Posted in DIY, Lifestyle

Upcycled and Salvaged Rustic Home Decor Ideas

There is nothing more exciting than walking into a thrift or salvage store and spotting an unclaimed treasure that is someone else’s trash! The overall decor style of my log home is rustic. This doesn’t fall short of several “upcycled” and salvaged repurposed pieces. With a little imagination and elbow grease, you too can easily recreate some of the decor ideas that I am sharing with you in this post. Below are some ideas for inspiration. So, start searching for those trash to treasure pieces and have fun!

Salvaged Interior and Exterior Doors Upcycled to Leaning Wall Art

Rustic Salvaged Door Home Decor
Rustic Salvaged Door Home Decor

I often come across old and “worn” doors when visiting salvage yards and even posted in online market places. I have seen pieces left as-is with all the chipped paint and rough and rusted hardware, and that is ok! In my home, I have an upcycled salvaged door leaning wall art piece that has been repainted and sanded to add an aged flair. The pop of teal blue green adds some needed color against my log home wood walls. The color matches perfectly with the rest of the decor in my home. I also added a nail hanger to the door, so that I can easily display wreathes that I may use on my front door but that are perhaps currently out of season, etc. Use your imagination! Anything goes when it comes to upcycling and repurposing salvaged decor. The more rustic the better, in my opinion.

Upcycled Antique Toolboxes Make the Perfect Table Centerpiece

While on vacation in Myrtle Beach a few years back, I came across an antique store that was packed full of treasures from years gone by. As I rummaged through the floors of antiques, I spotted this old antique toolbox in all of its aged and worn glory! Though I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, I knew that I just had to have it. And, at a price of $40, I couldn’t pass it up! Once I got the toolbox home, my creative wheels started to turn. I realized how perfect this toolbox would be as an upcycled centerpiece for my dining room table.

Rustic Salvaged Toolbox Centerpiece
Rustic Salvaged Toolbox Centerpiece

First, I started looking through my current home decor pieces and put together this rustic centerpiece. I left the toolbox as-is, and only had to wipe the dust and dirt off but the paint color was perfect for my home decor. I added a few canning jars that I had stored in my basement, along with some berry garland and a few metal star picks. The finishing touch was an enamelware plaque with the perfect “Welcome” message. I decided to tack it to the side of the toolbox centerpiece. Though this rustic creation has been moved to several locations around my house over the past few years, it always remains a staple piece in my salvaged rustic home decor collection.

Salvaged and Upcycled Cabinet Doors to Hanging Wall Art

Two of my favorite pieces in my salvaged rustic home decor collection are these two repurposed cabinet doors! Again, these doors have been painted with a similar color teal blue to match my home decor. The added color is just enough “pop” against the dark log wood walls of my home. The original cabinet hardware is still in tact, which is a bonus. I added to the cabinet doors a few decor items I had around the house for some additional spunk. In the end, I decided to hang the two doors side by side, since they appear to come from the same original cabinet unit. The floating doors give the appearance of cabinets so admirers can get a sense of where these treasures come from originally.

Upcycled Salvaged Cabinet Door Home Decor
Upcycled Salvaged Cabinet Door Home Decor
Upcycled Salvaged Cabinet Doors Home Decor 2
Upcycled Salvaged Cabinet Doors Home Decor 2

Turning Old Rags and Material Scraps into Hanging Wreaths

Do you ever have that favorite shirt that just isn’t wearable any longer? Perhaps even old rags that you just don’t know what to do with? Why not upcycle those rags and apparel into a hanging wreath? You can even take some of those material scraps and soak them in tea water.  This will add a “tea-stained” effect for more of a rustic flair. Simply cut or tear the material in to skinny scraps. Take a metal wire hanger and stretch into a circular form (keeping the hanger hook in tact for easy wreath hanging). Next, start tying and knotting the material around the wire hanger until you reach your desired fullness for your wreath. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors and textures. Below is a photo of a tea-stained wreath that was tied to resemble an american flag simply by color placement.

Material Scraps Hanger Wreaths
Material Scraps Hanger Wreaths

Side Tables Made from Suitcases and Briefcases

I often come across old and battered suitcases and briefcases in local thrift shops. My thoughts are “what could possibly be done to add new life to these old treasures?” Why not take a suitcase or two and upcycle them into an interesting side table!?!? You can even use a side table that you have around the house currently. Simply attach a briefcase (or two) to the top of your side table. You have almost instantly created a new salvaged addition to your rustic salvaged home decor. Not to mention, you now have a side table that is both useful and a conversation piece! Get creative. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to sand and paint your current side table to add a pop of color to the room of your choice.

Upcycled Salvaged Briefcase Side Table
Upcycled Salvaged Briefcase Side Table

For more DIY inspiration, read my blog post “DIY Live Edge Hickory Wood Kitchen Island Top.” Here, you will find photos and instructions on how to craft your own wooden bar top!









