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Repurposed Toy Truck Condiment Carrier

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Now that my outdoor dining area is coming together I have another project to show you... I think you'll really like it 😉

Remember that old, rusty toy truck I showed at the end of my last post?

Well, it has been repurposed and has a whole new, useful life... as a condiment carrier for the table!!

How to repurpose an old toy truck into a condiment carrier for the table!

DIY Outdoor Benches

Do you remember my Recycled Pallet Outdoor Dining Table I shared weekend before last? (Be sure to check it out if you missed it)! 

Well, I made the table but didn't have any chairs that would work with it because it turned out a little taller than I expected... a little mismeasurement faux-pau 😬 You know what I do when I mess up like that? I just go with it! So... benches were in order!!

How to build simple outdoor benches

Treasure Trove Tuesday - This Week's Thrifting Finds

It's been a few weeks since I've shared any new treasures for TTT... I haven't been doing as much resale shopping... I have some bittersweet news to share. I have decided to close my booths at the antique mall along with one of my Etsy shops and concentrate all of my selling efforts on one Etsy shop... Little Boho Cottage.

I was just spreading myself a little too thin. I still work a full-time day job (for now 😉) so that takes up the majority of my time. On top of that, trying to keep two booths stocked (stressing out because I really needed to get some larger furniture pieces in there), work on improving this blog and posting here, working on projects at my house, working at the antique mall Saturday's to help offset some of my rent, trying to keep up with listing items in my Etsy shops (failing miserably at that)... there just isn't enough time in the day to do all I want... plus I still needed one day on the weekend to keep up on my yard and house work!

When I weighed everything out, the antique mall booths just didn't cut it anymore. The money I was making compared to the amount of time I was spending on it just don't equal out.

So, my last month at the antique mall will be August... I'll miss having my own little space in the brick and mortar world but maybe I'll be able to do it again sometime in the future. My other Etsy shop is still open but it will be closing soon. Everything in the Little Vintage Cottage shop is 50% off with coupon code 'COTTAGE50' if you are interested!

So, on with the TTT post! On the bright side, ALL of my finds (except those that I keep for myself of course) will be available for purchase at Little Boho Cottage!

This week's thrifting finds!

What To Do With a Collection of Random Kitchen Do-Dads

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It's the second Wednesday of the month which means it's time for our second round of  Thrifty Chicks!

Thrifty Chicks is a group of seven blogging friends and on the second Wednesday of each month, we will be sharing a themed challenge project on our blogs. If you missed last month's chair projects you can see those here: Trash to Treasure Repurposed Dining Chair.

This month's challenge was kitchen items!

I am so excited to share my project and I'm also super excited to see the other projects (I haven't seen them yet either)!

How to Make an Upcycled Junk Robot!

Recycled Pallet Outdoor Dining Table

I just love all the cool things you can build with a simple pallet don't you? I decided to make a pallet dining table for my patio after seeing a really cool one at Kleinworthco.com.

It looked pretty simple too and I already had a pallet and some 4 x 4 posts to use for the legs. I still had to make a run to Home Depot though for a few things... brackets, another 4 x 4, some 6" screws, and some stain.

Then I got started! I made the base on the 4th of July and then finished up the rest this weekend.

How to make a patio dining table with a pallet

A Simple Garden Window

Last year I worked hard on my backyard landscaping and plantings and while I'm really proud of how it looks out there, I think it needs a little bit of oomph if you know what I mean! A little character!

I have some old windows in my garage so I thought I'd use one to create a simple garden window.

Recycled an old window for garden art!

Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Salad - Wayfair Sponsored Post

Today I have the most delicious dessert recipe to share, it would be perfect for a 4th of July celebration!

As a member of the Wayfair Homemakers, I get to participate in fun opportunities like the Red, White & Chew Challenge! For this challenge, we picked our favorite red, white, & blue dessert to share.

As a certified cheesecake lover, I chose a spin on traditional cheesecake and decided to share Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Salad! Yum!! It's so much easier than making cheesecake too!

