Oh I'm so excited!  Company's coming next weekend and I'm getting ready for them with leftovers!  You  might think that's not very nice of me, but I can explain.

Obviously I wouldn't feed my in-laws anything that's hiding in the fridge,  I'm preparing for my awesome guests with leftover JUNK, not food : ) 

I don't know about you, but I have a few items I really don't need anymore, but just can't seem to part with.  Take my wood dish drainer for instance.  The little devil was my constant companion for years and years at the kitchen sink.  When my very first dishwasher was recently installed I just couldn't part with the silly thing.

I couldn't bear to throw away the little straw purse I outgrew either.  Wouldn't you know it?  The drainer made a nice little shelf and the purse was the perfect size for my bird's nest plant I haven't killed yet!

Then there was this hunk of metal that I couldn't wait to get off the old washing machine, but couldn't bear to send to the junk yard.

(Sorry.  Just can't get enough of seeing what a difference a little tlc made in the life of Ms. Washer)

Anyway, I tried putting the pulley wheel in one of my gardens...

Blech.  It didn't really do anything for me.

The logical choice was to scrub and clear coat and bring it inside.

So I did.  I call it "Roses & Rust"

 And I like it!  (Even though in this picture it fairly resembles "Roses on a Waffle")

I also threw a few things together to beautify an empty corner.  The leftovers here include one of the bed springs and that beaded viny thingy I tried to shape into a wreath, but it wouldn't cooperate, so I gave up and hung it on the shelf pegs.

Okay then!  I have ONE CORNER in my entire house ready for company!
So tell me, what do you do with your leftovers??

I think I'll send this over to

New Friend Fridays

and see if I can't meet some new bloggy friends!

I think Donna might like that rusty waffle too:

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special


  1. Your leftovers are so much nicer than my leftovers. lol
    I'm visiting from New Friends Friday,your blog is lovely1

  2. I'm your newest follower from the Friday Follows. Nice blog! Hope to see you at Dropped Stitches.

    Erin Wallace

  3. This is definitely my favorite post of the week. I'm heading back to my blog to showcase yours this morning. I love that little shelf with the purse turned flower pot. My leftover junk is stuck all over the place. Maybe I'll get it out today and work on it.

  4. Coleen... leave it to you to give me a laugh this morning... "roses on a waffle"... Oh me! Love your corner... company will, too!!

  5. Coleen wanna come play with my leftovers, I have a ton of them... what great creative ideas. I love the "Rose Waffle" that is too cute... and the basket and drain board who would have thought it would look so fabulous.

    Did you have to make me start drooling all over again looking at the washing machine... that is probably one of the most gorgeous pieces I have seen in so long... I absolutely love that. That would be sitting right in my laundry room for sure. You just don't find those easily anymore.

    Have a great weekend...

    Hugs, Deb

  6. great job! My leftovers are hanging out in my garage and shed! LOL I can't wait to get outside and get busy this fall! :)
    Have fun with your company!
    love the washing machine and the chair!

  7. AS a member of said company who will be arriving in less than a week...I love your leftovers! Can't wait to see them in person!

  8. thanks for stopping by my blog! love your repurposing! will be checking by for ideas often :)

  9. Coleen, I am always excited come Monday morning when I get to check out your blog. It gets me thinking that maybe I should do something more productive on the weekends, lol. Love your ideas!

  10. Colleen, you are just getting so good at this junkorating. I love it all!!! I think your company will be impressed and at ease on their visit. Lezlee

  11. I love your rusty waffle, too! Fun re-use!

  12. thanks for the birthday wishes for Josh, hope you are enjoying your company, Lezlee

  13. Colleen, I'm not sure HOW I missed this post, but I'm glad you commented so that I could stop by. The combination of the dish drainer, purse, and fern is amazing. Wonderful that you thought to put it all together. I love wooden dish drainers too? There's just something about them that I've always liked. I also like very much that you took the time out to vote for my fan. Thanks so very much, friend!


  14. Spent the evening babysitting some grands and visiting with my other daughter ... I actually got to take a peek around. I love what you did with your leftovers.

    Nice touches.

    Hope to get to see more of you all soon.


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