Posted in Health and Beauty, Lifestyle

Product Review: Dr. Plotka’s Mouthwatchers Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka's Mouthwatchers Toothbrush
Dr. Plotka’s Mouthwatchers Toothbrush

One thing that many people may not know about me is that I am a dental hygiene fanatic! One of the first things I notice about people is their smile. I strive to have healthy teeth and gums, not only for me but also for family. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to try Dr. Plotka’s Mouthwatchers toothbrushes! I am completely hooked. I love the professional clean feeling that I get by using Mouthwatchers, and use this toothbrush as my “go to” between dentist visits. So “What makes this toothbrush so special” you ask? Well here is what the hype is all about!

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Invented by a Dentist

Dr. Ronald Plotka developed the Mouthwatchers toothbrushes as part of his 40+ year dental practice. Who would know the best approach to maximum dental health and hygiene then someone who devotes their career to making smiles brighter, right?!?! He is so confident that you will love the benefits of the Mouthwatchers toothbrush that he backs the product by a 100% satisfaction guarantee! So go ahead, give it a try!

Dr. Plotka's Product Guarantee
Dr. Plotka’s Product Guarantee

Antimicrobial Bristles for Better Health

The bristles of Mouthwatchers toothbrushes are infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% bacteria. This helps inhibit bacteria growth on the bristles in between uses, so that your toothbrush is clean and ready for the next use. I don’t know about you, but I find it comforting to know that I am not introducing bacteria back into my mouth on my toothbrush. Score!

Mouthwatchers Antimicrobial Bristles
Mouthwatchers Antimicrobial Bristles

Flossing Bristles for a Better Clean

Dr. Plotka’s Mouthwatchers toothbrushes have dual layered bristles. The thinner out bristles help gently brush away plaque and food particles that other brushes miss. The coarser, inner bristles ensure a deeper clean of teeth and gums. Not to mention, the polyester bristles will outlast the traditional nylon bristles of other toothbrushes.

Mouthwatchers Flossing Bristles
Mouthwatchers Flossing Bristles

Now that you know of all of the awesome benefits of Mouthwatchers toothbrushes, what are you waiting for? Don’t take my word for it, try them for yourself. Besides, with Dr. Plotka’s product guarantee, what do you have to lose, right?!?!? Aside from the adult Mouthwatchers toothbrush, Youth, Powered and Travel versions are also available. Something for everyone. I love the amazing clean feeling I get from Mouthwatchers. Thank you Dr. Plotka!

PIN ME: Dr. Plotka's Mouthwatchers Toothbrush
PIN ME: Dr. Plotka’s Mouthwatchers Toothbrush

Interested in reading more product experience reviews? Be sure to check out my “FabFitFun Winter Box 2017” and “MyGNC Rewards Pro Box” Blog posts.



Posted in Food, Lifestyle

Recipe: Easy Pecan Turtle Candies

For the holidays, I am always looking for quick and easy recipes to add to the holiday feast. When a friend told me about this Pecan Turtle recipe, I thought it had to be too good to be true.  I mean, we are talking SUPER easy to make. YES! I wanted to share this recipe with you through a mini Blog post (because frankly, there really isn’t much involved in making these Pecan Turtle Candies, but they were too good not to share. Enjoy!

Pecan Turtle Candies
Pecan Turtle Candies

What You Will Need to Make the Pecan Turtle Candies

  • (2) Family Size Bags of Rolo Candy (unwrapped)
  • 12 oz. bag of Snyder of Hanover SNAPS Pretzels (the little lattice square ones)
  • 10 oz. bag Pecan Halves
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Coarse Sea Salt
  • Parchment Paper (to line Baking Sheet)

Preparing the Pecan Turtle Candies

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with Parchment Paper.
  2. Line Parchment Paper with SNAPS pretzels. Place one unwrapped Rolo candy on top of each pretzel SNAP.
  3. Bake for approximately 4-5 minutes until Rolo is soft but not completely melted.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle Rolo with coarse Sea Salt.
  5. Push one half Pecan down on to the soft Rolo/Sea Salt/Pretzel combo to form the “Turtle” candy. Cool completely to allow Rolo to harden before removing from Parchment Paper.
  6. Repeat until all Rolos are used.

That’t it! So easy, yet such gooey goodness. The sweet chocolate and caramel Rolo is the prefect pair with the salty pretzel and pecan flavor. I prefer to chill the Pecan Turtle Candies in the refrigerator before serving. The “chill” just add more chew to the candies.

Pecan Turtle Candies with Lemon Buttercream Stuffed PIzzelles
Pecan Turtle Candies with Lemon Buttercream Stuffed Pizzelles

In addition to serving the Pecan Turtle Candies at my holiday dinner, I also prepared the Lemon Buttercream Filled Pizzelles (shown plated above with the candies.) You can check out that recipe as well right HERE, on the Blog.

PIN ME: Pecan Turtle Candies
PIN ME: Pecan Turtle Candies

I would love to hear your comments on how these yummy treats turned out once you try making them for yourself, and if you and your guests loved them as much as mine did. Please feel free to share your comments below.

All the Best,