Jasmin Marisett, Peterborough, ON, CA

Coles Notes Bio:

Im that crazy friend everyone has! The one that will do anything, try anything, talk to anyone and be the first to volunteer to make a fool of themselves!

Junkin Start: 7 years old, we moved to a huge farming property, I was exploring immediately! The property was lined in an old piled rock fence full of buried treasures! The old junk of farmers days gone by! The barns were full of treasures and the woods were calling to be full of tree forts!

Creative Start: Grade 3. We were taught about paper mache. most kids made large round blobs they called cats or dogs, but I went full steam ahead and made a hand puppet elephant with long tusks and a pearl necklace! Her name was Pearl and she had a stutter. She did puppet shows and every time she said the letter P, she would spit pearls out into the audience for the kids to collect! I joined the Drama clubs and choirs and started collaging my bedroom walls top to bottom with strange art I found in my fathers Rolling Stone magazines!

Buy and Sell: Again around 7 - 9 years old, I went to an auction with my mother, bid and won a jewellery box loaded with what I thought was grandma jewellery, but it was sparkly! On the way out, an older woman stopped me and offered me more than what I paid for the whole box for one little broach! My eyes lit up and I was in love with buy and sell!

My whole life has revolved around If there is a will there is a way

Goal - To Open the minds of people all over the world, inspire them and most of all, Just Do It!!!

Do what you love, be who you are, and never let anyone tell you that you aren't good enough! The second you settle for less is the second your mind closes off to possibilities!

You can do it! I know you can!!!!!!

Keep on Keeping on! or should I say - Keep on Junkin On!!!

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Member Since: 11/16/2011

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Spring is HERE!

Ok, well not really. But the springs are! I'm on a mission to find a bunch of ways to use these. I thought this was a simple easy peasy little redo.

Washboard Organizer

The winter of getting things finished. Yet another project that has been sitting in my basement "crafting" area for a year! I had an idea that I wanted to play with using doorknobs for feet. I just never knew what they would go onto. Then this little beauty walked into my life.

The PAINTED chair and JD Cabinet ala GypsyBarn style!

I dont know how to make this short .... but here's what I posted on our Facebook page about this project - PAINTED CHAIR and JD Liqour Cabinet - DO NOT ATTEMPT without reading this! First off - I...

Porch Swing Delight from Junk! Of course!

This was a fun to do! All custom ordered from a great couple! They threw caution to the wind and told me to do my "thang" and voila - here it is!

Giant Fairy Tale Doors

I'm BAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK! All better and ready to roll! What better way to start it off then with a little magic!!!! Repurposing a door. The door I have watched wither away in a pile of debris for well over a year! Well.... here is what I did!

Rust and Wood and Junk -OH MY

I literally tripped over some junk for this one! When that "A-HA" moment comes, it can be at some pretty random times, but as some that loves to design junk, once that moment hits, it's like a nagging non stop, git'er done, kind of thing! So here's what happened!

Trunk Table Monster Makeover

Another one for my trunk obsession! ohhh this was pretty disgusting when it came in!!!

Washstand Harp with a twist

You know those awkward places in the house where you neeeeeeed something, but nothing ever fits? Here s a solution!

Repurposed Pub Table

We had a summer of hosting and boy did this table come in handy! I knew we had a few major birthdays and pool parties to host, and what we did not have was a pool side pub table. Because you know - everyone needs one! Here is what I came up with!

Repurposed Washboard to Toilet Paper Holder

A lot of people seem to request interesting toilet paper holders. Odd - I know! But yet - a challenge! How do you make something fun for toilet paper? Well, Here's one idea. If it were just a smidge...

Dressers with Broken Drawers. No Problemo.

I have been waiting some time to find a piece that had beautiful shape and lines but not so beautiful insides. One random phone call for a curb pick up one day and here she is. I finally get to put my idea into action!!!

Telephone shelf

I saw a photo that had been blown up and put on canvas of the top of an old telephone booth that was red, chipped and a wee bit wonky. I thought - I love that piece! However it's not really my thing to mount art on my wall, as I'm more someone in need of functional art. So I decided to create something to mimic it's look.

A Shabby Little Adventure!

My old landlord called me up to let me know she had something she thought I would love to play with that was left behind from an old tenant. Well, she was right! of course, I saw it completely different than she did and that vision took on a shape of it's own!

Old Washbins Have So Many Uses

Metal and wood. These are a few of my favorite things! I'm always on the look out for new ways to repurpose these old bins. I thought of a few and when the idea was laid out, it appeared as though this design could use them in each manner!

Random Garden Decor

Peeking over my neighbours fence I notice her amazing gardens are full of random rustic bits and bobs. Running from what I can see, I decided to make a few things that I could see fitting into her decor. Here are two recent examples

Turquoise - Who knew

It all started with a clock! And then...... all of this appeared!

Using Picture Frame Samples

I was given these by a local store. Um. Last year! They called me up and said - we have no clue what to do with these. But they are fun. And they really don't need to be in the dump. We figured if anyone could do something to save them. You can. Sooooo. I did.

Coke Crate Shelf

Knick Knacks! Everyone has them! Or collectors items. Shells, rocks, vintage toys, lighters, shot glasses... whatever tickles your fancy. Now.... how to find creative ways to display them.... hmmmm... I KNOW! Cruise Junk Market Style and look for things like THIS!

Save those random knobs and pulls!

In needing somewhere to store her hand me down jewelry that was being given to her, she asked me to make her something ..."me" I came up with this lock and key storage cabinet for her.

I'm a little behind - sorry

The weather has sort of had us trapped indoors for about 2 months. We CAN go out but....... we try not to

Piano Pantry

It's safe to say we can add Pianos to my obsession with makeovers! So many Ideas. I decided this one was going to be Shabby and cute. So much work involved with these but I do love them! Some people love it as a pantry, some love it as a bar, we even had a big screen tv sunk into it at one point. Any way one chooses to go is just going to be fun in the end!

Doors! Who doesn't love Doors??!!??

i think doors have to be one of the most simple repurposing for functionality items out there! So many things can be done! The need around here is function and organization. This was created to cover just that!

Burn Pile Beauty

You know - when you do things your own way - sometimes they turn out better! Going against the "suggested application" of this wax really turned out for the better! This burn pile save is looking pretty shnazzy now!

