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Havin' fun with Junk (and Life in general)

....taking broken, ugly, worthless stuff and transforming it into treasures!

Updated: 2018-03-01T16:09:05.142-05:00


Playing with my mantle -- AND my new camera!


I've been discouraged about my photo quality lately, or should I say lack thereof.And I finally decided it just HAD to be something wrong with my camera. So...I bought a new one!  WOW!  What a difference!     So now I'm EXCITED to take pictures, which is good because I have a new project to show off. I love my fireplace!  But, we built it with a big hole in the top for our t.v.    Okay, I've got to keep it real -- it usually is more this (tv is on most of the time).Except before, there were not the side pieces, just the hole. I finally added the foldable doors, so when I want that mess out of sight.....  it looks more like this! So now I can finally take pictures of my fireplace!And that means I get to try out a few mantle LOOKS. I call this first mantle experiment "Christmas at the cabin". Yeah, I know, it's NOT a cabin, it's my house, but that's THE LOOK I'm going for first.I started by adding a snow shoe with greenery to each door. And when the doors are closed, it looks like this.  The nails to hold the snowshoes are strategically placed so I can place them either way. :)This stockings are made from old wool plaid hunting pants.  One used the waist band for the top, and the other used the bottom of the leg as the top (complete with shoe lacing).    I  thought it needed a homey touch, so cut a slit in a few pinecones and inserted some old photos.  They are nestled among more greenery (I snipped it from my yard)and added a few tree sections holding votive candles. Couldn't resist the poinsettias Walmart had on sale so cheap!So I placed them in an old fishing creel and minnow bucket.  I wanted something that would reflect the reason for the season while keeping with the cabin theme. I thought about some kind of garland, but came up with this instead. It seems to work!  So when the doors are open, it looks like this!Oh yeah, keeping it real -- if the doors are open, the tv's probably on.   And when I want more of a "photo shoot", it looks like this!So now I'm off to try a few more "looks" for my fireplace. Hmmm.... Hollywood glam?...Pink Ballerina Christmas?... Rudolph & friends?....:)  I'm having fun with my mantle....and with my new camera. MidgeI'm linking this to Donna's Saturday Nite Special Linky Party -- Mantels and Stockings @ Funky Junky Interiors[...]

Taking a path less traveled


Remember last post I mentioned this bike for two inspired me?  Well, it was our surprise wedding gift to my daughter and her new husband -- something they both really wanted.  We parked it at the reception and it was a big hit, including people posing for photos by it.  It got me wondering....  --Where do people get non-traditional items for weddings like vintage bikes and fun signs?  Can you rent things like that?  So did I little googling.  And I found that many businesses have popped up in the last year for just that purpose, spurred on by the recent trend of vintage and non-traditional weddings and the need for renting unique pieces. And I had much more to offer than many of the "vintage rental" businesses I discovered!  Number one common item I noticed -- blue jars!  (I'm now up to about 100)   So I'm adding vintage rental to my services I provide!  As far as I can tell, I'm currently the only one in MI!  So I might even have to do a few road trips, here and there. (No problem packing, I have 100 suitcases too)       I don't have quite as many china pieces, but I am working on building up my collection.Same story for my vintage silverware.Birdcages seem to be very popular right now.  I have several of those, in a couple different colors, and a variety of styles.     I even have several bird nests to go with them! And vintage typewriters are so great for leaving messages for the happy couple, or for displaying photos. And vintage cameras are universally popular. Cloches are great for display and for decorating throughout a reception area.  One of many metal boxes/tubs.  Just add some ice and you've got a perfect homespun beverage cooler! Of course, it doesn't get much more cozy than a watering can, especially a collection of them filled with flowers.  (Yup, I've got a "collection" of them) Imagine how fun it would be to have a "picnic" wedding!!  They're becoming more and more popular.  That's okay, I've got plenty of different baskets to go around!Of course I've got plenty of basices, too, like doors, windows, frames, etc.  I think I see a photo op here!  And speaking of photo ops, the rental service will also come in handy for photographers.  I think something like this could be fun (think baby bump!).  And actually there are a lot of others that could benefit from a service like this, event planners, film producers, drama directors.  And I have many more items than are pictured here.So I guess I'd better get to never know what's around the corner...on the bike path less traveled.  :)Midge If you're worried I won't be doing repurposing projects anymore -- not a chance!!  That is still my first love!! My next post will be SOON and will definitely feature something I've made from junk.  :)[...]

Trying to get back in the loop!


