Hand Truck Coffee Table

Upcycled Hand Cart Coffee Table

Welcome back and Happy Labor Day Weekend. If you remember my trip to the 40 mile yard crawl a couple of week ago I showed you all my treasures and I promised you I would soon have a great makeover for … Continue Reading →


DIY Coffee Sign

Good Things Happen Over Coffee

I may have been on vacation last month but, I still kept my eyes open on my travels because you never know when inspiration will strike. The sign you see above was near the trailhead of a hike we did … Continue Reading →


Recycled Shutters and Candles Wall Sconce-

Vintage Shutters Wall Sconce

Months ago, my younger brother showed up on my doorstep with a fantastic pile of architectural salvage stuff.   A pile of shutters, a couple of doors, tons of  spindles…he was cleaning out his garage and he thought I might be able … Continue Reading →


Upcycled Roofing Tin Shingles Headboard diy-017

Recycled Tin Shingles Headboard

I love to make headboards and they are probably my second most favorite thing to make…coffee tables being number one.  The problem is, you can only have so many headboards sitting around, so when son #2 said he was actually … Continue Reading →


Divided Pedestal Server

Repurposing from the Thrift Store

  • By Joan
  • June 17, 2016
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  Welcome back. As promised, today I’m guest posting over at My Repurposed Life.  I’ve given you just a sneak peek of my project but for the full tutorial you’ll just have to follow me over there. You won’t believe … Continue Reading →


Recycled Wash tubs and Old Door Side Table-002

Upcycled Washtubs and an Old Door

Last weekend we had the pleasure of visiting my sister’s house for a pre-Memorial Day party.  So while I’m sitting on her deck, chowing down on taco dip, a beautiful assortment of cheeses and bruschetta (and that was all before dinner), … Continue Reading →


Pallet Wood Butcher Block Top over a  Galvanized Wash Tub, small outdoor table-013

Butcher Block Wash Tub Table

On Monday, I told you about my latest scavenging adventures in an old abandoned restaurant. I fell in love with this old wash tub. It’s perfect for parties, a bag of ice, add your sodas and beer, and it’s the perfect … Continue Reading →


Upcycled Wire Whisk, Beater, Wire Whip, Pendant Light-004

Abandoned Restaurant and a Pendant Light

Several weeks ago my oldest son offered to take me on a unique scavenging trip. A trip into the bowels of an Italian restaurant that has long since gone out of business.  The building was bought by my son’s company, who buys … Continue Reading →


Upcycled, Recycled Weights Book Ends

Upcycled Ten Pound Weights

  • By Joan
  • May 20, 2016
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I can’t believe it’s already the third Friday of the month, which means I’m guest posting over at My Repurposed Life. But first, a few pictures to catch you up with what we’ve been working on. Over the last couple of weekends … Continue Reading →


Upcycled Antique Clothes Wringer and Pallets Coffee Table

Antique Clothes Wringer Coffee Table

While shopping with my daughter-in-law, Steph, at a yard sale last summer we spied this great rack. I had no idea what it was, but I saw coffee table! I didn’t buy it.  I was just about to ask the … Continue Reading →


Pallet Wood Fish House Number on an old Pulley

Pallet Wood Fish House Numbers

With summer coming up…beach, lake, fishing season… I was inspired to make something with this little fish I’ve had sitting around since last July. He was part of this colorful assortment of pallet wood fish that I originally shared over at My … Continue Reading →


Secret Hidden Lockbox

Repurposed Books and a Hidden Lockbox

If you look at this picture you may think this is a post for a great upcycled bookend. Can you tell it’s a dump rescue? But, if you looked at the title, you would know that it’s actually the books that are … Continue Reading →


Indoor Herb Planter

Thrift Store Junk, Indoor Spring Planter

I have another super easy project for you this week.  Not quite as easy as Monday’s vintage milk crate, but it’s close. At least I got out a paintbrush this time. I’m still stealing ideas from  Joanna Gaines of Fixer … Continue Reading →


Vintage Milk Crate Love

Vintage Milk Crate Love

I recently came across this fantastic vintage metal milk crate.  When I say came across, you probably envision me in this cute little antique store, eyeing all the vintage goodies, just deciding which treasure I should take home. No, I … Continue Reading →


IKEA Cabinet and Soda Can Labels

IKEA cabinet and Soda Can Labels

Today I’m rejoining a great group of ladies  for the Junk Revision Challenge.  Each month the group is given a theme and it is up to us to use our own junk to follow that theme and see what we can … Continue Reading →


DIY Vintage Metal Numbers  for cubby organizer shelves

Soda Can, Vintage Number Labels

  Sometimes when you think you’re finished a project, you find you’re missing just one thing. If you missed my post from Monday this week,   I shared with you how to make this great organizer shelf using pallet wood, nails … Continue Reading →


Recycled Book Pages Chandelier, Upcycled Chandelier

Second Choice Chandelier

  • By Joan
  • March 18, 2016
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As promised, today I’m guest posting over at My Repurposed Life. I just want to give you a bit of a sneak preview. Can you tell what common household item has been repurposed? I guarantee you have one in your own … Continue Reading →


Antique Printing Blocks frame

Vintage Printer Blocks Frame

Several months ago I was scanning Ebay, just looking to see what was out there in auction land, and I came upon a Lot of Antique Printing Blocks.  I wasn’t looking for printing blocks, but there were over 75 of them … Continue Reading →


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