Such a NNNNNovel idea!

This is a fairly simple post. One simple photo. One easy set of instructions. Find books, pile books, decorate!

Is it really just an ironing board though?

Look a little closer! I've always wanted an ironing board to show off my plants and decor, but I can't JUST have an ironing board .... where's the arty farty fun in that?

I've been waiting for some of these legs!

I have been saving a piece of barn board for when I finally got my hands on a sewing machine base! And one finally appeared! I love love love mixing metal and wood together for a nice rustic look. Especially in time for the holidays!

Barn Door and Gun Crates Turned into a Coffee Table

I had the pleasure of picking a families estate before they sold off the farm. Over 100 years in the family! - So many treasure to be found! I decided these needed to be used for this custom crafted piece. A 4 foot by 3 foot rustic coffee table.

Salvaged Wine Caddy

There is nothing about this creation I do not love. The beam itself was a find! I saw it - I HAD TO HAVE IT! For what? It didn't matter, it would come to me eventually! Looking at the before photo of it, there were unlimited possibilities... until.......... I found the legs!

Beds to Bench Seats

I've been playing with these for a while now. Especially when I get a 3/4 bed in. Tough sell as is, but once transformed, they seem to go out the door pretty easily! Here are a few to help stimulate some ideas.

Wine Bar from a Door

Get ready for hosting these upcoming holidays with your own little wine bar! Complete with a cute little serving tray!

Simple DIY Lanterns

I love when I'm cleaning shop and piling things on top of each other and all of a sudden ......... WHOAH! That works! The fit was too perfect not to share!

Pet Food Storage Solution

She needed something small-ish for her entry, to sit on and store her cats food in. A little finesse here and some pizazz there and BAM! Done and in her new home!

One style two looks. Paris End Tables

I started on a mission to make two matching end tables, but in the end, I made the same mistake twice, had to start all over and well, feeling pretty dumb now ( you'll read why), I have two non matching but very fun end tables!

Dirty Ol' Work Bench PURRRfect as an Island!

You wouldn't think something this nasty can turn into something beautiful! But anything can with some elbow grease .... in place of workshop grease!

Dresser to Window bench

AS a bench, storage or a little shelving area, its a great little project to take on if you have a lovely old house with tall windows.

Rustic Triplets Bench

The phone rang - "Hey gypsy lady! I got this ol' pile o'crap here that's gonna go off to the burn pile, figured you might wanna take a peek at it first!" YES PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is really taking ones mans junk is anothers treasure!

Simple Little Wine Bars

When you are a lover of wine and hosting little get togethers, it's always nice to have a conversation piece on display, especially revolving around why you have come together that night! That is the main purpose behind this re-purpose. Simple in theory, but there are many many different variations you can choose! Here are 2 to get you started!

Wedding Gift Idea from an old window

Do you have a wedding coming up? Not sure what to get that special couple? This is a fun easy re-purpose and with a touch of your own style, you can adapt it to anyones decor. Keep it chippy and original, paint it to match any accent colour or leave it rough and rustic.

Stripping Veneer - The EASY WAY

It's almost Yardsale time! Here's a good tip to keep in the back of your head when you see a damaged piece and are ready to haggle - YOU CAN DO IT!!! But clearly, you are haggling so of course you would make it sound like a pain in the rump that the veneer is wrecked! Shhhhhhhh it's soooo easy!

How To Turn an Old Coffee Table into Beautiful Signage

An amazing woman in my town is doing amazing things with a park the city had otherwise left as "forgotten" in a neighbourhood that is, well, it needs some prettying and a better reputation. She wrote and asked if I would contribute a sign for her children's butterfly garden she wanted to create in the new community gardens that were being built in the park. I had the perfect piece that I had been keeping for just an occasion!

Our New Hallway Mantle - from an Old Door

I made a mantle before - somewhere to show off your funky decor and still be functional. But it sold. And we are in desperate need for hallway organization. So, when I found this door on the side of the road - I decided - THIS IS OURS!

Angel Wing Cubby Transformation

From an old Record Cabinet into a funk-tional piece of artistic decor for the home! It was a lot of work, but she was worth it!

Wine and Cheese Tray? Of *corks* it is silly!!!

I had a fabulous customer come into the shop in need of something fabulous to serve her wine and cheese on to her fabulous dinner guests this summer! Did I mention faaaaaabulous? This turned out nicer than I had pictured in my head! A seemingly simple upcycle and repurpose project. 2 in 1 !

Shadow Box Coffee Table

In the age of "stuff" many people are looking for unique ways to display their favorite things. Here is a great conversation piece for your room or porch! And the best part, you can display whatever tickles your fancy and matches your decor!

One door - 2 fun side tables

Doors are so great! So many uses! And so many tidbits to add to so many uses makes them even better!!! This is a fairly simple makeover given you can cut a straight line lol!

Reno Scraps to Shabb-u-licious Coffee table

So many tid bits and so many uses! I love re-using reno scraps! Thankfully this old house needs a LOT of renovating so I'll never run out of scraps!

Piano Entertainment Unit

A bar, an entertainment centre - whatever you like! I love these old things! So many heading off tot he dump. One has so many uses. I have a bunch of projects coming up incorporating the inners of this beuty! Stay tuned!

Rustic Insulator Containers

I love these! I have found SO many uses for them! Flower vase, tooth brushes - paint brushes, change holder, sugar bowl, etc etc etc!

Clawfoot tub to French Chaise!

Of course I have seen Breakfast at Tiffanys and my hat goes off to the original tub couch creator! However, I of COURSE have to add my spin!I though long and hard about simply taking the front out to make it a love seat, but .. then .. when do I do things the simple way? It needed that added flare and I am re finishing a clients bedroom to feel french, so it was a MUST to have curves. Voila the new Chaise for her master bedroom bay window!

Rustic Centre Pieces

Good bye winter and woodstoves - hello piles of left overs! Wedding season is coming up and we've been getting requests for simple DIY centre pieces for rustic themes. Well, this project took about 10 minutes. There are so many things that you can add to make it fun - and I'll post some more ideas once I get to the fun decorating part! For now - here is a simple start!

Ski Coat Rack

Very simple idea. And a great re-use of an item we have never used!

Filmstrip Door

An old door with glass panes in perfect condition, a stock pile of stickers I had no use for, and of course, a lot of photographer friends looking for interesting ways to display their photos at tradeshows = The creation of the filmstrip door!

