2011 Summer Home Tour

Welcome friends,  to the 2011 Parade of Homes created by Poppies at Play!

Are you in for some eye candy! The parade will run April 4-8th, showcasing 4 blogs/homes each day!

And don’t forget about the fab link party on Saturday over at Poppies at Play, where you have a chance to showcase your own home tour! Thanks for hosting this event, Andy!

Ready for some fun? Here we go! Beware. This is one LONG post. πŸ™‚

Hello all! I’m Donna, and reside in beautiful BC Canada alongside my 11 yr old son, 1 dog and 2 cats.

We have a typical 2 level home that was recently and beautifully renovated in nearly every single room with lots of help. However with depleted funds after the reno, I was forced to get ultra creative with my decorating in order to furnish it.

So I started gathering what others would normally consider ‘junk’. And when you haul junk home, you need to put your creative cap on! Best thing that ever happened to me was not being able to afford what I desired. πŸ™‚

Once the creations started to become a reality, the blog Funky Junk Interiors was born.






From decorating, gardening, inspirational writeups, tutorials and lots of tool swingin’, it’s all shared here as a means to encourage anyone that they CAN have nice things for their home and they CAN do it themselves.

You see, I know what it’s like to feel helpless with no skills and penniless for new things. My mantra? If you can’t buy it, find it and make it! Stick around and I’ll show you how.

 Anyway, come on in and check out some of the most affordable decor ever!

~ stairway ~

Not being able to afford to carpet my stairs, I decided to paint the original wood instead.  With only craft paint and my own made stencils, the only thing this cost me was a little creativity. πŸ™‚

Related links to the stairway

crate stairway tutorial

~ Livingroom ~

Desiring something other than curtains, I created these ‘gate screens’ to frame out the picture window. Pine tongue and groove boarding was air-nailed onto existing privacy screens for a quick and easy one of a kind window treatment.

I love layering, and how it has the potential to chime in with many elements in a room.

Legs were added to an old pallet, creating a rustic TV stand. The legs were built at the perfect height to allow for authentic crates to store movies.

The bonus? The showcase created out of the top. For more junk of course. πŸ™‚

The fireplace was created by friend Dan and his crew. They placed cultured stone over top the existing brick, created a mantel and beefed up the corbels to give the room an impressive focal point.

Most recently, I created an old gate from scrap wood to brighten up the fireplace area. Because the scale of the fireplace is so large, equally over sized accessories make filling up the space a lot of fun!

I also switch out to this coffee table now and then. Like the stairs, I created a stencil and simply decorated the top of an outdoor table.

related links to the livingroom

old gate window screens

 old gate on mantel

 full livingroom tour

fireplace build

The Village Mercantile coffee table

pallet TV stand

 ~ Blog office ~

What do sawhorses, an old ladder plus some pallet wood make?

Why, a blog office desk of course! This use to be the dining room we never used. Now it’s a kitchen office I can’t stay out of. πŸ™‚

The shelving is simple Ikea storage type shelving most would put in their garage. The wall unit created floor to ceiling fun without hindering light from the two side windows.

Pallet wood was used to support the shelf unit to tie in with the desk.

The top was lettered up alongside big bolts set into drilled holes to resemble random planks from here and there.

Even my nifty rusty gears are put to work. The flattest one is my drink coaster.

unique picture frame ideas HERE

The wall unit is a blast to work with. The vignettes are forever changing.

related links to the blog office

pallet desk reveal (part of a 6 part series)

wall unit build

wall unit staging

~ Kitchen ~

Because the upstairs is now open floor plan, taking center stage in this space is a massive 2 sided metal topped island, fabricated by friend Dan. I designed the top with plenty of softer radius curves, which help to minimize it’s visual strength. Dan took it from there and added his take on it. It turned out perfect. πŸ™‚

The metal was left in it’s natural state, which comes as a black finish. Wherever sections were welded, grinding took place, leaving a wonderfully distressed finish. An option is to wax the surface to avoid rust, but I happen to like a little rust here and there. πŸ™‚

The topper is totally self supporting on it’s own legs, which simply slipped over top stock cabinets.

 A white twig chandelier was created by shaping willow and grapevine branches against an existing chandelier.

 During renos, the three windows replaced one lonely one, bringing the outdoor sunlight in, as well as offering a wonderful view of the backyard. Rather than curtains, ‘see through’ junk decorate the windows, allowing full throttle sunshine in.

Whoops.. lights weren’t yet finished in this pic. πŸ™‚

The black you see along the ceiling is MDO board cut and painted to look like metal sheeting. The rivets you see are wood plugs. This fabrication was to alleviate intense ceiling repair when a cabinet header was removed during renos.

