Modernize Ideas

Modernize Ideas

Creative Do-It-Yourself Projects for Repurposing Old Furniture

This is a sponsored post by Dane O’Leary.

There are many reasons why you might want to take used, worn furnishings and repurpose them into creative vintage treasures. For one thing, recycling furniture prevents pieces that could be perfectly usable and still have plenty of life left in them from going to waste. For another, repurposing used furnishings in creative, new ways can add charm and character to your home in a way that most new furniture can’t. What’s more, turning something old into something new gives you the opportunity to reinterpret pieces in innovative ways while changing and refreshing their look to reflect your individual personality and style. And it can be a lot of fun, too!

Here are some great do-it-yourself projects for turning the forgotten into beautiful furnishings that are sure to turn heads.

Vintage Chest-of-Drawers Kitchen Island

One of the most difficult — and rewarding — furnishings to use in a totally new, inventive way are larger pieces chests-of-drawers. It’s easy enough to repaint or refinish them, making them beautiful again, then using them for their intended purposes in a bedroom or guest room. While this is a great way to give a used piece new life, this isn’t exactly the epitome of innovation. Using a large chest-of-drawers as a kitchen island is an incredibly innovative new use for one of the most common furniture cast-offs. They’re a staple of second-hand furniture stores, yard sales, antique stores, local newspaper ads and even Craigslist. You can buy them for a very reasonable price, but if you already have one to use that’s even better.

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Via House Beautiful

Chances are that a used piece will need some attention in order to return to its former state of glory, which will likely entail sanding it down to refinish or repaint it. Then you can either attach whatever material you used for your kitchen counters so that the surface of your vintage island will match, or your could use something like butcher block to set your island apart from the rest of your kitchen. The drawers will give you extra storage and once the facelift is complete, the chest-of-drawers will look perfectly at-home and quite stunning as your new kitchen island.

Shabby-Chic Ladder Shelves

Antique ladders are everywhere. There vary in size from two-step foot ladders to being taller than an adult, but that variety is actually an asset to this do-it-yourself repurposing project, if you can even call it a project. Turning a ladder into shelves can be a simple or detailed as you want it to be. You could simple lean the ladder of your choice against the wall and start to place your books and decor on it like the steps are shelves, or you could might prefer to get creative with your ladder shelves.

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Via Houzz

There are several ways that you can personalize your new shabby-chic shelves. Perhaps most obviously, you could paint the ladder. You could either do this carefully, making sure you cover every single nook and cranny in the wood, or you could do a quick once-over with a roller and let the wood imperfections create a sort of pattern or texture with the paint. Other options include sanding and staining the ladder, doing a crackle-finish paint effect, stenciling patterns or designs onto the ladder, or “upholstering” the ladder in fabric. Of course, there’s also nothing wrong with giving the ladder a good cleaning and leaving it as is.

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Via Fancy

If you have more than one large ladder, you might consider turning them into corner shelves for books like the ladder pictured here. While even using just one is effective, using more than one by stacking them one over another would be a great way to give you plenty of shelving space if you have a lot of books while also being a very beautiful, one-of-a-kind wall treatment. Don’t worry if they have paint spatter on them because that’s only going to add to the look.

Repurposed Vintage Lockers

You’ve probably seen people use those vintage school lockers in their home to create more storage while adding an element of unexpected fun. Repurposing vintage lockers isn’t very difficult, but oftentimes the hardest part is to find the actual lockers that you want to use. The best way to find them would be to check online classifieds like Craigslist or keep an eye on eBay. You should also check antique and thrift stores in your area; if they don’t have any, you might give them your information and ask that they call you when they get some in. It may be a longshot depending on where you live, but you could very well luck into finding some vintage lockers at a yard sale or maybe a nearby estate auction. These are also ideal places for browsing and finding a variety of used, neglected items that can be refreshed and repurposed into something amazing.

While you hunt for your lockers, think about where and how you’d like to use them. Since they’re going to give you storage, consider places where you want or need extra storage; they’re great for offices, foyers or mud rooms, bedrooms, or maybe even a kitchen or dining area for storing flatware and cookbooks. As you’ll see, vintage lockers can repurposed in several useful, beautiful ways that can give a space that wonderful shabby-chic, bohemian look.

