Robin Brown, Warsaw, IN, US

Graphic designer, bona fide junker. I love to pick through junk shops, auctions, garage sales...whatever! I have a space in Heart of the Lakes in North Webster, Indiana and Alley Cats Antiques in Leesburg, Indiana. I am also interested in genealogy.

Gender: Female

Birthday: 01/22/1963

Member Since: 08/26/2008

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Vintage Fabric for a Stool in my Craft Room

Yesterday I tackled my craft room in the basement. It had become a catch-all room. So I took everything out and have started organizing things. I ordered a new, foldable craft table last week, so I...

Piano Stool Reclaimed!

This little piano stool had seen better days when I found it at a yard sale. I thought it was a steal for $20! When I started removing the fabric, I found the old foam had disenegrated. Ick! What a...

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Ooh La La! Tres Bien!

I recently purchased this littel chest of drawers for $25. Although it already had "artwork" on it, I sanded it down, painted it and decoupaged tissue paper printed with passport stamps on it on the...


I wanted to make something special for my God son for the start of football season. I found this Tudor electric football game on the 127 sale. I purchased 12 frames online that were

Pennant Christmas Tree Skirt

This is a project that I have wanted to do for a while now. I have a bunch of old felt pennants of various sizes. I pulled together enough of a similar size to make this Christmas Tree skirt. I used...

Rockin' Weekend Project

I bought this Craftsman style rocking chair at an estate auction a couple of months ago for a steal!! It was finally warm enough to work in the garage this weekend! It was dirty and disgusting, but...

Gem of a find

I bought a bucketful of these wonderful Gem Organ cobs. Trying to think of something wonderful to do with these! For the first time, I am stumped! Any advice from my JunkMarket cohorts?

Driftwood & Rust

I found a piece of driftwood and of course, I thought it would make a great base for a tree. I purchased the birds on the 127 yard sale. They worked perfectly! A little rust garland and...

The Tree Built From Lincoln Logs

Quick overview of how the Lincoln Log Base was constructed.

Building a Little Christmas Cheer

A box of old Lincoln Logs gave me an idea to create a Christmas tree with them. I built the base (see separate tutorial) with the logs and used the tiny ones as ornaments. I built a small house to...

Playing Around with Some More Trees

I used a vintage Playskool Old Woman in a Shoe Shape Sorter for a base for this tree. Well it is two trees actually. There is a small one in the front. The ornaments are wooden beadonastring...

Fit for a Queen~

I purchased this beautiful chair at an auction. The red velvet seat was cool, but it sat in the shop for almost a year. I decided it was time for a revamp! It took less than an hour to transform...

Right up my alley!

  The construction on the basement is finished. I am still finishing up some projects to decorate the space. Will post photos when it is complete!  I found this hard shell bowling ball bag...

Miss Scarlett, in the Hall with the Rope!

This is another project for my new game room in the basement. I bought these photo coasters at Goodwill ($1.00). I spray painted them black. I keep old game pieces from incomplete games when I find...

A Little Fall "Shopping"

I love all the available colors for Fall mums! I used this vintage shopping cart to hold a huge basket of mums. This gave the display some height. I used three smaller baskets of mums in the baby...

Mannequin Makeover

I picked up this mannequin at a local estate auction. It had definitely seen better days. The dust alone sent my allergies into overdrive. I spray painted the stand and the topper black. I...

New life for a plant stand

I picked up this table at an auction. The top was gone. I picked up a cutting board at Goodwill and screwed it to the base. Then I added the metal top. Simple!

Picking up a Little Christmas Cheer...

After decorating all those trees for the shop, I have finally gotten around to decorating my home! This is a picker's bucket that I picked up at an estate auction this fall. I simply put some...

Ta Da!

After I read all of your comments about my felt pennant tree skirt. I took Jim's suggestion to use my collection of state/city big letter postcards to decorate the tree! I also used two sets of the...

Nifty and Thrifty!

I purchased this lamp base at an estate auction last week. I was going to paint it, but once I cleaned it up, I discovered the brass material. It has such a nice patina, I decided to not paint it. I...

Another barrel of fun!

This barrel had a cork where the tree trunk is. I simply had to core out a little more to accomodate the tree. I screwed the tree trunk to the bottom of the barrel. This barrel originally just sat on...

