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Re-Purposing Old Things Into New
May 19, 2011
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Linda Goble
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Me too!!!!! I love to find treasure along the road.  We have a auction place here and when things don't sell they will  put out by the road until garage man comes to get it.  Yesterday I brought home a old wood  holder that used to hold a grinder stone.  It is really neat.  I thought I would make a table out of it.  Husband say I have the stone I could put in it to get it back to what it  is .  But me I like the table idea. I have a old high chair I am going to refinish and have a old windows to put mirrors in and add a shelf to them. I certainly come home with stuff.  Love going to garage sales and finding old stuff.  I decorate primitive.  Husband say it is junk, oh well I love it.

May 19, 2011
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Love “junkin”….I made end tables out of an old picket fence and my “coffee table” is an old picket fence gate complete with the hinges!  Found some old solid wood end tables that I made into foot stools and refinished all our mismatched bedroom furniture with brown packaging paper made to look like leather.  I also found a 50's desk at a junk store for $20 that I refinished for my hubby to use.  I'm always on the lookout for someone's junk because I am sure I can make it into a true treasure!

May 20, 2011
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Spent most of yesterday organizing my sewing cabinet. Should have been working on something else but I feel really good today.  The rest of the room will get organized in due time. 

 My stash of hem facing, bias tapes was overflowing my sewing cabinet.  I took an empty computer disk file box that was destained for a garage sale and put the tapes in there. Had to manipulate them a couple of times to get it to work right. Some of the tapes/facings had been stored in ziploc bags and I took some mat board from another project and cut to size and wrap them around it and fastened.   It is now sitting on a shelf above the sewing cabinet and not crammed in a drawer. Money cost nothing.

May 20, 2011
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I enjoy garage saleing too. Never can tell when you will find a bargain.  I am looking to reorganize my jewelry.  I have lots of earrings.  I've outgrown my jewelry box with the small 1″ by 1″ square compartments. I have earring piled together with like colors. I need to pick up the whole bunch when I am looking for the pair I want.  Any ideas on how to make my whole drawer useable for jewelry.  Are there adjustable divisions out there?

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May 20, 2011
12:39 pm
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mammaleigh
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I know that this would not work with the backings but what about using a pegboard with fabric on it? You could just push the earrings in to it and have it hold them, then I guess use the jewelry box for the backings?

I have also seen people use painted tree limbs and hang them on it. That was really pretty but I don't have the space for something like that.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

May 20, 2011
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In drawers, the bottom half of egg cartons work great for post earrings. For earring with the hooks, you can hang anything you like that works – I hung a shiny new round cookie cooling rack and hung earrings on it – pairs and pairs. Another neat idea I saw at someone's house was a corkboard (you can pad and cover w/fabric if you like) and she used T pins stuck in the board to hold her dangly earrings. Made a very nice decoration!

 

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May 27, 2011
6:52 pm
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Runningtrails - Sheryl
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I love garage sales and it's time once again! One of the best reasons for spring! 

I keep my jewelry in a little garage tool organizer… :-)

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"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."  - 1 Thes. 4:11

May 28, 2011
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mamawolf
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Sheryl that is a great idea.  A flat plastic fishing lure box with small sections would be a good place for small earrings.  I have a fabric-covered padded foam-cord board for necklaces which are held in place with T-pins. happy-flower

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May 31, 2011
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I do this a little bit. I took an old electric frypan lid and put it on an old pole with character that I had hand peeled one day. It began its new life as a bird feeder.

We got an older solid oak desk off of Freecycle and put it in the kitchen as a pantry/cupboard/counter. It is unique as I can put all of my large pickle jars filled with my flour, sugar, oatmeal, etc., in it on a large pull out shelf that it came with. I really love that feature. It also has a nice pull out shelf (like a cutting board) for my recipe books. I doubled my counter space with that desk.

I made a wreath out of some old barbed wire, and put some raffia and dried roses on it. I still love it after many years.

We have a bunch of old pallets that we will use to build a chicken coop or shed. Right now, some are serving as a very temporary mini room that houses more pantry and a fridge. They are covered of course to make it look more mini-room like.

Our barn is made from repurposed rafters nobody wanted, some large beams from a construction site (support poles and beams…the skeleton), covered with old store countertops, and tarped. The walls are all made of flax bales, strung with twine for extra sturdiness. This makes a somewhat insulated milking area, storage for some hay bales and barley chop, and a nice lean to-type of area for the cow to come shelter herself in. It works great. We’ve had it for many years now, and love it. The barn only cost us a few bucks and a bit of fuel.

