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Dirt Road Adventures: Welcome June!

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures: Welcome June! This is where we review all the exciting events behind the scenes, on the website, and the sources of inspiration I discovered online during the past week. This weekly recap ensures you don’t miss any of our adventures.

We spent most of the week at our beach cottage. We were there for the Memorial Day Weekend and stayed until Thursday. After the holiday crowds were gone, we ventured out for some meals and a little thrifting.

You may remember that we added old vintage slate roofing tiles to our outdoor kitchen bar awning. We had purchased them at Legacy Salvage in Wilmington. We had several left over and decided to add them to our concrete countertop. However, we needed a few more tiles and stopped by to pick them up.

Naturally, I found some other goodies that I couldn’t resist. They had a couple of large column bases from The Dudley Mansion in historical downtown Front Street, Wilmington, NC. I’ll share how I plan to use mine soon.

They also had a large selection of architectural salvage pieces, and now I wish I had purchased more.

These old arched shutters were amazing, and I wish I could use them, but they didn’t make the trip home with me. I also left this old jail cell door behind. It’s very interesting, though.

Legacy Salvage is a non-profit that I included in my article about the benefits of shopping second-hand Charity Shops. This shop benefits the Historical Preservation Society for Wilmington’s impressive historical district.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

We kicked off the summer concerts in Downtown Asheboro on Friday night with On The Border, Eagles cover band. Bicentennial Park was wall to wall people and it was such a great time seeing so many friends out enjoying themselves. I think it looked like a record turnout and we had so much fun chatting with old and new friends.

In addition, I love getting messages from you about my weekly adventures. If you copy any of my tutorials, I’d love to see what you do.

This past week, Patty shared her thrift store lamp makeover, and I’m inspired by her interpretation of the Potty Barn Inspired Thrifted Lamp Makeover I made.

I love her lampshade choice, and her table looks like a repurposed project. Thank you for sharing, Patty!

Patty's DIY Lamp Makeover

In Case You Missed It

Thrifted lamp makeover to look like a Pottery Barn earthenware knock-off.

Easy Thrifted Lamp Makeover

Here is an Easy Thrifted Lamp Makeover using a Goodwill $7.00 lamp to create a Pottery Barn knock-off earthenware look. This update was achieved for a fraction of the cost of a new lamp.


Vintage light fixture and wall vase displayed in DIY greenhouse.

17 Reasons You Should Shop Second-Hand At Charity Shops

Do you like the thrill of the hunt? Finding unique and vintage treasures for cheap? You can help the environment and contribute to your community while saving money on your home decor or clothing. There are many benefits of shopping second-hand charity shops and today we are going to explore all the reasons shopping resale is good for everyone.


Wooden Ice Cream Churn repurposed to be a flower vase sitting in Farmhouse screened porch.

How To Recycle a Wooden Ice Cream Churn

Have you ever picked up roadside trash? You may luck up and find treasures for recycling, repurposing, or just great junk. Today, I’m sharing about updating a wooden ice cream churn, which is a true trash-to-treasure adventure. I found this wooden ice cream churn by the side of the road on trash day. Home with me, it came! With a little paint and some flowers, it’s a perfect budget-friendly centerpiece option.


Coffee table decorated with vase of flowers and small basket with sheep in farmhouse.

The Secret To Creative Coffee Table Decorating

Are you looking for some ideas for decorating your coffee table? Would you like to transform your coffee table into a stylish and functional focal point in your living area? Today, you will learn the secret to creative coffee table decorating.


DIY Air Dry Clay wall sconces hanging in breach cottage,

Budget DIY Flower Lampshade for Wall Sconces With Air Dry Clay

Have you ever found your perfect home decor accessory only to realize it costs way more than your budget allows? If so, then you will want to see this tutorial. This copycat DIY Lamp Shade is inexpensive and easy to make with air-dry clay. It was inspired by a $450.00 wall sconce that I wanted for our beach cottage. Although I’ve never done this before, I decided to attempt to make a look-alike lampshade using air-dry clay.


Father’s Day Gift Guide

Adventures Off The Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

There are so many wonderful blog posts each week, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

Thrifting This Week

As I said at the beginning of today’s post, I did a little architectural salvage shopping while in Wilmington. I brought home one of the column bases and some interesting spindles along with the slate roofing tiles we went there for.

Architectural Salvage from Legacy Salvage in Wilmington NC

After returning home, I stopped by CUOC thrift store and found a few more great deals. In addition to a couple of books, I found an original painting, a decorative blue and white ceramic ball, and this antique silver water pitcher.

The painting is signed Er and is professionally framed. It’s a great size for adding to a shelf or mantel. For only $2.00 I couldn’t leave it in the store. In addition, the silver footed water pitcher is in perfect condition and I found it’s most likely an antique. The International Silver “Countess” is cira 1900-1940 and it was only $6.00. These three items were only $10.00 and I was doing a happy dance all the way home.

What’s In My Cart

It was all about beachy casual and Father’s Day this week in my shopping cart.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventures with you.


Sunday 2nd of June 2024

I can't believe the prices for your finds, amazing. I really like the picture what a steal. Also enjoyed Patty's redo of the lamp it turned out so cute. Thank you for all the ideas.


Sunday 2nd of June 2024

Diana, I agree that painting was a steal. I'm so glad you liked Patty's lamp. She was so sweet to send me the photo. Thank you for following along.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 2nd of June 2024

Rachel, you have the best luck thrifting! Love the silver water pitcher-what a steal! Also the magnetic phone charger will be a perfect gift for my husband’s truck too. Your Sunday posts are so informative. Thanks for sharing my packing for airline travel post. I am on the road now and hope to catch up on your weekday posts when I get a break. Happy June!


Sunday 2nd of June 2024

Mary, Thank you so much. I appreicate you for following along on my adventures and for all you encouragement.


Sunday 2nd of June 2024

Happy weekend, Rachel. I always love reading about all your thrifting adventures. It sounds like so much fun! I hope you have a great week ahead!


Sunday 2nd of June 2024

Jen, I am so glad you enjoyed this weeks adventures. Happy June.


Sunday 2nd of June 2024

I felt so special being mentioned and to see my lamp featured, I had a happy little cry. Thank you so much Rachel, you made my day. Loved all you treasures and adventures. Patty


Sunday 2nd of June 2024

Patty, I'm so glad you shared this with me. Sometimes I think I'm talking to air when I post. It's so rewarding to see that someone likes and actually uses my ideas to enhance their homes. I love you lamp. Have the best day.