Dollar Day do over- Repurposed recipe box and you vote for the next dollar day do over.


Going way back in the archives for this one. I am still working on masks so I have not been doing my regular DIY’s each month. I had a whole list of things prepared too. I only remembered to take a before photo of this older project of mine, no during photos, so all you will see is the before and after.

I picked this old recipe box up at a second hand shop up north on one of our trips to Our Little Red House.

Most of these re-purposed items have been given away as gifts or bartered at a trade store when I was saving up points for a professional camera which I now have.

I brought it back to the city with me and repurposed it as a mini red house storage box for the kids room up north when they were little. I had coloring pages, crayons and card games stored in it.

On the front I used chalk paint so they could write and draw pictures on it. It was stored in their bedroom up north.


Eventually when the kids grew up, it went into the China cabinet that I turned into a library. It still has coloring pages and crayons in it just in case someone gets the urge to color I suppose.

When my children got older we donated most of the toys we had up there to kids in town or to the local thrift shop. All the money from the thrift shop goes to the medical center in town. It’s only opened a couple days a week when a Physician’s assistant from another town comes down to check on people there. It’s too small of a town to have it’s own doctor. If you get really sick in town, you have to have the emergency helicopter come to take you to a hospital. Everyone up in that town usually has helicopter insurance, otherwise it can cost thousands of dollars to use the helicopter. Anyway, hope you all liked this old project from the past. So simple, just repaint and decorate.


You choose Dollar Day do over.

Because I wasn’t able to do a dollar day do over this month I thought it would be fun to involve you all with my next project I choose. I have a huge plastic bin of projects to redo but first I want to finish our bedroom so I am working on that. So here’s the idea, you guys pick what next month’s Dollar Day Do Over will be by voting from the list below. Just leave your pick in the comments and the most votes will be July’s repurposed item for the month.  Eventually I would like to do something with all of these things but for now you guys pick the next project.

  1. This topiary tree. It was sitting on a thrift store shelf all beaten up and sad looking. It really needs a new look. Just another item saved from the dump.


  1. An old wooden tool box. One day visiting my mother-in-law I saw this tucked in the far corner of her garage. I love old tool boxes, they are perfect for so many things. It too was wasting away and had seen better days. She was very happy to get rid of it, trying to organize her life and get rid of clutter as well.


  1. An empty Altoids box. My son gave me this. He was like “ Mom, I know you like boxes, you want this one.” and I of course said yes. I wonder of this is why my kids call me a Hippy Nerd Mom.


  1. This empty miniature M&M container.


  1. Dollar store Christmas toy. It was .25 cents. Don’t you just love those after holiday sales?.


  1. Dollar store Christmas wall plaque, again, only cost a quarter.


Okay, that’s it. Let me know what you want me to recreate. I will be re-posting these items again for more votes and see what I come up with at the end of the month and let you all know which item is the winner in my monthly updates post. Happy re purposing everyone.

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. Binte Bashir says:

    I really enjoy reading all your posts. 🌸👍
    I like boxes too and t’s fun to see the dollar shop stuff and surprising to know about the helicopter pick up to the hospital.

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  2. Binte Bashir says:

    How about recreating the old wooden tool box

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    1. That’s a good one, they are my favorites too.

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  3. Wow, I knew it was out of the city, but your Little Red House must be way out in the boonies.
    I’m torn, but since it’s summer time, I’d love to see you re-do the tool box. I have one I painted a few years ago, but would love to make some more.

