Upcycled V8 hubcap Table Lamp, Desk Lamp

Upcycling a Rusty V8 Hubcap

Three years ago I picked up a couple of rusty hubcaps at a yard sale. They were part of a bigger haul which included some of what you see below. The hubcaps are sitting on the table, but besides those, here … Continue Reading →


Flea Market Finds, Recycled Pendant Light

Pendant Light from the Flea Market

  • By Joan
  • November 17, 2016
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Back in May I showed you a really cool industrial beater from an abandoned restaurant. In a matter of seconds, with a light cord from IKEA, I was able to transform it into a super cool, super unique pendant light. … 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 →


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 →


Vintage tripod floor lamp diy, surveyors tripod

Wood Surveyor’s Tripod Floor Lamp

Last summer, at the Route 11 Yard Crawl in Virginia, I bought this great surveyors tripod. It was actually the same yard sale that I bought the typing desk and the wood planer, and the same yard sale that my sister bought the carpenter’s … Continue Reading →


Visiting Black Dog Salvage

Visiting Black Dog Salvage

If you recognize the picture above then you are probably a follower of the DIY Network series, Salvage Dawgs. Salvage Dawgs follows the Black Dog Salvage Company in Roanoke, Virginia as they travel to historical buildings that are about to be … Continue Reading →


Upcycled Gasoline Can Pendant Light

Upcycled Gasoline Can Pendant Light diy

Welcome back, I write this post as I sit in a hospital waiting room waiting for my sister to get out of a minor surgery.  I feel lucky to be here.  A couple of years ago she went thru a … Continue Reading →


Railroad Tie Lamp diy

Railroad Tie Lamp diy

Add to Flipboard Magazine.   I don’t know if you can tell, but I’ve been on a diy lamp kick for several months now.  Everywhere I go, I see objects that are just calling out to me…Make me into a … Continue Reading →


repurposed shutters headboard

Scavenging Ideas around Ellicott City , Maryland

Add to Flipboard Magazine.  With Christmas only a week away I’ve been working on a lot of projects. So many projects, so little time, but I just can’t show you them to you yet.  Yes, there are a couple of … Continue Reading →


Upcycled Watchamacallit Lamp , diy

Upcycled Whatchamacallit Lamp, diy

Add to Flipboard Magazine. If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, you’ll notice that I have a somewhat abnormal obsession with lamps.  Not just any lamps, but lamps made from junk. It all started rather innocently enough, I was … Continue Reading →


Lamp made from old Shutters

Upcycled Shutters Lamp diy

Add to Flipboard Magazine. ,   As a self-professed scavenger, I get my ideas and my supplies from just about anywhere.  I’ve been known to root around in a dump or two, flea markets, thrift stores, abandoned homes, junked cars…to … Continue Reading →


DIY Orb Chandelier

DIY Orb Chandelier

Add to Flipboard Magazine. Last month I had an enjoyable day  scavenging the  Route 11 Yard Crawl with one of my sons and 2 sisters.  By all appearances, I ended up with a pile of junk, but it was gold … Continue Reading →


Bowling Ball Bench

Scavenging Ideas around Takoma Park Maryland

  • By Joan
  • September 1, 2014
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Add to Flipboard Magazine.   For my birthday over the weekend, my 3 fantastic sons treated me to a walking tour of Takoma Park, their farmer’s market, lunch, and a fantastic upcycling store that was right up my alley. And … Continue Reading →


Upcycled Rusty  Giant Spring Lamp

Upcycled Rusty Giant Spring Lamp

Add to Flipboard Magazine.   This project all started a few weeks ago… very innocently I might add… when my husband, Brian, and I were enjoying a nice afternoon hike.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing, we spotted … Continue Reading →


Upcycled Maple Syrup Can Lantern

Upcycled Maple Syrup Can Lanterns

Add to Flipboard Magazine. Earlier in the month I had the pleasure of scavenging the Route 11 Yard Crawl.  One of my last finds of the day was a set of 4 extremely rusty tin cans. Being that it was … Continue Reading →


DIY Upcycled/Recycled Rusty Pipe Lamp

DIY Upcycled Pipe Lamp

Add to Flipboard Magazine. Lately I’ve been very into upcycled lighting. Everywhere you look people are creating fantastic lamps and chandeliers from everything….corks, flashlights, mason jars and drift wood , to name but a few.  Check out my pinterest here. … Continue Reading →


DIY Upcycled Wooden Post Lamp

Recycled Post Lamp

Add to Flipboard Magazine. Recently I’ve been updating my living room.  It was mostly done but in dire need of lamps.  I shopped all of my normal spots for lamps,  Home Goods, Target, JC  Penney …but no one had exactly … Continue Reading →