Ice Cream Freezer Makeover...

I knew when I saw this ice cream freezer that it would become a base for a Christmas tree. I drilled a hole in the bottom, inserted the metal base of the tree and then reinserted the tree in the...

This one was 'sew' simple...

This sewing basket was coming apart. With some glue and some floral foam inside, it became the base of a tree. I put floral foam inside the basket around the base of the tree. I poked the truck of...

This project is a crock!

I had an old crock jug with a broken handle. Knowing it probably wouldn't sell in the shop with the broken handle, it became the base for yet another Christmas tree. Will the madness ever end?

And yes, there are more....

I decorate a lot of trees for the Festival of Trees in our community (I am on the organizing committee), but when they decided to suspend the event this year due to the economy, I was left with a...

A Cup of Christmas Cheer

This is another tree I had planned to donate to the Festival of Trees, but since the event was cancelled, it is going in the shop now too. This is an old coffee pot. I used Guerilla Glue to secure...

Sugar and Spice....Make a Nice Christmas Tree

We have a Festival of Trees every year in our community. I collect things all year long to make interesting trees to donate to raise money for the charity—except this year they decided to not...

Views from the 127 Corridor Sale

We had some fun along the 127 yard sale. Found some cute things. Will be posting projects soon.

Scrabble Tile Transformation

I found this end table at a garage sale for $3. It had just enough of a rim that looked to be the depth of a Scrabble tile. I brought it home, sanded it down, and put two coats of black gloss paint...

Pretty in Pink

I bought two old child-size chairs. The had an ugly gray vinyl on them that had seen better days. These were rock-hard. I dismantled them, then added a coat of black spray paint to the frames. I...

Renovated Message Center

This is an old frame that I picked up for .50. The print was ugly and part of the lattice was broken. As you can see, part of the lattice was missing. I repaired the lattice with a popsicle...

"Leaf" a Note

I picked up this old picture frame at an estate auction for $2! The detail of the tree branches and leaves is beautiful. I didn't repaint the frame. It was too pretty in its original form. I simply...

Chalk this up to a renovation

This is an old frame given new life with a coat of aqua paint and then distressed. A piece of sheet metal was added, painted with blackboard paint and inserted into the frame. I glued...

A "Honey" of a Bee Hive

I have seen this on other projects here on this site. This is just a bee hive creamer pitcher. I added a styrofoam ball, a little padding and some felt. Now it is a cute pin cushion. 

Coffee Grinder Gets a Caffeine Boost

I saw this old coffee grinder at the 127 sale last year. It was missing the drawer, but it was only a couple of dollars. I didn't know what I was going to do with it at the time, but had to get it at...

Vintage Tray Transformed

This is an old tray that I gave a little "life"!

Vintage Cookie Jar Christmas Tree

I decorated this tree for our local Festival of Trees event. I found an old McCoy cookie jar (with no lid) at our local Goodwill store. I used it as the tree stand for this 2 ft. tree. The ornaments...

Recent comments

Re: Vintage School Map

I love this so much! I have several old maps and one that I didn't know what to do to hang it! Now I do! Thanks for sharing!

Re: Vintage Suitcase Table

I have the I NEED a stencil so I can do this! So fantastic!

Re: Pennant Christmas Tree Skirt

Wow! Thanks for featuring this again! I love using this tree skirt. I use this on a tree with ornaments I have collected from my travels around the world along with vintage postcards. Thanks for all the great comments! I love this site!

Re: Repurposed Children's Book Toy Lamp

Love, love, love this!

Re: I'm a little behind - sorry

Do you think you will be able to get your hands on some of the wood when it does fall down? Just think of the possibilitites!!

Re: Repurposed Silverware Box

This is amazing! Wowza!!!!

Re: Gem of a find

Thanks Jim! I have an image in my head of what you are describing. I think working a little red into the distressed paint would really complement these. Thanks for the idea!

Ken; greetings back at ya from a snowdrift in sub-zero Indiana! I hadn't really thought about bundling these to make them more substantial. That is a good idea as well. I have about 30 of these. Will probably sell a few and keep some for projects. Thanks for your suggestions!

I will definitely post my creation(s) when they are finished!