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Via Vickie Howell

This set of five-level, locker room-style lockers has been repurposed into cabinet-style shelves that would go great in a bedroom or office. The bottom two rows still have their doors, offering shelf space where items can be stored without being on display. For the top three rows, the doors were removed so that the shelves would be open, making this set of lockers look more like a cabinet.

The interior of the lockers were painted a darker gray while the exterior was painted a coral hue, juxtaposing the industrial lockers with a slightly more feminine touch; it’s a good idea to paint the interior of these types of pieces a darker color to offset the interior from the exterior and highlight the contents of the shelves. To remind you that this piece used to function as lockers in the locker room of a school, the metal plates displaying the locker numbers were left intact and unpainted as they’d look if they were still used to store students’ gym clothes.

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Via The Lettered Cottage

If you prefer a more sophisticated look, you might try this version that marries the antique industrial lockers with country-cottage styling. The lockers pictured are older and simpler; instead of having multiple rows like the locker room lockers, these have four thin tall doors and are a little more plain.

These would be ideal in a more formal area like by an entryway or in a foyer to provide storage for things like coats, jackets, scarves, shoes, and so on. After being painted an elegant off-white inside and out, numbers were stenciled at the tops of each door to remind you of what this piece used to be while remaining an elegant and efficient storage solution.

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Via Nuji

Yet another option would be to flip vertical lockers onto their side, mount wheels or legs onto the bottom, and turn the lockers into a great credenza or hutch. You’d need to make sure that you lockers were turned so that you’d open the doors by lifting from the bottom, otherwise you’d need a way to keep the doors latched shut. In addition to being great in a dining area or foyer, these could also go in a bedroom as a variant on a hope chest where you can store precious keepsakes, baby clothes, spare linens, and things of the like.

For more tips and tricks, head to Modernize.com.  You can find just about any idea from casual to rustic to modern.  Whatever your style is, you can find some ideas!

SNAP 2015

SNAP 2015
SNAP 2015

We made it till Friday!  For me that is a huge mental accomplishment, because my mind has been all over the place.  Last week I attended the SNAP Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I learned so much amazing information that my thoughts are still wrapped up in that.  I making mental lists, mental encouragements, and mentally (and physically) I didn’t want to be at work!  It’s good that things were busy at work or else I probably would have checked out this week.  In my previous post I shared about our afternoon sight seeing in Salt Lake City, and today I want to share with you about the amazing SNAP Conference.

After sight seeing Wednesday afternoon, we checked into our room at the Little America’s Hotel where the conference was being held.  The room was so big and luxurious! It was gorgeous!  Just look at all this room.  Don’t mind our stuff we came in and dumped luggage because we were meeting others for dinner.  The busy social life of a blogger.  HaHa!

Snap2015HotelSNAP registration was first thing Thursday morning, but the conference didn’t begin until 1:00.  However, I was lucky enough to get on the bus for the thrift shopping tour, so it started at 9:30 for me!  They took a charter bus of us to two different thrift stores in Salt Lake City.  It was junk heaven!  Our fantastic tour guides were Brooke Ulrich from All Things Thrifty, and Mandi Gubler from Vintage Revivals.  I’ve followed both of their blogs for several years, and I love what they do.  These are two fun loving, dance loving, crazy chic’s.  They just make you laugh and smile.

Snap2015ThriftingSmallHere they are with George the owner of our first shop, George’s Salvage.  He had been in business for 30 years, and we were his biggest crowd ever!  George’s was my kind of shopping with all the salvaged architectural items.  These claw foot tub feet had me at hello!  The color, the chippy finish, the rust!  Mmmmm I’m lovin’ it!

Snap2015TubLegsAfter shopping there for an hour, which isn’t much time to really dig and look for an entire bus load of people we headed to Euro Treasures Antiques.  This place is huge and has lots of European antiques.  It is in a HUGE warehouse and is full to the brim with things.  This sleigh greets you coming in.  Once I saw it I started Santa Claus is coming to town in my head.

Snap2015SleighSmallInside there are a few piles of the chairs.  I bet you could match any chair you own here!  You just have to be willing to dig, and dig, and dig.

