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A little about me!
Welcome to my junk filled summer home tour! I’m Donna with Funky Junk Interiors and my passion is decorating with, well… JUNK.
I started collecting off the curb out of need, as I couldn’t afford to decorate my home after starting my life over again. Curbside finds were brought home, where I put them to work. I then fired up Funky Junk in order to share what I was creating.
Today, Funky Junk has become a source of inspiration for those that have previously felt they had to go without. The projects you see here are cheap to make and easy to put together for DIY beginners. Most everything is found or built from found things so lack of funds is never an excuse!
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My Junk Filled Home Tour
This downstairs office is where I spend time doing my dayjob. I run a sign and graphics company from home and decided to funk up this area as well.
The desk was created from scratch with all reclaimed wood. This was truly my first ‘real’ build, meaning, I made the framing and everything. I’m so proud it’s still standing!
This desk is looong! At 12 feet, I desired a nice long work surface facing the north facing window.
I rarely flick on inside lights. I like natural light so I gravitate being near windows.
Quirky accessories help me stay organized.
The biggest aha moment I’ve ever had was the day the massive vanity was removed out of this small bathroom. Creating a design for the tile floor and adding a few quirky touches has me loving this room.
The quirky crate and license plate toilet paper storage took an unexpected popular turn. It went semi viralish. Sometimes the easiest projects truly ARE the best it seems!
An old headboard was revamped into the perfect towel holder. You can never have too many hooks in a bathroom.
Welcome to my bedroom! As you can see, there isn’t any glamourous furniture in this room. The headboard is an old horse gate and the side table was built from scratch.
Regarding the bedding… I’m a messy bed maker. And there’s a reason for that. All the bedding is too short so I compensate with creative ways to make up for that. The bed rarely looks the same two days in a row. I just throw on whatever!
A headboard with added hooks offers you unlimited decorating potential. Rustic wreaths are my thing today. Who knows what’ll be up there tomorrow…
The lovely white metal heart is a gift from Lucketts. It adds an unexpected touch of girly charm smack dab in the middle of rusticville.
The lampshade was created from a wire basket and twig garland. It really helped to kick the glam down a notch on this fancy lamp base.
More fun jewelry finds it’s way on the lamp. Cool pieces by What Lola Wants Lola Gets.
Desiring a unique night table, this unit was built around two baskets acting as drawers. Reclaimed pallet wood and other antique touches were used. This piece is NEW so watch for the tutorial coming soon!
Beautiful, abundant hydrangeas still in their pots flank the windowsill inside a toolbox.
The cute webbing garland is my souvenir from Miss Mustard Seed’s booth at Lucketts!
This funky wall feature created from pallet boards actually serves a purpose… the hooks keep my floor clean, plain and simple. I personally don’t think a room can have too many places to hang things.
Desiring walls with some character, I created a cheater method of board and batten. It’s quirky with random sized boards and spacing and easy to remove if you change your mind. I love how it brings focus and brightness to the bedroom.
The paint on the other wall is called Bamboo Beach, by Cloverdale Paint, in Canada.
Junk accessories are used to store jewelry, such as this ultra cool typewriter key bracelet by Junxtaposition.
Desiring a coffee table with some junk charm, this one was built from pallet wood scraps, complete with junk accessories.
No sew pillows that are actually coffee bean sacks spruce up the sofa. Pop your pillow inside, fold the top over and you’re done!
Adding some junky bling to the coffee table supports offers unexpected art and interest. My theory is, dress up your home with things you love to look at, and you’ll love your pieces even more.
The coffee table is large enough to host pretty much anything desired, such as this vintage typewriter/plant vignette, perfect for summer.
The ladder plant stand is perfect in front of a window. It doesn’t hinder view nor light, and your plants will love it! Cats too.
These gate screens were created to simply frame the windows. They add a touch of cottage / country charm and help to brighten up the dark corners.
My first ever pallet creation was this tv stand. Leaving the pallet intact, legs and crates were added, making it super functional and fun to look at.
The pallet had an edge, so placing the TV on a piece of 2×4 for support and covering the works with glass offered an unexpected display showcase.