Corner shelves from old doors

Well, I have an abundance of doors. And when I get overloaded with items of one kind, I rip through the house to see what I would need ... and I need corner shelves!

Potato Pot-ah-to Dogfoodo !

She's small and dainty but her dog food bags are huge and ugly! We needed a solution to store them away.

The Tattooed Table

I wanted to push my artistic side to the ultimate challenge. Something that incorporated a lot of the things I enjoy - refinishing, burning, staining, painting and "testing". I figured, I might as well go all out on the design, why not? And after a lot of hmmmming and hawwwwing the design was chosen, then created, then the process began!

my "CHAIR"ity creation donation

I was asked to revamp a an old chair for a local Chairs for Charity auction for the YMCA. I asked if I was allowed to just MAKE a chair. Here is what I came up with.

The Whatchamacallit!

Given my love of tidbits, art and junk, I sort of needed a space to put it, you know - incorporating that thing they call organization. I though - I need cupboards, drawers, shelves, material hangers, chalkboards and chicken wire. That should cover it ...... now what? Then I saw this.

Coffee Stations from No Hope Dressers!

Don't send it to the dump! Yes, it looks hopeless, but it's really not! So any uses for old dressers!!!!!! Like this! Coffee stations! I started making them a year and a half ago, and now, I can't keep them in stock! Make one today! You will enjoy that cup of coffee so much more!

Hunka~Junka Burnin looooove

Basically, I was told I need to do something manly - to store manly things .... well, it just so happened I had a TON of "manly" things laying around! And a cigar ad the handle tops it off!

Teenage Rockstar Wardrobe

I was asked to create something fun and funky for a teenager in Rockstar pink. Hmmm. Try asking a team of paint mixers to come up with Rockstar Pink LOL!! Thank gosh they had the colour sampler. We toured around the place for a while looking for just the right pink.... found it. Now, think back quite a few years .. what on earth do teenagers "need" for functionality? Well, back in my teenage days, it was an open door to outside, these days... whole other story! Here's what I came up with!

Mirrored Window Rustic Hanging Vanity

This was going to go into my junkin around the house post, but I think it needed one posting for itself, as it really was more of a project! Old Window - Old mirror - Old rat chewed veggie flat .... Love ... love.. LOVE

Shabby Chat Cat Condo - Re-Purrrrrrr-posed

Re-Purrrrposing has taken on a whole new meaning now lol! Old Dresser - new Cat condo!

FUN~k~tional Junkin Art

Shes FUN, Shes FUNKY - Shes sooooo FUNKTIONAL!

4 post bed to 1 post Coat Tree

A destroyed 4 post bed turns into smaller fun projects - such as a fun chippy coat tree with added elements of funk!

Junkin Around the House

Here are a few ideas that can be found around my house. Just a few of the things ... my house is a total re-fab project always on the go! But people always pop over and oogle at alllllll the things and asked me to make a posting on it, I was going to just post it on Facebook, but I figured, it's re0fabbed junk - it should come here as well! Simple easy little things to add to the home, in now way entire projects, but quick, easy and fun!

Shoe Display

SHOES!!!!!!!!! I love shoes! And I lose displaying shoes, and having them everywhere! Here's one little way I have a couple pairs displayed ...... ladder. Thats it. Easy, perfect angle to show them off.

Knock Knee Trunk Table

I love her knock knees! Love love love! I got a few scrunchy nose faces from it, asking if I was going to put them on right .. I said but they are right! The more I look at her, the more I think of a star wars machine for some reason ... hmmm

Old Blue Prints framed in Rustic Charm

I found these blueprints for how to build this boat all scrunched up in a dresser I picked up.

Sled Shelf

Lots of people have one of these stashed away somewhere, well in Canada they do, and they generally sit unused in an attic or garage as the new toys come out for winter. But they are so nostalgic that we don't want to let them go, so here's an idea to help make them functional. Each time you get something off the shelf, you can remember being pulled through the sugar bush, or zipping down the hills with friends and family followed by some hot cocoa with marshmellows! Well, those are the memories I have. So here is the project to help make things tidier and be a fab conversation piece!

Just Caulk it for a little OoOo La Laaaaa

The easiest way to summarize this is - for a little french twist on something, just add caulk! Yes, this was created with caulking.

Junk Trunk turned Vintage Beauty

Just a sad trunk... with gorgeous bones! Waiting for a makeover. This sat here forever in each state of finishing, as I just had no clue what I was going to do with it. but here's the final product!

$148 Scrap Junk Makeover! WOW!

Before you say, NO WAY, let me tell you ... yes. It's TRUE! This nasty bathroom was made over to look .. well, pretty amazing for $148.00! A LOT of work mind you! But it happened and you won't believe what I used!

Wild Martini Table

You know, some people save pets from the pound, and well, let's be honest, I don't have time for a pet, so I saved this one from the trash instead! LOL! Awww I have such a soft spot in my heart for him! He needed major TLC! So I gave it to him!

Pink P-Antlers Jewellery Display

This was too fun to make! I was asked to make something unique to display some jewellery. I think this qualifies doesn't it? What colour should it be I asked? Pink Panther Pink she said. As she was saying that - I saw the antlers in the background, and I swear I heard her say Pink P-Pantler ! So I guess it was just meant to be!

YOU-Nique Sleigh Bed

This beauty was too gorgeous to let sit in someones garden and rot away even more! Gypsy Barn to the rescue!! When I found this baby at an Estate Sale, I sat and watched people snubbing their nose at her :( *sadness* The family of the owner of this piece told me about what an heirloom this was and they were so sad they didn't have use for it.... that fueled me to create that use! I think everyone looked at me like I was crazy for paying the price I did and then paying more to have her shipped to my front door! But I saw it in its completion from the first second our eyes locked in a loving embrace! * can you hear the romantic music as we run to each other through a white haze filled meadow to embrace * LOL! I LOVE HER!

Table Top Turned into Rustic Signage

I often stumble across table tops with no base, I love them, the shapes and edges and solid wood. When asked to create a rustic wooden sign for a local business, I jumped at the chance to use this old Oak top I had sitting here!

*Berry* Easy, No Bugs, No Spill Party Glasses

This project will take you about 5 minutes to do. Given you have the right drill bit and aside from waiting for paint to dry, but that's the best time to prep your favourite beverage!