Snap2015ChairsAfter shopping here for an hour we headed back to the hotel to get there before the conference opening session began.  We barely made it there!   Of course it took some time to unload the people off the bus, and for everyone to gather up their treasures.  I think everyone on the bus ended up buying something to take home!  You know us thrifty junk lovers can’t pass up a good deal!  I’ll share my treasures with you next week, because the truth is that they are still packed!  Yea, I may be running a little behind.

This conference was the bees knees!  It was so uplifting, encouraging and informative.  There was a line up of speakers that touched your heart.  I cried, I laughed, and I soaked it all in.  I went to Haven last year, and had fun.  But this conference was over the top!  All the big sessions were in this AMAZING ballroom.  When we walked in my eyes immediately went up to the chandeliers and the string lights.  What a fabulous glam but down home combo.  The string lights made me think we were just a bunch of girls getting to know each other outside at a party under the trees.

Snap2015BallroomSmallThe first night (Thursday) opened up with the girls from A Beautiful Mess.  If you don’t follow Elsie and Emma, you are missing out!  There is so much color and fun with these girls.  I was in the back of the room, so I had to borrow this picture from Instagram.

Snap2015ABeautifulMessAlso during this opening session Charmed Collections gave us all a necklace that said Fearless.  This was the theme of the conference – Fearless Women.  Totally in love with this message!

IMG_3483The next morning (Friday) started with a breakfast sponsored by Cents of Style.  The theme was Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and they gave each one of us these little boxes with a bracelet in it.  I got the “be here now” bracelet which was perfect, because my one little word for 2015 is “moment“.  Click and read why I chose that word this year.

Snap2015CentsofStyleThe amazing speaker we had during our breakfast was Becki Crosby from Whippycake!  This lady is funny and so inspiring.  I went to talk to her after her presentation because she sooooo touched my heart.  In fact we shared a few tears together.  What an awesome woman she is.  I hope to be that inspiring one day to others.

Snap2015WhippycakeThroughout the day I went to blogging sessions and visited with the sponsors.  There was so much to learn and see.  Our lunch was sponsored by Rustoleum, and the speaker was Dan Faires from Design Star.  I watched him on Design Star, and loved what he did.  During his speech I learned he is a junk dumpster diving repurposer like me.

Snap2015DanSmallThat night at supper our speaker was……David Tutera!  Can you believe it?  Totally AWESOME!!!!  He has so much energy and spunk.  Now I need to binge watch his shows to catch up on what I’ve missed.  I hope Netflix has them, because I’m dying to catch up!

Snap2015TuteraSaturday was the last day of the conference.  This was the day that I did some more blog business classes and also a fun handwriting class.  I want pretty handwriting!  I scribble like a doctor.  I will master this.  Here is a sample of what I did.  Thank goodness for tracing, because my freehand work was no where near this!

Snap2015HandwritingThis class was so fun, but I still need to practice.  ALOT!  The last speaker of the day was Heidi Swapp.  She was another AWESOME speaker that had me in tears.  She uses so many real life stories that you can personally relate to her.  She is funny and touching your heart all at the same time through her incredible creative talent.

Snap2015HeidiSwappShe was such a great ending to a fantastic conference!  It was a blogging conference and an empowering women conference all rolled into one.  Tauni from Snap Creativity is the organizing queen for this conference.  She is absolutely incredible in what she does for us.  Thanks to her, I had the most amazing blog conference experience!  Now I have to get on my to-do list so I can implement things I learned.  However, returning to work Monday was like womp,womp, womp!  But you know what?  That’s ok, because I’m going to embrace being fearless, and embrace some changes.  All because of the incredible women I met and listened to at SNAP.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City

I’m so excited to write about and share my trip to Salt Lake City, Utah with you!  Last week I traveled there to attend SNAP, a bloggers conference.  I’ve never been to Salt Lake City, so I wanted to see the sites.  I take that back, I have been there once with my grandmother.  However, I was pretty small and all I remember is a tiny memory of the lake there.  So I’m just going with I’ve never been there.