Friend Dan Sawatzky and team via Imagination Corporation created this one of a kind fireplace without removing the old one! Cultured stone, fibreglass reinforced concrete, and custom, oversized features hide the old, bringing new life and focus into the room.
I love wood burning fireplaces and am grateful to hang onto one of the last, I’m sure!
A surplus of junk was put to work, creating an entry way coat hanger gallery wall.
Nothing was measured. One piece after the other was fit into place creating a fun focal point NO ONE appears to miss when coming by for a visit.
I borrow from the wall all the time, replacing it with new things. New, revamped bingo board tutorial coming soon.. forgot about this one!
Summer is the time to celebrate flowers, so a ‘flower box’ took centre stage in the kitchen.
I’m also addicted to the sunshine, so all window coverings came off to let that sun shine in!
I’m rather kicking myself for leaving the lamps in the picture. It looks ‘full’. But trust me, I could never live without the ambiance they offer. If you’ve never tried lamps by your kitchen sink, maybe don’t start, because you’ll never take them down.
The metal topped island is custom made by Dan and team via Imagination Corporation. It’s double sided so it can be sat at from both sides. The curvy lines and corners visually make the island appear smaller than it is. It’s huge and it’s perfect! It sits on a 45 degree angle to the rest of the kitchen, which works as the entire upstairs is an open floor plan.
The white twig chandelier resides above the island, and is made from willow and grapevine branches attached to a thrift store chandy. It’s really very easy to make! Just fiddly.
Trademark crates also make their way into my kitchen. They suit the rustic shaker styled cupboards and warms up the white board and batten backsplash.
Please tell me everyone has two coffee makers on their countertops these days?! ( disclosure… I removed the 3rd for the picture! don’t ask)
WRONG WAY is a fun jab at the fact that I don’t adore cooking. I’m just the type that would rather mow the lawn or saw up some wood or something.
The black along the ceiling is MDF treated to look like metal panels. (help by friend Dan Sawatzky) When the kitchen was renovated, the header above the old cupboards destroyed the ceiling. Rather than replace the entire thing, panels were created to hide what was removed. It’s a really cool look and makes the ceiling appear taller than it really is.
Welcome to my dining room! If I spin my chair around, I face the kitchen, so it’s the perfect spot to get your work done yet still be in the thick of it all.
The desk was created by using sawhorses for legs, a ladder for the framework, and pallet boards attached to the top. Easiest build ever!
The desktop got it with some sign work and eclectic bolts and such. Just because.
The monitor is also sunken into the surface of the desk to save my neck from looking up. The tutorial shares the full details.
This one comes with a story. I was about to get the stair carpet replaced, so I ripped up the old carpet. The carpet man didn’t show up for whatever reason, so I just left it because I couldn’t afford it anyway. Then I came up with the idea of painting them up like old soda crates.
I created stencils out of decals (before it was THEE thing to do) with my signmaking equipment and made it work.
(I use a 24″ Graphtech cutter with Signlab and Coreldraw software… not priced for the novice – and I do not sell decals to the DIY community… more on that soon!)
Each riser wears something different. The original post shows more photos.
I also have gutted a room downstairs and use it as my photo studio. The light is amazing! If you can spare a room somehow, someway, I highly endorse having a room just for this!
This little shed use to be a greenhouse. The plastic was replaced with old fencing boards from a neighbour, then enhanced with plants, pallets and junk.
Desiring a super comfy place to sit, pallet boards were used to create this sofa from scratch.
But the sofa needed a companion, so two pallets later, this double sized chair was born. It seriously only took two pallets and 4 legs to make!
And you know with me being a signmaker, I had to leave you with a sign.
Thanks so very much for your visit! I hope some of these projects inspired you to look at junk a little differently. Can’t wait to show you what I’m up to next…
Next up in the tour…
visit the amazing SONGBIRD HERE.
Complete listing of all the home tours
DAY 1 (June 3rd)
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DAY 2 (June 4th)
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DAY 3 (June 5th)
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DAY 4 (June 6th)
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