Cara Newman, Winston Salem, NC, US

I am a teacher of English, wife, mother of three, and lover of old things! I have always loved to craft and my new passion is re-purposing. It is so much fun to take something that most would discard and find a new and beautiful life for it.

Gender: Female

Member Since: 07/22/2012

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Old farmhouse table, before and after!

I found an old, beat up farmhouse table and knew it would be perfect for this copper top. I bought the copper from an HVAC supply store and tacked it on with copper finishing nails. Then I set my...

Wine Bottle and Wagon Wheel Chandelier

I found an old rusty wagon wheel and decided it would make a great chandelier. I practiced cutting the bottles and figured out the best way to suspend the votives and voila!

Antique Iron Gate Pot Rack

I had been wanting a pot rack for a while but they are so expensive in the store, not to mention "cookie-cutter". I didn't want something that everyone else had and I love re-purposing so I went on...

Coffee Sack Curtain

My husband and I picked up some burlap coffee sacks at a junk shop in VA and I decided to make one of them into a curtain for the kitchen. All I had to do was cut it and hang it from a cafe rod using...

Wine Rack

I had been looking for an affordable, yet attractive way to store my wine when I came across this large board for $10 at a local junk shop. I brought it home and asked my husband to drill holes in it...

"Stained Glass" Window

I picked the window up for 5 bucks, added some paint and hung with chains to make my porch feel more like a room. 

Recent comments

Re: Pink P-Antlers Jewellery Display

Love it! So quirky and fun!

Re: Getting Scrappy

I love this! Now I want to make my own, thanks for the idea!

Re: Coffee Sack Curtain

Thank you Mary and Andrea. It is so nice to find a community of like-minded individuals!

Re: Wine Rack

Thank you for your kind comments ladies! I love to re-purpose "junk" and I think my husband is fully on board now!

Re: "Stained Glass" Window

Thanks for the comments! We are thinking of doing a long narrow window at the opposite end of the porch but using free form designs instead of the structured patterns shown on this one.