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    1. Oh yeah, it is, it’s in ranch territory. About five miles away by foot, because there are no roads in, is the Apache reservation. The Apaches back in the early days used to ride their horses into town to trade at the old Hoagland store that is right across the street from Our Little Red House. Lots of history there. Arizona almost did not become a state because of a battle that happen in our town called the Pleasant Valley War. I think over thirty people died in that little civil war of sorts in our town. At the old cemetery where one of my uncle’s is buried there are old cowboys also buried there from that war that started between two ranching families. It is a little scary in town for any outsiders that come in sometimes and there are lots of preppers types in town. There is even a man that is still on the FBI’s most wanted list that was last seen around that area. They believe he hiked down into Hell’s gate. which is a beautiful area down by the creek but really difficult to get into. My dad used to take my sister and I down towards Hell’s gate wilderness area but it is rough and even more in the middle of no where. There is even some cult off a little ways outside of town that is really secluded and no one goes in there. Lots of Native American ruins and caves, plus water and creeks, really beautiful but hard area to explore if you are not prepared. Two people have gone missing up around the areas around there.
      That tool box seems to be the favorite pick so far. I love old tool boxes like that, or are they called garden boxes, either way, they make cute little storage areas for artists and just about anything if you think about it.


    1. So far, that tool box seems to be the pick.


    1. You know, that tool box is so popular. That for sure looks like it is the winner.

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      1. It’s a really nice one. I did some decoupage matchboxes earlier this year, and am yet to do a post about them. It’s so relaxing and they look nice at the end – good for personal gifts! xo

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      2. Hand made gifts are the best to not only give but receive in my opinion. I call them gifts from the heart.

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      3. Yes, I think so too, however inexpensive they may be. Gifts from the heart xo

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  4. My vote is for #2, the old wooden tool box. I think those are so cool. I struggled a bit with this one, because I am also curious to see what you could do with the empty Altoid container. But the tool box won out. 😀

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    1. The tool box is the winner so far maybe for a little extra treat I will design something with that Altoid container at the end of my month in my favorite posts and updates post for you. I will keep you posted if that happens.

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  5. Whats wrong with liking boxes? I like boxes, containers, baskets anything I can organize things in, or use to put things into gift people, or store things hehehe. I wanted you to do the tool box. I am glad to see everyone else wanted the same thing. 🙂

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    1. So far that seems to be the winner. I love old boxes, I have to be so careful because every time I see one I want to take it home and we don’t have a lot of room in our house for more boxes. My husband is the same way. My daughter ordered something on Amazon and the box it came in was used for some baby chicks we gave to our neighbors. At Christmas when our kids were little they had more fun with the big boxes their toys came in then some of the toys they got. Boxes don’t get enough credit for all that they do.

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      1. No boxes do not get the credit they deserve. Neither do baskets, and tins. Tins of course are just metal boxes hehehe. When we had to gut the house, I had so many baskets and tins hubby said he was going to get me some help hehehe. He kept holding up tins, boxes, and baskets saying, what is this one for. What about this one hehehe. It is true in a way but I do use them all. The ones that I am not using YET will get used or replace ones that fall apart 🙂 🙂 Its like all my shelves. There is nothing on the shelves that isnt in a basket, box or tin. My counter top is the same way. I have 3 baskets. One is for snacks. One is for breads, wraps, anything “bread related” and one is for fruits and veggies. Inside the cabinets are the same way. Like spices. This way I can pull out the basket, tin, box that has the items in it, and get what I need vs digging through the whole cabinet to find what I need. Ok, reading back this comment maybe hubby is right, and I need help hehehe 🙂

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      2. We could start a group, my husband asks me the same thing. I always tell him that most of my baskets will be given away eventually, filled with hand made treats and passed out to family, friends and neighbors. Some of my neighbors bring the baskets back and we just reuse them like a shopping bag of sorts. saves on paper. I will always love those pretty containers out there in the world, tins, boxes, baskets, bowls…love them all.

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      3. hahaha I told hubby Im not as bad as I use to be about “aquiring” them all. He said, well there arent any left, you have them all hehehe 🙂

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      4. That’s so funny. We still have some left here in Phoenix Arizona.

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  6. cheriewhite says:

    I love this post! My mother loves to go “antiquing” and she also loves to find old things that have been thrown away and use them to make things with! Thank you for posting!

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    1. Thank you, your mom sounds like she is fun, antiquing is one of my favorite things to do. We try to go antiquing at least once a year in a small town here in Arizona called Prescott.

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      1. cheriewhite says:

        She’s always been a fun person. And I’ve heard of Prescott, AZ. Maybe I’ll get to come there one and check out the antique shops!


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