Four wood letters purchased for $1 each at a thrift shop, a rust paint technique and two weathered boards make a great Christmas sign for under $5. See the paint technique and sign instructions on my blog.
This dated, wooden, thrift shop breadbox had seen its better days! Besides giving it a good cleaning inside and out, see what I did to bring out its shabby farmhouse style.
You know the glass votive shades that are available for a dollar at thrift shops? They have a rubber ring around the glass nub on top. I re-purposed one into a cloche by adding a vintage spool to the glass knob.
I paid $12 for this window box. In its former life, it was a shelf from a desk or chest of drawers. It's big and heavy. When hanging it under a window wasn't an option (we have steel siding, and husband said "no"), I bought a section of white picket fence for $11. Now I have a great new garden vignette backdrop, and a planter.
About 15 years ago I wanted a potting bench, but they were pretty expensive, too expensive with three kids at home. I saw a work bench kit in a Menard's flyer for $39. I talked my husband into putting it together for me, and I stained it. It was pine and the boards were seconds but I thought it was perfect and rustic. It has become a focal point of my outdoor decorating.
One of my first spring posts this year was a framed lobelia plant hanging in a tree. It has filled out, and my yard has greened up. I also planted succulents in my red frame from last year.
A local horticultural society has asked to tour my flower gardens on Sunday afternoon. I am hoping they are not expecting a conventional perennial border with all the Latin botanical names of the plants, because I am a junk gardener with a green thumb. Not a traditional gardener at all.