10 Easy Projects Made From Yard Sale Finds

10 Easy Projects Made From Yard Sale Finds

 

(this hutch was $75 dollars at a yard sale)

The other day I was driving down a winding country road.

You know, the one next to the chicken barn right after the fork in the road.

Out of the corner of my eye–I saw it.

Something that made my heart beat faster.  Something that made my eyes light up and my hands twitch and my hair curl up at the ends a little more and sing “Don’t Stop Believing” at the top of my lungs…

…a multi-family yard sale sign.

More than just one family’s abandoned treasures on display for only a quarter.  Welcome to yard sale season.  Before your next trip, here are some of my favorite yard sale finds ever and what I made from them.

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How to Build a Decorative Planter Box for Under $30

How to Build a Decorative Planter Box for Under $30

 

Remember when I gave the gatehouse a mini-makeover?

Oh, good.

It was only last week.

I wanted to add two planter boxes to either side of the front door.  I knew the size I wanted them.  I knew the color I wanted them.  I knew I wanted them to hold two over-sized tree topiaries.

But one thing I didn’t know….

….was that to buy them would cost and arm and a leg and maybe a few other extremities.

I found similar planter boxes to these for over a hundred dollars.

A PIECE.

And they weren’t even the right color or the exact right size.

So I decided we could build them instead….

….and I would supervise.  🙂

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Floral Picture Frame Wreath

Floral Picture Frame Wreath

 

This spring-almost-summer I’m all about the asymmetrical DIY.

I don’t know why.

It’s like I just went all high-fashion with a one-shouldered ball gown.

There’s just something about everything being slightly off-kilter that makes me smile….

….and totally relate. 🙂

Here’s a fun-easy-simple-under-thirty-minutes-inexpensive-trash-to-treasure project.

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How to Paint a Herringbone Wall

How to Paint a Herringbone Wall

 

Remember how I posted this blank wall a while back?

And then I told you all about the renegade drummer in geometry?

Good thing he put down the drum sticks and paid attention in class.

Good thing he knows his way around the Pythagorean Theorem.

Good thing.

Because when you take drum sticks and math and a ruler and painter’s tape and mix them all together…..

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What My Coffee Filter Whispered To Me

What My Coffee Filter Whispered To Me

 

Have you ever seen something on Pinterest and become obsessed and think about it all the time and you knew that you had to create it yourself?

Except.

It wasn’t a DIY.

It was just a picture.

 

So you climbed the craft challenge mountain and tried to create it on your own and it didn’t work the first time so you tried something else and then that kind of worked and then you finally figured it out…

….and emerged victorious and showed that craft who was boss.

Oh, good.

You, too?

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DIY Vertical Succulent Garden

DIY Vertical Succulent Garden

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

If you’ve ever wanted to become fluent in teenager-speak….

….I have a new vocabulary word for you.

Legit.

It’s super versatile and can be used as a noun, an adverb, an adjective and an interjection (and sometimes more than one in the same sentence.

Legit as a noun:  That vertical succulent garden you built is legit.

Legit as an adverb:  You are legit planting succulents on the wall?

Legit as an adjective:  Are you serious?  That is one legit succulent garden.

Legit as an interjection:  You built a garden on the wall where you planted succulents?  LEGIT!

And sometimes all of the above:  Legit?  You planted that legit succulent garden?  Really?  You are legit DIY’ing and that is legit.

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The Secret to Painting a Floor Cloth for Under $25

The Secret to Painting a Floor Cloth for Under $25

 

Have you ever noticed what’s old in decorating is sometimes new again?

Kind of like stirrup pants.

A long time ago in a land far away we rented our first apartment.  We showed up with a 12-piece place-setting of china, crystal stemware, enough silverware for a small hotel, a really nice coffee maker and stacks of towels…

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Five Easy Pom Pom Projects

Five Easy Pom Pom Projects

 

If you were stranded on a desert island and you could bring along one thing….

….what would it be?

I’m not sure exactly what I would take because I’d have to know how cute the island was first, but I can guarantee you this.

It would have pom poms.

I’m the original president of the pom pom fan club.

I’ve loved pom poms from the first pom pom hair tie in high school and I’ve never looked back.  I’ve added them to curtains and sweater vests and pillows and throws and once upon a time in a land far away I glued them in strings to my wall for a fun accent.

So to celebrate pom poms everywhere….

….here are five easy pom pom projects.

Just in case a desert island comes calling. 🙂

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