I flew in a day early and met my friend Lisa who blogs at Concord Cottage.  We met at Haven last July.  You can check out my Haven trip here.  We arrived before lunch and our friend Suesan, who blogs at Frou-Frugal, picked us up.  We met her at Haven also, and she was in the process of moving to Utah.  So the minute we knew we were going to SNAP, we wanted to get together with her.  Lisa is on the left, and Suesan is in the middle.Snap2015UtahTour

After Suesan and her cute daughter Riley picked us up, we went to eat at the Red Iguana.  It was delicious!  This place isn’t fancy, is highly recommended, and was featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives that is on Food Network.  A show that G loves!  In fact he enjoys watching the Triple D marathons whenever they are on.  So I had to send him a few pics to let him know about it.

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After lunch she took us to a cookie bakery that her friend had opened.  It is so cute and is called Ruby Snap.  They had the best cookies EVER!!  This place is a story all on it’s own.  On the outside she was doing a little reno because someone crashed their car into her shop not long ago.  Snap2015RubySnapSmall

Isn’t that sign so cute.  Well, it’s only a prelude to the cute shop inside.  She names all her cookies after pin-up girls.

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They are made with fresh real ingredients and lots of love.  How cute is that!  Here are the cookies I bought for my Utah stay. I bought (counter clock-wise from the top left) the Maris, Penelope, Ricki, and their monthly special.  I can’t remember the name of it though.  But I do remember they were freaking AMAZING!!!

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This little box of cookies lasted me until Sunday.  I polished off the last one on my trip home and was a little sad I didn’t have more to take home.

Next we went to Temple Square.  This place is so pretty, and smells amazing with all the fresh flowers blooming around the area.  First we went into the historic Hotel Utah.  They have restored it back to its original state.  This place is stunning!  It’s like stepping back in time.

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Look at all this detail.  The columns are a marble powder overlay, and just look at all that carved trim.  After your eyes travel around the room noticing all these little details, you look up at this amazing site.

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Gorgeous!!!!  All those stained glass windows are so beautiful.  That chandelier just adds a whole lot of elegance up there.  I could have just layer on the floor and stared at this ceiling for hours.  There was still so much to see, so we got into the elevator and went up to the 10th floor for the best view of Temple Square.

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There’s a little green blue tint because we were looking through the tinted window.  All of us just sat up there admiring the view as Suesan and her daughter talked to us about their Mormon faith.  It was such a great talk learning about their faith and the differences between my own Catholic faith.  After touring around Temple Square, she then dropped us off at the hotel where SNAP was going to be held.

It was so much fun spending the afternoon with these amazing women.  I’ll be sharing more awesomeness about SNAP with you on Friday.  I have been posting all my conference pics on Instagram, so go check them out.  Come back on Friday so I can share all the uplifting and fun things from SNAP!  See ya Friday.

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Gotta Have It Vintage Junk Flea Market Part 2

Gotta Have It Vintage Junk Flea Market Part 2
Gotta Have It Vintage Junk Flea Market Part 2

Welcome back to the second half Gotta Have it Vintage Junk Flea Market.  If you missed Tuesdays post click here so you can catch up with the vintage goodies.  I’m off at the SNAP conference, so follow me on instagram so you can see some of the fun things going on.  I’ll catch you up on SNAP next week, but let me jump into the rest of the flea market because there are a lot more great finds I want to share.

Fat Cat Studio makes this amazing jewelry out of vintage tin.  They have so many fun, colorful, and creative pieces.  I think this display is so cute.

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These heart necklaces are so cute.  Actually, it was all so fun and cute.  These are some creative ladies!

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Farmhouse Fresh had the most amazing doors.  I drooled over the gorgeous doors, loving the chippy paint!

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I like how she put them on both sides of this hutch that would be great on a large wall.  Aren’t they fantastic.

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Sasparilla Chic had a booth at Marta’s and was here with more goodies. I think teal and red were the colors at this show.  Which is fine by me because I like that color combo.  Wouldn’t this table be so cute in a little girls room.

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This pulley would be so cute in a kitchen or an outdoor kitchen.

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We have a cute little antique store here in town called Darling Decor.  They decided to take some of their stuff and put up a booth.  I’ve always liked these pillows they have because they are so funky.  I need to get me one because it totally describes my life.

