You’re gonna do WHAT with that?

I get that question a lot! Like an excited kid who can’t quite find the words, I usually spout out my vision for an item that appears to be trash. Every once in a while, I’ll get an invigorating why didn’t I think of that response. More often, my idea is met with a smiling nod, which is meant to mask a “this chick is crazy” look!

My best buddy Shannon and I are always in pursuit of useless junk to re-purpose. While flea markets and estate sales are fun and plentiful, we live for those once in a lifetime, untouched pickin places! Many scorching days were spent in those kinds of chigger loving places this summer! A long dirt road led us to our first country sale of the season. What appeared to be a tiny farmhouse from the road turned out to be a pickers paradise! From the minute we stepped out of the minivan {You’d be amazed what I can pack in the momvan} we were in heaven! We knew we had stumbled upon the motherlode as we navigated through the narrow paths of semi-organized piles of junk!

Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations

 My best friend and fellow picker…Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations

 We had no idea what some of these things were called, what they were used for, or what they were worth. There were plenty of willing story tellers there and they told us all about how they used the stuff when it was new! Those kind of interactions are precious to me and make junkin all the more fun! All the chippy paint and weathered patinas gave me great inspiration for future paint finishes! I killed my cell phone battery snapping pictures of everything from barn wood to rusted wash tubs. Bid after bid, the sweet old farmers were puzzled by our excitement for the seemingly useless stuff. They couldn’t understand why these two girly girls were bidding on piles of rusty rake heads or why we’d offer them double for the scrap metal they just purchased.

Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations

 

 

Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations  Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations  Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations  Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations  Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations  Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations  Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations  Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations I seriously fell in love with this shed that was once a railroad cart.  The lettering and colors were so charming and the patina was something painters like myself strive for! I could see headboards, walls, portrait backdrops and sooooo much more! We tried desperately to take it apart but the huge lot of screwdrivers we won during the auction were no match for the solid steel rivets. With the help of  a sweet old man who had taken us under his wing that day, we did get the doors off! You’ll see what I did with them a little later in the post!

old railroad cart Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations

 Yes, we are total dorks but we have no shame! We HAD to have our picture taken with this beautiful old Ford pickup! I know we looked like lunatics as we tried to position our sunburned bodies on the hood of the truck! This was our “settle” shot…the others were quite hilarious but Shannon made me delete them! We stayed all day, ate way too much junk food, and met some really amazing people! 

Angela, A to Z Custom Creations and Shannon, Junque Yard Crow

We packed the trailer and the minivan with months of fun re-purposing projects. Actually, I still have a pile of rake heads in the shed that are begging to be used! My husband swears they are reproducing! Here are a few of my FAVORITE re-purposed projects from Mrs. Minnie Faye’s sale.

Once a rusty Ice Cream Churn…

Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations

Now, a crazy COOL Toilet Paper Holder!Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations

Once a discarded, useless ceramic heater… 

Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations Now, a one-of-a-kind Magazine Rack!

repurposed magazine rack  Rust and Junk as decor, A to Z Custom Creations

Once rusty doors to a railroad cart…

From Rusty Shed Doors...

Now, the perfect rustic backdrop for amazing photography!

To Awesome Portrait Backdrop!

 Can you see why I am totally addicted? Re-purposing Rocks!! Whether it’s a coffee can or a rusty attic find, take a little time to look beyond the “now” of the item you are about to toss and think about what it CAN be!

A big thank you to Jennifer at The Click Chick for making my vision part of her beautiful studio! You can find her website in my sidebar under “Sites I love” or follow her on Facebook!

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Comments

  1. Great post! I love your re-purposing brain power! I would never have thought of a magazine rack from a heater thingy! Fun stuff.

  2. I love your blog!!! I love what you did with your “Junque” as I like to call it. I am giving a shout out on my FB page. I have a linky party every Thursday – Sunday. Please feel free to come by and join in. Huge congrats, you did a fantastic job, it looks so snazzy here!

    • Oh!! Thank you for the sweet compliments and the share Karen! I’d love to join your linky party :) As for the page…Christine at Great Oak Circle is responsible for the snazzy design!

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