Re: 1940s Wooden Gameboard Repurposed Table

This is awesome. I have been wanting to do this! I have a Carrom board and some legs, but didn't think it would be solid. Thanks for showing how you did this.

Re: Christmas Tree Obsession

I, too, have an addiction to Christmas trees. It's good to know I am not alone! All of yours are beautiful!

Re: Deck the Halls with Ball Jars of Holly

Simple, but perfect!

Re: Spindle Christmas Tree

I love this! Now where can I find some spindles...

Re: Retro Christmas Art Box

I love, love, love this! Great job!

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

This is very creative! I love it.

Re: Gratitude Rocks!

I love this idea. What a great conversation piece! A great way to get a gathering started.

Re: Holiday Recycle Projects

I think the driftwood tree is my favorite as well!

Re: Recycled Lunchbox into a New Year's Eve Centerpiece

I love this post. The lunchbox is so unusual! I had never seen one before...and today I picked one up at an estate auction for less than $5! Now what to do with it.... :-)

Re: Touchdown!

Thanks! I was glad to see this today. My God Son loved it. They actually used it for his graduation party as well. He is in college now and his college football career ended with a back injury just as it was getting started.

He is looking forward to the Colts game on Sunday (let's make a run for the Superbowl Colts) and he is a HUGE Notre Dame fan and very much looking forward to the big national championship game on Monday (Let's go Irish!).

Re: My Redesign on a Redesign!

This is so gorgeous! And the Christmas decor just enhances its beauty!

Re: Barn trees for the "Holiday Walk"

This is awesome! Great job.

Re: Junkolanterns

Love, love, love this! Fabulous!

Re: My Steampunk Hat

Congratulations! This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Re: From Metal File Holder to Picture Holder

I love, love love this! Great job! I love old family photos too. Makes me remember....if not for them, I wouldn't be here.

Re: Cheers!

This is so great. I love how you make things look decades old! Awesome!

Re: Happy Memorial Day

What a great flag! I remember Woolworth's too. What a great store....with a great lunch counter. Ahhh....the good old days!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Re: HoJo's Menu

This is awesome. It definitely looks like it is 50 years old. Great job!

Re: croquet parts & copper planter

Love, Love this!

Re: Funnel flower pot

Now I have to go get the galvanized funnel out of the shop. I thought about using it for flowers, but didn't know how to stabilize it. I didn't think about attaching it to a fence!

Re: 6' Black Buffet with 54 Oldsmobile Painting and Parts

This is truly amazing! I love it!

Re: Thursday's Junque...

Love, love, love this basket!!!
Great find!

Re: ~Happy Mother's Day~

This is great! It is so simple, yet makes a great impact!

Re: Massey Ferguson Tractor Grill Side Table

This is such a cool project!

Re: Vintage Projector Lamp

Love this!

Re: The Scruffy Cottage Coffee Table

Love the table, but really love the vase! I am definitely stealing that idea!

Re: Vintage JEWELRY Sign

Sooooo very cool! Awesome job!

Re: Happy May Day!

Free ideas for Flea Market Finds?

Re: GAME ON...10 min. project

I love this idea! I come across these all the time. Great job!

Re: Junk up those windows!

This looks awesome. Great use of these vintage items.

Re: This is Halloween...

Love the kitties!


Looks awesome, but it might look better in blue and white—with a horseshoe! This Indiana girl is cheering for her Colts!

Wait, Drew Brees went to Purdue....who should we cheer for?

Two great teams! It will make an awesome game! Great job on this and (cough, cough) good luck (cough, cough) in the SB!

Re: Sign -Up Complete! See Sue's Comment Below for Next Steps

Totally in!

Re: Christmas Vacation...tree

Love it. I really like the tree topper and the pedal car.

Re: Not exactly "choirs'' of angels, but I do have a few

These are beautiful!

Re: You belong here!

Love this centerpiece!

Re: A Greenery Christmas

So festive! Love it.

Re: Masher Christmas



Now I wish I would have picked up those trays at the Goodwill Store last week! I didn't know what to do with them. This is a great solution! Great job.

Re: Simple Christmas Basket

Very festive! Welcome!

Re: THE FINALE!!!!!!!!!!! maybe

Happy Birthday! This looks awesome!

Re: Christmas and Old Stuff: Priceless

What a great way to display all your mini collections!