Foyer Mantle

The first thing new guests see in your home, is your entry. Why not start them off on the right fabulous foot with an amazing first impression by displaying a nice mantle right in the foyer? This took 3 days, in the middle of a heat wave, to finish! But isn't that the best time to play with a torch?

$92.00 Kitchen Makeover, Re-use, Re-Purpose REBORN!

Gasp in horror at the Befores! it's ok! We did!

Rockin Record Flowers

Easy Peasy! Melted Record Flowers! My gardens are rockin now!!!  Supplies Needed: Old rake handleRecordsShort ScrewsSpray PaintWARNING: Melting Vinyl will create a horribly toxic gas. Please do...

Ox Yoke Coat Tree

I found an old Ox Cart Yoke buried in the grass outside an old barn we were called to "pick" through. Also found a bucket of old rusty tools, in it were some heavy old iron hooks, after some mega...

Ice Tongs and Paper Towels

I'm sure people have done this - but in case anyone hasn't had the thought, here it is ..... use the smaller sizes to hold toilet paper .... quite the conversation pieces! Love it!

Front Door Clutter Collector

Easy PEASY!!!!!!!  Basically, that is the base of a gorgeous unuseable lamp we stumbled across. It was so nice, we had to find something to do with it. We also had a pile of the old ceiling...

Toboggan Wall Piece

Here's the before and after of the toboggan wall piece we just made! We have a few of these in different sizes. The idea came when we sold the piece that we had made to hold our keys and things at...

Simple Spindle Dragonflys

Very easy! Spindles from an old chair, and the screen we ripped out of the storm windows for our potting table project. ( see other projects to see the windows).

Ultimate Salvage Potting Table

Where do we start? Old door, old storm windows, screens removed and used in our other projects ...... (look for the Spindle dragonflys in our collection) old knobs to hang tools, old table legs, old...

Reno Junk Potting Table

Our Old junk Door Potting table. Not one thing purchased! Old wall trim, old table legs, old fence board, the top is an old storm window screen to let the water and soil sift though to a reuse...

Flower Beds within Beds & Boxsprings !

Well, we are in the hunt for useful things to do with a boxspring. So many heading to the dump... but do you realize just how much good wood is inside one of those things??? Rip one apart, if its...

Renovation Garbage Turned Garden Decor

Well this one is pretty self explanatory, what you decide to create is all up to you! We did a LOT of renovations this winter and hada trailer or 5 full of Lathe and Plaster. Well, we hate to throw...

DIY Tip - Pain in the rump, lumpy / separated paints

Basically, we saw a photo of someone that had spilled paint all down her front, in her shirt, all over the floor, by shaking the can ...... first we laughed and thought about how many times weve...

Trunk Table

We found an old table with a destoyed top, and took it's legs!!! Mua ha ha! It makes us sound evil :) BUT, then we found this old trunk! She was covered in travel stickers and looking great! We...

Got Junk in Your Trunk?

When we found this we were asked... what do you want that piece of garbage for?  *DING DING DING*   For GARBAGE!  We've been combing over ideas for a new fun garbage can ... and...

Trunk Turned Settee

We are trunk obsessed. Trunks and Junk.

Farmers Daughter Desk

We had a student with a passion for unique farm and country decor ask us if it was possible to build her a desk out of random things to create one fun style! OF COURSE!  Pretty much our...

Dresser Repurposing Take 2

The Old dresser neeed to be saved!

The Chippy Chirpy Reverse Paint Dresser

This baby came into our home covered in things I don't want to describe.  But the paint was heavy and thick and chippy as all ..... well it was chippy. Discovered a nice Mahogany underneath it...

The Living Coffee Table

Basically, this is a mish mash of a bunch of random things lying around our house, and yanked from the garden before the freeze. The vines dont ned a lot of light and there are airholes drilled in...

Recent comments

Re: Repurposed Pub Table

HAHAHA SUE! He cooks, I renovate. Seriously. If I had to do a cooking article ever, it would be - "How to burn down your kitchen making chicken nuggets." True Story! "hangs head in shame" (but not really lol. It was funny - sort of)

Re: Washboard Organizer

I want one tooooooooooooooo! I really do regret selling things sometimes but then - add in my OCD with needing to change my decor every 3 months and well ..... it would have been rehomed anyway haha.
Thank you for the lubs lovelies!

Re: Repurposed Pub Table

Awww thank you!!!

Re: Repurposed Washboard to Toilet Paper Holder

thanks everyone haha! Kerry - oh ma gorsh - all I can say is - bathtub crayons and a shower surround work wonders!!!!!!!

Re: Dressers with Broken Drawers. No Problemo.

Thank you everyone! And Brian..... seriously - I have been thinking about asking you to help me take shoots lol. I love how you show off your work! Seriously considering a road trip this summer!

Re: Repurposed Vintage Red Locker Storage Bench

Too FUN!!!!! <3

Re: Rust and Wood and Junk -OH MY

Thank you lovelies!!! I have my eyes open for more of these let me tell you! Love love love.

Re: THE SUBTERFUGE - Steampunk underwater vehicle

I'd love to crawl into your brain and set up residence for a while lol! This is so fantabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

Re: Organ Pipe Pendant - Lighting in G#

*sigh* That's so fabulicious! I really need to get over my fear of electrical :(

Re: 60's Steel Media Cart into Island/Bar/Dining Table

Fab! Great eye!!!

Re: Mr. Chipley

Too stinkin cutie patootie!

Re: Trunk Table Monster Makeover

Thank you! I have two little hump backs I'm trying to decide what to do with next. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Re: Piano Keys Wall Art

I kid you not, I have the exact same set up with the keys on my basement right now - thinking I had a brilliant unique new post! You beat me to it hahaha! Was hoping to have a full set of keys... but what on earth is with them changing directions every 20 keys???? What a pain in the rumperoo ha! Love your design!!!!!

Re: I'm Creating a New Look for My Home

SICK! I love IT! Omg! jdbshfvlksfklesjf So Jealous of that score!!!!!! I can't even get the jealousy out in random letter smashing! haha

Re: Using Picture Frame Samples

Thank you! I think I need to bust out of my neutral colour palette I am so accustom to though considering what the look seems to be in the upcoming design trends for interior decor! D'oh!