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This Americana stuff would make some fun 4th of July decorations for your porch or deck.  These springs just look fun and you could wire them into a star.

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Isn’t the top of this trunk pretty creative with the vintage print and ads.  Then these post cards are a little vintage goodness.

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2nd Street Emporium had lots of great crates, and this vintage watering can.  Watering with this can wouldn’t be such a chore anymore!

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The way they had these wood shoe inserts displayed was an eye catcher.  It caught my attention, and it looks so funky and fun.

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Now look at all these galvanized bucket.  You could use these for planters and put them all around your garden.

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I hope you enjoyed all this salvage and vintage eye candy.  Make sure you follow Gotta Have It Vintage Junk so you know when she hosts her next flea market.  I’m sure it will just keep getting bigger.  If you can’t wait for the flea market, make sure you visit her store.

Gotta Have It Vintage Junk Flea Market

Gotta Have It Vintage Junk Flea Market
Gotta Have It Vintage Junk Flea Market

Remember when I told you it was flea market time in Texas……well I’m back with another one!  This is one I learned about a few weeks ago that is right here in Temple again!  Funny thing is that the lady hosting it at her new shop is actually my neighbor.  Not like right next door neighbor, but my country neighbor.  Out here in the country your my neighbor if you live in the “area”, and she lives one street over.  Small world out here.  She recently opened a store here in town called Gotta Have It Vintage Junk, and held her first flea market this past weekend.  You might have seen me promoting it on Facebook.

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Let me show you some pictures of what she has in her store and on the porch.  I’m liking her Gotta Have It Vintage Junk license plate sign.

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Aren’t these mason jars in this basket the cutest.

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I like the bread pan with the silverware, and how she used this ladder on top of the table.  Lots of eye candy here.

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Look at what she had on her front porch.  I would love this farm sink in our shed, but we don’t have the room.

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Now let me show you more from her friend that helped with the show.  She was the sweetie and has Junktiqueing With A Twist (the one who made the sign up top).  This phone bench is cute.  I inherited one similar to this and now I need to get on giving it a makeover.  Plus look at all the creative ways she displayed her plants.  How cool would that be to place around the outside of your home.

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I loved this piece of gate and the way she had it decorated.  Wouldn’t it make a fun garden gate.

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This yellow cart is also fantastic.  I have two that are red and I want to paint one yellow now.  Plus look at that fan!

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She covers every little detail all the way down to these super cute price tags.  “Hey y’all buy me!”

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Next up is Antiques with a Kick.  This old fan had me looking.  There is just something about them that just screams a country summer with a fresh pie in the kitchen.

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This little table had already sold.  Dang!  I wanted it for my future niece that will be here in June.  I’m going to have to figure out a way to make her one now.

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6th Street Antiques had a couple of booths here with lots of awesomeness.  Look at all these colorful doilies in lots of colors for spring and summer.

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She makes these cute bags as well.  Lots of neutral cuteness here.

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Then they had a booth with the junk finds.  Aren’t these vintage ridge caps great.  I just didn’t have a current use for them and had to pass.  Yea, I’m kind of sad.

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Shane Treka had these amazing vintage fishing tackle boxes.  I’ve never seen them before.  They would be so cute in a bathroom or beside a chair.  I was checking out this red one, but it sold by the time I got back over there.  Oh well, it wasn’t meant to be.

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They were also selling these chicken crates.  Yes, I need to get on the table I’m planning with the one we have.

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Look at all this vintage greatness right here in Temple, TX.  Can you believe that this is just half of it?  So you have come back Thursday for the other part.  You don’t want to miss it.  Make sure you take the time to follow these amazing people on Facebook.  See ya Thursday!

Flea Market Flip Friday 04.17.15

Flea Market Flip Friday 04.17.15
Flea Market Flip Friday 04.17.15

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a Flea Market Flip, but I’m back today!  Thanks for staying with me while I took a little break to hit up the flea markets.  I enjoy hunting and digging for those rusty treasures.  Trash to some, but treasures to me!

