stories start with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after, and I have a good one for you! First, let’s meet the damsel in distress… I found this small dresser at a thrift store with a big “FREE” sign taped to the top. I’m a sucker for pitiful pieces like this, so I couldn’t just leave it sitting there. The drawers were broken, but I figured that even if the dresser couldn’t be saved, at least I {Read More}

Easy DIY Farmhouse Style Paint Finish

If you love the old farmhouse look, I’ve got a super easy way to achieve it with an easy DIY paint finish that is so simple to do… and it’s as pretty as supermodel Cindy Crawford’s mole! 🙂 It’s a great way to transform thrift store and yard sale finds that either look outdated, or have potential, but are a bit more battered than you’d like.

Cheese Dome Upcycle + Grade School Flashback

I’m a sucker for glass cloches, so a few weeks ago when I spotted this little cheese dome at a thrift store, I had to buy it.  How could I pass up such a cute little glass top and pretty wood base?  But there was one thing about it that I just didn’t like…

Tea Kettle on a Tea Kettle … What??

My mom has a cast iron tea kettle that I was admiring at her house, and have been hoping I might find a similar one, but something lucky happened, so I got one (sort of), but didn’t have to buy it. Clear as mud, right? Let me explain…

Spice Rack Makeover: Thrift Shop Flip

I’ve said before that I’m a sucker for gingham, so when I spotted this vintage spice rack, filled with jars that had gingham lids, at a thrift store – it was a given that it was coming home with me.   I wasn’t crazy about the color of the wood, and it looked a bit blah, but the shape reminded me of the wall shelf I made over last year with a Milk & Cream Co. image on it, so {Read More}

Toy Sleigh Makeover

When we visited family in New Mexico during the summer, they sent me home with quite a few things, like my husband’s grandfather’s old tools that I turned into a keepsake displlay (seen here), and this toy sleigh.  It isn’t very old, and looked a bit ho-hum – like something from  an 80’s Lillian Vernon catalog, but I thought a makeover might do it wonders. My original plan was to paint the wood white, and add a little sign on the side {Read More}

Watercolor Artwork with Old Calendars

Sometimes we get so used to the things in our house, that we don’t really see them anymore.  For example, I bought a calendar with beautiful watercolor artwork, but I’ve looked at it so many times this year, I rarely ever notice the illustrations anymore –  I’m just looking at the date boxes. But for whatever reason, today was different, and I really looked at it.  Suddenly I was in love with my pretty dollar store calendar again, and was annoyed with {Read More}

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