   So...Have you been looking for me?...No?....Good.  Cause I've been a bad, absent blogger.And if by chance you HAVE been looking for me...I apologize.  I got distracted...again.   You see, at the end of this summer, our daughter Becky got married!  WHICH WAY TO THE WEDDING? The wedding took place in a beautiful park, on a PERFECT day.  Blue skies, warm temps, no humidity! Lots of gorgeous flowers, handpicked by some of us ladies at a local commercial flower farm owned by one of Becky's church members -- " Help yourself". And arranged by another.Such kindness, and such fun!  Becky and her now-husband, Aaron, live and work in a neighborhood where they're able to assist many of the families and their children. So, of course, the little girls just HAD to be in the wedding!Eighteen flower girls with custom made skirts, and t-shirts that say "I'm a flower girl!" ,  Groomsmen are ready to go. Bride side?...READY! This is it! Not too many surprises. Well, maybe just that the groom was barefoot....Oh, and that instead of exchanging rings, they had tattooed "rings" onto their fingers earlier that week.   And  they ended the ceremony with the washing of each other's feet.Hadn't seen THAT before, but it was kind of cool.    "Did we do it?"..."Yep, we did it!"YAY!!!Of course, Mom had to snap a few pics of her snazzy brood!  But I think it's better left to the professionals! They seem to know what they're doing. Meanwhile, the guests were  heading up for the food and festivities. I was able to include a few of my creations to the decore. And SOOO many of Becky's friends had pitched in to help in SOOO many ways.Her friend made this cake topper for them!  Adorable! Of course there was a lot of fun, laughter, and KICKBALL!  And dancing!!It was a great wedding, a lot of fun!Afterward, the happy couple didn't end up riding off into the sunset happily ever after, but they DID head out for their honeymoom cruise!  And the bike DID inspire ME down a new road -- which I'll share on my next post. MidgeP.S.  My daughter Becky is quite a remarkable, giving young lady.  We were able to watch a tv news feature about her the other day for her role as a mentor.  She's one of 5 up for Michigan's Mentor of the Year and will find out next week at a Governor's dinner who the winner is. :)  (Just had to brag a little)[...]

World's Smallest Bathroom -- FINISHED!!


THE DISCLAIMER:  First, let me just say that though I'm BASICALLY done with my bathroom project, there'll still be some tweaking for some time to come.  So if you see something not quite right, I'll get to it -- eventually.   Also, I'll probably be changing out the decore at some point too.  But since this is a guest bath (and we never have any guests) I thought I'd try something a little fun.One last thing, taking photos in this small space was very difficult, I hope you can envision things properly.THE RECAP:My husband and I bought our house about 12 years ago -- for $100!  That's because just the house was for sale, we had to move it.  So we moved it, worked on it, moved the family in, worked on it some more, took a pause to catch our breath (even though we weren't done), and never seemed to get back on track.  So for many years, the space looked like this!  Actually, that's not true.  This is a cleaned up version once I had started my project.  The space was unfinished but the studded walls were there, and I did have a washer and dryer and some storage in the laundry area.   Then, a couple months ago, I got motivated to "Get 'er done!"  So....I did some wiring.And I did some plumbing.And I did some drywalling.  (don't let your vehicle become a stumbling block -- if you cut your pieces in the parking lot they'll fit easily into any min-van!)And I laid down new flooring.  The space had flooring already but I didn't like it.  So to not spend a lot and to keep the theme of vintage simplicity, I had a sheet of plywood cut into strips (at Lowe's, so kind), stained, whitewashed, sanded, nailed it down.  It might not last forever, but for $12 -- who cares!  And so far -- I LOVE IT!   Of course, I also painted, trimmed, installed, blah, blah, blah.  But let's get to the good stuff!THE REVEAL:This is the right-hand side of the laundry area as you enter the space.  Just enough room for some storage and a stacked (even if it's home grown) washer and dryer.Or from the other direction, viewing it from the bathroom doorway.  I made some shelves, including a space to store my upright vacuum. Above is more shelving.I was able to attach this rusy, chippy hinge to the wall between the washer and storage areas.  When I need to hang dry something, I simply lower the hinge and insert hanger into hole.  Other side of laundry area.  Behind the opened door is more shelves for utility storage (light bulbs, gift wrap stuff, gardening stuff, etc.).  And on the wall is a little taste of what's to come.  "Ready for my closeup!"....  This framed instruction sheet was from the bundle that inspired my bathroom project.I bought this cool piece earlier this year for a mere $10.  I love it!A 7' tower to house a stretcher in case of a mishap at a factory.  The stretcher was still there, too, along with some signs.  So, as you look into the doorway of the bathroom area (it's on a 45 degree angle), you can see the signs. And I placed the tower in the corner and added a hook to serve as a towel holder.Cool!And even higher up I placed the stretcher.  Not only is it cool, but now I can store things in the tower.  I placed the stretcher really high to help with head room.  The space is really tight, and the stretcher is quite big -- it used up every inch of that back wall!Now that you've got the theme, let's resume the tour!  The bathroom area has a doorway, but no door.  It is set on angle, so you can turn to the right or you can turn to the left.  This is the right!  The shelf is removable because it tops the bump out area that houses some of my laundry hoses.  I'll probably accessorize it later, but for now I enjoy looking at t[...]

A Sneak Peek!


I'm getting very close to being able to reveal my new "World's Smallest Bathroom"!...YAY!But in the meantime, I thought I'd give you a sneak peek by showing you part of my laundry room --I had to work on that, too, since you have to pass through it first!  Who doesn't love a rusty little piece of hardware??  :)So I attached an old hinge to the wall in the upright position. This wall separates the washer/dryer from some built-in storage.  (Wall space is limited, so I had to use every area I could!) Before screwing into the wall, I backed it with washers to give it a truer angle because it's not just cool's functional!A great way to have a spot for hanging a shirt or two to dry in a laundry that doesn't have room for extras!Midge[...]