Although not officially ‘needed’, the two lamps flanking the sink truly enhance countertop tasks and cast a wonderful evening glow. I couldn’t do without the extra light now!


Most recently, I just created a Farmers Market sign with a spring theme in mind. It’s fun to change this area out on a whim and is a rather fun curtain alternative. πŸ™‚

The alder shaker style cabinets with distressed hardware warm up the space, while the whites and shiny blacks add dimension. Touches of stainless brings in industrial appeal. When the fridge was ordered, I requested stainless handles on black to ring in with the stove theme. (appliances are by Bosch)

A board and batten treatment was applied to the drywall behind the stove, further bringing in brightness and all things white.

links to the kitchen

kitchen build

grocery sign

white twig chandelier

Farmers Market sign

 ~ The master bedroom ~

Welcome to what I affectionately call this room, The White Trash Bedroom. πŸ™‚

This room is totally all about found treasures put together to create a rumply crumply pillowy haven, wearing many shades of white.

At times, my bedside painter’s ladder, showing off a few pretty shades under it’s coat of white,

… holds a favorite magazine to flip through at my total leisure.

Other times the ladder holds a few of my favorite things. Just because.

The camisoles were found in my Mom’s closet, the Bible a gift from my Grandmother, and the pearls from my Mom’s jewelry box. A ladder of special memories, honoring two of my favorite gals.

You won’t find this bed neat, tidy and symmetrical. This bed is about rumpled crumpled comfy bliss. With waaaay too many pillows and a touch of lace.

Twinkling tea lights play well with a whisper of woodsy rustic, my favorite kind of finish.

An old gate grouped with metal clad siding and an old door creates a headboard with substance! And the works is highlighted with a random board and batten wall treatment to further enhance the whites.

The bedside tray is an old topper from a small table.

The vintage dresser, topped with a vintage headboard, wears an authentic crackle finish you can only achieve from many many years.

An absolute stroke of luck was finding that all the vintage hardware was different! I left them untouched, they were perfect. Check. Out. That. Crackle! Amazing.

I love the memories this collection offers. My mom’s jewelry box and parent’s tea pot from their wedding gift collection have a very special place here.

A  collection of some thrift store finds tie in beautifully with the treasured jewelry box. The tiniest gold snowflakes dot the top, a detail I love.  The lampshade was created out of torn white sheets in which the layers cast the most amazing layered glow.

 The rusty old headboard is one of my favorite places to hang some of my favorite pictures and other treasures.

Fresh fragrant blooms always get first dibs in the teapot!

bedroom related posts

entire bedroom reveal

bedmaking tutorial on the rumply crumply style

vintage dresser / rusty headboard how to


ripped sheet lampshade

~ The Sign Playroom ~

An old grocery sign behind a daybed sets the tone for my son’s playroom.

Extensions were added to a regular sized storage unit from Ikea to claim precious space all the way up to the ceiling. Bins all have covered lids to keep toys dust free.

One red feature wall was the perfect touch to liven up the space without overwhelming it.


The full playroom reveal

~ The Stars and Bricks Bedroom ~

Stars and a torch from Ikea cast a fun night time glow in this boy’s bedroom.

A mix of greys and blues tie in with the painted brick scheme and dusk like walls and ceiling.

A coordinating sheet took the place of cabinet doors to help brighten up this little corner.

The brick treatment is paint stamped on with a sponge to create a brick effect.

The furniture was painted out in two tones to keep things light and bright along with a masculine touch.

Practicing spelling and math is actually FUN on the massive whiteboard. And drawing too. πŸ™‚

Full bedroom reveal

But nothing stays the same for too long around here. The two rooms above? They’re no longer. We’ve since knocked down the wall between the two creating one big tween cave for my lucky duck son.

LOTS more to come on this front!

~ Downstairs office ~

My newest creation is a16 foot long farm table style desk, created from pallet wood and cedar planks. The total cost for this desk was $3.00… for new screws. πŸ™‚

Pallet and rustic details were celebrated, rather than hidden.

 The cedar planks were sanded and left untreated and unattached. This makes moving around equipment wires a breeze!

 Eclectic office props are everywhere you look. Even a unique lamp made out of a barn light and vintage ironing board gets in on the fun. πŸ™‚

Desk reveal post HERE.

~ Upstairs Bathroom ~

The bathroom isn’t yet complete, however here are a couple of shots.

The pedestal sink replaced a massive vanity which visually doubled the space.

