Repurposed and Upcycled

How to Plan for Successful Flea Market Shopping

Flea Market and Garage Sale season is coming. In fact, it has already arrived in many areas. I’m still buried in many inches of snow in the northwoods, and it will be a while before we get into sale season.No matter when your season begins, it’s never too early to plan ahead. House of Harvest has a great post with tips for successful flea market and yard sale shopping. From planning ahead, to what to bring, to how to shop and bargain, this post has it all.Here’s a photo of blog owner Lindsea on her blog. Can you see her […]

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The Repurposed and Upcycled Life

Where have you been Michelle? Why don’t you post very much on your blog lately? Are you still around? I’m about to answer the burning questions. Or the questions you never had. I had my first book come out recently and I’ve been working like crazy to get my website updated, some blog tours set up, and some marketing work done. The to-do list is so crazy and I’m at the computer all day. My crafty and decorating project ideas sit untapped on my Pinterest page. I do have some new project ideas that I will be sharing here soon. […]

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What Would You Do Wednesday Wicker Headboard

A T2T reader named Barb asks, “I snatched this wicker headboard from a trash pile…other than the obvious, does anyone have an idea what wonderfully clever thing I could do with this?”What do you think? For WWYD Wednesday, let’s address Barb’s question.   Michelle Trash to Treasure DecoratingView the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

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The Pinterest Project Day 31: Hash Brown Experiment

I saw on Pinterest that I could make crispy hash browns in my waffle maker. Sounded like something I had to try. This photo on the Chow blog from a post titled “Common Appliances, Uncommon Uses” demonstrates how they ought to turn out. Emphasis on ought to. Mine didn’t work quite as well. But first, I have to admit that I’m running short of time at the end of the Pinterest Project and decided to use an experiment I conducted a while back. And I didn’t take pictures. So, I want you to close your eyes and imagine my waffle-maker. Now…Oh, […]

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Repurposed: Decanter Turned Flower Jar

A long time ago on What Would You Do Wednesday, I asked what you would do with the decanter jar I have. See the original post I really wanted to get a Beta fish, but then wasn’t sure if I could remember to feed it. But, wouldn’t that have been cool on my dining table?The dear friend who gave me the jar gave me some flower sprigs at Christmas this year, and I knew it was time to do something with the jar. I assembled my materials. I didn’t have any regular or floral clay, but I had some old […]

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The Pinterest Project, a Little Delay

I’m a couple of days behind in posting one the Pinterest Project. Tax preparation, a weekend away from home, and a writing deadline have all taken priority. I promised to deliver 31 days, so be ready for the final 7 projects coming very soon!Michelle

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Upcycled Cabinet Door to Serving Tray

I’m going through some reader mail ideas that I have saved in a folder. But now, I have realized there were a couple that I never shared. Shame on me! I’m so sorry to those readers who shared their cute ideas and I neglected to share them. Ugh. For example, isn’t this a great idea? Kunika from the Pretty Homely blog [that’s the title of her blog, not my description of her blog] turned an old kitchen cabinet door into a serving tray by giving it a fabulous finish and adding handles. It’s that pretty? I could do this! I have […]

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Reader Mail: Christmas Ornament Upcycle

I’ve been quiet over here on the Trash to Treasure blog because I have been blogging like crazy over on my other blog: Faith Creativity Life. I’m doing a Pinterest Project over there where I test out or try some project from Pinterest every day for 31 days. I’m catching up on some reader mail, and I have an idea for you from Linn, one of my T2T readers. Right now, Christmas ornaments are 90% off in most places and you can find whole boxes of plastic ornaments for a few dollars. They aren’t exactly trash, since they are new. But […]

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A Creative Way to Hide Kitchen Clutter

I have a vintage table in my kitchen that is too small for our family to use for dining, but it’s perfect for extra work space. I know it doesn’t look vintage, but it’s part of a set that belonged to my great grandmother, so it’s been around for a little while. I’ve considered replacing it with a stainless steel utility card with storage underneath, since I need a place to stash the punch bowl and a few things I don’t use to often. But, I realized that a utility cart wouldn’t help reduce the cluttery look. And I like […]

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Upcycled Vintage Shutter – Seasonal Display Center

It’s Transformation Tuesday and I’ve had this shutter that I picked up at the Apron Chick’s Sale back in the spring. I hung it up on the wall as it was, waiting for inspiration to strike. Some of you gave me some fantastic ideas on What Would You Do (WWYD) Wednesday a while back. Someone suggested a memo center and someone else suggested a photo display.I tried out the photo idea first. I did sort of a fast version by printing some photos on my color laser printer to see if I liked it. My photos weren’t quite the right […]

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