Re: Old Chest. New Look

I LOOOOOVE it! Great colouring and paired with that material and print = perfection!!

Re: Piano Pantry

Hey THANKS! I did save the keys! I just need to think up something funky to do with them. A lot of them are missing the white cover so, it's a doozy. I'm sure I will come up with something. Everything I take out usually ends up becoming something. I will have to hunt up some old photos of other pieces I have done with the innards in the past lol!

Re: She Got Wheels. And She Knows How to Use Them...

Holy SHMOLY! Super amazing! I think I am going to be head over heels in love with these creations for sure! Welcome!

Re: Guess What This Little Number Is?

Lol!!! You go Girl!!!!!! Get Googling! hahha

Re: Guess What This Little Number Is?

THAT is called - a - "Jasmin needs it" piece. Although - I see Brian putting up a fight for it lol

Re: Gem of a find

If you put a paper thin slit across the top - you could have picture holders, centre piece name holders for a funky junky wedding, paint some bowls red with white polka dots and put them upside down on it, treat them with exterior clear coat and you have some fairy toadstools for the garden, drill some tiny holes all through them and sink lights in them, suspended from a beam for a super awesome island lighting piece....

Re: Gem of a find

A very simple idea - just drill out a hole in the top large enough for a tea light for some pillar candles. If they are hollow - rustic vases would be awesome, some funky legs under a killer top for a side table? The base for some super funky Christmas trees next year, it would take me twisting and turning them for a good hour to come up with something fab above that lol

Re: Doors! Who doesn't love Doors??!!??

I have quite a few different door pieces. I think most of them are on here, I'll have to go back over the list on my computer. And yes - a fun pile of elements. They worked together quite nicely indeed!

Re: Such a NNNNNovel idea!

It was quite the conversation piece for sure! I had someone drive a few hours to see it - only to arrive about ohhhhhh 20 minutes after it was disassembled lol. Dang that timing!

Re: Burn Pile Beauty

Thank you! It's an odd piece, but I love it!

Re: Such a NNNNNovel idea!

For you Brian ..... I'll pay YOU for the 3 books from the bottom and even tip you with all the rest lol!!!

Re: Such a NNNNNovel idea!

HAHA! Thanks! Sue and Ken! It's been getting a lot of ooooos and ahhhhhs. Only one person looked at it and went 8pfft, it's just a pile of junk!" I said YES!!!! Yes it is!!!! <3 HAHA!

Re: 3 Shades of Christmas Tree.

Welcome to the party Dianne or Franny lol!! Love the new project!

Re: Industrial Electrical Wire Spool

******* drool ****** Most awesome!!!

Re: Mason Jar Christmas Tree

OOO FUN! I can see so many people being charged with inspiration from this design! High Fives!

Re: Awesome picks in my last junkin' rounds

Hey Brian! Can you gimme a hand ...... with something? Minus the With something!!!! lol. Love the pickin jealousy spewing from me right now ha~

Re: Mason Jar Challenge Project

Wow! That is so neat!!! A little Christmas Bling!

Re: JOY in a jar

I wish I had the knack for making pretty little things like this~! Fab job!

Re: Can anyone guess what this is used for?

My daughter said it is clearly a crocodile tooth brush!!! HAHA!

Re: Winter Wonderland in a Jar

That is too stinkin cute! Seeing that extreme close up makes me hear the songs from the Christmas cartoon Rudolph in my head! Very fun!

Re: Barn Door and Gun Crates Turned into a Coffee Table

Thanks everyone! The old farm girl in me loves seeing things like this brought to life! Time consuming, worth it!

Re: I've been waiting for some of these legs!

Oh heck yes! If I get another set ... I already have a few different ideas for them lol! Super excited to find some now!

Re: Repurposed Vintage Simplex Timeclock & Flashlight Lamp

Now that is sssssssssssssssslick!!!!! Loves!

Re: Barn Door and Gun Crates Turned into a Coffee Table

LOL! Of COURSE! Why not???? Our coffee table is the only thing my hubby can not seem to let go of and the one MAJOR thing I really WANT to get rid of - so creating these is more of a challenge to get him to change his mind ha! I'll get it one day Im sure!

Re: MASON JAR CHALLENGE - Peace on Earth "JUNKOLIDAY" Mantle Adornment

Welcome to the party Amy and Brad!!! Awesome job on the challenge!

Re: Salvaged Wine Caddy

Thanks everyone!!! I have a few more beams in the back 40 I've been eying up. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Re: Taking the "Challenge"...Broken Lantern to Ball Jar "Snow Globe"...

That was super fast! Love it!!!

Re: Mademoiselle Mystique

I can't get over how much I'm in love with all of these lol.

Re: Salvaged Wine Caddy

Thanks everyone! I love love love this piece~! I have no clue what it really was used for, but it came from a very old barn! And Bec - omg you made me laugh with that "let me count the ways" bit! HAHA! Something I would write!

Re: Jewelry/Necklace Holder made from an old lamp...

That is awesome!!!! Jewelery designers every where are always looking for unique pieces to showcase their designs on! I think this counts as a win for sure!

Re: Simple DIY Lanterns

They work out so awesome! Simple, yet dramatic when they are lit up! And of course the little doorknob flower accents inspired from Chipping with Charm :) Saw them - loved them and made some to sprinkle about the store for those little cute accents on top of all the creations!

Re: Wine Bar from a Door

Function and wine. Two of my favs haha! I saw her decor - it fit in perfectly!!!

Re: Beds to Bench Seats

Thanks! They are a fun thing to create - none are ever the same which for unique value really makes a difference! I haven't done one in over a year now. Suppose I should look at a few more.

Re: Licensed Junk Collector Badges

Can you change collector to designer? lol! Those are too cool!

Re: Cream Separator Lamp

How cool is that!!??? It's making me look at the one I have done something with and rethink it's repurposed life haha!

Re: Rustic Signs 2

HEY HEATHER! Welcome!!!! :P I have been wanting to show off your stuff here - alas it is not mine - so glad you made your way over!!! Strut that STUFF!

Re: Holiday Recycle Projects

That tree is awesome! With 2 extra helping, sides of awesome!!!

Re: Take the Challenges: Encourage Others and Toot Your Own Horn!!

WOO HOOO! Game on! I am forwarding to all my arty farty friends NOW!

