Going Home …

I’ve heard it said that you can never go home again, but I beg to differ.  Let me explain… Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile, may recall that a little over a year ago, my cousin lost her home, and most of her belongings, when a tornado struck her town, and nearly wiped out her neighborhood.   This is the same town I grew up near, and went to high school in.  If you missed that post, the {Read More}

4 Chalkboard Projects and Time-Saving Tips

I’ve had a lot of people leave comments over the last few years, wondering how I get so many projects done each week, so I thought I’d share a few of my secrets. 1.  First of all, I know many of you are employed outside the home.  I am not.  Both my blog and my shop ARE my business, and both were started because I am a homeschooling mom, and if I was to bring in any income, it needed to {Read More}

Rustic Brown Paper Pot

Sometimes new projects are a huge success, and other times, they are a dismal failure.  Today’s project turned out wonderful, but only because another project was a dismal failure first.  Last year about this time, I made a canvas bucket bag (seen here), which I absolutely loved, and I always thought it might be possible to make something similar out of brown paper, and I decided I would attempt it.  My husband walked in while I was working on it, {Read More}

Farm Store Painted Sign

I’ve had paint “fever” lately.  Some weeks I want to do nothing but repurpose old book pages, some weeks I just want to fuss around with old metal junk, and other weeks, I want to paint everything in sight.  Fortunately, I have a fairly good stock of salvaged wood to work with, so I sorted through my supply, and spotted a side rail from an old bed.  That would do nicely for a painted sign. I had just received a {Read More}

How to Get the Look of Antique Wooden Embellishments

I have a thing for antique bed headboards and footboards, and have been fortunate to get quite a few of them at auctions at prices that blew me away.  Unfortunately, none of them were the right size for my bed, and they are hard to sell online, because the shipping often costs more than what I charge for them. This was an antique headboard that I turned into a coat rack (more about it here).  Not only did it have a {Read More}

Vintage Inspiration Party #166 – Even the Grinch Would Be Inspired!

Welcome to the Vintage Inspiration Party!  We can officially say, “Merry Christmas” now, can’t we?!! Christmas is coming…and a junk style Christmas it will be!  I’m so glad you are here to join in the fun. This morning, I wrapped up my 12 Days of Christmas event, but the season is young, so I’m looking forward to lots of Christmas inspiration all month long.  If you missed any of the 12 days, you’ll find them all here.    Get yourself {Read More}

Farmhouse Meets Industrial Wall Bins

Obviously, farmhouse style is my favorite style, but if I had a 2nd home, I would go a totally different direction with it.  Should living in the country ever become too much work to maintain as my husband and I get older, I dream of finding an old building in a downtown district – one with brick walls, exposed metal pipes and wood floors – loaded with industrial style. Since I can’t have both, I have to find ways to introduce {Read More}

Salvage Wood Shadow Box Shelf – 2 Variations – a SALVAGE STYLE EVENT, Link Party & Pin Board

All you salvage lovers out there – this one’s for you!  Today, I’m joining forces with 8 other gals, who are masters at turning junk into gems, for a Salvage Style event, and YOU are invited to participate!

Repurposed Drawers into Wall Shelves

Last week, I showed you the trashed dresser that I turned into an entertainment center.  I didn’t use the top 2 drawers, because we needed their space for the DVD player and game system, but I wanted to find another use for them and repurposed drawers projects are some of my favorite projects, so I got busy with them.

Antique Sewing Machine Table into Rustic Side Table

It’s no secret that I love antique sewing machine tables, especially when I can get a great deal on one.    The best way to get one reasonably priced is to look for ones that are damaged. I’ve gotten three of them (so far).  All of them had non-working sewing machines, 2 had missing or damaged drawers and one had a very damaged top.  Today’s project involves the one with the damaged top. I showed it to you several years {Read More}