Friday, December 18, 2015

Rockin' Vintage Rentals

In addition to making, finding, and selling, I am also renting some of my best treasures for events! I am serving the area in and around Cleveland County, NC. You can visit my web site at www.rockinvintagerentals.com, I do have some event photos on there. 


















Monday, November 9, 2015

Craft Party

I took the plunge and hosted a craft party in October and it was a success so I hosted another and here are the results. It was fun and the finished projects were so neat to see. This one was a lot of prep, but I would do it again!











Thursday, October 29, 2015

A painted china cabinet

I came across this old china cabinet at an auction and jumped on it!  I knew I had a customer looking for one and she loved it too. I agreed to paint it for her and she picked a dark gray and a fabric for the back of the cabinet.  If I had known this piece had 5 layers of sloppy paint and some crazy contact paper residue on it, I would have walked away!  But I finished it and my customer was happy and I was happy to see it out of my workspace! 






Monday, October 26, 2015

Repurposing Ugly Art

Here are two pieces I have completed that I call refunked art. I  took old outdated mass produced prints and added a quote to them. I stenciled the quote on there and filled with a Sharpie. To take away the sharp contrast of the sharpie, I sanded it all with a fine grit sandpaper.  Most of these old prints are textured so sanding them lightly has a great effect! I love how they turned out. Keeping words level when stenciling is such a chore for me! Anyone else?


The art below was huge over the couch art, roughly 2 x 4 feet, so I curt it down to a smaller size and loved the look unframed. I glued D rings on the back with E6000 and added a wire for hanging. From my experience, I know this will hold fine. 




Here's another idea for out of date art or canvases.  Below is a huge canvas that was discolored and flat out ugly. I painted on 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint for a cool sign for my booth!




Monday, April 6, 2015

Organizing with Junk

I needed a display piece for my antique booth so I gathered old drawers and wood boxes with a plan in mind. I stacked them and attached them with screws and it worked well. I didn't have a price on it but I got an offer I couldn't refuse on it so I sold it and built another one for my booth. This is #2 and I did put a price tag on this one. It works well in my booth though.



I found this wire rack on side of the road and couldn't figure out what to do with it until this light bulb went off. I desperately needed to organize my paint!  It was perfect for that!



Friday, March 27, 2015

Salvaged Molding Coffee Table Top

I love adding repurposed tops to outdated and damaged tables. Adding rustic or pallet wood is what I usually do.  Do you remember the red tables I redid?   Here is my first try at stacked salvaged molding for a table top.  I love stacked molding and have used that idea on several projects, like this cross and this piece.

I knew the client I was making this for would use a tray and an uneven surface did not matter.  As you scroll through the pictures you will see how its made and the type of wood I used. 

Salvaged Wood

Teals and white, aged and distressed.

Salvaged Molding


This started as a cheap oval coffee table. I took the top off and am saving it for another repurpose, I just don't know what yet.


To use the thinner molding I had as a top, I created two support pieces so it would support some weight without breaking.



 I attached the support pieces with pocket holes and screws.  I have the basic Kreg Jr. jig and while a  nicer model would be great to have, this one gets the job done for what I need and it was cheap.  I cut each piece to length and laid it out but I painted the pieces before I attached them.  I attached the boards to the base with some wood glue and a nail gun. 

Below is a bad picture from my dark garage but I wanted you to see the molding.  This is door trim and very basic molding, I did choose pieces that were similar in thickness to minimize the unevenness of the top.


All and all, this was easy and I will do another top like this soon.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Simple Spring Mantle

I left my Valentine's mantle up a little too long this year, and I was needing something Springy that I could leave for months.  I drag lots of things out when I do this.  Its all fun until you have to clean up!

Once again, my mantle is 100% thrift store or dollar store. A local dollar store had these watering cans, I bought 5!!  The moss stones are from Dollar Tree from 2 years ago, I still love them. 

Natural Spring Mantle

Rustic Spring Mantle

Those flat woven baskets are so cheap at my local thrift stores, less than $1.00 and  I use them behind things often.


Naural spring mantle

I hope you like it, it is simple, but that is what I wanted.   It has a few similar touches as last year's Spring Mantle.  Who knows what I will do when I tire of this look.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Stocking my booth- 4 projects

Here are some things I've made recently.  It feels good to be be back in full creative mode and have the time to finish a few things. 

 I have several pieces of this old wood and I thought these hooks and knobs were perfect to put on there. 



Imagine a butterfly letter organizer from way back when that was damaged and that is what this was.  It has sat around here for a very long time, but Carlene at Organized Clutter posted a project that inspired me to do this.  I took the butterflies of and  saved them. I attached this shelf, the clip and the silver thing is a coaster.  I really like it all together!



This was a grungy yard sale find covered in painted apples, but I sanded and repainted with good results.


 I like making things with stacked molding, this is my 4th of 5th project and I have a hard time throwing wood scraps out. I made this with scrap molding pieces. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

17 Thrift Store Upcycles-My Hometalk Board

I was excited when Hometalk asked me to curate a board of very cheap repurposed projects, it was like they knew me so well!  I focused on home decor and things that everyone either already has at home or that are easy to find in thrift stores. Lots of fun things to try for you and me!


Visit the Hometalk Board and links to projects HERE

Upcycled and Repurposed Projects

Which ones are you going to try?
I will be making my own jadeite jars soon and a photo clock, but I'm also going to deck out my porch this spring with flowers in straw bags, and of course I'll save all my shoebox lids from this point forward. I could kick myself for getting rid of my kid's refrigerator letters and I think I leave more notes than iron so why not a memo board with hooks?  There's more of course.....

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Repurposed Hanging Wall Organizer

I've made a few repurposed hall trees and wanted to make another one but I was out of legs so this is what I came up with and I'm calling it a hanging wall organizer.  It is made of 100% repurposed parts from the thrift store.  You can see the parts in the second photo below.



This is a terrible shot but you can see the parts as I was trying to figure it all out.  I added the board to attach the basket and the molding piece at the top for stability, in addition I added pocket hole screws to connect the shutter to the shelf on top. 


I have another larger one assembled but have to figure out colors and the mirror for it. 

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