Delicious Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Salad Recipe!

Kitchen Makeover - The Before and My Inspiration

I don't think I've mentioned it yet here but I have started a kitchen remodel/makeover! I have a lot of work ahead of me and it will definitely take some time but I thought I'd share the before pictures and some of my inspiration!

Kitchen remodel before pictures and inspiration

Repurposed Vinyl Tablecloth Pillows

I have a super cute, super cheap little DIY to share with you today to spruce up your outdoor spaces!

I'm always looking for ideas to decorate my outdoor living spaces, I think they deserve the same level of cuteness and comfort as my indoor spaces. But since they are outdoors and the weather can take its toll on things I like to keep it as inexpensive and/or durable as possible.

How to repurpose a cheap vinyl tablecloth into adorable outdoor pillows!

Treasure Trove Tuesday - This Week's Thrifting Finds!

Hey there, how has your week started off? I'm off work while my kitchen is being remodeled so that is nice! Buuut... I have a head cold so that's not so nice 😞

I found quite a bit to share with you for this week's TTT!

Thrift shop scores

1970's Gothic Style End Table Makeover

I am in the process of recreating my living room to create a cozy eclectic bohemian retreat which means I'm in full-on thrifting mode to find pieces to create the look I'm after!

Truth be told I'm pretty much always in full-on thrifting mode since I buy to resell but I usually try to control myself when it comes to buying things for myself!

I stopped at Goodwill a couple of days ago and saw an ugly little end table in the furniture section. It didn't have a price so when I got up to the register I asked how much. They said $9.99... I thought about it for a minute but the guy behind me was looking a little irritated since they had to call for a price check and I couldn't quickly make up my mind so I left it behind.

I couldn't stop thinking about it so the next day I went back and it was still sitting there... still with no price! I picked it up and asked if they would take any less since one piece was a little loose. So, I got it for $8.99.  **whispering** I probably would have paid twice that... shhhhh!! 😉

As soon as I got it home I started the makeover!

An ugly 1970's table gets a sweet makeover!

Trash to Treasure Repurposed Dining Chair

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So, do you remember when I used to co-host the Craft Frenzy Friday link party? It was a weekly link party here on the blog where other bloggers could link up all their fun recent projects and you could browse around and check them out.

Well, when I did my reader survey I discovered that almost every single person who took the time to do the survey for me didn't really like that post! I guess you like seeing MY projects and not other peoples! That's awesome and so flattering I must say!

Well... long story short, that party ended at the decision of the main host and I was totally fine with that... as you are!

So instead, I have joined up with 6 other blogging friends of mine and we will be doing a monthly themed project together! It will happen the second Wednesday of each month, this month's theme is chairs. We could make over a whole chair or use just parts and pieces.

I'll post my chair project here and then at the end, there will be links to the other projects! That will be fun right? Only 6 other projects to enjoy instead of hundreds!

What to do with a single, ugly dining chair!

Treasure Trove Tuesday - This Week's Thrifting Finds

I have some fun treasures to share for today's edition of Treasure Trove Tuesday and I have a little surprise to share at the end! 😉

I hope you'll stick around to see what it is, I think you'll get a kick out of it at the very least!

Ok, so let's see what I found this week!

My latest thrifted treasures for the shop: www.littlevintagecottage.etsy.com!

Simple Boho Dining Table

Hello! I spent a little time this weekend creating a simple boho dining table and I thought it would be fun to share the steps I took to create it in a slide show with some awesome music (Olive Musique - California).

I hope you enjoy it, make sure you push the little speaker in the top left corner of the show for the music and then press the right arrow on the side of the picture to start the show... and make sure your speakers are on!!

My Backyard and Patio Decor

I am so ready for summer... grilling, gardening, enjoying the sunshine... that's my kind of living!

As soon as the weather started getting nice, I started sprucing up my backyard and patio and if you lived nearby I would have you over!

But since you don't live nearby, I can at least show you what it looks like!

Backyard and patio decor