World's Smallest Bathroom: Plumbing -- Cold's on the Right!


My husband likes to quote a plumber who once told him: "Plumbing's easy.  All you need to know is *waste (edited by me!) flows downhill, and cold's on the right." Well, it isn't quite THAT easy, but it is easier than you'd think.And water supply lines are much easier than drain lines!The pipes easiest for the DIYer is this CPVC available at Lowes, Home Depot etc.  Most of the branches up to fixtures use 1/2" pipe like this one, while 3/4' is sometimes used closer to the water source or to accommodate greater water supply needs.The great thing about this pipe -- it's much more flexible and requires less precision.And it's much easier to cut (and more fun).That doo-hickey is a pipe cutter -- just tighten where you want, and spin it around!Connecting the pipes together is also much easier -- no worrying about sloping and angles. Water under pressure means it will push forward no matter if you go up, down, or round and round!  Choose whatever path you want to go from point A to point B.You'll find you'll use mostly couplers, elbows, and tees.But at the store you'll find a variety to suit your project -- and not very expensive!The adhering together is the same as with the drain line --first apply purple to surfaces being connected, then apply glue, then push and twist together to get a good fit.Here's my bathroom project.Because we had changed our design years before, the laundry pipes were in the bathroom area.Since that's where my toilet's going, I had a built-in source of water -- literally!I cut a small hole in the drywall to expose the cold water line (don't worry about the wall, I've got a plan).Then, and this is very important, I SHUT OFF THE MAIN WATER VALVE!Then I proceeded to cut the pipe using a very small version of a pipe cutter.  Or you could use this type pipe cutter, you pinch it like a pliers.Also, I had first placed a rag around the pipe.Even though the water is no longer under pressure, it will be IN the pipes and will spill out a bit.So my pipe is cut.Hey!  Where'd my bottom go?.....Actually it fell into the basement (see what I mean, supply lines are much more free to do their own thing!). While I gave it a little push up from below, my husband duct taped it in place to keep it from misbehaving.NOTE TO SELF:  Next time, duct tape FIRST.  Then it won't even fall through.Then I just inserted a tee between the two cut ends.(Whoa.  Looks like someone got a little crazy with the purple stuff.)Glued a section of pipe into the tee.And because I wasn't ready to add the valve yet, I added a cap to the open end.  I gave it 30 minutes to dry and turned water back on.YAY!  No evidence of leakage!For my sink lines I started in the basement at the closest water source.Okay, you might have busted me -- I didn't cut into these lines yet.But they're ready to go, and I will -- eventually.  For now I just need my supply lines placed. So I just went over, turned with "elbows", and then, again using elbows, went up through the floor.In the bathroom I used a special elbow that came with "wings".That allowed me to attach to wall for a more secure fit.Because the water was not "live" in these pipes, there was no rush to finish up.So later, after putting up my drywall, I decided to add the valve.  I needed the plastic adapter, the metal valve, teflon tape, and pliers.Because the plastic goes into metal, you must first wrap the threaded section with teflon tape.  This provides a kind of buffer between the two. Then you can screw the two pieces together.  Tighten with pliers for a good seal. Now you can get out the purple and glue again and attach to the pipe.I even remembered to first slip on the round metal wall flange for a nice finished look.(Of course there are ones that can go on after -- still)[...]

Reflecting on some past projects!


I'm so happy to be making progress on my tiny bathroom, but in the meantime I haven't been getting many junking projects done. join in Funky Junk Donna's Linky Party, this post features some of my past mirror projects!  So if it seems like you've seen some of these probably have!  One of my all time favorites -- an old iron wheel thingy I got for $1 at an auction!  Perfect frame for a mirror! It's since been sold. Think there's any chance I'll find another?  Industrial mirror made from the base of an old wind turbine.I just love the industrial look!Game. Set. Match!  Old tennis presses make great mirror frames! They're easy to do, and you don't need expert glass cutting skills!Another $1 auction find!  Sure this old architectural piece is a bit beat up and chippy.  But isn't that what makes it so awesome?  This little mirror is made from a "pipe clamp" -- at least that's what the description said. All I know is it makes a great frame for a rustic, industrial mirror.  MidgeI'm linking this up to Donna's Saturday Nite Special Linky Party #89 [...]

World's Smallest Bathroom: The drain game!