An old headboard becomes a perfect place to hang towels and clothing.

Traditional curtains were replaced with a shutter created from pallet and fence wood.

How to make a barn wood shutter is HERE.

I haven’t really openly blogged about this yet, however I tiled all my own floors. The above shot is what the bathroom floor looks like. Adding the little black diamonds was extra work, but the result is well worth it!

I like to invent and create designs. This shot is my most elaborate one to date in the entry way. One day when I finish it, I’ll do a proper post on the process.

~ The outdoors ~

A little hidden sitting area greets you by the front door.

Which overlooks the front garden, sprinkled with bright blooms and junky treasures in all the right places.

This once a green house turned woodshed is covered with old fencing boards and barn windows.

The flowers are inside a firetruck crate painted out white.

The two boardwalks are pallets.

The birdhouse garden.

The vegetable old headboard garden.

Junk. The new indoor outdoor must haves. πŸ™‚

Related posts for outdoors

are HERE

This concludes your Funky Junk tour!

But I have a secret to share.
My home is FAR from done.
Feel free to come on back and see what’s up!

Next in the lineup?

The Old White Cottage!

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101 thoughts on “2011 Summer Home Tour

  1. What can I say??? You are so crazy amazing! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us and giving us so many great ideas. I love the sign in the playroom with all of your perfect pillows! Thanks for the tour Donna!!

  2. WOW! Such amazing creativity. I love every detail of your home, especially the furniture made out of pallets. I also LOVE how you’ve put so many different things in tea pots, especially the ones with plants in them. Thanks for the tour!

  3. Beautiful. Luv reminiscing. I bet that most people don’t know exactly what that is under the tree in UR last photo. I do. I remember having to use one of those with a team of horses. Great job.

  4. Wow!!! I sat here the entire post with my mouth agape! GORGEOUS. …and I was impressed with you before I read the post, now I bow down to your juky greatness! πŸ˜‰

  5. Wow, wow and more wow…where to start…guess I will cut to the chase, fantastic home and yard…wonderful job, fantastic photography, one talented lady!!!

  6. Some people just have the knack to create awesomeness… and that my friend is you! I wish I could draw things together like that, and create something that doesn’t look like the dump. I LOVE your wood shed. If I could convince my husband to let me “decorate” our shed like that I’d be tickled!

  7. You warned of a long post. I must admit I am itchin’ for more! Thanks for letting us into your home to see all of your creativity.

    Boys rooms need floor to ceiling storage for all the toys. Gotcha! That is on my list to buy! hee hee My son has so many more toys than my daughter. I am at a loss on how to wrangle it all. Thanks!

  8. Donna, it was so fun to see all the work you have done in one post! Amazing Woman is all I can say and you have inspired me so many times! Now when I am down in the dumps I can just go on your fab home tour and get myself pumped up again! Thanks for sharing your many talents with the rest of us1

  9. OMG, thank you SO much for that tour!! Your house is amazing. I’m going to have to keep coming back, because there were so many things that I loved!
    I am so impressed with your talents!!!

    Have a great day.

  10. Thanks for sharing your home and your awesome style! It’s such a reflection of you. I especially love your island counter top & bedroom. Love the crackle finish on your dresser and that hardware…ooh ooh ooh. Beautiful!


  11. Cool home! Thanks for the tour!
    I live in BC have an 11yr old son, 1 dog..did have two cats until Sept…now just a black cat too!
    So many great ideas here!

    Pamela πŸ™‚

  12. You have great style! I think your home should be in a book, aren’t you doing one though? Thanks for sharing it with us.This is why I love blogland.I’m trying to pick a fav but not sure I can.I love the Stairway & Island as well as all the crates.Bravo! ~Cheers Kim

  13. OMGosh! This is the most creative home I’ve seen yet! It’s so full of personality, creativity and fun. You have some brilliant ideas…I could look at 100 more pictures! Thanks for giving us such a wonderful tour ~
    sarah xo

  14. Whew! Just reading through was exhausting. I’ve read your many, many blogs on the house progress but to see it all together on on posting – awesome. Thank you for sharing so much. You are wonderful and real.
    – Joy

  15. Donna, so much fun to see what you’ve done to your house with your own two hands and creativity. I’ve enjoyed your blog for a long time but to see everything you’ve done in one blog post is truly amazing and inspiring!!

  16. Great house to start the tour! It was fun to see it all together in one post. It’s just amazing and I love every inch of it. If you ever get to Texas, you’ll just have to stop by and help me out. My house could use a little funkyjunkification πŸ™‚

  17. Your house is to die for! It’s just the right balance of funky, cozy and beautiful. And your signature style is just all over the design. Love it. You’re truly talented.

