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Friends, I cannot believe I’m actually sharing this news with you– it feels surreal: I made the cover of 100 Ideas Flea Market Style!!

Remember when I shared my experience about the crew from Meredith Corp coming to my house at the end of February? Well, this issue is FINALLY OUT and I’m so excited to tell you about it! You can find this magazine almost everywhere magazines are sold (I got mine at my local grocery story) from now until September.

And I know this is a funny picture of me– all my kids cracked up when they saw my close-eyes laughing face. But let’s be real– this is what I actually look like when I’m laughing! Haha!

This feature was a long time coming. Let’s rewind to September of 2013. My very first Vintage Market Days. I had the first booth at the entrance of the barn and I had all my furniture and vintage decor that I had been working on and collecting for months and months, displayed and ready to sell.

I nearly sold out at the first VMD in St Louis which was thrilling, but one of the highlights I remember very clearly was meeting Shaila Wunderlich. She introduced herself to me as a freelance writer for some national and regional magazines and asked if my home look anything like my booth did.

At the time we were still renting– a small 2 bedroom, 1 bath home.  Having a cute romantic farmhouse style home was still a dream. Little could be done with our budget and within our lease agreement. I told her we were saving for a down payment on our first house and hoped to make improvements to get a new (old) house that matched my style. She gave me her card and said to stay in touch.

(our house when we first bought it)

Every year Shaila would email me and ask how things were going. She really believed in me. Our first year we slowly tackled a few things on our new house– painting our kitchen cabinets,

sprucing up the back patio with some new plants, getting a few new pieces of furniture for our living room.

 The second year, Bruno started his MBA, so that meant I didn’t have extra help with furniture. I decided to spend more time improving my home instead. I started working on making over our master bedroom, our master bathroom,

my daughter’s room, and by the end of the year we had finished with our living room pallet accent wall and built-ins, and kitchen makeover.  Shaila asked me to put together a file of before and after photos of our progress so she could pitch it to some magazines. We had made some solid improvements but it wasn’t quite there.

The third year I started to really fine tune things– I made some pretty updates to our back patio, painted and added molding accents to our front room and added some new furniture in there, continued to make improvements to our master bedroom, gave the boys’ shared room a makeover, and built more furniture than ever before. Shaila asked me to update the file again and pitched again. This time I was ready.

And that was when I got the email from contributing editor, Jessica Holtam, asking if they could come photograph my home for 100 Ideas Flea Market Style, a Special Publication of Better Homes & Gardens. Of course I was over the moon excited! We scheduled it shortly after Bruno finished his coursework for his MBA, almost exactly 3 years after we bought our home.

I’ve never been someone who focuses on ‘numbers’ or blog stats. I know they are important for certain things, but I always felt like experiences and relationships with other professionals and businesses was more valuable to me. Being featured in print has always felt like it would be more rewarding than a paycheck. Don’t get me wrong– a paycheck is important–essential even to keep this blog running (because gosh does it get expensive!)… but this experience is one I have dreamed of and I honestly think was a combination of hard work and pure luck. I don’t think I have the most beautiful home out there or necessarily deserve to be in a magazine– but it IS pretty cute ( ) and I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time, made the right connections and friendships– all things that individually may seem insignificant, but collectively made all the difference.

My Feature in 100 Ideas Flea Market Style - YouTube

To top it all off I got a fun surprise a couple weeks ago when I found out that in the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens, they chose to feature me and a few photos of my home taken at the shoot, in order to promote the 100 Ideas Flea Market Style issue!!

SO! That’s my fun news! Celebrate with me and go buy an issue! hahaha Or don’t, I mean… you can celebrate without buying it but there are some other really beautiful homes featured in the issue, plus some very cool and unique tips on how to use vintage finds.

The end. Love you all! And thank you for supporting me through the years!

xo, Rachel

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Happy Earth Day friends! In honor of today, I thought I’d put together a quick roundup of my top 10 favorite upcycled projects I’ve done. Obviously my roots are in up cycling, recycling and renewing, since my blog started with only old furniture makeovers. But since I’ve done hundreds of those, I thought I’d offer a little variety today and show some of the smaller projects as well as a couple larger. Enjoy!

How to Make A Bottle Lamp

I took some old cider bottles that were buried on a friend’s property, cleaned them out and made them into bottle lamps. Full tutorial HERE.

Vintage Dresser Makeover with Floral Design

This dresser was pretty old, with a damaged and majorly marred finish with drawers that weren’t working well. I fixed the drawers and gave the whole thing a few fresh coats of paint, then drew and hand-painted a floral design on the front. See all the details on this makeover HERE.

Vintage Ladder Vertical Garden

I’ve had this old ladder I bought at a resale shot for years, but last year I turned it into a vertical garden to go alongside our front door. I used thin floral wire to attach the pots to the rungs and it turned out SO cute!

See the full tutorial on how I attached the pots to the rungs (with an animated GIF) HERE.

Vintage Door into a Sliding Barn Door

This old door I found on a Facebook swap site but it didn’t have quite the variation of texture that I wanted. Using a scraper, sandpaper, and a few colors of gray paint, I created the exact chippy, worn finish that I wanted, then attached the barn door hardware.

See the full tutorial HERE.

Kitchen Cabinet into a Child’s Desk

This old kitchen cabinet I found at Habitat for Humanity for $15. With a little creativity, I turned it into a portable kid’s desk for my daughter, complete with compartments to hold all her supplies, and opening storage to hold books/papers, etc.

See the full tutorial HERE.

Vintage Dresser into a Bathroom Vanity

This vintage dresser was in great shape and the perfect size to be customized into a double vanity! It did require some retro-fitting of a couple of the drawers to make room for the pipes, but with a new paint job and a durable waterproof top-coat, this vanity ended up being cheaper and A LOT more stylish than a brand-new vanity of the same size.

See the tutorial and the rest of the bathroom makeover HERE.

Coin Tray into Tiered Wooden Stand

This project was part of a blogger challenge where I was sent some random thrift store items and had to create something new with it. I was sent a wooden coin tray that I added some spindles to and gave a new weathered gray finish, to create a chic tiered wooden stand that is strikingly familiar to Pottery barn’s.

See the full tutorial HERE.

Leather Belt Planter Holder

I was completely inspired by an image I saw on Dwell, and created these leather planter holders from old belts. This was a pretty easy project once I had the right tools. And now that I have leather punch tools, I can create bracelets, belts, straps for purses and bags… lots of possibilities!

See the full tutorial HERE.

Puzzle Piece Map Wall Art

I wanted to create some map wall art for my boys’ room but wanted to add some visual texture rather than doing the typical map print. So I went to the thrift store and upcycled some old puzzles that were perhaps missing a piece of two, spray painted them, and arranged them on top of a template I created of a rough outline of the world. After I glued them down and added a frame, this large wall art was complete!

See the full tutorial HERE.

Brand Heart Wall Art

Our area saw lots of flooding this past winter, so I decided to make some wall art with it! By grabbing some dead branches and sticks, I arranged them into a heart shape and painted an dipped ombre design on them. After attaching them to a larger branch, this project become one of my most popular on Facebook.

See the full tutorial HERE.

Hope you enjoyed this little recap and feel inspired to reuse cast-off items to create something new and useful!

Enjoy the weekend!

xo, Rachel

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