Re: Christmas on the front porch

Soooo pretty!

Re: Bottle Tree

So creative! What a great way to display this collection!

Re: It's Getting Frosty Outside

Those skates are amazing! What a great idea to use them in a tablescape. Love, love, love this!

Re: Extreme Tree Trimming

Love the tree after the trim. Very nicely done...

Re: Winter Garden

How pretty!

Re: Santa Delivers with Boyish Charm

Another great way to deliver the gifts! Great scooter.

Re: Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Love it all! The cart, the gift wrap, the giant E. Loving it all.

Re: Junky front porch Christmas

I love your arrangement. Very festive. Digging through the dirty garage was totally worth it!

Re: Welcome Screen Door

This is great. I love the color!

Re: Wash Tub Coffee Table

This is soooooo cool! What a great use for all of these items. Great eye to see that they all would work so well together.

Re: Outdoor Christmas Sled

This looks great! Super holiday decoration....

Re: My first posted project - cookie cutter tree

Janie---love the tree! I would definitely keep the strainer. I think it really adds something to it. For future reference, the burlap bag isn't alway necessarily permanently attached. I take them apart all the time. Usually there is just a block of wood in there. I take off the wood and the insert the wire frame into floral foam in whatever container I have chosed to use as the base. I happen to like the burlap in the strainer though....

Great job!
Robin (birdcolor)

Re: And yes, there are more....

The Barrel of Monkey trees sold right away!

Re: Sewing Cabinet Potting Bench

I am not going to pass up those old sewing machines again! This is awesome...great job!

Re: Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas is a Gigantic Pile of Junk

I love, love, love this! What a great way to show off all the vintage Christmas stuff!

Re: So what do I do with a lot of "tiny" junk?? Maybe a collage or two!

Love this! I have one of those sleeve ironing boards. I have been wondering what to do with it. Now I have some ideas!

Re: It's a wrap....Station!

Very clever—and useful gift!

Re: An OLD Vanity makes a come-back!

I love the transformation! You were right to leave the paint alone. I love it!

Re: What's Behind Junk Drawer # 1

I love old drawers! What a great use for these. Beautiful arrangement!

Re: Pennant Christmas Tree Skirt

Oooooh.....I do have two boxes of the big retro lights. Maybe that with some vintage postcards....hmmmnnn

Re: "The True Measure of Life..."

This is awesome. I don't know how you sold it! Very cool!

Re: Framing Up Vintage Bus Scrolls

I love these! Great use of vintage items!

Re: Miniature US License Plate Map by Design Turnpike

This is great! Very clever.

Re: Is anyone going to the 650 mile garage sale this week?

I am leaving tomorrow night (Tues) to start in Gadsden, AL on Thursday. We then drive back up partially through Ohio and then cut back over to Indiana and home. Where will you be setting up?

Re: Junkin' is the "SPICE" of life!

So clever...and so unique! Great job! I love it.


Really unique idea! Love it!

Re: old road map wallpaper

So very cool! Great job!

Re: Junk Saved Radio Cabinet

I love this! I gotta admit, the rat's nest may have deterred me!

Re: Chalk this up to a renovation

I checked at the shop today and this one sold already! Looks like I will have to do another one!

Re: "Leaf" a Note

I almost got the frame for free. The frame was in a pile of stuff at the estate auction. Another bidder won the pile and then picked up some other item from the pile and started to walk away. I ran after him and asked if I he wanted the frame. He said no so I offered him a couple of dollars for it. He said I didn't have to pay him anything, but I felt that I should give him something since I was bidding against him. I was more than happy to give him $2!

Re: Drink Up! CrAzY Bottle Collection

Love, love, love these! Love the artwork and love how you have displayed them with the bottle caps.

Re: Redo of castoff dresser

How fun! What a great way to give new life of an old dresser!

Re: Vintage Pitch Pipe Flower Vase

This is really beautiful.

Re: Where do you keep a keyboard?... In a piano, of course.


Re: A lamp is a lamp, is a lamp...again!

Very cool!

Re: New Purpose for Garage Sale Find

This is awesome! Great job!

Re: Victorian Kitties Sitting Pretty Footstool

This is beautiful! —robin

Re: Easy holiday coat rack !

I love this. What a use for an old Carrom board!