Not all who wander are lost…

Not all who wander are lost...

We may have felt lost wandering down some Texas back-roads, but the moment we drove up to the Junk Gypsy World Headquarters we knew we were home. Located in Round Top, TX it’s the junkin’ home of Amie and Jolie Sikes, sisters from a “free-spirited family with an addiction to flea markets.”

When my daughter, my two nieces and I took off on an 8 day road-trip to Disney World over Spring Break we knew one of our many stops would have to be antique-row (AKA, Round Top, TX). We’ve loved everything about the sisters and their show “Junk Gypsies” since we first saw it appear on HGTV a few years back, and it’s been on our “Must See” list ever since.

The show and the family speak to our vintage hearts as we seem to all share a kindred spirit when it comes to junk! I love their whimsical outlook on life, their flare for country chic’ design and their willingness to just get in there and create as they use their imagination to turn trash into funky treasures. It’s exactly what my daughter and I set out to do every chance we get.

We loved our trip through Round Top, but we definitely didn’t spend long enough. Not having a trailer or room in our vehicle we refrained from too much antiquing this time around. We look forward to a return trip to attend the “Junk-o-Rama” prom one day and hitting this winding road of goodness during “Antiques Week”.

To be honest the picture above was a fluke. We were told the Wander Inn was located on the back of the property, but that it wouldn’t be opened for at least 3 more months. As we were leaving we took pics of all the little houses on the property (as we’ve seen them all made-over all their TV show), and continued to follow the winding road. In front of the houses there was a fence with a sign that read, “No Trespassing.” So, we abided and continued down the path to the Inn, the whole time I kept asking my posse, if they’d seen a sign that said, “Closed, Do Not Enter, STOP, etc.” They kept replying, “No.” So, we drove on, got out took a few pics and returned to our vehicle. As we were leaving, I saw a sign that said, “Employees Only.” Oops, the sign was small and white and looked like the letters had all about been washed away from the rain. Had I not been right beside it, I wouldn’t have seen it. So, I guess we got lucky. Sorry gypsy sisters, no disrespect intended. We promise! Beautiful place, can’t wait till it’s officially open and we can see the inside for now I’ll just replay the remodel on my DVR, lol.

Royers Restaurant

Fabulous Alert: We didn’t leave town without stopping for a mouth-watering masterpiece at Royers Cafe. Where they have world famous pie! It’s also, a place you must stop if you venture down that way

Bud the Pie Man

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Bibbidi bobbidi that’s not a pumpkin…

Bibbidi bobbidi that's not a pumpkin...I don’t know if it’s because the new “Cinderella” movie is coming out or if it’s my life long obsession with Disney, but for several days now all I’ve done is sang “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” and created all things princess-like, lol.

This last weekend’s project is case in point! Who says you need a Fairy Godmother? We created our makeshift carriage out of found and discarded items. A coffee table, broken mirror frame, vintage bicycle, old prom dress and some scrap wood and… “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!”

I guess you can say, just about anything can be repurposed and it’s one of my favorite things to do. We took the coffee table (which was missing the glass from the top) and added some 1/2 inch plywood for stability for a base and then built a 3 sided box on top using scrap wood. Then we removed the rims from an old bicycle and attached to the table legs by drilling holes large enough to fit the hub hardware already on the bike. At this point we spray painted the base gold.

When the paint was dry, we took an old prom dress, cut it in sections and used a staple gun to attach the lace and fabric to the inside of the box. We also, draped the fabric across the front and sides and used the ties to make little bows for extra accents. Next we used the preexisting holes to screw the mirror to the front of the box.

Some anchors were created for extra support and extra fabric was used to line the box. We tossed in throw pillows to cozy the piece up and now it’s perfect for a princess photo-shoot.

This was a fun and inexpensive repurposing project. We were able to make use of several; otherwise, trashed items.

Now get to repurposing your pumpkins people!

A junk gypsy chic’ multi-purpose dream…

A junk gypsy chic' multi-purpose dream...

A junk gypsy chic' multi-purpose dream...Call it a sideboard, a buffet, a dresser, a television stand, whatever you call it, it’s absolutely “junk gypsy” chic’ and my daughter’s first big project.

Sometimes, I think my daughter’s haggling skills put mine to shame. When she bargained for this piece last summer I was definitely surprised at how good she’s become. Her eye for junking is growing for sure. She was able to look past all the mess and see a diamond in the rough.

And, rough this piece was; the doors were about off and the drawers barely working. We removed all the hardware and functioning pieces, cleaned, cleaned and cleaned again and then we sanded all the rough surfaces down. After sanding we wiped clean with a damp cloth and painted with a latex paint.

The turquoise color just adds to that fabulous country style. A color, I’m so in LOVE with at the moment.

After the paint dried we used the palm-sander to give the overall piece a distressed look, wiped clean and finished with a medium stain (color: chestnut).

Last, but certainly not least, we added “new” rusty cast-iron hardware.

The carved details in this piece give it so much character and charm. It’s truly one of our favorites. It can be used in a living room as a television stand… You have to think outside the furniture box, and besides the cabinets will make for great storage for movies and such (That’s exactly how we use these pieces!).

Happy refurbing people!

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