Re: Rustic Signs

Heather! YAY! High fives on the feature!

Re: Repurposed Wine Caddy - Using Sewing Machine Drawer Slide Racks

So super cool Brian!!!! Super super duper cool!!!!!

Re: Console Table

Ohhh I am in loooooooooooooove! That is one sexy piece right there!!!!!

Re: Steampunk Table Light

HA! I always get so excited to see new pieces from you! How awesome is this!

Re: Driftwood Christmas Centerpiece

Drift wood always adds that lovely, warm, natural element to any home! And being such a simple flip - you can change the berries to match any season! Fabulous!

Re: Domino's GadgetSponge Repurposed Sign Community Birdhouse

Now how cool would this look outside of a bird loving Dominos? I love it! Like a little industrial condo for those city birds! HAHA! Fabulous!

Re: Sailor's Coffee Table

That's so sweet! I bet he really appreciated something like this - especially being a personalized creation from you!

Re: Pet Food Storage Solution

Thank you!!! It was just too cute! So glad she was open to something fun!

Re: Biggest. Map. Ever.

That is just toooooo cool! WOWZAS!!!!!!!!! I'm seeing the amount of hardwork that went into that and almost falling over with exhaustion thinking about it! High Fives!

Re: repurposed spindles

Cute idea!

Re: One style two looks. Paris End Tables

HAHA! I kept three versions. I think I added the third image after the post was written and forgot to change the title. The grey one, and both black ones. The image transfer process is not my fav process, but I have done a few more that I like quite a bit!

Re: I'm on Life's A Porch

Now why wasn't your jig caught on video and posted? HAHAHA! That would be so fab to see!

Re: Simple Little Wine Bars

Thanks! Working on one for our pool patio now! I really need to learn to keep some things for myself!

Re: Dresser to Window bench

Thanks! It was working fab as out window seat! Until someone bought it lol! We've made something new - but that's a whole new posting!

Re: Tools of the Trade: Handyman's Heaven

I'm so in love with these! Fantastic!!!!!!!!!

Re: Out of Time Haunted Assemblage

WOW! So neat! I love it to bits!!!!!!

Re: How To Turn an Old Coffee Table into Beautiful Signage

Thank you! the children love it! It looks wonderful in their gardens for sure!!!

Re: Desert Wood Votive Candle Holder

So unique! One thing we deffo can't find up here in Canada! It's so interesting to see the old dried out detailing of that!!! WOW!

Re: Wine Bottle and Wagon Wheel Chandelier

That is so fun! WOW! I love love love it!

Re: Shabby Chandelier

So very fun!

Re: Repurposed Vintage Water Ski Towel & Robe Rack

Oh if these were available up here in cottage country - they would be flying out the door I'm sure!

Re: Repurposed Vintage Water Ski & Yardsticks Chalkboard

So awesome!!!!!!!!!

Re: Filmstrip Door

Thanks! I got to visit the photographers studio - it looks amazing up on the wall!!!

Re: Our New Hallway Mantle - from an Old Door

AS soon as my ceilings and floors are done, I may do a little house tour. Well, the main floor at least haha. The upstairs still needs a LOT of work haha! ick!

Re: Angel Wing Cubby Transformation

Thank you everyone!!!

Re: Wedding Gift Idea from an old window

Thank you! I hope it inspires some DIY action for gifts. Suzi, that's wonderful! People always feel so hesitant to give a DIY gift, but why not? I think it's awesome!!!! Something personal with thought and heart in it as opposed to something big box. High five!

Re: New Use for Old Decking

Wow! I Love your use and design! Super Fab!

Re: Our New Hallway Mantle - from an Old Door

Thanks Ladies! The hook on the end came in a box of junk I got an auction. It was the hidden treasure I guess. I've seen similar-ish ones for sale in local stores that focus on selling local talent pieces and they have some blacksmithed hardware in there. I'd say look in the small home goods and garden and gifts shops and boutiques.

Re: Chic'd Vintage Wood Shoe Mold

So stinkin cute!!! I'm a sucker for vintage photos on vintage items! great job!

Re: Wine and Cheese Tray? Of *corks* it is silly!!!

Cutting the corks was a real pain at first until I figured out a way to do it that saved both my muscles and time! It's pretty quick now thankfully!

Re: Tart Tin Jewelry Pendants

Those are super cute! If my photographer were near you - she would be snatching those up by the dozen! I'll have to link this over to her!

Re: Angel Wing Cubby Transformation

Thank you! It was a lot of work, but I did enjoy making it, so it didn't seem like it was? Does that make sense?

Re: An OLD Vanity makes a come-back!

Love it!!! I was thinking of trying this out for a client, but ended up finding the perfect side tables for her in the long run - But man I really want to give this a go!

Re: Piano Entertainment Unit

Thank you everyone! Reminds me that I need to get my butt in gear for the guts postings!

Re: Clawfoot tub to French Chaise!

As per previous comment - I meant PLAY with metal ... but I guess since you can technically *lay* on this, it may work? :P

Re: Repurposed Red Wagon & Singer Sewing Machine Base Storage Table

Gad I love your work. I'm just making a stamp for that for all your projects!!!!

Re: Clawfoot tub to French Chaise!

Thanks everyone! It really was a HUGE job to take on, but I love it! I have never had the chance to lay with metal, so this was a whole new world to me! But so so glad she turned out!

Re: Stained Glass House numbers

Wow that is some intricate work! Nice job!

Re: Piano Entertainment Unit

Thank you! I love all things large and in charge! HA! I really really really want to keep this one - in case I didnt make that obvious - however there are lots of these around here that people are just dying to get rid of! So, I guess for future home projects - I can add this to my list!

Re: Reel Plant Holder

Happy Easter! And I love love love that lil bug eye cutie patootie!!!!

Re: A Tip for Old Books

Ok, this is a fabulous tip! Now, if it would work on old trunks, that would be divine!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I do have a wedding coming up that wants old books everywhere for decor - so I will have to try this out!!! Thanks for the tip Sue! And Pfarkle Sisters!!!!

Re: Outdoor Footstool from Wine Crate & Chair Parts

Anything involving wood and storage has my vote! Super cute and FUNKtional!

Re: Back to the Drawing Board

And it just comes right to life exactly like the sketch! That is SO NEAT to see!!!!!

