Junk style has been around since the beginning of home design, but we can thank Sue Whitney of Junk Market Style for not only making it popular, but making it desirable. Sue showed the country through her books that junk style was about bringing the old into the new, and re-purposing and re-creating old things into creations that added charm, history and relevance to our home interiors. She showed us it wasn’t trash, it was treasure… Junk style decorating simply requires an ability to appreciate the story a piece tells, and to learn to showcase it in a way that allows the story to be told! Here’s how!




Our first project is by Donna art ‘Funky Junk Interiors‘. Read how she created a funky junk mantel. She takes you through with all the design elements, from shape to layers!

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Frankly we love Donna’s style and her projects, so here are a couple more of our favorite DIY junk projects from Funky Junk!

With spring coming up quick, we love this wood pallet patio chair/sofa… Donna at ‘Funky Junk‘ says anyone can do this project in a day, even non builders!

Wood pallet chair


If any of you love these old signs, you also know they can get pretty pricey at the antique shop. Donna shows us how to make old signs from cast off wood that look just like the real thing. (And they kind of are, the wood is junk!)

Junk signs


Last one from Donna, how can you not love this old crate toilet paper holder? Checkout her site for all the instructions.

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This old typewriter is hollowed out and used as a planter for succulents, from Houzz.

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Cottage Elements‘ shows us how to use simple things, like this old patina frame and house numbers to create a vignette that any home would be proud to show off!

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Faded Charm Cottage shows us how collecting vintage and junk pieces can pay off when you combine them into perfect junk style decorating displays, as in her dining room.

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Design Sponge found these great industrial style lights made out of old whisks… Aren’t these inspirational?

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Ok, well we’re back to Donna from Funky Junk, ’cause I just can’t get enough! This old crate stairway and giant junk number art makes one of the best photos I’ve seen that demonstrates personality in an interior. And this was all done projects, not bought in an expensive antique market. Check out all her ideas online… I would love to tour her home, so creative, and I have such respect for her ingenuity!

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It doesn’t matter what you use to decorate with, but only how you choose to decorate! Few styles fit the budget decorator’s pocket book better than this…Junk style decorating is fun, creative, good for our earth, budget friendly…did I mention fun? We think you will also love our posts on Dollar Store DIY and How to Install Baseboards and Wood Molding!

Image Credits: Funky Junk Interiors, Funky Junk, Funky Junk, Funky Junk, Houzz, Cottage Elements, Faded Charm Cottage, Design Sponge, Funky Junk

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  1. sue at blu February 10, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Love donna! Thanks for the fresh look!

    1. Kathy Woodard February 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      We love her too!

  2. Helen Crockett February 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    love your stuff , But like to know how you made some of it the the lights out of the wire and some type of metal bottom

    1. Kathy Woodard March 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      I believe you might be referring to the repurposed whisks project from http://www.designsponge.com. Photo is from them. Went to their site but couldn’t find the project now. Have a look around on their site and maybe you can find it?

  3. Shwan Marsh January 8, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Really fantastic ideas! I have never seen such a creative and original ideas yet. Thanks for sharing your stuffs..

  4. Pam Kirby April 3, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Do you have any deals on how to display two vintage swimsuits on a wall? Framing cost was prohibitive!


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