Thursday, March 17, 2011

Decorated Junking Finds

I've been going through my garage trying to sort out what needs to be decorated or repurposed, and what just needs to be priced.  'Tis the season for the street fairs to come out of hibernation, so I'm trying to catch up with all the junk treasures I've been hoarding.  Most everything just needs a little cleaning or some glue here and there, but other things need a fresh new look....

First on my list was this old mailbox.  I decorated it with some vintage lace, burlap, rhinestone bow, and a rhinestone button on top.  The old key slides out to open up the inner box.  No bills allowed!

Next project was to freshen up these old sign holders I picked up a few years ago in New York.  I've actually been using them as signs in my booth.   The original purpose, imagine that!
I gathered some scraps of sheet metal, gloves, tin snips, and cut two pieces to fit down inside the frames.
I thought they needed a little something else, so I sprayed the sheet metal with chalkboard paint.  I glued on some simple decorations and added magnets to the vintage buttons.

These are some of the jars I picked up over the last couple of months.  I bought the big clear jar in January for half price and it was full of vintage Christmas balls.  I'm still thinking about what to fill it with.
 I added a rhinestone button to the top of the little pink jar and filled it with pink and white buttons.  The others are decorated with labels from The Graphics Fairy.  I could spend hours going through all of Karen's gorgeous images.


  1. I love what you did with the old mailbox!
    It looks beautiful this way.


  2. That mailbox is great! Love those old sign holders, too!!! You're so clever!!!

  3. wow what a great things you made of it, i love it! i should put buttons in yr empty big clear jar!

  4. The signs are awesome! As always, love your stuff that you make. Too clever and oh so talented...your brain must work overtime to come up with all these great things. Thanx for sharing. Tiff

  5. Great idea for the signs - wish I had some to use when selling at shows. Now I'm on the hunt! :-)

  6. All great projects!! I just bought an old black mailbox today at an antique store. I didn't know what I was going to do with it but it was only $2.00 so I bought it. Thanks for giving me some inspiration!

  7. Well, now, your vintage mailbox is so pretty! I just gave mine a new paint job . . hmmm . . may have to spruce it up a bit more even though it does hold the mops LOL


  8. You have a lot of creative ideas - Pretty. Really like the idea of "no bills". :D
    Nothing creative going on here, as trying to get things ready for a house full coming in for a few days.

  9. Looks like you are branching out!! Love it all but the sign holders are just so unique! Cute! Keep it coming.

  10. I love what you have done with everything!


  11. I love your sign idea! Too cute with the magnets!

  12. My goodness, but you sure come up with some great ideas!

    Maybe if I hang out with you long enough, even I will get inspired......heehee......

    Especially love the idea of a bill-proof mailbox.

    Now that should be a surefire winner!

  13. Wow, you're so creative! I love these!!!

  14. I bow down to you O Great Goddess of Creativity!
    I am weeping right now because we have rain in the forecast for this weekend and I am now incredibly anxious to hunt for some of those old metal signs so I can make a few of those for myself. You always come up with the best ideas.
    I am GREEN with envy, but it's okay cuz it's St. Patrick's Day. LOL

    Take care my friend,

  15. Love your idea with chalkboard paint! So clever!

  16. What great make-overs...Loving that old mailbox. Great texture on it too...
    Those signs are beautiful. Of course those jars are just lovely....Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  17. Oh, I Love Your Creations, those Old Sign Stands are Fabulous.... Have a wonderful weekend

  18. I love all your repurposed treasures! So many inspiring ideas ~ thank you!

  19. This is really cute! The mailbox is my favorite! New follower from the Chocolate blog hop.....
    Jerri =)

  20. Hello
    The signs are so clever, I love the chalk board idea. They are wonderful
    Blessings on this first day of spring

  21. I love all your ideas......your blog is wonderful and I'm your latest follower!

  22. Betsy,
    Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog! Hope to see you around in blogland often! I know I have been to your site a few times since I "found" you on Friday!

  23. I love your ideas! Would REALLY like to make some labels for the jars! I have been saving graphics from the G. Fairy but haven't made them! Yours are so cute! ♥

  24. Hi Betsy, I'm crazy about those old "display" signs, great idea for the chalkboard paint! And I love your jars fixed with the graphic. I agree, you could spend hours on Karen's great site. Thanks for linking up to the party!
    big hugs,

  25. I love it all! But mostly the signs! Featuring this post @ CCC this week.

  26. Clever reuse of the mailbox, Betsy. And I love that large lidded jar.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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