First we went to Texas Antiques Week in Warrenton and Round Top which you can read about here and here.  Go ahead and click over to see, because you will be wanting to go in the Fall.  The next weekend was Marta and Friends right here in my back yard!  Check out the amazing booths she had here and here.  Take a minute to click over to see the booths that were there because you will want to make that one in the fall as well.  More goodies, hometown show, and actually you seem to get better pricing than at Texas Antiques Week.  This weekend there is actually a new little flea market popping up here in town.  Gotta Have It Vintage Junk is putting it on Saturday April 18th, here in Temple, TX.  This is her first flea, but after talking to her yesterday it’s going to be a good one!  Click over and check out the Facebook page and get all the details!  Hopefully I will see you there.

Now lets get to the flea market flip!  While I was at Marta’s I found these vintage coffee cans for $5 each.

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I’ve always wanted some, but the ones I found were usually priced around $10 each.  I thought that was a tad high, so I was excited when I found these.  I know your probably thinking why in heck did I pay $5 for a tin can piece of junk.  Well, because it’s a tin can piece of rusty junk that I like.  I tried asking family and friends if they had any, but haven’t had any luck.  If you have some feel free to send them my way!  So when I found some that were at my price limit, I bought them.

Here is what I wanted them for…..planters and vases.

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I transplanted a pot of bluebonnets I had into this Folger’s can.  They will be dying soon because their blooming season is coming to an end, but I liked the red, white and blue americana look.  It also has a nautical look with that ship logo.  I just realized that as I typed this post.  So it would be cute to use for vintage nautical or americana party or dinner.

Then I went and picked a few wildflowers (that aren’t our state flower) that matched the pop of color in this Maxwell House Can.  This is the first of the reddish orange wildflowers that are just beginning to bloom.  I had to search for them, but in about 3 weeks they will be everywhere.

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I’m sure I will come up with lots of other uses for these cans as well.  But for now I’m enjoying them being a planter/vase.  What unusual items do you use for planters and vases?

Linking Up @:

Concord Cottage    2 Bees in a Pod    The Crowned Goat    The Altered Past

Cedar Hill Ranch    Between Naps On The Porch     A Stroll Thru Life

Coastal Charm

VMG206       Snap Creativity

My Salvaged Treasures    Knick of Time   Beyond The Picket Fence    Songbird

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DIY Vintage Chic

Funky Junk Interiors     Pieced Pastimes     Life on Lakeshore Drive

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Marta’s 2015 Spring Show Part 2

Marta’s 2015 Spring Show Part 2
Marta’s 2015 Spring Show Part 2

I’m so glad you made it back to check out more great booths that were at Marta’s Room Antiques Flea Market this past weekend.  I showed you Marta’s store and a few other booths Monday, so if you missed it click here for part 1.  I’ve got 3 more booths that caught my eye to share with you today.  If you’re in the area in the fall, make plans to check out her flea market.

Here is a booth that some friends put together, Sasparilla Chic.  One of the ladies is from Southern Comforts in Belton.

This is a great table they had displayed.  I bought one of those small chicken feeders on the top right of it.  Look at all those pretty linens, and that cute green stool.

MartasSouthernComfortsTableLook at this vintage fan! I love them!  Also, look at this cute trunk they had.  What would you store in it?

MartasSouthernComfortTruckThen I liked these old suitcases, crates, and that corbel shelf on the ground.

MartasSouthernComfortsCratesJust down the field was The Rusty Rake with lots of barn finds.   Look at this Hoosier Cabinet!  I would love to have one of these, but the problem is I don’t have a space for it.  I’ll keep dreaming and maybe one day I will splurge on one.

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Look at these old post office looking boxes on the bottom shelf.  Wouldn’t these be great in a mudroom, or playroom. Plus, those cans on the middle shelf would make great planters for flowers.

MartasRustyRakeshelfNow look at this table, dress from, and lots of antlers.  I think the butcher block style table is so cool.

MartasRustyRakeMannieAt the entrance to her booth is another awesome planter for spring.  It would look cute next to some rockers on a porch.  Or you could take off the flowers and add a top for a small garden table.

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I hope you enjoyed a quick tour through Marta’s and her friends booths.  There was so much spring fun there.  Keep up with her on Facebook so you know when her fall show is.  There is some really amazing fall and Christmas inspiration at that show.  I hope to see you there!

