This Old Mom, She Has Junk (lots of it!) 2

September 19th, 2009 in member junk     
suewannabeinkc suewannabeinkc, member
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Wooden soda crate becomes spice rack with Tupperware spice containers. Theyre a nearly perfect fit. This sits on our kitchen counter for easy access by the chef.
I like to make unique window treatments, so for my dining room I attached moulding to a board the width of the window and painted it to match the window trim, added 6 glass doorknobs and made the panels with giant buttonholes at the top to hold them to the doorknobs. It came out really cute!
Another pair of glass doorknobs, these with their backplates, are attached to the wall. Sets of triple-strand faux pearls are used as tiebacks.
The inspiration for this wall arrangment came from a how to decorate on a dime book. They used very modern glass ceiling light shades, but I tried it with antique shades. The shades are handing from looped wires fed through a pair of buttons, one on either side on the glass. Antique earrings cover the buttons.
This was a learning project for me. I had three shades, but lost one in a loud crash last summer. If you try this at home, DO NOT USE HOT GLUE TO HOLD IT TOGETHER. It can and may melt! (I should know... LOL)
I had a mirror cut to replace the back of my old printers drawer. It looks much nicer than all the junior high knick knacks it used to have in it. (My camera wasnt able to capture how pretty I think it is when the light hits it.) I really like it above our piano (found with an ugly crackled black finish until my husband refinished it).
Wooden soda crate becomes spice rack with Tupperware spice containers. Theyre a nearly perfect fit. This sits on our kitchen counter for easy access by the chef.

Wooden soda crate becomes spice rack with Tupperware spice containers. They're a nearly perfect fit. This sits on our kitchen counter for easy access by the "chef".

Here's a few more ways I've used old things and former junk in our home, this time in the kitchen and dining room. One thing not in the photos is our antique china cabinet my husband discovered rotting several years ago in an elderly neighbor's basement. She sold it to us and he set to rebuilding and refinishing it. It came out very nice. It even has its original glass!

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Comments (11)

SantaClaus writes: Awesome - love the re-use! Posted: 8:45 am on January 8th
pofolksdecorator1 writes: Beautiful! I too love vintage. I have a lampshade just like yours, cut it in half and am going to attach it to a room divider with lights. Annie Posted: 8:36 pm on May 5th
Cocalotta writes:
You win an award as I LOVE all of these projects.
I was looking up soda crates when I ran across your items.
A neat idea for spices.
I LOVE the glass door knobs used for curtain hangers
and a curtain tie back. I like having both the knobs and
I do wish you had a picture of the china cabinet for I
have no doubt it would be beautiful.
Thank You for sharing your talents. Posted: 11:52 pm on December 13th
monakent writes: What wonderful ideas you have, to showcase your GREAT junk!!! I really like each and every idea shown. gailmarie Posted: 10:53 am on September 20th
fellowjunker writes: Great ideas for incorporating beautiful junk into home glad you shared!
xojanis Posted: 9:54 pm on September 19th
alicemom writes: Nice displays. The knobs and spice rack are my favs.
Thanks for showin' and tellin.
smiles, alice Posted: 9:52 pm on September 19th
suewannabeinkc writes: Thanks for all the kind words, everyone. This room is one of my favorite places. There's no dining table in it, so I've been looking for a couple of comfy wingback chairs. We replaced the chandelier with a fan last summer and I'm nearly done with a cute Halloween decoration using the old one. I'll be posting that soon! Posted: 5:42 pm on September 19th
RustyDiva writes: Love the glass knobs and the spice rack idea. Very warm and inviting home ~ thanks for sharing it. Posted: 1:58 pm on September 19th
suewhitney writes: Very, very nice. Love what you're doing st your pad. All of these "junk" additions really have a way of turning a house into a home. I'd sure like to have that spice rack in my kitchen...very cool! Thanks so much for giving us a peek.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 10:44 am on September 19th
grannijo writes: WOW..nice ideas...I too have the antique shades and the same book!..but mine are in might just have to get them out...thanks for idea..In the late 70's..I had a printer's draw with knick knacks in it...wish I had it now...that is a real grown up look...thanks for sharing your ideas...sharon Posted: 7:37 am on September 19th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I LOVE your window area! The moulding and knobs are so pretty and I really like the door knob as a curtain tieback holder.
Posted: 6:15 am on September 19th
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