Funky Junk Interiors About Page
Hey everyone, I’m Donna and welcome to Funky Junk Interiors!

Creating cool stuff out of salvage finds derived out of need. I started my life over again, and with little funds and knowledge, set out to furnish my home with… well, nothing.​

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Curbside diving and thrifting became my shopping mall. And creating with my finds ending up producing one of a kind creations.

But once I started seeing some results, a fire lit.  I found out about blogs, then spent a few (lot) late nights learning how to build and operate one.

Old sign crate styled stairway / Funky Junk's about page

So I started sharing my outlandish, unique, ultra affordable (free) creations. Pressing that publish button was downright scary sometimes!

But I’m so glad I did. ​Never did I fathom that people would actually like my weird ideas! Emails and comments with sincere appreciation came in, for having been awakened with a new sense of hope.

I mean, if I could do it with nothing, why not they?

The blog continued to grow, as did I. Learning new things each day became part of the ride.

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Today, blogging is my full time career. Wow.

I share my love of decorating with junk on the blog and at speaking engagements, host workshops to teach others how to create and decorate for nearly free, team up with companies where I can help my readers in some way, and have now fired up a line of old sign styled stencils, so you can easily make your own old signs!

Who knew that scrummaging along the side of the road could become a passion that I couldn’t live without? 

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teaching a workshop with power tools  / Funky Junk Interiors About Page

​I know what it’s like to be without. So I take extreme pleasure in teaching whatever I learn. Encouraging others to pick up tools for the first time and follow their own dreams is what this blog has become about.

You’ll also hear a few off topic inspiring reads, do a little sightseeing through my travels, and any other real life happenings that come along the way. Real life… as it happens.

Thank-you for your visit! Let’s junk!

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  1. I so love this sight ,I wish i knew you so we could do things together i need some one to get my creative juices flowin so much better to have a friend do with you !!

  2. Its always nice to meet someone who has the same passion as you do. I have been in business for 16 years. Check our our Facebook page as we do not have a web page. Just cant seem to find the time to teach myselph how to matain one..lol… I really have enjoyed yours… Happy Junkin…
    Sherry Hedrick

  3. Donna,

    Your blog and your story really inspire me! I too had to start my life all over. I too used the methods of dumpster shopping, curbside shopping and of course thrift store rendezvous. I am now very ill and cannot do all of the fun things, that as you, was were a necessity and then became a fun way of life. However, seeing your creativity has reminded me that even an ill person, who rarely is able to leave my house, can still be creative. God bless you!

    Thank you,


  4. Before even starting to read your blog or browse your page, who is the creative talent behind the design? That is what got my attention at first, as there are a gazillion creative people out there making and selling.

    Jo-Ann H.

    • Hi Jo-Ann,

      I came up with the concept, took pictures of the components and emailed them to my blog designer, Bethany from B-Spoke. She worked her magic and added her own flair, then it came to life with our guru Josh Leuze.

      Glad you like what you see!

  5. Beautiful amazing blog, I love many of the ideas you have on these DIY projects in which you use thrift finds. I do the same but I plan to use some of your ideas.

  6. Love your ideas,,,,I love to recycle old things,,,,why add to our landfills,
    why burn it up when it can be reused.Keep up the good work and giving us more ideas.

  7. lov the old look my dad is trying to build me a gardening room out of pallets and he is at a point where hes lost ideals need some photos or ideals to show him

  8. Hi Donna,
    I also had to start my life over. And now I have come to the realization that I am a decoratoraholic. I love redecorating my space…well any body space. This has caused a lot of stress in my life. Having one income is definite not the same as having two. But I am slow learner. Now I am on this journey of recovery through the trials, errors and success of DIY-ing. I am now revitalizing and reallocating things that I have and thrift shopping. I used a jig saw for the first time several months ago. And it felt great. I was always afraid of power tools. I now own a jig saw, a kreg jig and a drill. The next thing on my list to get is a sander. I absolutely, love your site.

  9. Hi Donna,
    I happened across your site this morning and WOW, I’m glad that I did! I love your projects and your ideas are over-the-top creative. My 5 yr old son also has a passion for turning “junk” into cool things. He’s always collecting old boxes, bottles, and other oddities and making some really neat “inventions” out of them :) I am newest fan and I can’t wait to come back and see what new things you come up with! ~Christin

  10. Just ran into the site. I might be 70 years old, but I love this look, and your creativeness. I could and probably will spend a lot of time on your blog, I know. I love old things. To me their special. They need not be forgotten. Thank you.

  11. Donna you have inspired me! I wish I had known about you years ago when I was in a similar situation. I spent 5 years restoring a 100 year old house, but furnishing it once I exhausted my funds on major renovations was tough. I was surrounded by antique shops and scrap yards!

    I’ve moved on since then, both in my home and life…but my love for the eclectic still lives on. I began my pallet chair project today after work! I can already see how cute it’s going to be! Thank you for sharing the details, especially measurements and specs, very helpful. I hope mine is half as cute as yours! I just know I’m going to want two now. I found you originally on Pinterest, don’t know if you knew someone pinned you, but I’m so glad they did. Happy treasure building!

    Tanya. R.
    Ladera Ranch, CA

  12. Donna I have been on your site watching for a while now, I just started a new life at 57, after 34 yrs of marrage, moved from MN to the hills of CO. So excited with my new 1903 new home, problem , With me came 3-26 ft Hual halls of wonderful junk, Only good thing about Mn lots of great junk to get! My new life will be very JUNKFUL… Juli Rogers

  13. Hi, WOW, what great ideas. They do say “necessity is the mother of inventions”.

    I gotta find me some pallets. thanks for some awesome ideas.

  14. We are staying at Harrison Hot Springs Hotel, how do we get to your place…???
    We would like to come tomorrow Oct 10 at around 1:00pm