Rustic Pallet Wood Heart

Rustic Pallet Wood Valentines Heart

I just put away the Christmas decorations and I’m already thinking about Valentine’s Day. Well, I did have an empty space on the wall where the pallet Christmas tree has stood for the last couple of months. I could have … Continue Reading →


Scavenging Haunted Past and a MIrror

Scavenging the Haunted Past…and a mirror

Not too far from my home used to be the site of one of Maryland’s Most Haunted buildings, the Henryton State Hospital.  The hospital closed it’s doors in 1985, having been opened since the early 1920’s. In it’s prime, it housed … Continue Reading →


Winter, Ivy and Seedpod Wreath

Winter, Ivy and Seed Pod Wreath

Way back in September, I got a call from my middle son, Kevin.  He had been mowing his lawn and had run over an old stump that the previous owners had left behind. The stump did some kind of damage … Continue Reading →


Headboard created from old shutters, upcycle, recycle-001

Headboard made from Salvaged Shutters

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I usually don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  Frankly, I have very little willpower and who can say no to chocolate.  That being said, I love January.  January is the time I work on all … Continue Reading →


Carpenters Toolbox Coffee Table

Carpenter’s Tool Box Coffee Table

Welcome back.  I hope you all are surviving the holidays and are truly able to enjoy spending those precious moments with family and friends. My 2 oldest sons and their wives spent the night Christmas Eve, so we were able … Continue Reading →


Pallet Wood birdhouse

Junky Pallet Wood Birdhouse

Can you believe Christmas is this week?  Back in November when the stores first started to play their Christmas carols, it was like, seriously? Aren’t you rushing the season just a bit?  But now I find myself singing along to all the … Continue Reading →


Easy diy Pallet Wood Frame

Easy Pallet Wood Frame diy

  • By Joan
  • December 18, 2015
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Good morning and welcome back.  If it’s the third Friday in the month then it means I must be guest posting over at My Repurposed Life today. I think you’ll really love this project and it brings me back to my … Continue Reading →


diy Photo Blocks

DIY Photo Blocks – Gifts Kids can Make

  • By Joan
  • December 14, 2015
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Welcome back.  For the past couple of weeks I’ve been showing you gifts that kids can make and relatives will actually like to receive. The age of your kids will determine how much assistance they will need with any of the … Continue Reading →


Babys Footprint Christmas Ornament diy

Baby’s Footprint Christmas Ornament – Gifts for Kids to Make

  • By Joan
  • December 10, 2015
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When I shared last weeks build-a-snowman kit I mentioned that it was son #3’s birthday. Yes, he was born kind of close to Christmas and he was so eager to get in on the gift giving that he had to have … Continue Reading →


Bread Dipping Seasonings

Bread Dipping Seasonings- Gifts Kids can Make

This diy gift was made by my youngest son, about 5 years ago to give to all his Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents, but we keep making it over and over because it really is that good. If your child can … Continue Reading →


Build a Snowman Kit

Build A Snowman Kit diy – Gifts Kids can Make

Before I begin, I’d like to take a second to wish my youngest son a very Happy Birthday. I don’t know where the time has gone, but my baby is 17 years old today. That’s him in the picture above. … Continue Reading →


Making over a wooden salad bowl with sticks

Wood Salad Bowl Makeover diy

I have a great diy for you today, a flea market or thrift store wooden salad bowl covered with sticks.  If you have a glue gun and a chop saw you are well on your way to making this project. … Continue Reading →


Sweater Hurricane Lamp

Sweater Hurricane Lamp and 15 more Recycled Sweater Gift Ideas

I had this great idea to continue my hurricane lamp slip covers with a beautiful cable knit thrift store sweater. You may remember my hurricane lamps covered in shells, driftwood, moss and honeysuckle vines. But after doing a little research I found … Continue Reading →


Salt and Pepper Mill Makeover

Thrift Store Salt and Pepper Mill Makeover

This week I’m sharing with you two thrift store makeovers, that you could also use for your holiday gift giving. This is a salt and pepper grinder I found at a local thrift store.  There is actually nothing wrong with them, but that … Continue Reading →


Christmas tree made from cedar shingles and pallet wood, easy diy

Pallet and Shingles Christmas Tree

  • By Joan
  • November 19, 2015
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One week to Thanksgiving and counting. Sorry, didn’t mean to shock you, I’m sort of just reminding myself.  I have 18 people coming for dinner next week and I have no menu and I still need to start cleaning house. … Continue Reading →


6ft Advent Calendar Christmas tree, cedar shingles, wood christmas tree, great for small spaces

Wood Christmas tree and Advent Calendar

Here at the Scavenger Chic household we have a sad little advent calendar we’ve been using for over 25 years.  And every year I see these beautiful advent calendars with little doors and little nooks and crannies and think, I’ve … Continue Reading →


New Cheese Box only looks Old

My New Old Cheese box

Welcome back diyers.  We are about to transform this plain, ordinary, humdrum cheese box  into a unique, one of a kind masterpiece.  Did I oversell?  Well, it will be cool. From what I can tell, cheese boxes were first used … Continue Reading →


Repurposed Dresser Drawers

Repurposing Dresser Drawers

Recycle, upcycle, repurpose, reuse….whatever you call it, these nightstands do it all.  The knobs are new, but the spindle legs, hardwood flooring top and drawer body of the table have all had past lives. Their worlds are about to collide. … Continue Reading →


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