Happy Wednesday! I don’t usually post in the middle of the week but today is special because I’m taking part in a fun series with 14 talented bloggers, aka the “Thrifty Style Team”.  On the second Wednesday of each month, we’ll all share quick and easy thrifty ideas for the home. This week I’m sharing a new use for a thrifted old window screen that I found for $2. There’s more awesome thrifty ideas to check out though, so make sure you look for them at the end of the post.

There are a lot of thrift store finds scattered throughout our cottage but some of my favorite pieces are the ones that don’t need a makeover. I mean, how cool is it to find something you love for only a few bucks (and sometimes free!) and all it requires is a bit of elbow grease to clean it up? That’s my favorite kind of find!

Finding new uses for an old window screen, like hanging it up and using it as a divider on a front porch.

I’ve left plenty of thrift stores empty-handed but a few weeks ago I found an old window screen for $2. It wasn’t something that I was looking for but as soon as I saw it I knew that I could make good use of it. 

Finding new uses for an old thrifted window screen, like using it as a divider on a front porch.

The plan was to use it as a see-through divider on the front porch. I wanted to add something that had a bit of character. The hubs didn’t get it but I’ve long given up trying to convince him when I have an idea.

I thought about painting it, for about 2 seconds, and then I decided that all it needed was good cleaning and 4 stainless steel cup hooks to hang it up. Easy!

Finding new uses for an inexpensive and old thrifted window screen, like using it as a divider on a front porch.

It’s old and chippy and just what I was looking for. Well…I wasn’t exactly looking for it but I’m so glad that I found it.

I love the green paint under the white chippy paint and the old hardware. 

Finding a new use for a chippy, thrifted old window screen, like using it as a divider on a front porch.

The porch is still a work in progress but I love the character that the old window screen brings to our outdoor seating area. Now we need to fix the posts before the roof comes crashing down. It’s always something.

Finding a new use for an old, chippy, thrifted window screen, like using it as a see-through divider on a front porch.

Recycling an old thrift store window screen by using it as a divider on a front porch.

There’s more thrifty ideas to see so make sure you check out the whole team.

 

 


 

Check out a few other thrifty finds and DIY’s I’ve shared.

How to turn a thrifted vintage mirror into a cool kitchen chalkboard. An easy DIY you can do with just a few supplies.

Thrifted Vintage Mirror to Kitchen Chalkboard

A quick DIY to change a rusty old typewriter desk into a sleek nightstand with a little elbow grease and spray paint.

DIY Thrifted Industrial Nightstand

 

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I try to decorate our front door according to the seasons and holidays but sometimes it doesn’t happen. Just last month I wanted to change the spring front door basket for something patriotic for Memorial Day and never got around to it.

I wasn’t going to let the 4th of July come and go without some red, white and blue on the front door so I decided to do an easy American flag display using my trusty hanging basket. 

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this easy American flag display using a hanging basket, floral foam and flags.

This is a quick and easy craft (typical for me) and it only cost $1 a piece for 14 flags. 

Supplies for American Flag Display for the Front Door

  • hanging basket (World Market)
  • floral foam
  • 13, 12×18 American flags (I got mine at Walmart)
  • utility knife

Add a bit of patriotic flair to your front door with this easy American flag display using a hanging basket, floral foam and flags.

As always, with the crafts I do, I went into this without a plan. I started by placing the flags here and there in the basket to see what I wanted to do. Once I took a look, I decided that I wanted to place them at different levels so you could see them all. In order to do that, I had to cut down the sticks of a few of the flags. 

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this quick and easy American flag display using a hanging basket and flags.

It’s a pretty big basket so I ended up using 13 of the 14 flags (I didn’t want to use too many 😉 ). It took a few minutes to get them placed just so, but the floral foam helped to keep them in place.

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this quick and easy American flag display using a hanging basket and flags.

Once the flags were placed, I tried a red and white ribbon around the basket. It was ok but I decided that simpler was best. The focus is the flags, as it should be. 

Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this quick and easy American flag display using a hanging basket, floral foam and flags.

It’s definitely a large display but I think that if I would have gone any smaller with the flags, they would have gotten lost in the basket.

Once 4th of July and Labor Day have passed, I’ll remove the flags and store them away until next year. That’s why I love this basket. It’s so versatile and easy to change with the seasons.
Add a bit of red, white and blue to your front door with this easy American flag display in a hanging basket.

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This hanging basket gets a ton of use. Check out a few different ways that I’ve used it for different seasons.

Make this easy summer front door basket in just a few minutes with faux hydrangeas.Summer Front Door Basket

Make this pretty forsythia basket to add a bit of spring to your front door.

Spring Forsythia Front Door Basket

 

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Time just seems to fly by so fast, doesn’t it? I never did get to share a Musings post for April and here it is the 30th of May already. Just so I don’t miss it this month, we’ll do Cottage Musings for May a day or two early. 

This is my way to catch you up on the little things that are going on here. Little tidbits…things I’m loving, things I’m not, projects I’m starting…

We’ll start with the projects I’m working on.

The kitchen/dining room has been my focus for the last few months, but now it’s time to move on to the next space that needs a makeover…the living room. I’ve been busy painting walls, building a mantle and painting the fireplace. We’re almost done but I have a few projects left to complete before I can share.

Cottage musings for May are all about the living room makeover, including the fireplace redo.

One of the projects we’re still working on is the front door. I’ll save all the juicy details for when the door is done but I’m seriously giddy with excitement about this project.

