I was recently given the opportunity to receive a copy of this book and write a review here for all of you! Since I already am a fan of the Junk Market gals - I was really excited to get to do this! I don't know about you - but when my Country Home arrives, there are a couple of regular features I'm excited to see right off and the projects these ladies come up are always high on my list!
I decided that there would be no better way to review the book than to actually try one of their projects myself. And, after a quick look through the book - I knew immediately what I wanted to start with.
Let me preface this by saying - David has always hated our paper towel holder. Why? Because every time he'd try to get a paper towel, the whole thing would come down. I never seemed to have this problem - but it never worked right for him. It's not like I was attached to the one we had - it was here when we moved in! Here it is:
I chose to make a new paper towel holder because of the above mentioned frustration and because I already had everything I needed to make it! I know this will cause some of you to roll your eyes - I mean how many people have an old (vintage looking) croquet mallet in their shed just waiting to make it into a paper towel holder?! Well, I did! I got four of them for $1 each several years ago at the Paris Street Market, a very fun event by the way!
I found a piece of scrap wood and cut it in half. Then I stapled the bottom edges together to make a flat surface to rest the mallet on. I spray painted the whole thing black and sanded the edges to distress it a little. I also trimmed the handle of the mallet, so it wasn't so long!
Then I used Gorilla Glue to hold the mallet onto the base and then nailed it on tight with nails underneath. I topped off the unfinished cut on the handle with a button just nailed on.
Here is the finished project:
That night, David needed a paper towel and instead of offering to get one for him - I suggested he be the first to try this out! He loved it, he said, "much better!" with a sigh of relief in his voice.
This book is filled with lots of great ideas for using things in creative ways. Each chapter includes the story of a family who had a problem room/area in their home and called these ladies in to help them out. Often they added on space to the home and in each case, the transformation was dramatic. While I won't be adding on to a room in my home or re-doing it to the degree that they show in each of the chapters, my favorite things are gleaning the small scale ideas.
I have bookmarked many pages with ideas I'd like to incorporate in our home in the future. A couple of favorites are making a children's art display out of old windows and serving chips in a tambourine!
Now, a natural response to this is, "where do you find the junk?" And, I will admit that it is a response I have myself. Their junk is so neat and full of character! And, they definitely know where to find it. A couple of places I know I can check are thrift stores and the Habitat for Humanity Restore. I don't know of flea markets or junk barns near me - but it sure would be fun to visit one! I'm guessing that this is one of those things where you just have to keep your eyes open and be willing to be inspired by something that doesn't look inspiring at the time.
I think the overall tone of the book is to help us think differently about items and show us ideas of how to reuse them in different ways. It has a very can-do attitude and theme throughout. I'm not nearly as tool-savvy as these gals are - but I still felt like I could do it if I really put my mind to it because of their encouragement.
Do you have something old in your home that is being used in a new unconventional way? I'd love to hear your own junk creation stories - and hope you will get a chance to look at this book and be inspired as well!