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Turning Junk into Jazzy Treasure!

Well….okay it maybe wasn’t actually junk but it was buried under a pile of old rusted pails and tools when I found it. I wish I had a picture of it that day as I found it.

Anyway…I saw a very ‘rustic’ table sitting outside of an antique store that was basically blocks of 2 x 4s nailed together with an old picket fence nailed to the back.

Here are a couple photos once I got it home and cleaned up.




Nothing pretty that’s for sure. It technically was put together to be a gardening bench. A old rusted shovel and bin attached to the back for the dirt.

I painted the base “Smokey Blue” by Sherwin Williams and left the picket fence top distressed in white. I spray painted primer on the dirt bin and shovel and then a couple coats of white paint.

It has turned into the best beverage station on my patio! I have used it a couple times now for entertaining and it not only is the perfect size, it adds charm to my back yard.



The old dirt bin has become the best place to hold napkins. And the old rusted shovel now holds a cute message.



Keep your eyes open to the piles of ‘junk’ you see at flea markets and antique stores. One person’s junk is another person’s jazzy treasure for sure. This is my treasure!





Your Trash is probably my Treasure

I love to turn old things into new. If I had more time I would have a blog just on DIY trash to treasure projects. So whenever I do have the time for a project I get so excited.

This latest project sat in a corner for a couple years and I finally got it out and finished it. What took me so long? It literally took me about an hour to do.

Here’s the story of this trash to treasure find:

I staged a vacant house a few years back where the homeowner had passed away. The home was built in the 1940s (with a stunning view I might add) and the basement was filled with items the children didn’t want. One of the children said I could have whatever I wanted but I did pay her. I just couldn’t walk out with her Mother’s things for nothing. I found a few true treasures in my eyes.

Candle Sconces 2


You know those candle wall sconces that every home had in the 1050’s and 1960’s? You know the ones….they usually were on each side of a large mirror behind the sofa. Sometimes you saw them on each side of a large mirror in the formal dining room. ūüôā¬† Candle Sconses 6




They came in all different sizes and shapes, usually dark brown metal or bright brass depending on the decade. Well I saw a couple and my eyes lite up. The were a full half sphere and dark rusted brown. I didn’t take a before picture of mine (what was I thinking) but you get the idea.

I spray painted them white, put them back to back and wrapped wire around them. Hung them from a shepard’s hook in my backyard and take a look!!


Candel 1


How cool is that??



Candle 2


It creates the best ambiance in my backyard! So take a look around you, search those basements and flea markets. You never know where your next treasure is hidden.






Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
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DIY – You Never Know Where You Will Find a Treasure!

DIY: Do It Yourself!  You Never Know Where You Will Find a Treasure!

Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN

I love to go to flea markets when I have time to browse and let my imagination go. But sometimes you will find a treasure where you least expect it.

I did a home staging consult for a woman who’s mother had passed away and she was getting the house ready to sell. She had emptied the home of many items already but there was still a lot of ‘stuff’ her Mom had collected in her 93 years.

Down in the basement sitting in a corner was an old laundry cart. Rusted….dirty…..wheels not turning anymore. It caught my eye right away!

“That laundry cart is so cute!”

“Do you want it?”


That was the short conversation and I was loading it into my car after the consult and taking it home.


Red Laundry Cart


The cart is cute as can be just as it is in red. But nothing in my house is red.

What shall I use it for?? Hmmm…so many choices.

I already have a large round antique laundry cart that I use in my laundry room for dirty clothes so I don’t need a small one.

Hmmm……then it came to me.

So I got busy. I washed it off. Then I spray painted it with Primer.

Primed Laundry Cart

I let it sit a few hours and then spray painted it with my favorite color. If you say my post¬†“I HAVE A NEW FAVORITE COLOR. DILL PICKLE!”, you probably have a clue.

It’s not Dill Pickle as I wanted a spray paint, not something I had to roll on, but it is close.

Now it is my Craft Cart!

It is perfect. It holds all my spray paints, gloves, canvas boards, cork board, stencils, and more.


Craft Cart


This is what worked for me. But how cute would it be in a kids room filled with stuffed animals?

How about in a bathroom filled with rolled up towels? Or by a pool filled with beach towels or water toys??



Craft Cart


So be on the lookout for treasures wherever you go. If you like it….get it. You’ll always find a place and a purpose for it.