Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions, from pallets to pretty junk, via Funky Junk Interiors

I figured it was high time I covered things that get asked frequently. So… here they are!

1. Who are you and where are you located?

I’m Donna, a junk fanatic and mom to a teenage son. I reside in British Columbia, Canada on the west coast.

2. Where is your store? What do you sell?

I don’t have a store. Yet. Funky Junk Interiors is just a girl blogging about her hobby of collecting and making things out of junk.

I don’t sell anything either. Yet. But I’m building up to it!

3. Do you sell old signs or decals/stencils to make old signs?

Not at this time.

4. What’s the paint colour that runs throughout your home?

Canada’s Cloverdale Paint’s Bamboo Beach, kitchen quality eggshell. It’s the PERFECT mocha undertone that isn’t pink nor green. It’s the perfectly clean brown and looks great with everything.

5. What sign equipment do you run?

I own a Graphtek 24″ cutter, alongside CorelDraw and Signlab software. I run it all on a mac these days, set up with Parallels to run the PC side of things too.

These things aren’t priced for the novice, this is pro equipment. If you want to cut decals for your own use, I’d suggest to look into a Silhouette machine for a mere few hundred dollars vs thousands.

6. What kind of camera do you have?

Nikon D3100. I’m also getting into lenses, which can really make or break your photos. I have a 40mm micro, 18-108 mm, 10-24mm for tighter room shots, and 55-200mm which I never use. It came with the camera.

7. When will your How To Make Old Signs ebook be on the market?

Sorry gang! It’s not done yet. Hopefully by the end of 2013…

Funky Junk Interiors hosting a sign workshop at Bella Rustica, photo by Southern Hospitality

8. Do you host workhops?

Not officially but I could. Would you like to work together? Just ask!

I’ve been doing some traveling engagements lately in order to teach and inspire… Bella Rustica, GMC Yard Sale, Lucketts Spring Market.

9. Where do you find your junk?

Please bear in mind, my preference is free first. For this reason, I’m cheap but with reason. I fired up Funky Junk due to need. Today, I’m still out to prove one can make cool stuff for very little funds.

So… I hit the curb, burn piles, backyards, thrift stores, and yard sales. Garbage day can be good too!

I also love Granny and Grumpa’s in Abbotsford B.C. And a good place to go for lunch is at a junk pub called Mission Springs Brewing Company in Mission, B.C. You’ll love it!

Hit Fort Langley while you’re out this way too. It’s an entire town filled with antiques and junk.

Pallet wood coffee table, via Funky Junk Interiors

pallet wood coffee table

10. Where do you find your pallets?

I frequent a firetruck manufacturer through my work which has tons of crates and pallets in their back 40 all the time. As for reclaimed lumber, I find it. If I spot fencing boards piled up in one’s yard, I’ll go ask if I can have it before they throw it out.

Is pallet wood safe to work with?

THIS post will explain everything.

How do you take pallets apart?

I generally don’t do that myself. I attempt to look for crates that are already broken open so all I have to do is load the wood into the back of my truck. But if a pallet is made out of straight nails vs twisted, I’ll use a hammer and crowbar and rip it apart. I made my coffee table from a dismantled pallet I did all by myself! :)

11. Can I pin your pictures or feature you on my blog?

Please do! No need to ask at all if it’s just the odd photo here and there with the watermarks intact and you’ve linked back to the original post. If you desire more than one or two photos, please contact me and we’ll figure it out.

12. Do you accept guest posts?

I’m sorry, but at this time I don’t accept guest posts. I’ve tried them in the past but they didn’t do well as folks tend to come to my blog for my own content. I will however feature other artists I choose myself on occasion. 

13. Can I, a business, add a paid link inside one of your posts?

Google frowns upon paid links in a post, so I have to say no. Sorry. But I will indeed link back to blogs and reputable companies I work with. 

14. I linked up twice on your party, sorry! Can you delete my other link?

The link party is set so you can delete your own posts. Just look for the little red x. If you don’t see it, please let me know in the comments to that linkup post and I’ll tweak it. Just leave me the link # you want deleted please.

15. What are the fonts you use in your signs?

I give away lots of stuff on my blog, but some info I hold back so my work isn’t mass produced. I hope you understand.

16. You work, yet you blog AND raise your son on your own. How do you do it all? 

I don’t. If I’m on the computer, my dishes aren’t done. If I’m doing my dishes, I’m not answering email. If I’m hanging out with my son, the house and blog both need me. I just do a little of everything as time allows and generally finish nothing in one day.

A blog post can take days to complete. I divide my time up: build one day, stage it the next, photo shoot the day after, edit next week and post after that. Nothing is instant in my world.

17. How do I subscribe to your blog?

How to subscribe to blog posts on Funky Junk Interiors

 There are two ways to subscribe to blog posts:

#1 click the header icon as shown to subscribe via your choice.

#2 open a post on the blog and scroll to the bottom, and enter email in the ‘enter email for inbox updates’ area.

18. What’s next for you?

What I’m working on? Ebooks. My first one, How to Make Old Signs is nearly complete!

In my dreams? Write more ebooks on other topics. Teach. Travel. Write in more publications. Write a book book. Sell something… a line of products? Partner up with a company to sell junk wares. Continue to build/design rustic furniture… maybe design it and have someone build it for me to sell?