Re: Overhauled Yardstick Telephone Table

How did I miss this posting??? I need new batteries in the "Brians posted something new" alarm! Sheeebuzz! I love it!!! Esp the red finish you did! love love love!

Re: Entry table

These are super fun! A great idea for all the old Drawers laying around here too! Fun re-use for tidbits for sure!!!

Re: JMS Post from the Past - "I'm Going All the Way to the Top!"

Ooooo I do so want one of those!!!!! Great find!!!

Re: Repurposed Upcycled Birdhouse - Blue Kettle & Alarm Clock

I just need to make a stamp for all of your products that say "Ermagerd!!! LOVE!" Always so fantastic!


EEK! He's too cute! I'll third the guys! I wish I had "the eye" for this amount of epic tinkering!

Re: Stu D. Baker

Oh my gosh! I just fell in love! He is so beyond amazing!!!!

Re: The PAINTED chair and JD Cabinet ala GypsyBarn style!

Jenni! WOW! That is so flattering and truly amazing to hear! My goal is to inspire women to use their fabulous imaginations and creativity to add their own touch and character to their *nest*. I do sincerely wish you the best of luck with your adventure and can not wait to see what you produce! Please drop by my facebook and let me know its you .... :)


Re: Coffee Stations from No Hope Dressers!

Wow! Thanks everyone! Greatly appreciate all the fabulous comments! I love making these. I actually get excited now when I find the "cruddier" dressers .... and according to my emails - I need to find more ... faster HAHA! Game ON! Challenge accepted!

Re: Collecting Memories Album

I love love love it!!!!! You do have such a gift for this! I have such a hard time with small tidbits and creating .... but wow you sure do inspire me to *dreamy eyes* it all!

Re: Hunka~Junka Burnin looooove

Its full of computer and game station parts now. But sits proudly in the living room corner - now with an alligator or something sitting on top of it - just for that added element of - what the heck!?

Re: FUN~k~tional Junkin Art

Thanks! I do adore her! She looks way more fun in person! Although right now looking at her here - she sort of reminds me of Hansolo trapped in that cement thing - or that whatever grey gook thing he was stuck in lol!

Re: Repurposed Upcycled Philco AM Radio & Turntable Clothes Hamper

ARE YOU KIDDING! Good lord! Can you just move to Canada and open shop with me? LOL! Seriously! This rocks! So fanfreakintastickky amazing!! I may have just drooled.. just a wee bit.....

Re: Old Blue Prints framed in Rustic Charm

Thanks! Well even if they did decide to do a version, I could still look at them and say - mm hmmmm I love that style !! I've actually been getting requests to just sell copies of the prints, so that's pretty cool I must say!! Would love to see yours when it's all done Jim!!!

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Re: Atomic Biomorphic Yardstick Covered Coffee Table

The name is the best! Id love to own it just so when people oogled over it I could rhyme that off! Awesome job!

Re: Junk Trunk turned Vintage Beauty

THANK YOU!!!! Its so great seeing things finished! Some things even shock me the way they turn out! And it's VERY hard to sell alot of it. They kind of become my kids ... but I guess all kids have to fly the coop at some point? :P

Re: Just Caulk it for a little OoOo La Laaaaa

Thanks everyone! It was fun - in a pain in the butt kind of way! It's always the after results that let you say - ya that was fun. During .... not so much! But worth it! As always, I appreciate the comments! It helps fuel me to make more! Speaking of ........... gotta run, or there wont be another post any time soon haha! Have a FABULOUS day!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Paper Dispenser

Love it! If this were 5 high, it would be ideal for my junk room lol! Loving the string dispenser too!

Re: Flexible Flyer Fun

Absolutely love this!!! Brilliant re-purpose!

Re: $148 Scrap Junk Makeover! WOW!

Ohhhh Sue - you're my inspiration, so my quirkiness and confidence to let it show stems a lot from you! I was just reading through your Junk Beautiful book with my girlfriend ( who does all my big photography) and we both cracked up over the comment - Shopping for tubs in the parking lot is the latest craze! Or the "now that it's carcass free, let's put it in the laundry room!" LOL! LOVE IT! It sounds identical to the things spewing from us!

As for the Accessories in the bathroom ... her and I were battling over what went it, and spent alot of time laughing at each other as we balanced on toilets and window ledges holding random objects in the air!

I recall the -
"can't we just hire someone to hide outside the picture and hold this giant galvanized tub in the air as a shelf just for the shot????" LOL!
I sort of want to do a reality photo shoot - ( pretty display pic but in all reality, the soaked tub toys, dripping toothpaste, bunched up floor towels and empty rolls of toilet paper) We all know the truth haha
or the behind the scenes of the shoot - shoot. Its the most fun!

Re: $148 Scrap Junk Makeover! WOW!

Better! And getting ready to dive into a lot of projects! The weather is cooling down a bit - so it should be easier to get out there and get things done! And SO many rooms to renovate still!!

Re: Wild Martini Table

Thanks everyone! It was a ceramic piece..... the middle was hollow, and there was a hole in the bottom large enough to fit my hand in, so I put some tape on the inside of the holes which allowed me to plaster repair the bigger holes. Same with the gouges, and then just a lot of fine sanding to smooth him down.

Re: The PAINTED chair and JD Cabinet ala GypsyBarn style!

Sorry! I didn't see the question on the 4 liquids!

I used a mixture of 2 parts acrylic crafting paint to one part textile medium.

Basically, I used a small paint tray, one small bottle of acrylic paint, emptied it into the tray, then filled the same bottle half way with Textile Medium, filled the tray 3/4 full with water then a few tablespoons of vinegar.

The first pass was more of a primer so I used more water to let it soak through the fabric to make sure no white showed through when people sat on it and stretched the fabric out.

I hope that helps!

Re: Flock Party Bird Feeder

Another great use for spindles!! Loves It!!!!

Re: Pink P-Antlers Jewellery Display

Might I just say that your uses of the words Funky and Fab made my morning FANTABULOUS! Thanks ladies!

Re: YOU-Nique Sleigh Bed

HAHA JIM! I didn't post the picture in which I had posed on it with the dog just sitting there in front all lazy attached to some *reigns* and me yelling MUSH!!!!

Re: more. JUNKMARKET's Little Sister is here!!

We'll need to make a road trip date soon!!!!

