linda choate, carbondale, IL, US

Hello fellow Junkers!!!
It is such a privilege to be on this site with you all. My name is Linda Choate and Im from Southern Illinois,Carbondale. Just new to this environment, I currently have a special interest page on Facebook or
@artcougar13 on Google search engine
most of my time is spent with my family. In my spare time, I find all kinds of scraps and tidbits and try to turn them into something beautiful. I think the journey of breaking an item down and figuring out how to MAKE it work, is the most exciting part. I never know where my next idea will spawn, and surrounding myself with creative people is a GREAT motivator! I so look forward to interacting with you and your travels of making JUNK! :)

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Gender: Female

Birthday: 05/27/1977

Member Since: 02/01/2015

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Memory Keeper

Memories are what it's all about!

Alot of patio love

How many other Junkers deconstructed a piece to make it fit in your car?

Globe light and mirror

Taking one worn and tattered piece and making two.

Old coat rack revised in bright contrasting colors.

Using contrasting colors to bring attention to hand turned details in coat rack.

Latex over spray paint turns into a weathered pirate theme headboard.

Trial and error experiment with latex paint over spray paint.

Jewelry/ Scarf Holder from drawer front

This jewelry/scarf holder drawer front was salvaged from a ruined particle board dressor. Guess what? The drawer fronts are usually wood!

Hobbit door

Taking the time with the kiddos to build a hobbit hut.

Hinges and Chalk board door

Old screen hinges as arrows and a five paneled door turned into chalkboards.

ALOT Of love for ya

Using newsprint and shipping tape as a stencil.

Vintage letter 3 upsized

Galvanized sheet metal turned into number three.

Progression of a dream catcher

Do you ever look at something and think, that would be awesome gigantic or made of metal?

Alcohol ink on metal chair

Using alcohol inks as a stain to "paint" a metal chair.

ornate book frames

Who loves ornate gold frames and books? I was trying to combine the two, and learned a few things along the way. Don't put the glass in before your layers are glued. (oh no! Broken glass) Duct tape...

Handmade Upcycled Mantle Clock

An inspiring wedding gift from Alex Weiderman.

Table seating/ favor Idea

Tiny perfume bottles as table seating and favors.

Jewel candy for your house plants

Repurposed vintage candy dishes make great plant stands.

A few wedding decor ideas

Old house molding turned to signage, and test tubes and tray makes a great flower display.

Easy peasy baby collage

An old screen makes a great foundation for a baby collage.

Broken teacup planter

When that broken teacup is too pretty to throw away!

Decorative pillows

fabric scraps for decorative pillows.

Ironing board = Garden trellis & "window"

Group project with the hubby :)

Prepping for a show

Display heads

junk love sign

Created from rusty trunk hinges, tin, the bottom of old kerosene container, license plates, vintage alluminum and mailbox letters.

chalk board dressor

worked with the layers already on the piece, added some chalkboard paint and vintage aluminum letters

ceiling fan angel wings

I made this from old ceiling fan blades, it helps having a hubby as a maintenance man. he brings home all sorts of tidbits :)

Recent comments

Re: Giant Fairy Tale Doors

I love it Jasmin, absolutely mystical!

Re: Hinges and Chalk board door

Thanks Annette & Shamrockerin!
Annette, the intention was to use this in my garden wedding with the arrows pointing out dinner dancing and whatnot. I ran out of time unfortunately to do the lettering but it still functions to write daily inspirations or as an organizer.
Shamrockerin, the next door i'm turning into a chalkboard is a single solid pane. The technique can be transfered to all different pane doors and if you can'take find a frame to fit, just paint one on :)

Re: dream catcher from vintage doily

Absolutely beautiful! Can'take wait to see the pic of them all together :)

Re: chalk board dressor

Hey Ken! Thank you so much for the lovely comment.
The chalkboard paint on the side looked awesome, but in trials at my home it promoted the kiddos to draw on furniture!
I had to create a large chalk board wall to intice them into a different creative outlet. You can imagine what that promoted. Lol
Hope all is well in New Jersey. :)

Re: junk love sign

Hello everyone!
Thank you so much for the awesome compliments!

Re: ornate book frames

Hello All! Thank you for the lovely compliments!

Hey Totsey! I just edited in the directions. I hope this helps :)