Thursday, May 26, 2011

Repurposing Old Windows

Here are some ideas of what to do with old windows:

Wallpaper Window

~~Apartment Therapy

Multi-panel Mirror

Multi-paneled mirrors like this piece from Pottery Barn sure look an awful lot like windows anyway, right? For a poor man’s version, why not use the real deal? Take an old window frame that’s crying out for a little face time, and attach small pieces of mirror (or mirrored acrylic) inside the panes. Hang it on your wall, and voilĂ .

Stained Glass Window

Etsy vendor SemperNova, who rescues and reinvents furniture and home decor items destined for the landfill, had a beauty of an idea: Turn a humble old window frame into a stained-glass showcase.

Jewelry Holder

Michigan crafter Catherine Spencer found a window on the side of the road and turned it into a jewelry holder. She screwed a piece of scrap wood across the bottom to create a little shelf for rings, pins, and odd pieces that can’t be hung up.

Display Case

~~My Repurposed Life

Drying rack
What’s the difference between this old window….

… and this drying rack (as seen in Country Living)?

I’ll tell you what’s the difference: You. With a little bit of your love and attention, an old window (and a piece of beadboard) can have a whole new lease on life in your laundry room.

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Doesn't this look cozy!

Picture Frame
Repurpose windows into picture frames - Stefanie Gabrych Fraser
This would look great with black and white pictures!

Garden Decor
This would look great in my garden!  What a way to accent your beautiful flowers! ~A Well Loved Home


Keep your eyes open for old windows!  You can find them just about anywhere such as garage sales, on the curb, flea markets or salvage stores.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Vintage Campers

Where did my love for vintage campers come from?  I am not quite sure.  Growing up the first family camper was a 1980's Coleman Pop-Up Camper then we moved to a pull-type Jayco camper with bunk beds (super cool as a child!).  Of course, I love all the bells and whistles with the new campers but there is something about the charm of the vintage ones.

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Happy Camping!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

It is fantastic to see designers using thrift and salvage items in their design scheme.  I came across Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting on the Nate Berkus Show.  He transforms thrift items into special pieces for his clients.  

You can check out the Nate Berkus' video:

This is some of his Before and Afters:

~via Mr. Goodwill Hunting~

Now doesn't this get you excited to find some treasures at garage sales or at your local thrift store!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Repurpose Crib Springs

My heart started to beat rapidly when I found this piece of junk at Junk Jubilee for $5.  Mr. "H" thought I was crazy when I brought it home and told him what I was going to do with it.

After spraying it white and I brought it into my office to hang my completed pieces of jewelry on.  My goal is to hang it on the wall.    I have also seen people use these as a memo board or to showcase some of your vintage photos.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Office Makeover

The last couple of weeks I have been working on redoing my office.  This should have only taken me four days at the most but I have been working on this project since Easter.  As you all know if you have small kids it takes more time to finish those projects.  My goal with this project was to lighten up the space, organize the space and give me more room to create. 

Here are the before (embarrassing) pictures:

The almost finished project pictures:

I just love the look of the gray.  It is so calming!  I also need to find a lampshade for my vintage white lamp!

I had a hard time finding white baskets that you see on the shelving.  I found the white baskets at KMart for $6.99.  This allowed me to hide the movies and misc. junk.

I found this "Junk" pillow at Junk Jubilee!

Now it is time to create!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

Vintage Cake Stands

This is great way to create a "wow" effect for a special event by using some items that you have around the house.  I love the layered look of using a white linen place mat, green dinner plate, vintage clear cake plate, linen/cotton napkins and a picture frame with a quote or your guest's name.

Other ideas of cake stands:
vintage cake stands
~By Intimate Weddings~

~By A Beach Cottage~

~By Artistic Creations by Natasha~

 DIY Pedestal Cake Plate – Easy Centerpieces
~By Balancing Beauty and Bedlam~

Dust off those cake stands and use them!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

What Cheer Flea Market

The alarm clock went off really early this morning but it was well worth the lack of sleep because it was junkin' day.  The What Cheer Flea Market is a great way to kick off the pickin' season.

Great weather and much to pick from!

I remember riding one of these as a kid.

I loved these suitcases! 

Great finds and a great time with my mother junkin'!  I will post pictures of my finds soon!