SYTYCD WEEK 8: All Things Thrifty likes JUNK!

Apr 18th, 2010
All Things Thrifty’s definition of junk: Any item that someone no longer wants. 
All four of these items were “junk” before I got my hands on them!

My list of junk consisted of: a broken vanity top, a broken sewing table, an old shelf stand, and an old dining room chair. Total cost of the junk: $23.00.

Doesn’t this junk look great after the process of a face lift!?! The vanity became a cork board to display school items for my first grader, and the other items were perfect in the space. The table was just the right size to fit in the tight space, the chair added character, and the shelf provided just the right amount of storage for lip gloss, jewelry, and all the “girly” items that need a home.  To see details on how I transformed the broken vanity top, click THIS POST!

I loved the knobby legs on the chair. To check out details on how I transformed the chair, go to THIS POST. The table needed a little work; but with a few alterations, the $8.00 table became a perfect table for the girls’ room. We added a piece of wood to the top to replace the junky existing top. The front of the table was also broken, so we added a new piece of wood across the front to make the table seem new! For details on how we transformed the table, go to THIS POST.

The fabric used on the mirror and chair consisted of a duvet cover that I obtained a few years back on massive clearance. I love buying duvet covers on clearance because of the amount of fabric you get for such a CHEAP price!

The polka dot art is made out of embroidery hoops. :) Thrift stores are crawling with junky, old embroidery hoops! I loved how the hoops created a three dimensional effect. For a more detailed explanation on how to make the embroidery art, click THIS POST.

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure…I LOVE other people’s JUNK.

This project is part of a decorating contest. Click on the box below to go check it out and vote!

I’m also linking these projects to a lot of my favorite linky parties found HERE.


  1. These are wonderful. I love the color and texture of the embroidery hoop art. So MOD!!!

  2. So fun and playful, and for $23.00 are you kidding me?
    Phew, that's pretty awesome!

  3. That room is just so much fun! It makes me instantly happy!


  4. You gals are so ultra creative, where do you store the surplus?!? So fun this one is!!


  5. I'm amazed at all the creativity in this room and on the cheap! Loving the embroidery hoops!

  6. The Yoder's Four says:

    LOVE this!! Everything is so perfect for the girl's room! I am always amazed at the potential you see in different pieces and how you manage to pull everything together like that. It looks so cheerful and bright.

  7. WOW! I couldn't love this more!!


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  8. LOVE IT!!! What great thrifty finds too!

  9. Trish/MJ says:

    LOVE what you did!!! Makes me want a girl in the house to make a fun room for!!!

  10. What a great eye you have for junk with potential! love all the dots!

  11. I love the colors!! Turned out sooo cute!

  12. I Love this! Super cute! I would love it if you linked up to my Talk About it Tuesday party because you have such cute ideas!

  13. Embroidery hoops and Duvet covers, what AMAZING tips! I've been scrolling through your posts and I LOVE your blog! I'll be a regular reader from this day forward. =)

  14. Stunning! This is so cute!


  15. Brooke, I LOVE THIS!!!!!! I am on a mission to find me some furniture so I can make one for my kiddos room! Thanks for sharing this!!!!

  16. I'm loving this cheery room!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

  17. What a fun room! I'll have to show this to my daughters. What a great job, what great bargains and what great transformations!

  18. Love that vanity "set"! Absolutely adorable!

  19. The message board is incredible. Now I'm going to be hunting for an old vanity mirror. The only question would be to use it for a cork board or a chalkboard….hmmm?

  20. John, Ashlee, Avalon says:

    Did you buy the polka dots floor rugs or make them? I love them!

  21. Brooke @ says:

    I bought the polka dot rugs at IKEA. :)

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