With the electricity in place for my world's smallest bathroom project, next is plumbing. Not only do I need  it in place before I drywall -- but it's pretty important for a bathroom!!Plumbing has two main components, the water coming in, and waste water (and other things!) going out. This post will cover the latter and briefly explain some basics of drain lines and what I did with mine.(I realize that most of you aren't in the market for a project like this, or don't think you'd know how, but maybe this will encourage someone to try something they didn't dare before -- it's easier than you think!)   A DIYer can buy drain line made of PVC at their local Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.The sizes they sell are the main ones used in a drain line system:  3" is required for lines leading off a toilet, 2" is usually for heavier flow waste water (like shower drains, washer), and 1.5" for basic sinks.I was lucky that my lines would be in the storage room of our basement so I didn't have to worry as much about tucking and "prettiness', but there was already unnecessary goobledy-gook, so I started by removing some extra pipes, to give me a cleaner slate to work from. To cut off existing lines it's easiest to use a sawzall!But once the pipe is down, you can cut it (if you dare reuse some of it!) or new pipes with a chop saw -- very easy and leaves a nice clean cut.  New pipes are sold in specific lengths, usually 10' (or 8?), 5', and 2'. \Obviously, a straight pipe wouldn't do the trick alone.  The drain pipe will need to turn here and there and may need to accommodate incoming lines.  That same store will have bins with many different connecting parts to achieve your specific path.  Paper planning is not enough!  Plan on spending a lot of time in the plumbing aisle playing with the pieces to figure out your angles -- then plan on returning several times!! And you'll have to play with the pieces at home too!  Ideally you connect your fixture drains to the closest pipes -- if you can tag along at the tail end of a line and just add on, even better!  But sometimes you have to "cut in" to an existing line.  The main thing is: a drain line has to somewhere drain into another existing line, and (this is a biggie) DRAIN LINES MUST EMPTY INTO THE SAME SIZE OR LARGER, BUT NOT VICA VERSA .  Ex.: sink can lead into toilet line, but toilet can't go into sink line.  YIKES!!  AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT: THE LINE MUST SLOPE DOWNWARD AWAY FROM THE SOURCE!!  (Gently sloping is fine, and even preferred ((.25"/1')), but some of the connecting pieces may provide a short drop.)   After playing with your pieces, if you think you've got the line how you want it, make sure to mark neighboring pieces so you put it back together exactly the same way.      Your components will need to be permanently connected piece by piece using adhesive made just for these pipes.  The two surfaces to be connected are first "painted" with the PURPLE stuff.  After a minute or two to dry, the adhesive (I use the all purpose variety, available in plumbing dept.) is applied.  This goes on both parts and you need to make sure the contact areas are completely covered.          Don't apply the adhesive until you're ready to go, but once you do, get right to work and push and twist to get a nice, square fit -- and make sure it's lined up where you want!  Because the result of this compound is a strong, permanent, melding together of the plastic!I realize that's a pr[...]

World's Smallest Bathroom: Let there be light!


After years of being on hiatus from home remodeling, I've picked up my tool belt again and am trying to complete our home -- starting with the tiny space I had carved out at the back of my small laundry room for a powder room.  I'm going to share as much of my progress as I can:So I begin with lighting, not only because it will come in handy as I move forward, but also for the sake of practicality and safety.  Because this is what I was starting with:We had put those wires there so many years ago that I couldn't even remember the thought behind them and whether any were live or not!So using my handy dandy circuit tester, the red light lighting up when I touched the wires told me each was indeed live.  Yowzers! Holy Electric Powers, Batman!  ZAAPPP!!  With my reluctant, grumbling, computer-missing son -- I mean trusty sidekick -- at the circuit box, the circuits were switched until I found which one was THE one (yup both connections on same circuit).  Then with it off, I unconnected the four wires, turned power back on to determine which of the four wires was the "source" of power.    Armed with this new knowledge, I connected the "source" (I call that IN) to the continuation of power (I call that OUT) and found I had an unnecessary piece of wire -- I kept it there for now in case it comes in handy later for threading wire where I wanted.Because the current program didn't work for my plan, an L-shaped room with an overhead light on each side, using my ceiling box as a template I drew a circle at my desired locations.     The ceiling plaster was too hard for a utility knife (and I can't find my sawzall....waaah) so I first drilled holes around edge of hole and then whacked away with my hammer.The threading of wiring and figuring out the flow of the power (think RIVER) was the most time consuming part and is difficult to show in photo form -- I did end up creating a new hole for reaching (post on hole repairing coming soon!) But eventually I got it all set in proper order with one switch to turn on both lights (that's what I had wanted all along but could only do two lights/two switches until my husband offered his clever guidance).With everything firgured out -- and proof it all worked -- it was time to install everything "for real".  This is an OLD ceiling work box, OLD because it's for old, not new, construction.  See the three "wings"?  Those mean I don't need to climb into the (scary, dark, scary, dirty, scary, cramped) attic, instead I simply put the box up into the ceiling hole and turn the three screws until the wings spread out and hold the box in place.So everything attached and connected has to be undone (power off, of course) and the wires slid through the openings in the box and pulled slightly downward as box goes upward!  Til you make it all the way up!  I wanted a nice, precise fit so I had to gently tap with a hammer to get it in, and then, thank goodness for those wings (not to be confused with any other wings, girlie or otherwise you hear tell of -- no beautiful music in the background here).  I had labeled my wires so I'd know what's what.  Now time to reattach everything -- FOR REAL, complete with wire nuts and electrical tape.  This is where it gets tricky for me, not the reattaching, taping part, but the shoving it all into the box and making it fit and not come apart part.  :)And of course I need to have THE switch to operate the lights.  Too bad after taking this picture I realized that I had done it wrong -- not electrically, but structurally.  That switch box[...]

