If you know me at all, then you know I love a good thrift store run or flea market trip. Living in farm country affords me the luxury of finding all sorts of cool treasures that I love to repurpose into farmhouse decor. Take a look at what one of my recent fleatiquing trips afforded me.
Starting at the top left I got (I actually got more than this, but this is what I’m working with today):
- an old crate
- a grain/feed scoop
- two enamelware basins
- a screen/sifter
- 3 miniature Cake King pans
First, let’s start with that grain scoop. A farmer would have used this to fill feed troughs for his stock or a local bulk food store would serve up your grain order with it. What do YOU think it could be repurposed into? However, I instantly saw this…
All I did was drill a hole in the top edge, add a candle and hang. Simple, right? Also, I just love the patina it offers and it made sense to me that the tin would serve as a heat shield for the wall.
Next! Those three vintage Cake King pans were just beckoning for a new purpose. Then, I grabbed a piece of barn wood leftover from building our raised garden beds, and used screws and my drill to attach them to the board.
Then, I drilled a hole for mounting to the wall and got this…
Isn’t it cute? A handy spot to put some kitchen accessories or even flowers if you felt the desire.
Next! The sifter/screen was something I bought knowing an idea would hit me later, and I was quite excited with my revelation. I decided to embroider it just like I did my Bentwood rocking chair.
I had some leftover wool from that rocking chair project and got my stitch fix and it felt oh-so-good.
With a bit of time and a slew of colonial knots (I have used this tutorial to make them for years), I ended up with a sweet piece of art.
Baaa… I was aiming for primitive and primitive I got.
I seriously had fun with this one. Wouldn’t you?
Last, but not least are those enamelware basins. I absolutely love these things for their versatility and…well… ANY enamelware for that matter. During my trip I got a black trimmed set and the next week a red trimmed basin set. Here’s what I do with them.
First, I go out to to my stash of table legs that I got at the-garage-sale-to-end-all-garage-sales, and find one that is a loner. It’s perfect for what I’m looking for.
Just like I did in my cake pan stand, I do the same. Next, drill in center and stack using screws.
I made two of them using different turnings I have picked up here and there. Aren’t they great?
Likewise, they look so good stuffed with bits and baubles. Oh, and if you love that cotton wreath, you can find the DIY tutorial HERE to create several different displays for less than $4. woot!
I even found a few feed sacks for $1 each…can’t beat it…and I can’t wait to put them to use. Yay!
Which is your favorite? The black trim or the red?
I like them both, of course. tsk.
The best part? I’ve added these goodies to my shop (all except the grain scoop…I’m a-keepin’ that one for now). So head on over before they’re gone. (sorry, GONE! and fast I might add!)
Oh, and in case you’re wondering about the vintage crate, I show you what I do with it HERE.
In addition, pin and share to inspire others to get funky with their junk and create some farmhouse decor! ♥
Mary-the boondocks blog says
I was happily scrolling down admiring your handiwork when I saw the sheep and my heart melted! I think this is perfect for the Spring. Love the rustic goodness of it! Why is it that I never find such treasures?
Awww… I love his woolyness. 😉 Thank you, Mary!
Love the red rimmed bowl set! They’re both great but red is a favorite color. 😉
Oh.my. I love the sheep…it’s beyond cute. And I don’t blame you for keeping the scoop. Fabulous! What fun. Love your projects.
Awesome! I can’t pick a favorite for sure, but love them all. Thank you!
I went to my local Flea Market this weekend. I’d been dying to go. There isn’t stuff like this sold there at all. It’s more like being at a Mexican Market (not being racist at all). I was so sad, realizing yet again that this state just must not be old enough to find cool old stuff, at cheaper prices. But then we ventured back down the main road (Route 66) and stopped at some indoor flea market/thrift/antique stores that were all attached. And I found my new favorite stores. I found a small table (all wood) perfect for my printer table, and less expensive than a brand new table at At Home. And a huge round basket. Yea. You are definitely an inspiration every time you find something new. Thank you for sharing.
I totally understand as my flea markets are hit and miss…which makes it half the fun. So happy that you’re finding inspiration!
I agree with Mary. I love the sheep. He is so adorable. But all of the projects are great. You got some really good finds.
I love a good flea market run…it sets the mind to wheelin’! Thank you, Debra. 🙂
Clicked on the sheep in your fabulous shop and poof! He disappeared – SOLD. Bummer
Totally flew out of the shop…sorry! I will be on the hunt for more as I think it was fun to do. Thank you!