Re: YOU-Nique Sleigh Bed

Thank you everyone! I absolutely adore her! It's not as huge as it seems in this picture. About the same size as a large love seat or small couch. But beyond comfy none the less!

Re: Table Top Turned into Rustic Signage

Oh fabulous! The comments are up and running smoothly again! High Five!
Thank you SassyCass! We're trying to keep up with the photography and writing, so hoping to have a lot more to come shortly!!

Re: "Brit Beach" Union Jack Coffee Table

BRIAN! Thats BEAUTIFUL!!!! Stir sticks??? Brilliant! Which chalk paint did you use? ASCP? Love it!

Re: *Berry* Easy, No Bugs, No Spill Party Glasses

Thanks Everyone! The glasses are a big hit here!! They are too cute! And such a relief to know the kids can drink their homemade fruit smoothies on the couches and I don't have to hover over them lol!!! Lots more to come! Thank you for the warm welcome everyone!! You have all been my inspiration and its such an honor to join the ranks!!!!

Re: *Berry* Easy, No Bugs, No Spill Party Glasses

Thank you SO MUCH SUE!!!! What a great warm welcome and such a wonderful thing to wake up to read! It is going to be one FUN long weekend here as we celebrate this accomplishment! It's such an honour to be part of this amazingly brilliant team!!!! I'm going to go geek it out now and of course print this off and frame it!!

Thank YOU!!!

p.s. You posted this at 4:17 a.m.??? What on earth are you doing interrupting your beauty sleep lol!!!

Thanks Sue and everyone at JunkMarket Style for having been my inspiration for so long now!!!!!! Your books were the very reason for my career actually becoming a career and not just a hobby! I's so excited and so looking forward to posting along side everyone I have always considered my junkin idols! It's going to be a blast!!!!!

Junkin X's and O's -

Re: $92.00 Kitchen Makeover, Re-use, Re-Purpose REBORN!

I'll try and get some brighter photos. Sadly, the only window in the kitchen faces the neighbors brick wall .... 6 feet away, and it only gets morning sun. I'll have to brain storm.

Re: Edgemont Tin & Film Storage Box Metal Birdhouse

Whenever I see your pieces, I wish I could be a bird, just to call it my home haha! Love them all!

Re: Upcycled Tennis Racquet Wall Trophy & Awards Display Shelf

Awesome! The "man cave" here - (the only room I'm not allowed to touch lol) needs one of these! Thats just fabulous!

Re: The PAINTED chair and JD Cabinet ala GypsyBarn style!

Thank you! I have people coming over to pet it just to see how it feels haha! Apparently it just feels like a thick upholstery, so I guess my little recipe is a good faux finish for tricking! And the bonus is if it gets a stain, you can touch it up pretty quickly haha!~


Love it! Double love for being a fellow Canuck!

Re: My Hunky Chunky Coffee Table


Re: Rusty Wagon Wheel & Milk Can Table

Two of my favourite things! Turned functional which makes it absolutely PERFECT!!!!!!!!

Re: Trunk Table

Thank you! I get so much love over this piece! It's one of the ones we are having a hard time letting go of!! But she'll find her perfect home when the time is right! I hope you share your final piece junquerkam! Would love to see how it turns out!
Cheers! ~GypsyBarn~

Re: 2 new up-cycled bird houses

Super Duper FUN-Ky!

Re: Simple Spindle Dragonflys

Thank you everyone!!! They were so fun to create! I just sat staring at this sad little pile of what used to be a chair .... my eyes wandered to the screen ..... and the spring sky was beautiful that day! Voila, the idea popped! So easy to do! And super cute!

Re: Organizing Photos...The Junk Market Style Way

Most definitely just fell in love with these ideas!!!!

Re: Got Junk in Your Trunk?

Thank you everyone! It looks FAB U LOUS in our kitchen! I almost don't want to let it go! But I say that about everything we do haha

Re: Trunk Table

Legs! We love legs as much as trunks! Generally, we look at yard sales, at the tables people hate and toss .... garbage nights, when people throw them out.... we just take the legs lol! Even some chairs are legless now, but we find ways of using the rest of them! Its such a fun job!

Re: Timebomb Shaker Clock Birdhouse & Elevated Teapot Birdhouse

Absolutely love it! I vow to learn how to work with metal! Very inspirational!

Re: Trunk Table

Ok, I figured it out * self pat on back* RSS feature feeds. I had to do some googling to find out what RSS is, yes, we're that behind the times in the techy world here! But THANK YOU! That's wonderful!

Re: Trunk Table

LOL! Featured Where???? I always tell all my friends about you! In fact, we pulled a few of your books out at the Dinner table when the whole family was here for Christmas! There was so much ooo-ing and awwwwing going on!

Re: Trunk Table

Thank you everyone! We clearly have a funky junky trunk obsession! But they have so many uses if one can think outside the box! If not, thank the heavens for inspiration like Junk Market!!! But, now I'm curious, what does it mean to be *featured* (technically non savvy in that sense :) )

Re: Dresser Repurposing Take 2

Thank you everyone!! Sherri - I usually start with an idea .... then I make some sort of mistake which I stand back and look at the piece and go hmmmmmm .... that actually works - and then I totally change my design! I'd say about 75% of the things I do usually work that way! Or my lovely hubby shows up and says = what iffffffffffffffff ...... and pulls some Macgyver idea out of nowhere - we bicker over it and create something together! I'm not sure how to bottle that! But if I figure it out .. I'll let you know!

Re: Farmers Daughter Desk

Thank you!!! My mind won't shut off, so hopefully more fun things will flow out and help inspire!!

Re: $92.00 Kitchen Makeover, Re-use, Re-Purpose REBORN!

I forgot to mention in the process, that the backsplash is Paintable Wallpaper covered in leftover Epoxy from the counter top! Or maybe I did mention it and didn't read it. But that coffee pot is about to be put to use!

Re: $92.00 Kitchen Makeover, Re-use, Re-Purpose REBORN!

Thank you everyone! It was a long tough job was totally worth it! The kids made gingerbread this weekend and after learning that you need to submerge the mixer in the batter when turning it on and off, we discovered the backsplash is beyond durable!!!!!!!!

Re: The Chippy Chirpy Reverse Paint Dresser

Thank you everyone! The comments mean a lot to me! I've had an awful lot of requests to do some more pieces like this. I'm glad everyone loves it as much as I do!