Why, YES, my dryer IS upside down!! So glad you noticed.


Pretty excited about a recent development in my laundry room -- my dryer is upside down!It started out several years ago right side up, sitting on a shelf I built for it, right above our new front load washer.  The washer only lasted a couple years, so for the past 6 years we've been using our temporarily hooked up washer of my parents -- 30+ years old, never a problem.FAST FORWARD TO A FEW WEEKS AGO:I decided it was time to deal with this issue.  So first we determined that the front loader was a goner, and we would embrace the oldster as our chosen machine. However....we couldn't just slide it in the washing machine spot because the shelf wasn't high enough.  No problem, I'll just rebuild it higher! it was I was tiptoeing it to reach everything....Hmmm....And then it hit me -- what if the machine was upside down?  The dials would be lower, and the barrel would be about the same. So....I took out the old shelf, cleaned up the whole area, painted it, added side shelves this time, and put in the machine upside down.  Viola!    And although my tiny little laundry room isn't quite completely done yet, making some headway on my halfdone house inspired me to keep going (we had taken a several year break after severe house burnout) So...adjacent to my very tiny laundry room will be the world's smallest bathroom!Just a sneak peek.  I'll keep you posted!(the wall you see on the right is the before shot of the painted laundry room wall) Midge[...]

It's WHAT ?!?!? Say it isn't so !


Wow.  It's been so long since I've posted, I hope I even remember how!  It's not that I've been monumentally busy, just enough going on to keep me a little unfocused.  Plus, I'm a bit of a procrastinator (yes, Rachel, I still owe you a package, sorry, it's still on the way).  I have been getting some organizing done around my house, and some home improvement projects.  Had a son graduate AND get a drivers license.  A couple out-of-town (okay, several states away) weddings, which reminds me I need to focus on my daughter's wedding in August.   My best friend moved back to town from Kansas (YAY!!) and another friend is opening a business that I've been helping with.  SO, though I've been buying, I haven't been doing a lot of repurposing projects lately.  I thought Donna's "What was it?" Junk party would be a great way to get back into the swing of things. So what is this?....I don't know, but I'm thinking that it came with a box of stuff from an auction, because I don't think I'd buy this.At least I got my money's worth!  It's actually two pieces that were nested together.At a recent speaking engagement I was showing it off Vanna White style, explaining that I didn't know what it was.  Someone from the audience spoke up and said she believed farmers placed them outside their back doors.  They were for scraping MANURE off their boots.....EWWW!!  Not sure if that's really what it is.  All I know is the spikes are VERY spiky!  Keep this one away from the kids! So I'm using it as a fun way to showcase some vintage photos, similar to a frog.  Now I've got to go, my list of awaiting projects is calling me!Oh...AND...I've got to go wash my hands (maybe twice!).MidgeI'm linking up to Donna's Saturday Nite Special "What is it" Junk Party at Funky Junk Interiors[...]

Repurposing -- it's the American way!


I LOVE Repurposing!!!

How else could you get something like this....

from something like this?.... 

It's good for the wallet, good for the planet,
good for the creative spirit....
I'd say it's GOOD FOR AMERICA!


Yes you CAN cut glass in a circle!


I wish I could do some kind of animation feature on my blog.  Because if I could, you'd definitely see a lot of running through fields in slow motion, long knowing glances across a crowded room, and sucking on the end of a spaghetti strand -- because my new gadget is not just a tool, it's TRUE LOVE!!With my new tool I cut now cut circles of glass and mirrors! WOO HOO!!Maybe you picture a glass cutter as something like this.But mine came in a box like this.  It says "Miller Falls Tools....Circular Glass Cutter".  I bought it through a nearby online auction service.  As soon as I saw the listing, I knew I had to have it!  I didn't even know such a thing existed!  I had to go up to $16 (big bucks for me!) but I eventually won out.My pictures didn't turn out the best, but using a scrap piece of glass I'll see if I can demonstrate how I used it -- it had no instructions of course. Here's the tool. The online pictures made it appear large, but it's quite small.  You can cut circles up to 12". The arm is adjustable and marked for getting just the size you want. I believe the main part is supposed to be a suction cup, but since my piece is quite old and no longer held, I simply held it firm with my hand.At the end of the arm is the part that holds the blade.  Much like a compass, you simply grab hold of that and run it around in a circle.I am typically not good at cutting glass, but so far this has worked perfectly for me everytime.If it works correctly you will hear a continuous, slightly irritating scratching noise.  Remember, that's good!And you should see a complete circle scored into the glass (not cut through).  Then, taking the standard glass cutter, whack away  tap on the underside of the glass directly on the score marks. It will crack the glass top to bottom -- do this all around the circle.Now you have a cut circle.  But it still won't just pop out, the outer edges need to be removed.  For me (the inept glass cutter), it's easiest just to use my dremel with the glass cutting tip to cut little lines from the circle to the edges.  You'll end up with a circle and some glass scraps.  So if using a bigger piece of glass, first cut off any section you may want to save for later. And there's your circle of glass or mirror.  Not perfect, but not bad!And if you're wondering "But Midge, how did you cut the circles for your latest projects?  They seem larger than 12"."  Well, yes.  I got around that by inserting a different rod into the hole and then duct taped it to the regular arm.  Worked just fine.And I know that what you REALLY want to know is "Where can I get one of these things?" ....Well, I'm sorry to say I don't know.  I don't think they're sold in your basic Home Depot or Walmart.  You'll probably have to do a little digging on the computer.  However, you might try at a stained glass store, some of my reading sounding like some do carry them.  Anyway, I've got to go. So much junk, so little time. And lately, it seems like I'm just going in circles. ;)Midge[...]