Ingenious ideas and vision you have! I particularly like the grain scoop candle holder. Visiting from Hometalk.
So happy to have you over here from Hometalk! Thanks also for the kind words. It’s fun to get funky with it! 😉
the sheep is adorable
Marie, The Interior Frugalista says
What I’d do to get into that mind of yours, Larissa! LOVE how you repurposed each and everyone of these finds. So clever – so creative! Don’t get me started on that adorable sheep. He is not going to last in your Etsy Shop, if he hasn’t already sold. Pinning to share ♥
You might be scared, Marie! hee hee. You are seriously a creative artist yourself, but thank you. Yes, the sheep flew out of the shop. yay!
Sam @ Raggedy Bits says
WOW your finds and what you did with them are just simply amazing!!! They look so beautiful! Pinned and Google +!! Just love them 🙂
Amy @ StowandTellU says
Love what you did with all of these and that sheep and wool sign is just too adorable. I picked up some real wool a few years back, perhaps I’ll try to make one with the real wool. Very inspired, thank you!
Go for it, Amy! You know you will have a woolly good time. 😉
Joyce @ QN says
that sheep project is just about the woolest – ahem – coolest – project I’ve seen in a long time. Will prob. give him a shout out sometime soon. (not that you need it – what a success you are!) Smitten indeed 🙂
hahahaha…I love it! Thank you for the love, Joyce. 🙂
What I love most about these is the originality in the repurposing. I am definitely going to use the bread an idea.
Thank you, Suzanne! I have fun creating and sharing. I hope you do too!
cheryl B. says
I love them both.But for my decor would do the Black.What is the fabric with the numbers on it near the bottom photos? Its kind of unusal looking I love it…
Thanks! The fabric is feedsacks – aren’t they fun? 😀
Sue Pagels says
I know this is an old post (I am catching up after recently finding you 🙂 and I just adore the sheep you did – what fun and so sweet! Thanks for sharing!
It’s not too old, and I love hearing reader’s thoughts anytime. Thank you!
I love what you did to revive old things! You are so creative!
You just made my day, Lynn. Thank you!
You took my breath away with what you did with the table leg and the sheep, gorgeous. I love your work. Thanks for sharing.
How wonderful to hear! Thank you, Ivory.
I love flea markets — just wish I had your creativity and vision — oh that sheep is sooooo adorable!!
They have endless treasures! I love to go on a #trashure hunt. Thanks for the love!
Found your site through a gal who liked one of my pins on my “Farmhouse” board. Your blog showed up on her board and I am so glad to have found it. You are doing some very neat things and I love your use of “old things”. I have always loved “farmhouse things” since long before that name was ever used. I share your affinity for the older, humble things – baskets, wood boxes/crates of any size, simple enamel ware, old ironstone platters, any old, faded wood items, etc. I have been pinning tutorials of the cotton stalks and your is the most realistic I’ve seen so far. Your use of multiple cotton balls is more thru to life as real cotton is not just one round “ball” but rather 4 segments. The only change/suggestion I would make, is to use a heavier brown paper, like the heavy Kraft paper used to wrap packages and to color the husks darker to match the stems as in real cotton. Since cotton bolls are in segments (like orange segments), I wonder if cutting the larger cotton balls in 4 pieces (about 3/4 of the way down and leaving the bottom 1/4 connected) and maybe putting a little diluted white glue on the cut edge and lightly pinching it together would give the segmented look? Very dry cotton bolls are quite spread out and some times shows the seeds (marks of dark brown paint?), but the partially opened ones are prettier. Perhaps gently pushing the cut edges together a bit and leaving them separate at the top would do it. I’ve got to go buy some cotton balls to make these things! I also loved your wreath with the combination of the bolls only with the addition of the ones on short stems, very attractive. Making your own “cotton boll” stems is creative and certainly cheaper than buying the wreaths and stems I’ve seen for sale.
Again, I enjoyed your blog (and signed up to get more) and so glad a found it!
Thanks so much and glad you found me! 😀
Sherri- Interior Design writer says
How creative are you!!! I’ve been doing some sign making and found you via Pinterest.
How awesome to hear. Thanks! And hope you have fun.
I love all these things. They are perfect ideas for our new home. You keep my imagination working with all ideas and stories
Thank you for saying so, Lori. I had fun!
What kind of drill bit did you use to drill the screws into the enamel pans? And type screws? I’ve made a few of these tiered enamel pan decor using strong glue and candleholders. Thanks
You can use a drill bit for metal or an all-purpose kind. The basins aren’t that thick so it doesn’t take much. 🙂