Monday, March 27, 2017

Photo Stand

I love using old metal items and a magnet to create unique photo hangers! 
I had a small toy iron that was just perfect for my son's baby picture. 

The great think about repurposing things is that almost
anything can again become useful!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Chevron Side Table

I'd like to share a furniture transformation.  This spunky colored side table was a great find because it featured a magazine rack down below.


This cute little piece had a very heavy coat of glossy black paint.  I spent many hours sanding it down to wood.  I was willing to put some time in, since it only cost me $3.

With it well sanded, I went straight to painting.  Very rarely do I prime my furniture.  Especially since I do sanding after for the distressed look.


It looks plain from the side, but it has a fun little paint job down below.

I used a paper homemade stencil for those chevrons.  They took this little table from drab to fab!

I did a light coat of paint and sanded the edges.  As you can see this old table had some nail holes showing & even a minor crack.  But I managed to sell this little darlin' at an occasional sale for $40.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016


It's now the holiday weekend!

My home has a few patriotic
items on display as a reminder of
our great nation.

I encourage my children to read the Declaration
of Independence!  It sits out for all to see.

The little Cracker Jack ships look cute on it.

I found a way to display my vintage
48 star flag!  It looks great by my
dad's military frame.

Stay safe this extra long weekend &
have a great time with friends and family.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bread Box

I'd like to share with you my most recent
paint project.  This was a major rescue!

We've all seen them, the classic old wood
bread box...

I paid one whole dollar for it.

These small paint projects are my
favorite.  The small items sell better
in my craft booth too.

I painted the box ivory & used my Cricut
die cut machine to make some harlequin
pattern adhesive vinyl stencils.
I never get sick of this pattern, it is sharp & stylish.

My advice to others with this type of project
is to SAND THE WORD down before painting.
If you look very close in real life,
you can see it.  Most people might not notice.
It depends how picky you are!

Now do think someone will really use it
for storing bread???

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pig Barn Windows

My mom delivered a whole stack of weathered
old windows from her pig barn in Iowa.
They had just put new windows in so the
building could be used for storage.
Many of the old ones had no glass or
only half of their original glass.

I decided to put some patriotic fabric
in a few for some festive wall art.

I cut some cardboard for my background.
It's a light weight way to hold the fabric on flat.

Next I had to pick two different fabrics that
looked cute next to each other.

I sewed the two together and hid
the seam under the middle window board.

The printed words & flag lines were hard to
get straight. 

My second window is the best.
The bold color contrast & simple
prints went together just right.

I am excited that summer is here & things are
lush and green.  The holiday will be here before
we know it.  Lets show a little pride for the Fourth.


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Friday, May 6, 2016


I love old mirrors.
They were so fancy back in the old days.
Often times you'll find them, separated from their
matching dresser or vanity.

Here are a few of my recently
painted old mirrors.





Here is a close up of the
lovely details....

A light sanding on the decoration & edges 
gives it some real vintage pizazz!
The worn mirror glass patina is so dreamy.
I love that aged look, even if it may be seen
as imperfection by some.

The details on the first mirror are more delicate
and the mirror is perfectly clear.

These are both will work great in 
almost any home.  Ivory is the most
versatile and safe (to sell) tone.  But some folks love 
a good POP of a bold color.



Hello turquoise!

This one, unlike the wooden mirrors,
is molded plastic.  It still has great details.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Have a great Mother's Day weekend.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Junk Bonanza Fall 2015

Well, the spring Junk Bonanza in Minnesota
is less than a month away.
I plan to attend this year, with some friends.

It got me thinking about my experience
last fall as a vendor!  I'd like to share some
pictures of my items and display.

I sold a mix of greeting cards, created junk & of
course smalls & antiques.

I rented only a table space this round,
since my first time selling with a full
sized booth was so overwhelming!

This AMAZING fan sold.

This goose grate was from an old screen door.
It was a unique item & sold the first day!

The mum bucket & thermos found new homes as well.

The pouring tea pot is still available on my
Etsy shop: MinnesotaJunker
Just in time or "garden season"!

I had one in my garden hanging from
a Shepard's hook over tall phlox 
and it looked amazing.

I changed up my display each day at the show.
Both glass cabinets sold.

I sold the Hopalong Cassidy wallet box (inside the cabinet). 
 The old door knobs went like hot cakes, especially the glass ones.

You can still find some of the large flashcards
and shabby wood pedestals on my Etsy shop too.

Those darling old stroller wheels sold.
That chunky paintbrush is in my Esty shop.

The best part of the whole experience was 
the table next door.  She gave me some good
insight into her marketing.  Call me crazy,
but I even bought a petticoat from her.
She had wonderful scarves, mittens 
and slippers made from old sweaters.

The second best part of being a vendor
was getting to do a walk through each
morning before the show opened.