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 →


Pallet Wood Storage Organizer Shelf

Pallet Wood Organizing Shelves

  • By Joan
  • April 15, 2016
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Happy Friday and since it’s the third Friday of the month I am guest posting over at My Repurposed Life. If you liked my pallet wood cubby shelves from a couple of weeks ago, I think you’ll love this project. … 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 →


Thrift Store Bench Makeover

Recovering a Thrift Store Bench

Welcome back and I hope you all had a great weekend. While doing errands last week I decided to stop into one of my favorite thrift stores. No sooner had I stepped into the furniture section of the store when … Continue Reading →


Postcard Display Gallery Wall

Rotating Postcard Display Gallery Wall

Good morning and welcome back.  I’m a little late with my post today since I spent all day yesterday walking around Washington DC.  I’ve lived an hour north of the capital all my life and have never seen the cherry … Continue Reading →


DIY Outdoor Pallet Wood Side Table with lights

Illuminated Pallet Wood Side Table

I remember at Christmas time when my brother-in-law, Bill, gave me a fresh supply of pallet wood he asked me if I actually had any plans for all that wood.  (best Christmas present ever, by the way) At the time, nothing … 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 →


Pallet Wood Cubby Shelves

Pallet Wood Cubby Organizer Shelves

Years ago I bought one of those printers typeset drawers. The kind of drawer with tons of little cubbies that used to house the printers type for the old printing presses and now can hold tons of little knickknacks.  I … 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 →


Bunny Makeover

Even Bunnies need Makeovers

This little guy started out as a thrift store find. He was sort of cute, definitely not my taste but he had good bones. He was in desperate need of a makeover and if you want a super simple craft … Continue Reading →


Why I destroyed my Dump Desk

Why I Destroyed My Dump Desk

Last April I shared with you a desk that I had made from legs salvaged from a dump and wood that was leftover from my storage cupboard. No sooner had I finished the desk than my son and his wife came … Continue Reading →


LIVE BAITS Sign -Fixer Upper Style

LIVE BAITS Sign – Fixer Upper Style

I love watching HGTV and all the other DIY shows out there. As a self-professed scavenger I find they are a great source for ideas for DIY projects for my own house. I’m actually surprised I get anything done ever, especially … Continue Reading →


Country Stool Makeover with French letter transfer

Country Stool Makeover

Back in January when I was cleaning out my storage room, I came upon this little stool buried in a back corner under several boxes. It was originally from my mother-in-law’s house. Painted my mother-in-law’s favorite color, blue, and adorned … 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 →


Tin Plate from a Plastic Charger

Beautiful Antique Tin Plate?

Beautiful Antique tin plate? No, it’s plastic doing it’s best to give that age old vintage inspired charm. Don’t be disappointed though, because I have a super easy tutorial for you to make your own plastic antique tin plate, a … Continue Reading →


This End Up Loft bed gets a makeover

This End Up Loft Bed gets a Makeover

Back in the 80’s This End Up furniture was everywhere. They had stores in 250 malls and every kid had a bunk bed…mine included. The furniture was incredibly durable and could take years of abuse. While the company went bankrupt in … Continue Reading →


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