Who doesn’t want a life-size doodle pad…

Make a life-size doodle pad out an old window...We have a dry erase board on our icebox; it’s original purpose was a calendar, but in the last year it’s been mostly used to showcase drawings from just about everyone in the house. The other day I remembered having a Doodle Pad with a blank character face when I was little and it clicked… “Life-size Doodle Pad!”

So, I went to my local Habitat for Humanity store and picked up an old window for $4.00. I used a glass scraper and cleaned off all the old dirt and yuck, and removed all the loose old caulking and paint. If you can find windows with panels, great! This particular window didn’t have any sections; therefore, I took some old trim I had in the garage, cut to size and then hot glued them directly to the glass (let the glue cool just a bit to avoid cracking your glass). I brushed over the trim with some white paint to match the wood frame. Next, I cleaned the glass and added pictures I had Photoshop’d of the kids. These were just printed on plain copy paper. I finished off with some foam-board and tape on the back (this will make it easy to change out photos).

This is how it turned out, and it’s already being put to use, lol. I plan on hanging it up somewhere for all to see and use.

Note: Make sure to use Dry Erase markers in order to easily remove between drawings.

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A whimsical and functional duo…

Headboard repurposed as a chalkboard for old desk...When I go to a furniture store most salesmen won’t even waste their time on me, lol, probably because I immediately make a mad-dash back to the “clearance” section of the store. Nope, sorry boys, no commission here! Even when I plan on buying something new, it’s worth a trip to the back just to see what ding and dint, or broken item they’re still trying to get a few dollars for.

A few months ago I picked up this full-size headboard; my initial thought was… Bench. I paid a whopping $9.99 (it was originally priced $250), not sure why it was marked so cheap, it didn’t have the footboard, rails or legs for that matter… Oh wait, that’s why.  Anyway, for that price, something could be made out of it, it’s solid wood and has nice lines.

Simply by accident it’s repurpose took a sudden change. When moving things in the garage around, my daughter and I realized the width matched-up perfectly with our recently refurbished desk, and the styles seems to compliment each other. So, we had that light-bulb moment and went to work; although already white, we painted the headboard with a layer of our homemade “chalk paint” to soften it’s original bright white; distressed it to match the finish on the desk and applied a layer of paste wax. When the wax dried we painted the inset with chalkboard paint and there you have it!

All in all, it was a really simple project. It may not make since to everybody, but I find it whimsical and functional. And, no one else will have one like it!

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Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick, chick…

Homemade chicken nesting boxes out of milk crates...There is nothing better than fresh eggs (if you’re an egg person), no medication, no fillers, all natural corn fed, free range eggs!

Once I had posted on Facebook that I was raising “Pinterest Chickens” and it sent my notification feed a buzz. I guess I should feel flattered that people actually thought I was “in-the-know” of something new and trendy, but alas it was just little ol’ me repuropsing as usual.

I’d always wanted to raise chickens, in fact I tried years early and failed miserably. This time around I was determined to make it happen. My daughter and I put the cart before the horse with an impulse buy of 10 baby chicks at our local farm supply outlet, but that was okay, the weather was cooler and for the next several weeks they had to be kept under a heat lamp in our garage, which gave us time for research.

We already knew we had a small unused greenhouse that would house the chicks; what we didn’t know was how they would nest. It didn’t take long searching on the web to find a ton of brilliant ideas. Anyone that knows me probably isn’t surprised that I was instantly inspired by the nesting boxes that were created out of repurposed items.

We fashioned ours out of old milk crates (purchased for $2 each from an old farmer). We used a skill saw to cut 1/2 way down one side of each crate, used a drill and screwed right through each crate to secure it to the wood platform and lastly, filled each nest 1/2 way up with hay. The chicks love it and it’s a nice clean look!

Another idea I also loved, was the use of 5 gallon buckets laid on their sides and secured in a row. The best ones had lids attached and half the lid was cut out for entry, this would keep the eggs and hay from being knocked out.

Repurpose, resue… Always!

Note: I used 10 milk crates, even though I had read that hens will roost 4-5 to a nesting box; I guess I figured they’d have options, lol. But, it’s true, they only use about 3 of the nests.

Every junk princess needs a chandelier…

chandelierI love, love chandeliers and the older more rustic the better! This chandelier project had to be, by far, one of the quickest projects I’ve ever done, but you always have to be thinking outside the box when you run across these great finds to later have the materials on hand.

I found these wrought iron wall sconces at a church garage sale this past summer. I was happy when I picked them up for only $4 each (the original retail stickers on the back had them marked at $39.99 each). Note to Junkers: Anytime you find a must have at a church or charity sale, just pay the price without haggling, the money is going to a good cause. Trust me, I wanted to offer 2 for $5, but in the long run, I still walked away with an amazing deal.

I had the vision before I even purchased the sconces, and it doesn’t hurt to have a son that is a “jack-of-all-trades.” It only took minutes for him to grind off the bottoms of both pieces and then with sparks flying he sanded them smooth.  Next he clamped the pieces together back to back, fired up his welder and welded them together.

I of course marched right down to our local Habitat for Humanity, the most perfect place to pick up random items on a dime, and again the money goes to a good cause, and bought a 6 ft. section of chain link for around .50 cents. With the use of some pliers I opened a link and attached it to the chandelier. Lastly, I shot the whole piece with white spray paint, leaving a few spots of metal showing through. I feel that adds to the country girl charm of this piece.

I think it turned out perfect. I bet you’ll look at those ugly dated wall sconces differently now, and all for $8.50, I just can’t! I’ve already used it for a few photo shoots and it’s just fun to have around for decorating, after all every Junk Princess needs a chandelier!

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