Repurposed and Upcycled

Before and After Vanity

Last week, Jessica sent me some before and after pictures of a writing desk that she made over into a vanity for her bedroom. She found it at a yard sale for $5 and purchased paint for $14. Then she spruced it up even more with new knobs from Anthropologie for $24. Her grand total was $43 and it fit perfect with her budget for a vanity. Thanks Jessica for the reader mail! I love your project. Now, the moment you’re all waiting for…the transformation. Before: And after: I love those knobs! They add a lot of character. Here they […]

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Thrifty Thursday – Repurposed Calf Pail

I grew up on a dairy farm and when my dad cleaned out the last of the shed after he sold the farm, I let a lot of great T2T stuff go because I hadn’t yet thought of all of the great uses for it. But a while back, I was at a garage sale and saw this calf pail for $1 and snatched it up.   There’s a hole down on the bottom where the bottle nipple would attach. This is perfect for giving flowers good drainage. I put a rock loosely over the hole before filling the pail with […]

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What Would You Do Wednesday- Double

I’ve been swamped with normal life and haven’t been able to keep up on the blog as much as I’d like to. This means, I haven’t done a What Would You Do Wednesday (WWYD) feature in a long time! Today, I’ll make up for it with a double…two items that have me stumped.  The first is a gift I received from Christmas from a dear friend. It was filled with bit sized chocolates and candy, and now, I’m looking for some ways I might be able to use it in my home. I can think of a few, but I […]

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Thrifty Thursday- Christmas Gift Idea

For thrifty Thursday, I’d like to show you an idea for a cute gift that is perfect for when  you need a little something to give. I’m giving them to my friends in my women’s group and I’ll be making a few more for little Christmas gifts.   This isn’t necessarily a decorating idea, but these post-it note holders would look so cute by the telephone that they are almost a decoration. Or imagine if you added a magnet on the back. It’s perfect for carrying in your purse as well. Now, you’re probably wondering where the trash part comes […]

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Transformation Tuesday – Reader Mail

A little while ago, I received an e-mail from one of my readers named Sandy who sent picture of one of her own trash to treasure transformations. I thought you’d enjoy her ideas as much as I did. She says she found these windows in the trash and she fixed them up. Sandy, you’ll have to let us know how you get the mirrors in there. Or do you spray on a mirror paint? Thanks for sharing Sandy! Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

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WWYD Wednesday

Well, we didn’t have any ideas posted for our last WWYD Wednesday on recycling, bin projects so lets try something else. I have this Trash to Treasure item on my beside stand. Can you guess what it is? Hint: scroll down a little and I’ll give away the answer. If you guessed chicken feeder, you are correct. I picked it up a long time ago at a yard sale and decorated it with my rubber stamps and paint. It’s a little rusty on the inside, but I put down a doily in the bottom. I used to use it on […]

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Vintage Window Tranformation

Last week, I participated in a craft show where I featured my vintage windows. Unfortunately, there were more people looking for ideas than those looking for purchases. But, now I have a good amount of inventory and despite the extremely high rate to ship these, I think I’ll test them out on Etsy. For today’s Transformation Tuesday,  I hope you enjoy my gallery of vintage windows. Remember, to keep safety and health in mind when you use vintage materials. Read more about safety concerns.  Because of the space between the glass and the decorative background, the sunlight makes neat shadows […]

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Recycled Windows Become Art

Over the summer, I worked on transforming some of my old windows into pieces of art. I had hoped to sell them in my Etsy Store, but once I found out that shipping on some of them was $70, I didn’t think anyone would care to purchase them. However, I’m hoping to take them to some local craft shops for consignment. And yes, I did check out both UPS and USPS for price estimates on shipping. The smaller ones could be shipped for under $30 but the bigger ones were a problem. Using my Silhouette cutter (if you don’t have […]

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Transformation- Roman Shades from Ugly Drapes

When we moved into our house, we inherited the drapes. I wanted to get rid of them, but the living and dining area have three big picture windows and when I did the math, it was impossible to afford to replace them with something more attractive. So after living with them for a while, I finally came up with a solution that cost me just $30 for supplies for the three huge windows.  I had already painted the paneling and while that was an improvement, the drapes were still just blah and misfitting.  See how they were too short? I […]

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Mary Kay Hutch Makeover

Today’s Transformation Tuesday makeover comes from a reader who is in a different type of makeover business; she does beauty makeovers. Shauna is a regular reader of the Trash to Treasure blog, and she sent me a link to photos of her project. She needed some sort of cabinet just for her Mary Kay business supplies, so she set out for her local thrift store hoping and praying she would find just the right thing. Wouldn’t you know it, she did find just the right thing and right in her price range. Of course it needed some trash to treasure […]

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