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Organized Clutter by Carlene @ Organized Clutter - 9M ago

 Well, I almost forgot to take a photo of this candle sconce before it was painted, at least ALL painted.

This is a free wall candle sconce that I brought home from my mom's apartment.

I'm sure she found this sconce while thrifting.  Sconces are fairly easy to find.  Some have been made in high school shop classes.  Most are stained with a dark wood stain.

I'm thinking fall.  I decided to paint the sconce in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Honfleur (brown).

I brushed on two coats, and sealed the chalk paint with Deco Art Americana Decor Creme Wax in Clear.
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Organized Clutter by Carlene @ Organized Clutter - 9M ago
 I purchased this vintage Samsonite suitcase at a garage sale recently.

First, I washed the faux leather suitcase down with warm soapy water.  

I used a little Soft Scrub to get the scuff marks and grime off of the light colored plastic.  
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This hinged box is from my mom's apartment.  It's not really wood.  It's a hardboard with faux wood grain look.  

It has an interesting shape.

It has a metal clasp in front, and metal ring handles on the sides.

This wooden tray is one of my thrift shop finds in August for $4.

Both get a makeover today!
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 As you probably know, I like cutting boards.  I almost always pick them up at garage sales and thrift shops.

These three were recent finds.  My project today will use the top and bottom cutting boards with handles.
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Organized Clutter by Carlene @ Organized Clutter - 10M ago

 This re-purposed antique drawer front shelf was another item I brought home from my mom's apartment.  (A few weeks ago she moved into a much smaller assisted living apartment, and I am downsizing her belongings)

 I like this shelf, but to be completely honest, I listed it on a FB group to sell for $25.  When it didn't sell the first couple of days, I deleted it from the selling group and decided to give it a makeover.

The antique drawer front is indeed beautiful, with it's curved front and beautiful grain, so my first thought was just to paint the primitive country gold shelf on top.  

After painting the shelf, I just didn't like the contrast.  The gold shelf seemed to blend much better with the gold tones in the wood grain.
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This salt box prim house was one of my August garage sale finds!

I used to be big primitive country fan, but I have went farmhouse.  It's so much lighter and brighter.
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As you probably know, I moved my mother to assisted living last month.

My mom always loved rummage sales and thrift shops, and even better free stuff.  This little table was given to her by one of the other tenants.

I am giving it an upcycle!
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Organized Clutter by Carlene @ Organized Clutter - 10M ago
 I found this old paint spattered wooden crate at a garage sale last weekend for $3.

I guess, because it was spattered with a Christmas green paint, I decided to make it into Christmas decor!

I know it's early, but this is one less project to do in November and December.
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Organized Clutter by Carlene @ Organized Clutter - 10M ago

 I really have no business dragging more stuff home this week.  

I am still very busy cleaning out my mom's apartment.  I have until the end of August, but it is making me anxious.  I have at least 4 pieces of mom's furniture that I plan to makeover.  (More on that later)

When I saw a moving sale in the local newspaper for my collecting/church friends, I had to attend.

I remember these cement pumpkins on sale on a local FB group two years ago.  They were $25.  This one is a little faded out but only $1.  With fall right around the corner, I bought it!  I couldn't make one for $1.
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Organized Clutter by Carlene @ Organized Clutter - 10M ago
 Last weekend I found two of these canvases taped together with packing tape, and marked "Free" at a garage sale.  

The canvases had been painted white and had a dark red arc painted on each of them.

 This is the back.  

I asked the homeowner, "Are these canvases free?".  She said, "Yes, you can repaint them."

I took them.
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