Marta’s 2015 Spring Show

Marta’s 2015 Spring Show
Marta’s 2015 Spring Show

Well, it’s flea market season in Texas!  Hands down one of my favorite times of the year.  Well, now and then when they happen again in the fall.  I’m so lucky to live where I can hit up so many of them.  There is so many things I find, lots of creativity, and inspiration for my soul.  Every flea market I go to I am amazed at the creativity of these vendors.  It’s like each one is amped up more than the last.  More awesome booths, more amazing junk.  Yep, it makes my heart pitter patter with excitement!

Texas Antiques Week kicked it off.  If you missed reading about our shopping you can click here and here to read all about all the junkin’ goodness.

This past weekend I went to Marta’s Room Antiques in Belton, TX.  It is right here in my own stomping grounds of Central Texas.  Marta actually has a shop there at her home that is open year around.  Then twice a year she hosts a flea market.  Here are some pictures from Marta’s Facebook page of her shop this past weekend.  It was so full of folks that I couldn’t get any good pictures, so I’m borrowing her own pictures.

Wouldn’t this old gate be some great decor for your spring/summer garden.

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This vintage bench looks like it was made from an old baby bed.  Look at all the chippy goodness.

MartasBabyBedBenchThis was in the front corner of her store.  I was in love with the stag and the windows.  What a great display!

MartasWindowCornerOutside on the grounds lots of vendors come in for the twice a year flea market.  Here are some of my favorites booths that I enjoyed shopping at.  They had some really eye catching displays that just drew you in!

Here is Hadley’s Corner.  She had such amazing turquoise colored items that just screamed spring.

MartasHadleysCornerCan’t you just see all that turquoise on a deck or porch.  How bright and fun it would be.  Plus, look how you can use anything for a planter.  What would you use that twirly vent for?

MartasHadleyCornerPlantsHere is the inside of her booth.  Look how she repurposed those silver trays and the suitcase into chalkboards.  I loved the old radio and typewriter.

MartasHadleyCornerInsideNext up is Simply J’s.  She had such chippy vintage cuteness that just made you want to come in and shop.  Plus, she was by the cookie booth.  That smell of fresh baked cookies just pulled you over to her area also.  More power to her because that would of been hard to sit and smell that all weekend.  Those smells would have been calories to my hips.

Look at this cute patchwork table cloth, that door, and those adorable angels.

SimplyJsDoorTableI like how she repurposed vintage suitcases, and different containers to hold things.  Plus all those beautiful linens.

MartasSimplyJShelfI have 3 other fantastic booths to share with you, but so this post doesn’t get picture heavy I’ll show you Part 2 of Martha’s on Wednesday.  So be sure to follow me on Facebook so you know the minute that post goes live.  See ya in a few days for some more junky goodness.

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2015 Texas Antiques Week Part 2

2015 Texas Antiques Week Part 2
2015 Texas Antiques Week Part 2

I’m glad you came back for the details on the rest of our trip to Texas Antiques Week.  If you missed the first part, click here to see what happened up to this point.

Good news is that I’m on the road to recovery!  I went to the doctor yesterday and got some meds and cough syrup.  So hopefully I will be getting better by the weekend.  I am so tired of coughing.  At times I feel like I’ve coughed out a few brain cells.  Who knew that deep coughing causes this much head pressure.  On the bright side I feel like I’ve had a 5 day ab workout.  So maybe there are some benefits there.  HaHa!  Probably not!

Ok, let’s get back to junkin’!  After all that is why your here.  Two more of out favorite spots to shop are Zapp Hall area, and the Market Place pavilions.  What’s great about both places is that when you get tired of shopping there is always live music to sit and listen to.  We love live music and hearing these up and coming artist.  You see some pretty talented musicians for free!

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Now let me show you some inspiration that we found.

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First there was this chicken crate table.  We bought a chicken crate on Day 1 similar to this because I’ve always wanted to make one into a table.   I’ve seen them made into coffee tables, but I never liked how low they were.  I wanted ours taller.  Then I saw this…..inspiration!  God knew the thoughts going through my mind I guess.  I love the height and the license plates.  Something like this will be finding its way into our living room.  Thanks Ya-Ya Gurlz for the inspiration.