Check it out!


Over the weekend I stumbled upon a fairly young blog --
She doesn't have a whole lot of followers.....yet.  But it's just a matter of time because she makes a lot of cool stuff, like this....

and this..... 

and this...

and a whole lot more -- including lots of benches and signs (this girl knows her way around tools!)

I encourage you to check out her blog...oh, yeah....and be sure to push her follow button!  

Check out her blog here.....Full Circle Creations


Roofing Wind Turbine Project #2


So I'm happy to present my second project from my roofing wind turbines...Perhaps you remember my first project from them.... And if you REALLY think back, you'll remember where this all started from.... And how I took them apart.... and how yucky some of the parts were!... It took a LOT of work and scrubbing (it was from a roof afterall -- tar -- EWWWW)....  And one of the pieces I finally got from that was this... SOOO, I drilled a few small holes in the rim... Cut a thick piece of wood the size of the circular area... And did the same with a mirror (using my handy dandy new circular glass cutting tool, of course -- I LOVE THAT THING)....  Then I put mirror adhesive on the wood to stick the two together... And after placing it inside the opening, I drilled some screws through the rim holes into the wood to hold everything in place... And it easily mounted onto the wall by simply nailing through the existing holes (with ROOFING NAILS, of course!)  TA DA!  An industrial  mirror!!! MidgeI'm linking this up to Gail's Catch-as-Catch-Can Linky Party at My Repurposed Life[...]

Trying to be Industrious!


Thanks to my handy dandy glass cutting tool, I'm finally able to complete some projects I've been waiting on for a long time.  Like this industrial side table...I have a few of these, but different sizes.  I don't know if they're wheels, pulleys, some kind of molds, or what!  But they're rustic, beefy, and very industrial looking.      I've had this guy for quite some time, so he definitely needed a bath, followed by a good rubdown with some oil... I had always wanted it for a table, but never had a good vision for a base...until...I picked up a swivel office chair for a couple bucks at the Goodwill.  And then it hit me..duh... I not only removed the seat, but also ended up cutting off some of the metal from the chair base -- I didn't want any extra showing through.... And I didn't really like the finish on the metal, so I gave it a coating of black spray paint.  Much better.... Then I attached the two together from underneath by drilling some holes in the metal and running some screws.....  TA DA... And then, using my new love, I mean my new handy dandy glass cutting tool... I cut and added a round piece of glass.  I wanted the table designed so you could see all the parts of the wooden piece....  I ran a bead of silicone around to give a finished edge....  And as my daughter reported to me...  "It turned out super cool!"  I guess I couldn't ask for a better endoresement than that.  MidgeI'm linking this up to Becky's Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceAnd I'm linking this up to Donna's Saturday Nite Special Linky Party at Funky Junk Interiors[...]

Not just a pipe dream!


So I bought a nifty little tool last week that I just love!  I think it's changed my life!  It cuts glass into circles! WHOA!!  I didn't even know there was such a thing.  But....there is, I have one, and I'm having fun!It enabled me to put to use a piece I bought awhile back at an online auction.  Minimum bid is $5.00 (a pretty major investment for a Dutch girl like me), but I liked that it's so industrial, yet had great details, a hint of red, and was round -- I knew instantly what I would do with it.  So I bid, and at the end of the day is was still mine.  YIPPEE! It's actually a clamp for piping of some sort.  And pretty substantial pipes at that -- can you read that #?....6"....That's a pretty big pipe. And it's designed to open up and then clamp down -- perfect for what I had in mind! So I used a cardboard template to make sure to get just the right size I wanted for a circle.  Then I went ahead and used my handy dandy new tool to cut a circle from a mirror. In case later someone might unclamp it, I didn't want it entirely glued, so I set the mirror in the bottom half into some epoxy....  then closed the top half and clamped down the handle.... TA DA!!I hope I've given you something to reflect on.  Junking isn't all just pipe dreaming you know.Midge[...]