I’m honestly open to whatever may come knocking. And I’m a believer in, when the time is right, that’s when it will come. Please call if you desire. I’d love to chat. :)

This document will be updated frequently.
Have any more questions? Fire away! I may add them.

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  1. You “Are” amazing! I am just getting started w/ my blog posts and realize that it is a lot to handle plus, still find and make things to sell to earn some extra cash One VIP question that I’d LOVE to know is how do you make enough money to survive on?

    comment as option not working this a.m. :( this is me!

    • JP, I have a dayjob as well. I’ve run my own sign company for the last 21 years which has allowed me to ‘play’ with all things blog. The blog is now starting to earn and help out, which allows me to work less on the dayjob and more on the blog side (my preference).

  2. Donna I love your blog and your “down home honesty”. It is always a joy to sit with a cup of tea and catch up with what you are working on next.

    For anyone interested, one of the best places for free items (no strings attached) is Trust me, it is worth looking into. It is world-wide and the whole objective is to keep tangible things out of landfills. I’ve moderated one of their groups for about four years now. It is near and dear to my heart and enables people to reinvent things and furnish their home on the “cheap”.

    Best to you and your continued success!

  3. Oh my :( You are so far away… I’m Magda, from Poland and I follow your blog for some time. I found Your blog, when I tried to find some information about wooden crates, as I currently build a bookshelf made of crates. I found many usefull information here and also few good ideas for what I would like to thank you :) You are a Star of DIY for me:)

  4. I so love your blog. I am not a blogger just a blog reader junkee….I feel as if I know you and your son!!! You are such an inspiration!! Hey you should come to the US east coast. You could always stay with me!! Keep up the good work!

  5. I love you blog for the inspiration, for newbie bloggers…your warmth,your kindness and willing to share so much! You sit on my side bar, like a good neighbor a place to visit and share…..Thank you for the time you input for all of us

  6. I would like to add that Donna is even warmer and more down-to-earth in person! She did a trufly amazing job for us at our fundraiser in Nashville- us “southerners” love her! I predict that big things are coming her way and she more than deserves it! She is such a hard worker, never complains and is genuinely talented. That girl can crank out the beautiful junk right off the cuff!
    Donna- have I said thank you for all that you did and are doing for our Bella!!!

    • Oh my… thank you back, Miss Linda! I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat! It was such an honour to come your way and meet so many that read my little Canadian blog! Thanks for giving me that opportunity and for such a good cause. :)

  7. Oh- Donna- I am so happy to know you even better. I really admire what you do and what a dear person you are. You are much more than a project on display and that comes through on every post- xo Diana

  8. Hi! I’m so glad to see such inspiration and creativity in a fellow Canuck! Way to go!!
    What I was wondering was, I thought I’d heard something about a book (not about making signs) that you’d already published, but never learned the title. I’d be very interested in knowing if there are any previous titles I’ve missed!

    • Hi Laurie! I can’t email you direct as you come up as a noreply.

      I’ve had two book offers, but both didn’t materialize for two different reasons. The first, the company went under a restructure and pulled out and the 2nd, the offer just wasn’t the right fit. Third time lucky perhaps? :)

  9. Hi Donna
    This information about you and your family is so heartwarming. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    I know that good things are coming your way in good time.

  10. It was lovely to read this post and get to know you a little more. I think you do an amazing job of balancing your life with your son and all your other commitments. Kudos to you. I have a question about your answer about Google that I would like to email you about, if it’s okay with you and you have time.
    Debbie :)

  11. Donna, I love this post… for many reasons but first- you shine thru it. Second because you said you don’t do it all in one day!! And after being in my garage today from 10am to 10 pm- I needed to hear that!!! You are so amazing and I love all that you do and cannot wait to get your ebook!! ~ Lori {Vintage Charm Restored}

  12. Hi Donna,

    I love your blog and you are truly an inspiration to me. I love the look of your blog. Did you use a designer or did you do it yourself? I need help with branding and logo design.


    • Hey Debbie! I took pictures of the junk elements, (clipboard, etc) and emailed them to my designer, Bethany via B Spoke. She then further designed everything and had the works coded by Josh Leuze to go live as my design. It’s built from scratch! :)

      I did my own logo.

  13. I love this blog! I am inspired by the blog design and graphics. Did you design them? Are you able to share any information on how you got started and anyone that you would recommend to build a blog theme and logo?


    • Hey Linda! I’m also a graphic designer by trade so I did my own logo, but had help with the blog. I took pictures of the junk elements, (clipboard, etc) and emailed them to my designer, Bethany via B Spoke. She then further designed everything and had the works coded by Josh Leuze to go live as my design. It’s built from scratch!

      My tip to getting started is to open up a free blogger blog account and start. Just start. Pick a subject you eat, sleep, and dream about then go for it! Make sure a .com is avail for your title, fire up a FB page and get rolling!

  14. Love your site and your designs. I’m always looking for ideas on making things from junk. What an inspiration you are.

    I’m now a subscriber and looking forward to your emails.


  15. Donna, thank you. I knew I wasn’t crazy. I’ve loved this stuff for years and my family thought I’d lost it. I’m using all your ideas…LOL.! Congratulations on the success of your new life.!!

  16. Hi,
    I just randomly found your site on google when I searched ” funky kitchens”,

    LOVE the site..

    please add me to your email list, I look forward to reading more !
    thanks for sharing your ideas !