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A Reclaimed WORKSHOP

A blogger and stencil designer uses reclaimed materials to makeover her workshop—without spending a fortune!

- BY AUTUMN KRAUSE PHOTOGRAPH­Y BY DONNA WILLIAMS

CREATIVE MINDS NEED INSPIRING PLACES TO WORK. That’s why blogger Donna Williams of Funky Junk Interiors and Funky

Junk’s Old Sign Stencils decided to give her workshop a makeover with reclaimed finds. “I only have a single car garage to work with,” Donna says. “I decided to make it ‘my own’ with my salvaged twist.” Despite being offered sponsorshi­ps, Donna was determined to only use salvaged items for the project, turning to dumpsters, burn piles, the curb and thrift stores for her items—and committing to a budget of $0. “I wanted to prove I could do the entire project for ‘free.’ I knew I would love and appreciate it all the more,” she says. “I hope others see that they can make a creative home without spending a bundle.”

Luckily, Donna’s artistic eye and experience with finding just the right discarded items were all she needed to redo her workshop.

“My first move was to collect the larger components I needed,” she says. “Tables and storage bins.” She found an abandoned tv stand on the curb, worktables outside of a church, and a red metal storage bin next to a dumpster. These pieces had all been condemned to the trash, but Donna gave them new purpose. The stand, tables and bin were the base of her new design, and she arranged them to create spaces for work and to keep her tools organized. While many might

“I hope others see that they can make a creative home without spending a bundle.”

see the preloved condition of the items as a negative, their rustic feel personifie­s Donna’s signature look.

After she had the bigger components in place, Donna used crates, planks and pallet wood to create shelves and cabinets. She made a pallet shelf that keeps her tools within easy reach and a storage cabinet to hold safety glasses and breathing protection. “I stamped the cabinet with my own historic Route 66 stencil,” she says. She added even more personalit­y to the workshop by attaching planks to the walls. They add stylistic detail but are also functional. “The planks are a means of both decoration and stabilizat­ion for hanging the shelves and cabinets,” Donna says. Finally, a variety of petite details such as jars and house numbers enable her to sort her materials in a charming, yet effective, way.

With her ability to see potential where others see junk, Donna was able to redo her workshop in a way that reflects her style without purchasing materials. “I love working with reclaimed items,” she says. “It lets me express my creativity and build a unique space for very little. It’s an amazing thing that anyone can do.”

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PROJECT WOOD is easily accessible with Donna’s approach. You can organize your rack spaces by wood height, color or strength.
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NUMBERS AND SCREWS interplay with Donna’s organizati­onal system and also illustrate an expert tip for anyone trying to use reclaimed items for décor: you may already have what you need in your collection­s. “I needed a place to store screws,” she says. “So I gathered up every little container and house number I had and just played around until it became this.”

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