“Must-Do” Projects for 2013: #2 Use Some Junk as Decor!

This is the second post in my series on “Must-Do Projects for 2013!”

My first Must-Do Home Project for 2013, was to Make a Banner.

My 2nd Must-Do Project is to Use Some Junk as Decor!

Let me tell ya, as I created this post I realized just how much junk I’ve used this year!

I hope these ideas inspire you. I’m obviously passionate about transforming what you have and using road-side junk finds to make a beautiful space.

These ideas are all proof that you don’t need much money do create a space you love!

Just effort and time, …but don’t get overwhelmed and feel defeated just because you read effort and time!

Start small. There have been times I’ve renovated and my goal for the day was just to paint one side of a door frame. Slow and steady is sometime all we can do….and that IS enough!

Ok…enough pep talk, onto some junk pics!



My Junk Table Centerpiece from some beaten up wood I saw while running.


Holiday Chair Slips that I made out of old burlap and ribbon.


Sweater Pillows are perfect for this time of year!

They add texture to any space and are wonderfully cozy, so raid your local thrift store or your home closet for some old sweaters to use.


This Huge Nursery Wall Art was made out of an old window casing and some open cards.


Lampshade Remake from an outdated lamp and shade.


My basement Silhouette Wall Art.

Made from a table leaf that I painted and added my kid’s silhouettes cut out of scrapbook paper.


Downstairs Bathroom Reveal

I used a lot of junk in this bathroom, but my favorite piece was this old drawer turned shelf.


Whimsical Branch Wall Art

I LOVE branches in decor and have them many places in my house. Can’t beat free nature!

The headboard was an old door I found in the attic space in our house. Using chairs as end tables is another idea.


 Summer Back Entry

This is another spot with lots of junk. From the $1 thrift table, to the old canning pot and metal bucket used as planters to the black rod iron hangers turned sideways to be wall art, this space is full of junk finds.


My Insulator Coat Rack is a viewer favorite.


Crib to Note Holder

Since so many cribs aren’t supposed to be used anymore, they are a good thing to use for some junk home decor ideas. I’ve seen a number of them on Pinterest.


Jute and Wine Jugs


Shelf Turned TV Console


Pantry Door Turned Frame


Decorating Shelves with junk and other items.

The box is an old apple crate and the bucket I found in a junk yard.  The fabric flower is sitting on a jar with yellow blocks in it.


Gallery Wall Kid Art

One of my favorite things on our wall is my son’s drawing. The “canvas” is actually a large piece of plywood we found at the Goodwill with a simple wood frame.


This piece of Kid Wall Art is made out of a Goodwill frame and posterboard.


“Yarning a Lamp Shade”

I pulled this shade out of my neighbor’s garbage. I wonder if they noticed.


DIY Master Bath Wall Art

Here are two frames that are the same size, but weren’t anything I ever used, so I turned them around and painted the back of the frames.


Stenciled Rug Tutorial

Do you have an old rug that needs a makeover?



 Junk to Wall Art


 I actually have two crib box springs in my house. I think they make for interesting wall art. I found both of them outside apartment complexes.


Wall Sconces Turned Candelabra  and  Gallery Wall made out of random picture frames.

Both were ideas I used for my sister’s room makeover for under $70. 

Gallery walls are a great way to use a bunch of old picture frames. Just paint them all the same color.


How to Decorate a Master Bedroom Inexpensively


 The headboard is another old door.


Junk to Jewelry Holder


 I still love this piece. My jewelry actually stays organized!

Do you have any ideas for some junk this year?



  1. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Wow, wow, WOW!!! You are definitely the queen of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary!! What a beautiful and creative range of projects. The best “junk” ever! Thanks for the inspiration.

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  2. You do wonderful work! Love everything you have shown, I especially love the wall in your familyroom just gorgeous!

  3. Because of this post, I will be looking out for junk! Thanks for the inspirations in many of your pieces!

  4. Your junk transformations are wonderful! I really love the chair slips and that weathered board as the centerpiece – beautiful!

  5. I love all the ways you’ve used junk in your home! Such aweseome ideas … you have a really fun house!

    • Thanks Randi! I’m so excited to get a “new” trashed house. I’m all finished with this one….time for a new fixer! Happy Monday 🙂

  6. What a great post — you are obviously so creative! My favorites are the yarn lampshade (can’t wait to try that one!) and the insulator coat rack. I find those all time, but have never thought of using them that way! I just started following your blog…can’t wait to see what you come up with this year!

    • Thanks Heather! I’m excited for more projects this year too. I just started on a new door from the thrift store in my basement tonight.

  7. Katie – I LOVE these projects! I am always attracted to “junk” but don’t always know what to do with it….thanks for the inspiration!

  8. You always have such wonderful projects! I love reading your blog. I wanted to invite you to come link up at a party on my blog. It is a link party for OLD projects–so that we can hopefully get more traffic to our blogs using projects we’ve already posted. Come over and remind us of some of your favorite projects!
    The link-up is live now.
    Hope to see you there!

  9. Oh my goodness I love those jute wrapped wine jugs! They’re now on MY to make list 🙂 Thanks!

  10. That lampshade is awesome!

  11. Wow, girl! These are all great projects. You were busy last year!

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

  12. Great Ideas. I LOVE them all! I’m all about repurposing.
    My sister and I host a joint link party over at Saving 4 Six and would love for you to join in.

  13. Wow Katie, that’s a bunch of great ideas packed into one post! I love the jute jugs and the yarn lampshade just to name a few. Thanks for sharing it over at Blissful and Domestic.

  14. Great ideas! thanks for putting them all in one place. Dropped by from BFF Open House, pinning some of these!

  15. Katie I have admired so many of these ideas! I’m seeing a few I missed too! Thanks for sharing them all in one place and enjoy your weekend!

  16. So many incredible ideas! The creativity is astounding and inspiring. I’m especially enchanted by the branch art above the bed.

    So glad I saw your link-up at The Answer is Chocolate!

    Jenn/Rook NO. 17

  17. So many fun projects – so little time! Love them all.
    I just started a new Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party on my blog this week – would love to have you stop by and share! http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party/

  18. I just love that junk too. I confess I seek it out to make new things with!
    Thanks for linking up to the Creative Inspirations Party!
    Stacey at Embracing Change

  19. So many great ideas, i love them all, i am pinning this for sure, thanks for sharing 🙂


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