Freecycle Friday – More junk! & Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!

So Blogger was acting up yesterday, so you guys get a Halloween treat…..Freecycle Friday on Saturday!

K, so this week I want to show you all what I did with one of my thrift store finds.

It’s super-easy!

I took this:

And made it into this:

Just using paint.

I just used Krylon brushed nickel spray paint to cover the milk pail.
(check out this post to see another use)

Then, once dry, I masked off a rectangle on the front,
And gave it a good few coats of chalkboard paint.


I use it on my scrapbook table to keep small scraps of purdy paper in.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

By-the-way……..I’m having such a hard time with our 2-week challenge, I had to go into Michaels and Joanns to get stuff for our SS last week (and then return a few things afterwards) and it was SO hard NOT to buy anything (unnecessary).

But, on the good side, my errands have been super-fast since I know I can’t buy stuff…….It’s kinda freeing in a way. Plus, no extra junk stuff to clutter my house :)

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. This is too cute!!! I have to get more chalkboard paint.


  2. This is so cool – I love it! Great idea :)

  3. so fun!

  4. Thanks oh so much !!! What a good idea !

  5. Great idea! Once again I’m in awe! You’ve made my thrift store trips a whole different experience!

  6. LOVE these posts! repurposing has got to be the way of our future!

  7. This project is fabulous – but even better is your news of your impending trip to meet your Russian daughter! (I am playing blog catch-up due to the flu).
    My husband and I adopted both of our children from Russia and we had wonderful experiences on all four of our trips.
    I’ll be keeping you and your family in my prayers!

  8. I love that blackboard on it. how clever.

  9. So cute! I just used that exact spray paint to spruce up the chandelier in the dining room. such a difference!

    new follower!

  10. I stumbled onto your blog and want to tell you how talented you are. You have some great projects and want to try them all!

    I also wanted to see if we could talk and share a little about your adoption process. We are currently “waiting” with LDS Family Services but we too have thought about international adoption and would love to hear your story…. I would love to hear your thoughts!

  11. ooh I like the new look!

  12. I live it!!!

  13. This Thanksgiving I’m making sure to say a special thanks for spray paint ;)

    What a gorgeous makeover!

  14. Cute idea. Love the new header. Did you design it yourself?

  15. That turned out really great. I LOVE the finish on the nickel spray paint. So nice!

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