Now you'll know...the "REST" of the story


After completing this project, I probably could use a good REST. But first, the rest of the story from last week's "Off with their Heads" post. Remeber this?  Well, it really started out here.... Oh sure, a $5.00 church pew was a pretty good deal.  But did you notice anything funny? .....Yep, it HAD NO SEAT! So I decided to cut it in half.After that, I had to remove one of the back halves from the side piece.  That's where my post came in to play showing how to separate the two by drilling off the heads of the screws. And eventually I did get the one back piece separated from the side. I used that half of the back as the new seat and reattached the side piece, giving me a "half" pew. There was gluing to be done, gaps to fill, screws to cover, and then lots of sanding.  After that I gave it a coat of primer. I painted it black and painted on the word REST.  It can be interpreted more than one way, especially good for a church pew I think.  And now you know....the REST of the story! Actually, there is just one more thing -- CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel from Somewhere in the Middle!!  She is the winner of my spring giveaway!!MidgeI'm linking this up to Gail's "Catch-as-catch-can" Linky party at My Repurposed LifeAnd I'm linking it up to Donna's "Saturday Nite Special" Linky party at Funky Junk Interiors[...]

I didn't need a push to try this outside-in project!


This is a fun way to bring a little bit of the outside inside.  Not just because this project is for displaying flowers, but because of what they are setting on.  Go on...take a look!...Do you see it?   Maybe it will help if I show you how this started out...I've had it for a couple years and just never got around to hanging it up, but I always had a vision for it...So I first had to get a little reacquainted with Pythagoras and do a little figuring for placement (think a^ +b^ +c^)!  Then I mounted a couple hooks into the ceiling... But the real secret to this project is the double pot system (shhh....don't tell...I'm still working on the patent). I first attached a clay pot to the seat of the swing....        Then the ACTUAL pot of flowers sets inside of that....I think it turned out kind of fun!Oh, I know what you're thinking, you're thinking about UNDERDOGS!  But the only underdogs for this one is when I'm taking a bath -- it's hanging over my whirlpool bathtub.  Disclaimer:   I hope you didn't examine any of the photos too closely, but if you did, I know what you're thinking -- YIKES!  But "There's no need to fear!"  (HA -- A cheap Underdog reference).  This is the year I get back to working on my house.  And my master bath is one of the first rooms on my list. I'll keep you posted.  One more disclaimer:  Sorry about the poor quality of the photos.  I never realized how bad the lighting was in my tub area -- I obviously am not a bathtub reader! Midge  I'm linking this up to Donna's Saturday Nite Special "Bringing the Outdoors In" Linky party at FunkyJunkInteriors My "Spring Giveaway" to celebrate my blog redo ends on March 17!  Check it out HERE [...]

"Spring" Giveaway to Celebrate My new Facelift!


Notice anything different?...  Yup, I gave my blog a much needed facelift.I hope you like it!I'd really like to show it off...SO...I'm hoping you can help spread the word.   And I'd like to thank you in advance by offering a special junky prize for some lucky winner. Well, it's not THAT special, but it is FUN!  And everyone who sees them loves them.And who couldn't use more candles?Especially ones made from old bedsprings.Oh, sure, you could harvest some of your own, but do you think you really will? Huh? Do you?Anyway, here's the deal:To be eligible just leave a comment on this post (any topic, I'm not picky) for ONE entry. Post a link from your blog to let others know about the giveaway for THREE more entries -- let me know in a comment.  NO entry for being a follower.  I know that's not the norm, but I don't want anyone to follow me to win a prize.  But I'd love for you to follow if you DO enjoy my blog.The winner will be drawn at random from the entries and receive a set of "spring" candles with your choice of ribbon (typewriter, jute, polka dots, burlap strips).  And I might just throw in a few other junk goodies to boot.  So....are you feeling lucky?You'll find out on Thursday, March 17.  You have until 3:17 p.m. (EST) to enter.  :)  Midge[...]

Tool School Tuesday: "Off With Their Heads!"


I LOVE REPURPOSING!!  Such a creative endeavor.  And it comes with its own unique set of successes...and problems.  Unfortunately, there's no Junker's manual explaining how to deal with problems when they do arise (hmmm .... note to self).  So.... I thought I'd share a recent problem that I went through.A current project of mine requires me to separate these 2 pieces of wood.  Usually they'd likely be glued together which means they may easily come apart, or they may bust apart.  However,  these pieces had several large screws holding them together.  YAY!  All I have to do is remove the screws, right? RIGHT?Well, these screws didn't want to come out.  So, instead of becoming upset, insisting I had to get them out, chasing after screwdriver upon screwdriver, squirting boatloads of oozy stuff that would make no difference, did I mention getting upset?,  I decided to surrender early on and take a different approach.  I didn't need the screws, all I needed was to be able to separate the boards. If they butted together, I could possibly run a sawzall between to cut the screws.  But, as you can see in the picture, the one piece was setting inside the other.  SOOOO...  If the HEADS of the screws were off, the boards could be separated.  They couldn't easily be cut off, but they could be DRILLED off.  There are 3 different widths of a screw: the shaft, the top of the head, the bottom of the head.  Choose a drill bit slightly wider than the bottom of the head.  Don't know how big that is? -- Guess.   Then drill away!  You want to have just the shaft remaining in place but the head gone.Just an extra tip:  You may want to keep a hair dryer handy for blowing out the piling up dust.  Oh, sure, you could simply blow on it.  But do you really want to blow metal dust into your eye?Ta Da!  Success!  Okay, I still had to work it a bit and do some tapping, but I could not have done that with the screws as they were.  So, what exactly am I working on?  I can't tell yet (and if you already can'll be our little secret), but I'm on my way.  So, if you encounter a problem, you can probably find a solution. You just have to keep your head about you -- so to speak.  :) Midge [...]

