This Old Mom, She Has Junk (lots of it!) 1

September 17th, 2009 in member junk     
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These empty frames were nearly-free garage sale finds. The large one sat in front of the fireplace while it waited patiently to be moved elsewhere. One day I decided to try it up against the opening. Talk about luck! It was an EXACT match. When I found the smaller one I thought it might look good in the middle. Its propped up on the edge of the insert against the fireplace curtain. The dirty-metal topiaries keep the large frame from sliding forward. It looks really pretty at night with the lights off and the candles lit.
We took the doors off an old pie safe to use it as a book/display shelf. (I need to come up with a good idea for the doors!) The mirror on top is from an old dresser. There are two old bed springs holding old glass insulators with tea candles inside. (an idea from one of the Junkmarket books) The flower arrangement on top is in what Ive been told is an old glass wet-cell battery holder.
I bought a double sheet of old ceiling tin and had my husband cut them apart. I painted them white and scrubbed the paint off the raised parts before hanging them both like this on opposite sides of the pie safe. The green tins are new(er).
This is an unusual view of our living room (its CLEAN!!!) It shows how I used suitcases to balance the different heights of our cabinets. They look dwarfed by the tall ceilings otherwise.
The square coffee table was a long oak dining table that was cut down to the right height. The two leaves became tops for other projects in waiting.
Looking at this online rather than live I realize how ugly hubbys old stereo speakers are. Its time for smaller ones we can hide!
Maybe I should print a large copy of this pic so my kids will know what clean is supposed to look like!
The wall with the two cabinets (TV & computer) made the room look lopsided. At our old house, we had this tree in an old crock in front of a long window for privacy. I found another tree and crock and put them in the opposite corners of this open floor plan room, behind a chair and this sofa. It adds some height and a bit of separation to this area. Now if I can keep kids from pulling the leaves off this time of year! (Does anyone know how to reattach them?)
These empty frames were nearly-free garage sale finds. The large one sat in front of the fireplace while it waited patiently to be moved elsewhere. One day I decided to try it up against the opening. Talk about luck! It was an EXACT match. When I found the smaller one I thought it might look good in the middle. Its propped up on the edge of the insert against the fireplace curtain. The dirty-metal topiaries keep the large frame from sliding forward. It looks really pretty at night with the lights off and the candles lit.

These empty frames were nearly-free garage sale finds. The large one sat in front of the fireplace while it waited patiently to be moved elsewhere. One day I decided to try it up against the opening. Talk about luck! It was an EXACT match. When I found the smaller one I thought it might look good in the middle. It's propped up on the edge of the insert against the fireplace curtain. The dirty-metal topiaries keep the large frame from sliding forward. It looks really pretty at night with the lights off and the candles lit.


I thought I would share a few of the things i've done over the years with junk. These photos are of my "great room" (When did it stop being a "living room"?).

I should add another photo of this room now, with all the junk I've found lately at garage sales cluttering up the place while it waits for a home, an idea, or a willing weightlifter to take it all to the basement!


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Comments (9)

jacklynn4 writes: Framing up the fireplace is a VERY good idea-I'll be playing with this idea for sure! Posted: 8:44 am on October 11th
shabbychick writes: It is a GREAT room! I love the stacked suitcases!

Thanks for sharing your space!

Kathy Posted: 3:33 pm on September 21st
suewhitney writes: Ahahaha! Love the story about the "clean house" and showing the picture to the kids so they know what that means. I'm right with you on that one. Your house looks beautiful and I love your attention to detail. Awesome!!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 11:01 am on September 19th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I love how your coffee table turned out. Nicely done, converting it from an old dining table you weren't using!
Thanks for sharing.
Candy Posted: 5:56 am on September 19th
alicemom writes: Thanks so much for the show and tell! Great "junk".
smiles, alice Posted: 9:27 pm on September 18th
monakent writes: I can TOTALLY understand the clean living room issue. We have the same thing at my house and it's only my husband and me!!!

Some great ideas you have shown here. Can't wait to see more. gailmarie Posted: 12:00 pm on September 18th
fellowjunker writes: Lovely pictures--so glad you shared.
xojanis Posted: 9:02 pm on September 17th
oldnews writes: It's always fun to get to peek inside our fellow junkers spaces! Thanks for sharing your beautiful room with us!! Marie Posted: 8:35 pm on September 17th
RustyDiva writes: But what lovely junk it is! Love your great room and all your awesome decorations. Posted: 6:33 pm on September 17th
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