I had an amazing time spreading the word about upcycling and repurposing and the Longview Festival this weekend in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. I’m pretty sure mymessage was loud & clear…I hope these upcycling ideas give you a idea on things that you can create for your own home.

It was all about Junk Rescue!


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I was able to proudly display items I have rescued from garage sales, estate sales, thrift stores, dumpsters and curbs to name a few.

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I used 2 upcycled wood doors for the center walls of my booth and flanked each side with old screen doors that were repurposed into a organization centers.

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I love using drawers as shelves. I painted them all sorts of fun colors to add a little whimsy to my booth. I incorporated on of my fabric art panels inside the green drawer.

The yellow drawer holds some of the treasures I have found over the years. It is funny how I can’t remember an item I need at the grocery store but I can remember when and where I found each of these items.

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The blue drawer holds an old “oven rack turned brag board” where I proudly displayed my Maker Faire Blue Ribbon.

The orange drawers is the perfect place for my distressed glass vase, some old books, a leather-bound tape measure and some vintage door knobs.

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Last but not least is the adorable pink drawer. I didn’t want to cover up too much of the color so I simply added a small piece of milk glass, a silver tray and one of my industrial letters.

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I added a vintage luggage rack and a couple of old suitcases to the mix. I then adorned them with an old toaster and an adorable glass holder a.k.a. (Mr. Puppy).

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The other side of the booth held one of my decorative orbs and an end table made from a bar stool.

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Then for my table…

First I covered it in leftover burlap from my brother’s wedding. Then I began to sit out things I love. I started with the Tire Ottoman.

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Next is the serving tray made from a cabinet door. Then my personalized candle, my photo coasters, my photo blocks and a wine bottle I covered in twine.

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Front and center was my “Kids Recycling Inventors Box“. I love watching the kids come up to it and immediately start using their imaginations.

Next on the table is some String Art. That is such a fun project to do with your kids!

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And last but certainly not least, one of my favorite projects, an adorable storage crate turned footstool/or extra seating. We featured this project in a Dorm Room craft segment and it was a hit!

Thank you for joining me today and allowing me to take you on trip through memory lane. I have enjoyed making each and every one of the projects to saw here today. I hope I have inspired you to find something “left behind” and turn it into your own special treasure 

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