  18. Donna,
    You totally had me fooled!
    I really thought that was black metal above your sink on your ceiling. I have NO IDEA it was board. (BTW, is MDO the same as MDF?) And, those “rivets” are really wooden plugs? Genius!

    And, the reason it’s there is to cover up something?

    I really need to think more out of the box!
    You, my dear, are my home-time hero!

    All the best,
    Dana at Cafe D

  19. Donna:

    Just love visiting your home over and over. I see something new each time!

    Favorites? The round mercantile table, the craft room table on the saw horses, the stairs, of course, your use of bottles, and the sign playroom. So many to mention!

    What I really admire is your ability to do so much on a very low budget. I think most of us are looking for the ultimate “look for less” and you always inspire us to take it up a notch in that department.

    Oh my! How could I have forgotten my VERY favorite thing? THE CHANDELIER! One of these days I’m going to give one a whirl with the help of your great tutorial.

    How appropriate that Andy would have you first up on this fabulous tour!

    Starview Sonnet

  20. Beautiful summary of most of your projects! I hope you get lots of new readers from this tour. About the bamboo mats. I think they are called tattoo bamboo mats. Home Decorators has them, among other places. I’ll bet living where you do with lots of Asian influences you can find some plain ones and decorate them in your own junkalicious style. Ann

  21. Love your home!!! I think it is the best of show, at least so far, and I think it’s because it is so unique and not a carbon copy of everyone else’s home or magazine. Your personality shines through in every room with tons of creativity and “outside the box” thinking. Just love it!!!

  22. A million wows! Your home is so incredibly beautiful. I especially LOVE your living room and your bedroom. You are so talented! I loved taking this tour and love following your blog.

  23. CRAZY GOOD the way you think of using different materials..I love your blog and your home and am always amazed at what you come up with..Have a great week..

  24. Oh.My.WOW. your home is amazingly beautiful and definitely one of a kind!! I’ve seen so many things that inspire me for my own home!! Now following you so that I can see more and more inspiration!

  25. Wow!!! that is all i can say with my jaw still on the floor!! Your house is amazing…seriously! I am bookmarking this so i can come back to it again and again and drool!!!!

  26. I’ve always loved getting the email (i subscribe) and checking out what your up to…but this is so incredible! The imaginative way you use things and the detail in your fooling the eye. Ive officially gone from fan to blog stalker…I will have to take this tour a few more times tonight. I love the steps, the ladder in the bedroom and also the pallet tv stand. What a beautiful home, you should actually start hosting tours like they do for gardens and things…I’d sure come. So well done!

    Lucky 7 Design

  27. Thank-you everyone for your extremely kind and generous words! I can’t wait to show you what else is happening… working on 3 projects at one time is not for the faint of heart! But it sure is fun. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for your visits!


  28. Donna,

    All in one LONG post!!! Could keep reading, and reading, and reading…never a dull day up at your place…do you ever sleep??? ctm… So much to do around here…digging in with a friend tomorrow!!! Tackling the artrium/greenhouse/summer kitchen…if you don’t hear from me, send a search party… I’ll be buried in project collections….. Hugs!

  29. Inspirational! Awesome! I could never do something like that but damn wish I could! You have brightened up my morning for sure!

  30. Hey Donna girl! You might wanna mop your floor! I just drooled through your whole house! I always love visiting:)Thank you!

    Jennie {Cinnaberry Suite}

  31. Oh my goodness, I kind of just lost TWO whole DAYS to your blog! Link to link to link… it’s like Wonderland here! I think I need to follow you just so I don’t find myself playing massive catch-up again in a few months… Great stuff!
    : ) Meg

  32. Thanks for sharing your unique home with us. That stairwell is absolutely fantastic! Your creativity is boundless. I love how you are able to take a bit of nothing and turn it into something absolutely incredible. What a blessing to live in such beautiful surroundings that are ever changing. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

  33. Oh my GOSH! I have never seen such an amazing eclectic home! Alot of your decor both suprised and intrigued me. Thanks so mych for sharing your ideas…truely amazing!
    Hugs, Kim

  34. Such a great house. I’ve read your blog for a long time but somehow had no idea you live in B.C. I live in Texas now but grew up in Calgary.

    Thanks for sharing your home!

  35. That was an incredibly inspiring tour of your home. I want to grab some tools and some old materials and make something… It must be so satisfying knowing you created it all just the way you wanted.
    That old house jack ( at least that’s what I call it) in your garden, I. Have one very similar , though they are probably equally as heavy, in my garden with a rusty old mining pan (to pan for gold) on top. Like a bird bath, but filled with birdseed instead. Love substantial rusted old metal! Thank you.