Cottage musings for May are all about the living room makeover, including a "new" old front door.

Even though I’m not quite done with the living room I started the redo on the “castle” bedroom. Ooops!

This room is especially tough because I haven’t been able to visualize how I want it to look. I don’t usually go into a room makeover without a clear vision, so this is a first. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a disaster. 

Cottage musings for May are all about the living room makeover, getting away and the start of the guest bedroom redo.

I’m trying to  jumpstart my creative juices, so I’ve been searching Pinterest for ideas.

This isn’t a bedroom, but I love the idea of a wall treatment like this for the castle room.

House Beautiful

I won’t be painting the walls white, that I’m sure of, but I’m still not set on a paint color. We used BM Palest Pistachio in one of the guest bedrooms in our Illinois house and loved it. I may go for something similar in this room.

DIY platform bed with tons of storage and wheels so you can move it. So clever!

Chatfield Court

Or maybe I’ll try a greige. See? Undecided!

Moving from projects and inspiration to getaways.

I work from home (obviously) and when you work from home, and your work is your home, it’s so easy to get burned out. We’ve taken a couple of quick weekend getaways the past few months just to get me out of the house and it’s been great for my moral. How can you not feel revitalized after you’ve taken a long walk on a beautiful beach and sipped a few margaritas? Not at the same time of course. 😉

Cottage musings for May are all about the living room makeover and getting away to the beach for a long weekend.

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Speaking of the beach, you can’t go away and not pack a few cute tops. Am I right? 

This top is a new find, and I’ve been finding any excuse to wear it. 

This is another favorite that I seem to reach for all the time. When I find something I love, and that’s comfortable, and I tend to wear it all the time. 

Cottage musings for May are all about the living room makeover, the guest bedroom redo and getting away to the beach for a long weekend.

No more margaritas for me, I need to get back to work. 😉

So, what have you been up to this month?

 

Check out some of the kitchen and dining room projects I finished before I moved on to the living room.

A small dining room gets a makeover on a tight budget. Beautiful!

Dining Room Makeover on a Budget

A new flush mount ceiling light fixture for a small white kitchen.

New Kitchen Ceiling Light

 

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Since we moved into our stone cottage last July, my decorating tastes have changed. I think that it’s a natural progression, tastes change, but I also think the style of our house had something to do with it. 

If I had to use three words to describe my style right now they would be rustic, cottage farmhouse. I still lean toward a clean and simple style, but I think our 1946 stone cottage, and all of it’s rustic charm, has rubbed off on me.Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal containers, buckets and decor around your house.

One good example of my changing style is my use of galvanized metal containers around our house, both inside and outside. It’s a pretty popular trend right now and you can find them almost everywhere you go.

I’m finding myself drawn to slightly rusty containers that you find at flea markets. A little rust and a dent here and there is fine but it has to be sound enough to hold a plant (or small herb garden), my preferred way to use them right now.

What started this mini obsession was a beautiful large olive bucket that I found at an Illinois flea market. It’s one of my favorite things and it’s always out where I can see it.

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal buckets and decor around your house.

I kept it on the front porch all winter long with a mini evergreen in it. Once spring rolled around a Kimberly Queen fern (my favorite summer plant) took up residence. 

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal buckets around your house.

Another flea market find was a large galvanized metal tub. A few holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, potting soil and herbs, and I have my own mini garden. I even added my DIY garden markers, so I know where everything is as it grows. 

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal containers around your house.

The trough is a little beat up but that’s part of it’s charm.

This is my test garden (to see what does well) and I like that I can have everything together. Hubs has a tomato garden and wouldn’t let me put herbs in it so this was my solution.

We’ll see whose garden does the best. It’s so on! 😉

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal containers around the house and in the garden.

 

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can use galvanized metal containers around the house and in the garden.

My latest flea market find that I’m using inside is a small galvanized bucket I’m using for Leo, the fiddle leaf fig. It’s simple but I like the contrast of the old metal and the green leaves. Plus it was the perfect size for our Leo. 

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal containers and buckets around your house.

Although I did plant right in my trough, which has holes drilled in the bottom, I like to take care so that my galvanized metal lasts. The olive bucket and the small bucket that holds the fiddle leaf fig have a plastic plant liner to keep them protected from water. The plants are also planted in separate pot, which makes them easier to take out to water.

I do love a great, rusty bucket to hold a plant but there’s so many other ways to use galvanized metal. We found the cutest little shop in South Carolina last month and they had a lot of cool pieces made with galvanized metal.

I loved the mix of the old wood and the metal in this table. For a moment I thought about bringing it home for our front porch. An awesome piece!

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can use galvanized metal containers and decor around the house and in the garden.

This old galvanized metal trunk turned shelf caught my eye as well. It’s a great way to reuse and showcase an old piece.

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can use galvanized metal containers and decor around the house.

There’s so many cool ways to use galvanized metal in your home. Although I do love the look, it won’t take over in our house. I’m perfectly happy with the pieces I have. Unless, of course, the hubs wants to surprise me with that awesome table. 🙂

How do you feel about decorating with galvanized metal? 

Check out another way I used my much-loved olive bucket.

A quick and easy DIY. Make a cool plant stand from an old tomato cage and spray paint.

Tomato Cage Plant Stand

And how I use a galvanized metal container to organize my kitchen supplies.

Do you have a small kitchen? Here are my easy organization tips to keep you sane when you are short on storage space.

My Favorite Organization Tips for a Small Kitchen

 

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