I'd go the extra mile(s) for a fun piece of junk!


Look what I spied on someone's curb this morning on my trip into town!......  I HAD to have it! Unfortunately, I didn't have my minivan, I was driving my son's car.  So..... this is how I had to transport it home!  No rope or bungee cord, no red flag, just one leg caught on the inside of the truck.  OH, BOY.  So I decided to go for it.  I took back roads all the way home.  Much longer route, and dirt roads and potholes (which only increased my anxiety of it flying out), but I could go as slow as I wanted, pick it up if need be, and avoid others on the road -- ;).  So I got it home safe and sound.  YAY!  Here's the view from the back.  I think it's a section of bowling alley seating.  I love the retroness of it.However, it is going to need a little love.  Not sure if I'll repaint or unpaint, but underneath the end pieces is a salmon pinkish color.  I do have a few fun pieces to compliment it.  So I think it was worth the extra miles and worry. So how about you?  Are there any items you're willing to take any extra crazy ride for?Midge[...]

Define bench.....


When you hear the word "bench", your first question may be "What do you mean by 'bench'?"  And for a junker, the next question is probably "And how exactly do I make one?"  Here are some ideas...Junking 101:  The headboard bench!  Made by cutting the footboard in half (or less) and using as sides by attaching to the  headboard forming three sides.  A front board completes the frame and the seat can either be slats or one bigger board supported underneath.A fun variation on the headboard bench, this one had identical foot and headboards.  One forms the back and one forms the front with the addition of side boards.  Just need a little measuring and cutting to get the right fit.   Headboard, but no foot board?  No problem if it's full size or larger.  Cut it in half to make a corner bench.  Add a third leg in back, a board in front, and you're off and running. No beds?  Well, do you have an old dresser?  This friend did.  And we carefully removed the top, cut it down to the appropriate height, and reattached the top to create a functional storage bench from a family heirloom.An old chest will work too!  This one got some attention and some casters.  The inside is great for storage -- this one has built-in file storage!Three matching chairs make a great bench!  And they don't have to be great chairs (the middle section chair isn't even really all there -- shhhh...don't tell!)  One of my favorite bench I've made -- a gossip bench made from old ladders.  Who doesn't love ladders? -- and gossip!!Looking for something different?  It doesn't have to be difficult.  This easy and fun summer bench is made from a couple camp stools with waterskis attached to the top!Now, go be creative...define YOUR bench.MidgeI'm linking this up to Donna's Saturday Nite Special Linky Party at Funky Junk Interiors[...]

Awful Lamp? or Awesome Lamp? Not sure!


It'd been awhile, so I made a trip to my local Goodwill warehouse today.  I found this AWFUL lamp...but at .30, it was worth it just for the hardware.  More about the lamp in a bit.This glass came to a grand total of .40 -- not bad.And this vintage dictionary was .30 -- I can live with that.Oooo!  A Jenga game!  30 cents? -- I'll take it!Now, I already have a gazillion suitcases.  But it's a nice navy blue one,  and for a mere .30, I guess I'll have a gazillion and one.  BUT....when I told the cashier there was another one inside, he said "yeah, it's a set".  I said yes, "but there's one inside, so it's two", he answered "Yes, but it's a SET. One thing. 30 cents for the set, ma'am."  Okay.  I guess it's gazillion and TWO suitcases for me.  So, about this lamp.  My cashier also told me this was a "large electrical" item -- not .30, but $1.00!  Whoa! Hmmm.... Now I had a decision to make.  And when I looked at it sans shade, it kind of looked AWESOME -- like a contemporary craft style design. And paired with a contemporary barrel shade ... Hmmm....So I said it's fine. But now that I've got it home, it kind of seems AWFUL again.  Hmmm...  So what do YOU think?  Don't hold back.  I can take it. I want to know the truth. AWFUL or AWESOME?Midge[...]

Are you a junk queen?


A while back, I bought 3 of these turbines...  Here's the closeup.  They're actually quite large.... I took them apart... And one of the parts looked like a crown.  Hey, royalty is in right now!  So I went with it.... Found these pieces:  a random curtain finial from my stash, 4 big washers, and 4 small metal knobbish things (I think from the insides of a piano)..... Attached them with epoxy to make it an official crown... Added a board I whitewashed white to provide a surface for display.... It could be useful on a buffet table.... On the bar.... As a centerpiece.... Or just use for a fun vignette!... What a great way to let the world know you're a Queen! -- A JUNK Queen.So how about you?  Are YOU a junk queen?MidgeI'm linking this up to Donna's SNS Linky Party #70 @ Funky Junk Interiors[...]