Yesterday I found instructions on how to remake an old framed mirror into a framed chalkboard for a menu, family events board or whatever. I want to make one for a wedding gift for my soon to be new cousin-in-law. I hear she is frugal too.sun

June 2, 2011
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LOVE all of your ideas!!! This morning I planted my new cactus in an old teapot for my front porch and love it. I also love to collect old silverware and make wind chimes out of them but one of my favorite things is my “Spirit Tree” an old dead cedar tree, I have removed the branches, (leaving 4-6 inches for a mount) then I place different coloured bottles on it and it is said to  keep “evil spirits” away. It's an old southern myth but when the sun hits it, it makes me smile.

Have a lovely day

Wendy

June 2, 2011
3:05 pm
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Let's see…what do I have that I've repurposed? A crib's side rails now holds my linens on the wall of my dining room. Another holds paper/fabric in my office. There's two paperback cages and one magazine spinner “base” holding up my pea trellis. (A few years back, I also had card rack pieces and a TV antenna in my bean/pea trellis!) We have an old retail display rack holding DH's magazines, an old egg drawer holding CDs  (and an old metal Pepsi carrier as well),  a counter top display for chocolates with my dish washing tools, and an old apple ladder that's our pot rack.

 

I'm sure there's more, but I can't think of them right now!

 

Much of this is due to there being over 1' difference in height between DH/me. We both have back issues… i can't reach UP all the time and he can't bend DOWN all the time. The answer has been to hang stuff!

 

Judith

shedding stuff like mad!

June 2, 2011
10:28 pm
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Wendy, I have seen the silverware wind chimes and have some that I want to do just haven't “got 'round to it” yet.

 

Judith , I love the idea for using the crib side to hold linens.  I am using one as a shelf to hold my baskets in my craft room.  The rest of the crib is used as a love seat type thing in my guest room.

June 3, 2011
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Now that our greenhouse is up and ready for occupancy I need a good potting bench but after paying for the greenhouse things are a little tight.  However, the good Lord provides and an old maple entertainment center appeared in the alley!  DH is taking it apart and adding legs to bring it up above waste high with a rack on the back for hanging tools, an opening for a tub (hospital tub from last year's hospitalization).  The top will be from lath used to separate flagstones used for a neighbor's patio.  Cost to us – zilch except for DH's time.  Love repurposing.shimmy

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June 3, 2011
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Much to my husband's dismay I get on these “creative binges” and end up either doing something odd…an old wooden highchair, a small wooden rocker and a childs wooden dining chair pearched on the fridge. (they look pretty cool) or hanging an old airplane propeller on the wall. Recently I talked him into hardwiring an old 5ft tall hanging catholic church light from the ceiling in the living room. (yes, it's in a corner and absolutly beautiful when lit) The one thing I want to do that's over my head….my kitchen!! As in removing one entire wall of counterspace and a bar!  So I dream….and until I get the nerve…I make birdhouses out of gords….at least this week!

Keep finding treasures!

Wendy

P.S. Mama and Judith, I love the idea of using a crib rail to hang papers and magazines on!!!

June 3, 2011
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Wendy, sometimes you just have to jump in there and do it.  I will/would ask my husband to do something for me and he would mess around until I got fed up and started the project myself.happy-flower  Well, of course I wasn't doing it right so he would take over.   Get where I am going with this?  About the only thing he will not do is painting inside the house.  

June 6, 2011
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Mama, I like the way you think!!!

June 6, 2011
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Oh have to show you this!

If you don't like old blue canning jars, don't bother looking laugh

http://shabbyfufu.blogspot.com/2011/04/aqua-candelier-reveal-french-buffet-and.html

 

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June 6, 2011
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Oh my gosh!  I LOVE that chandelier!  Oh, now I want to go find blue jars! 

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June 7, 2011
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I’ve been without internet the last few days…and had a yard sale and sold my desk I’d been using for my computer (too big for my space), so I repurposed some junk!!

 

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I took this old 1/2 Pennsylvania House table bottom and this shutter from a neighbor that was throwing them out a couple years ago (red checked material was in the openings)

 

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and created a 2-legged wall table

 

 

 

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perfect for my laptop (standing up for air circulation!), my keyboard and mouse.  No room for any other junk to accumulate!!

 

I have to fill in a few holes from the drill yet…but I LOVE it!!

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June 7, 2011
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You did good! I love it too. Now if I could just get up the energy to brave the heat and make a trip to the dreaded shed I could probably find something like that table to work with. That's a really good idea.

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