  36. Your home is amazing!! Living in Calgary after growing up in Abbotsford, your home reminds me of “home” — the rustic, the colors, so many cool things to look at! Can I ask what the paint color is in your living room? We are trying to pick a color for ours, and my first thought was to come online and look at your house again to see if I could find that info on your blog, as I love the neutral backdrop that your wall color gives!

  37. oh my goodness….I just found you and a piece of heaven!!!!!! I LOVEEEEEEE everything……

    A friend of mine is in the middle of a redo of our bathroom…we have been on the hunt for an old dresser to make into the bathroom hutch……now I have a ton of ideas jumping around in my brain!!!! The bedroom is sooooo cozy…….I want to make mine just like yours!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful ideas with us….your home is amazing!!! I want to live there with you!!!! πŸ™‚

  38. I wish, wish, wish I’d seen your office table before I made mine out of solid core doors. Yours looks way cooler! πŸ™‚ Your house is just spectacular and you are mucho talented. I loved your table so much I had to feature it on my blog today. Thank you for sharing your home. Have a great weekend!

  39. You are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! Every corner is absolutely beautiful! You are a creative “junk” genious!

  40. I found your blog long ago, but with a very old and slow computer I didn’t browse much. Now that I’ve upgraded my computer I’m soaking up your ideas with warp speed. While drooling over your home renovation pics I noticed the Edw. C. Cutting,Inc – Union, Maine box. It looked very familiar, I then realized I have the exact same box and I have mine sitting on the toilet tank holding extra rolls of toilet paper.

    Renovating/reviving our homes is fun even on a budget because it forces the creativity to ooze out and come up with ideas we would have never thought of. I adore the redo of your stairs, I’ve seen those elsewhere and now I know the source. I’ve raised my children in my current home and after 15 years of 3 children and dogs my carpet was awful. Actually it was pretty sore looking after about 5 years but lack of budget/time it was put on the back burner. The kids are grown and gone and my house is MINE. FINALLY, my son and I installed pine floors in the carpeted rooms. The goal is to finish the rest of the house within the next 2 years. Patience paid off and I’ve heard comments of “you did the floor?”, YES. My son started the project and I finished it. Now I’m looking for ideas to redo the hall bathroom and replace the typical cabinet/sink with barnwood and galvanized tub for sink then finish that floor with the pine. My children were recently all here for a visit and went to a local microbrewery. The came home with a pic of the brewery’s bathroom, just what I wanted….and they didn’t cringe. That is my next project, unless I find other ideas from your wonderful blog.

  41. Hi Donna and can I just say WOW! What a fantastic home tour:) I LOVE your kitchen and your office table not to mention your fireplace hearth and corbells and WHEW!!!!! I just love it all your DA BOMB!!!

  42. Congratulations, Donna.

    I just found your blog and I find your ideas and how you put things to use and decorate really amazing.
    Keep posting, so we can appreciate.

    Paulo, from Portugal.

  43. I just have to write and tell you how much I love your home. You are so creative!!!! I could see myself having a home decorated like yours but do not have the creativity you do. You are so blessed!!!! Thank you so much for sharing with everyone. I love your staircase. The ironing board light is to die for and on and on!!!! I wish you lived closer and I would be your friend and you could help me “junk up” my home!!

  44. Enjoyed taking a peek at your creative blog! You are so very inspiring. Can you come work on my house now? hugs, from your long lost cousin Katherine

  45. TGFP – Thank God For Pinterest for presenting your fantabulous blog. You are one amazing gal with crazy talented peeps around you creating unique and upcycle ideas. Best blog ever-really.

  46. You are amazing! I love the creativity and resourcefulness. I also like how you give attention to the unique details of the piece rather than hide it. Wonderful work and keep it up!

  47. Long post, yes, but completely WORTH IT! Girl, you were just what I was needing today. Been suffering from ‘creative dysfunction’ lately. Could not get the ‘junk jive’ back in gear. Your blog is the kick start I have needed for the past few weeks. Thank you, will be back again and again to see what might spark a project. LOVE the blogging desk.

    I’m now following you on Pinterest–can’t wait to go see what all you have there!

    Again, great blog, gorgeous home, fabulous projects–can’t wait to read more.

  48. Your site is so wonderful! I saw something of yours pinned on Pinterest so I went to get a closer look at it on your site. But I got lost in all of your beautiful creations and forgot what I went there to look at! So wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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