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Junkin and making things out of it
January 16, 2009
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JMS is my favorite junking/repurposeing site!  I am a “junker” myself.  Many gifts have been made out of “junk”, and is always more loved.  The ETSY site has quite a few “shops” that sell these types of items, too.  I never realized the amount of shops that are around that sell reclaimed, repurposed items until I hit the JMS site, makes a person think.

This is one of my projects I made for my niece for Christmas.

Lamp made out of junk   This lamp I made cost me $0.  Everything was laying around in different pieces.

Base made out of car rotor  The base is a car rotor off my niece's car

Blocks out of scrap wood    The blocks are scrap wood made into blocks

The cord was even taken off an alarm clock that didn't work anymore.  The lamp was in the garage collecting dust, the lamp parts were off of an ugly lamp that had been put in the garage.  I spray painted all the pieces to match.

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

April 2, 2009
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We had a 50 degree day today, so outside I went to do some spray painting of some curbside finds !

An old touchlamp that was rusting but still worked

Painted black and turned into a candle lamp. Saving other pieces in my stash for ????

An old white, gold trimmed pressboard dresser

Painted black, roughed up edges to make look old and put into corner of bedroom

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

July 13, 2009
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I love JMS too!!  So amazing what they all find and what they do with it.  I love your stuff here too.  It is the great way to recycle for sure.  My mother took me to junk shops and thrift stores when i was little and I immediately felt home.  Have been doing this ever since.  You never know what you find.  I am getting ready to paint an old dresser I took out of my son's apt.  Do you recomend I paint it or use spray paint?  There is so much good spray paint out there now. 

Suzanne was lucky to have the spools given to her too – I have never been successful in getting one of those free let along 6. 

July 13, 2009
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Depending on what type of wood you have……if it's real wood, latex (paint you use in your house) is good.  I use my sprayer on the air compressor when doing this.  If it's been laminated, spray paint in the can works best, it adheres better.  You can always use spray paint in the can, there is so many out there now, I just use the compressor because I have it and it's cheaper to buy a gallon of paint than a whole bunch of spray cans……

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

July 13, 2009
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WV_Hills said:

When I can dig it out from under the pile of “stuff” Mike brings home from yard sales and auctions I post a picture so you can give me a hint.  It is the MOST ugly lamp you could imagine.  I think accidently dropping it would probably put it out of its misery.  I know it would help me.


OH NO!  Everything has “bones” that can be recreated!!!!  Sometimes they don't even have to be a lamp anymore…..and not all the pieces used, those are used for something else that may come to you later……..

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July 14, 2009
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I bought an old glass lamp at a thrift store for 1.00 – probably 20s and make a candle holder out of it.  I put a glass holder in it for a tea light.  I also was given a pair of 1920 glass lamps and the cords were in horrible condition so I cut them off at the base and did the same thing.  I love the JMS site but you can get lost in it for sure – I just click and click and click.  One of the ladies on there has been on one of the morning shows in NY recently.   It is amazing what people find and how they reuse it.

September 20, 2009
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Here is my “new” kitchen island I worked on yesterday.  I still have to put some poly on (didn't get to that today :)

It started out as a bright, bright blue dresser that I rescued from the curb.  No photos of that!!  We sanded all of that off and gave it an aged finish with a blow torch and dark stain.  But I never bothered with the  back of it — it was going to be my buffett.

So…..after living with it as my buffet, and my buffet as my island………I grew tired of it.  That's why I love furniture in the kitchen!!  No major house remodel when I get tired of something!!  Laugh  But I had to finish the back!

This is the unfinished back (it was never painted the bright blue, either!) :

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I'd found this old paperback cookbook (probly at a garage sale) that was all browned up around all the edges, so I tore it up and decoupaged it on.  I layered 3 boards (these were indented in) and 4 of the boards I put whole recipes on.  Some of recipes were quite hilarious — I NEVER COOKED BEFORE COOKBOOK

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I trimmed out the edges and the 3 indented spaces:

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Here's one of the recipes — how to make pancakes —  Laugh

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Now I just have to add some poly and it's all done!!

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September 20, 2009
8:04 pm
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I soooo love this!!!!!  What a great idea and the recipes look so old, like the dresser. 

September 20, 2009
9:14 pm
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You just have the greatest ideas! That is really neat.

September 20, 2009
9:26 pm
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I love the idea of using furniture instead of cabinets in the kitchen.  The house I live in didn't have a kitchen as we think of a kitchen today.  There was a room that was designated the kitchen, but nothing was built in.  You used cupboards for storage, and there wasn't running water so you didn't have to worry about where you put the kitchen sink.  You had a bowl and a bucket and a wash tub. 

I'd love a dresser as an island in my kitchen.  Only problem?  My kitchen is smaller than a dresser.  It's about the size of a ship's galley.  I have a 4'x2' folding table I use as a counter, and I can scoot the table around the floor.  Most of the time it's right in front of the stove.  I push it back in order to cook or open the oven door.  It's not ideal, but it works well enough.  I have a big pantry under the stairs, and a 6' folding table in the dining room that I use when I need extra space — right now it's covered with four dozen filled canning jars and the pails and jars I use when I milk the goats.  The end of the table is either in use with the crock pot, or the dehydrator…anything that needs to be plugged in goes on the end of the table because there is only one plug in the room and I have to be near the extension cord to use anything that needs to be plugged in.  I love my house despite it's faults and failings.

September 20, 2009
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That is terrific, Cindy!  It turned out great!!  Yes

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September 21, 2009
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That is really neat, Cindy!!!!

Clover made me do it.

September 21, 2009
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You know, it wouldn't fit into my kitchen, but I have a huge room that it would fit in — you enter my house through a huge 24×32 room, so anything that I could use to hold the stuff that accumulates by the doors would be great.

September 21, 2009
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Great find and a great job recycling it Cindy!

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September 22, 2009
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Great idea Cindy, you are very talented!! 

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September 22, 2009
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Wish I could see outside the box more.

September 22, 2009
5:31 pm
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That is what the internet is for!  Way too many sites to find inspiration!!!  I found a sale Friday………oh my, I was in dream land!!!  It just had stuff!!  Old stuff, that has so many possibilities!!!  I didn't even get to look through everything……..and I was there an hour!!!!!  Mom patiently sat down and talked with the ladies as I went digging.  Hopefully I'll have some more projects done soon!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

October 21, 2009
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I love this! You've done such a great job with these pieces!

I love to make things out of junk. I want to make a kitchen island out of an old wooden dresser by putting a counter top on it with stools, just have to make room for it first.

I have an old round coffee table in the shop/garage/barn that I have been saving to re-do. I want to sponge paint it with a stone look and paint a faded wolf face lightly in the very center.

Its on a very long to-do list…

I would love to collect old solid wooden furniture and re-do it all, but I have no place to put it. 

Your stuff is beautiful!

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December 11, 2009
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Am I the only one that makes things out of something else (junk)???? 

Here's a little holiday decoration I put together.  A tomato cage, an old bowl, a silver gravy boat, some pinecones, and an artificial pine bough made all snowy by spraying with spray adhesive and dunking ends in epsom salt.  Add a candle and you have beautiful!!

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December 11, 2009
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Fantastic..we have just crossed posted.My thoughts were exactly that.Make something useful or entertaing from stuff that is normally thown away. That centrepiece is beautiful C.indy

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