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Letter, letters, letters!  I love typography anything, how about you.  We dug through these letters and bought several.  I have plans for these!  After buying these it was all hands on deck to carry them back to the truck.  They didn’t fit in the cart, and were to big to carry around shopping.

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And finally there is this little guy caught my eye.  It was priced to high, so I passed.  Then I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  I set a price and went back that night before we left to see if I could the price down.  Lucky for me, I was able to negotiate a lower price with the artist that made it.  Yay!!!  I have a thing for feathers, thunderbirds, and dream catchers.  I have lots of dreams in my head, and figured I needed something pretty to catch them in.  I like the JOY charm in the middle because it reminds to keep Jesus first, Others second, and You third.  Plus there is a little religious medallion hanging there also.  Like I told you in part 1, religious medallions catch my attention.  I think it’s the catholic in me.

We ended up the night, then as we were walking back to the truck, this picture got my attention.

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Happy Junkin’ to all and to all a goodnight.

2015 Texas Antiques Week

2015 Texas Antiques Week
2015 Texas Antiques Week

Well, I’m back! Sorta. I’ve been sick with either a bad cold or bronchitis. Or at least that is what I’ve self diagnosed myself as having. I’m about to the point that I may need to go to the doctor if this doesn’t turn around. In between coughing and choking, I’ve managed to put together this post to tell you about our weekend trip to the Texas Antiques Week in Warrenton and Round Top. I love, love, love going here twice a year. You can read about it here, here, and here.

We arrived, set up the camper, and then headed over to do a little shopping.  There is so much that you just have to pick a spot and start.  It goes on and on, and can get overwhelming.  However, an empty carnival seat just begs to be sat in.

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Since it was the last weekend and on Thursday, we even made it to Junk-a-rama prom!  It is a prom that is put on by the Junk Gypsy’s as an ode to the forgotten prom dress.  We didn’t have time to plan an outfit, but it was fun to just go and see all the amazing people dressed for prom.  They deck out their outfits and make it all funky and junky.  It was hard to get any good pictures since it was dark, and the only lighting was those overhead strings, but I managed to snag this one.  There were so many fun outfits put together, and you can tell it’s a fun girls night out.  The band is great, and this little prom extends from the Junk Gypsy tent back to Zapp Hall.  It’s vendors, shoppers, prom girls, and their dates/hubbies that they drag along.  There are guys that were having just as much fun as the women.

2015WarrentonPromThe next morning we got up and thought we had an early start, but boy were we wrong!

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It took us FOREVER to go less than 10 miles that morning.  It’s amazing how much these little towns grow during this week.

So now the shopping was on!  We shopped the Chicken Ranch first, then hit the fields.  I wanted to share a few booths with you that really caught my eye.  First was this cute booth from Pamela Anthony over at Beehind Thyme Farm & Garden.  Look at these cute vignettes she had set up.

2015WarrentonBedSuch a cute headboard and footboard.  Plus that red collar is so well kept.

2015WarrentonWheelBarrowI’m going to be on the search for one of these wheel-barrows.  This one was more than budget would allow, but I’ve decided I need one!

2015WarrentonBikeI love this little crate with lavender!  I think it is so rustic and cute.  Then the pop of that yellow door just really draws you in.

The next booth that I really enjoyed was one done by two friends Tina Poole at Get Your Junk On, and Connie Britton Kiss A Fat Dog Designs.  They also had so many cute things that I had share a few.

2015WarrentonNecklaceIsn’t that top junky necklace so cute.  You could wear it with so many outfits.  Plus I’m always in for a religious medallion.

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Now there are SO MANY awesome things in this pic.  The red scale – AWESOME, the teal table – More AWESOME, the doors, and then that wood wall.  Everything had me in this little vignette.  I could have bought it all!  But I didn’t.  I wanted to, but not enough money in the wallet.

As we walked around the fields I spotted this little rack to hold your old vintage soda crates.  I’m thinking G and I may need to build one to look old.  This vintage one would be awesome, but true to the theme here……Not enough money!

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After a pretty full day of shopping, we went to eat with some friends, and then went to bed.  We were just a little tired.  Come back on Friday for Part 2 of our trip.  I’ll show you more of what we found.  See ya Friday!

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