Thursday, March 17, 2011

Decorated Junking Finds

I've been going through my garage trying to sort out what needs to be decorated or repurposed, and what just needs to be priced.  'Tis the season for the street fairs to come out of hibernation, so I'm trying to catch up with all the junk treasures I've been hoarding.  Most everything just needs a little cleaning or some glue here and there, but other things need a fresh new look....

First on my list was this old mailbox.  I decorated it with some vintage lace, burlap, rhinestone bow, and a rhinestone button on top.  The old key slides out to open up the inner box.  No bills allowed!

Next project was to freshen up these old sign holders I picked up a few years ago in New York.  I've actually been using them as signs in my booth.   The original purpose, imagine that!
I gathered some scraps of sheet metal, gloves, tin snips, and cut two pieces to fit down inside the frames.
I thought they needed a little something else, so I sprayed the sheet metal with chalkboard paint.  I glued on some simple decorations and added magnets to the vintage buttons.

These are some of the jars I picked up over the last couple of months.  I bought the big clear jar in January for half price and it was full of vintage Christmas balls.  I'm still thinking about what to fill it with.
 I added a rhinestone button to the top of the little pink jar and filled it with pink and white buttons.  The others are decorated with labels from The Graphics Fairy.  I could spend hours going through all of Karen's gorgeous images.

I'm linking up my decorated junking find with:
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday,
My Repurposed Life for Catch as Catch Can, and
The Answer is Chocolate for March Open House Link Party



27 comments:

Valerie said...

I love what you did with the old mailbox!
It looks beautiful this way.

Greetings,
Valerie

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

That mailbox is great! Love those old sign holders, too!!! You're so clever!!!

Desirée-ScrapDees said...

wow what a great things you made of it, i love it! i should put buttons in yr empty big clear jar!

thecrankyqueen said...

The signs are awesome! As always, love your stuff that you make. Too clever and oh so talented...your brain must work overtime to come up with all these great things. Thanx for sharing. Tiff

Into Vintage said...

Great idea for the signs - wish I had some to use when selling at shows. Now I'm on the hunt! :-)

Jane said...

All great projects!! I just bought an old black mailbox today at an antique store. I didn't know what I was going to do with it but it was only $2.00 so I bought it. Thanks for giving me some inspiration!
Jane

Sassy Marsha said...

Well, now, your vintage mailbox is so pretty! I just gave mine a new paint job . . hmmm . . may have to spruce it up a bit more even though it does hold the mops LOL

xxoo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have a lot of creative ideas - Pretty. Really like the idea of "no bills". :D
Nothing creative going on here, as trying to get things ready for a house full coming in for a few days.

kpaints said...

Looks like you are branching out!! Love it all but the sign holders are just so unique! Cute! Keep it coming.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love what you have done with everything!

Carol

Susan said...

Love the mailbox!!

Tricia @ Vintage No. 35 said...

I love your sign idea! Too cute with the magnets!

pamq said...

My goodness, but you sure come up with some great ideas!

Maybe if I hang out with you long enough, even I will get inspired......heehee......

Especially love the idea of a bill-proof mailbox.

Now that should be a surefire winner!

cebelica said...

Wow, you're so creative! I love these!!!

Irma@CosasBellas said...

I bow down to you O Great Goddess of Creativity!
I am weeping right now because we have rain in the forecast for this weekend and I am now incredibly anxious to hunt for some of those old metal signs so I can make a few of those for myself. You always come up with the best ideas.
I am GREEN with envy, but it's okay cuz it's St. Patrick's Day. LOL

Take care my friend,
Irma

Delightblog.blog said...

Love your idea with chalkboard paint! So clever!
Linda

Tammy said...

What great make-overs...Loving that old mailbox. Great texture on it too...
Those signs are beautiful. Of course those jars are just lovely....Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
smiles...Tammy

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Oh, I Love Your Creations, those Old Sign Stands are Fabulous.... Have a wonderful weekend
Cheryl

A Cottage Muse said...

I love all your repurposed treasures! So many inspiring ideas ~ thank you!

Jerri Neddermeyer said...

This is really cute! The mailbox is my favorite! New follower from the Chocolate blog hop.....
www.thrownandfired.blogspot.com
Jerri =)

Rebecca said...

Hello
The signs are so clever, I love the chalk board idea. They are wonderful
Blessings on this first day of spring
Rebecca

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart and soul said...

I love all your ideas......your blog is wonderful and I'm your latest follower!
jana

Jerri Neddermeyer said...

Betsy,
Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog! Hope to see you around in blogland often! I know I have been to your site a few times since I "found" you on Friday!
Toodles!
Jerri

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your ideas! Would REALLY like to make some labels for the jars! I have been saving graphics from the G. Fairy but haven't made them! Yours are so cute! ♥

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Betsy, I'm crazy about those old "display" signs, great idea for the chalkboard paint! And I love your jars fixed with the graphic. I agree, you could spend hours on Karen's great site. Thanks for linking up to the party!
big hugs,
Debra

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

I love it all! But mostly the signs! Featuring this post @ CCC this week.
gail

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Clever reuse of the mailbox, Betsy. And I love that large lidded jar.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/