Create Unique Vintage-Style Homewares

Creating unique and personal vintage-style homewares items doesn’t have to cost a lot. And if you WIN a copy of The Crafty Minx at Home, it will be even easier!

Crafty Minx at HomeKelly Doust is a self-confessed junk-junkie who can upcycle, recycle, repair or repaint almost any item she discovers at her local thrift shops, garage sales or flea markets. It gives an old item a new lease of life, while making good economic and environmental sustainability sense.

A Brand Ambassador for Vinnies, Kelly also hosts workshops and demonstrations for a variety of organisations, including the City of Sydney and its annual Garage Sale Trail initiative.

In her book, The Crafty Minx at Home, she shares her tips for sourcing and reinvigorating a vast range of vintage items and materials collected in flea markets, charity shops and auction houses, and how to display and use them around the home.

pages of Crafty Minx at Home2

This simple crafts and DIY vintage-style book is brimming with personality and offers a wealth of ideas for recycling tired vintage items.

Kelly Doust has shared her passion for vintage, sewing, crafting and reinventing in this book where readers will find out how to make and collect for a lifetime and longer whilst creating the treasured family heirlooms of tomorrow.

You can find out more about Kelly and her books on her fabulous blog,

pages of Crafty Minx at Home1

Yours to Win!
We have 3 copies of The Crafty Minx at Home to give away to three readers (hey, it’s Christmas!). Simply tell us in 50 words or less, what your favourite recycled or vintage style homewares piece is and why. Enter your answer in the comments box below.*

Kelly is also the author of Minxy Vintage  (how to customise and wear vintage clothing), The Crafty Minx, The Crafty Kid and A Life in Frocks – all available at major booksellers.

The Crafty MInx Crafty Kid
A Life in Frocks Minxy Vintage

Competition closes midnight Tuesday, December 10th and the winner will be contacted by email the following day. Good luck!

•    Terms & Conditions: Entry must be 50 words or less and written to the comments board on this post by midnight Tuesday December 10th. Your email address will automatically be recorded. Judging will take place at the offices of Expertise Events, Unit 4/1 Skyline Place, Frenchs Forest NSW at 10am Wednesday December 11th and the winner will be contacted by email. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding these terms & conditions. The prize will be posted once the winner has supplied name and postal address details. Chance plays no part in the competition process. The promoter is Expertise Events Pty Ltd, Unit 4/1 Skyline Place, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086 Australia. ABN 43 003 932 492. The contact number for the promoter, Expertise Events Pty Ltd, is +61 2 9452 7575. Open to Australian residents only.

10 thoughts on “Create Unique Vintage-Style Homewares

  1. Sandy Dee

    I recycled an ugly pine chest I now use daily and love. I stained it baltic pine then painted the draw fronts in leftover cream acylic. Stenciled swags in pinks and green gave a retro look and vintage style knobs finished off the transformation from awful to awesome.

  2. Peggy

    I like my bedside table which is an old gramophone cut down to bedside level, and with the lid intact, so I can keep precious items hidden away. With a large embroidered doylie covering it and my vintage lamp it looks great in my 105 year old cottage.

  3. Anne

    An old dressing table is my favourite vintage piece.Once stained mission brown, it is now a distressed cream,housing a collection of pretty photo frames, holding precious baby photos of my grown children.

  4. Susan

    My husband restored my Grandmothers ‘Whites’ treadle sewing machine and it sits in the entry hall of our home with a beautiful crocheted doily my mother made on top with vintage style photos of my children displayed on top again. Many family memories covering over four generations all bundled together. My mother’s lace is my most treasured treasure.

  5. Catherine

    My vintage ice cream sundae glass, they are always in use whether as vases for fresh cut flowers, a jewellery display to display my vintage jewellery or even to hold my bit and bobs in the bath room. I believe they also make ice cream sundaes taste better.

  6. Louise

    My dad restored my great-grandmother’s commode. It is now my bedside table – there’s plenty of storage with no chamber pot in there!

  7. amanda driscoll

    I found an old cedar partitioned drawer in a watchmakers shop. I removed some of the partions and reinforced it. It now hangs on the wall in the lounge area. It houses many of my small precious antique and vintage nic nacs that were previously scattered around the house. I love it!

  8. Sonya

    A stainless steel surgical tray (with lid) from my father’s recently closed surgery is now my first aid box. It sits on top of my fridge and is sleek, shiny, and a little bit retro.

  9. Suzanne Anderson

    My passion is to upcyle vintage china and glassware. My stand out piece was made using a Lady Carlyle trio and a tab handled cake plate by Royal Albert from three different sets. These were hand drilled to create a divine 3 tier cake stand. Such a beautiful vintage china.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>