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Junk Finds: Fantastic Elephant Planter, Silverware Chest, Wood Trunk and More

Time to share my junk treasures and I have a lot of them, three shopping trips worth. I made two trips to my favorite junk shop, one trip to the Southern Kentucky Flea Market, and one online auction where I had the winning bid for an Eastlake-style bed.

favorite junk shop in Hopkinsville Ky with Petticoat Junktion

This is the awesome junk shop in Hopkinsville, KY, Butler’s Antiques on Walnut St.

My favorite junk shop Hopkinsville Kentucky (8)

It’s hard for me to pass up a wood crate, cedar chest, or wood tool box. They are so fun to paint. I can get all creative and the sleek lines make the painting easy. I really wanted to give this wood box a light white wash but the wood is too stained up.

wood trunk to be painted

I thought maybe it would clean up well but no! The photo above was taken after I tried cleaning and sanding the wood.

My favorite junk shop Hopkinsville Kentucky (6)

I couldn’t pass on the gate either. I took it to my booth and someone already snapped it up.

My favorite junk shop Hopkinsville Kentucky (7)

I have a thing for garden stakes too and this patriotic one is a winner. The faded colors are perfect.

My favorite junk shop Hopkinsville Kentucky (9)

I bought four wrought iron decorative railing pieces with one being in great shape and the other three in pieces.

yellow painted chairs from the junk shop

The yellow chairs were hard to pass up at $5 each. Once I got them home I wished I had left them at the junk shop.

junk shop chair

I knew they were incredibly dirty but I can deal with the dirt. It wasn’t until I unloaded them from the truck that I noticed the seats are made of fake wood or MDF or pressed wood. The seats are just a bit damaged in areas and there is not a whole lot I can do with puffed up MDF unless I paint it. The whole purpose of buying the chairs was because of the pretty yellow crackled paint.

plastic hanging racks to resale

The two plastic shelves are going to my booth.

wire flower planters for window sills

I bought three metal flower box planters. They will go to my booth or maybe I will keep one and see what I can do with it.

plastic outdoor chair looks like cast iron

Take a look at that red chair. It looks like wrought iron doesn’t it? I thought it was iron and I was so excited until I picked it up. The chair is plastic. I didn’t buy it.

My favorite junk shop Hopkinsville Kentucky (1)

I didn’t buy the red pot with the lid either but I seriously thought about it. For $20 it was over my budget but I do have a thing for red.


eastlake style bed (2)

Moving on to my online auction purchase. The Eastlake-style bed was only $10. That’s why I bought it. Beds this size are hard to sell because they will not fit a standard-size mattress.

The JTS (hubby, aka Junktion Technical Specialist) has already broken the bed up into pieces. The wood details are so beautiful and I will sell the wood. The top of the headboard is a large beautifully detailed piece.

heavy stoneware elephant planter found at the flea market

The next junk finds are from the Southern Kentucky Flea Market. The elephant planter was $12 and I’m in love. I have never seen a similar one.

cute elephant planter

I’m hanging on to the planter. An elephant with an upturned trunk is said to bring good fortune and goodwill. I’m all for that.


wood silverware box

My friend Christy, Confessions of a Serial DIY’er is a pro at silverware chest makeovers. I found this one for $8 so I need to visit her blog and get a few makeover ideas.

silverware chest with old silverware

It also had a few pieces of silverware. I will sale the silverware and maybe get my money back on the chest.


wood silverware chest

One thing I like about the silverware chest is the “feet”. They remind me of cedar chests I’ve painted that had similar “feet.

mini red lantern

Remember how much I like red? Well I had to have the lantern for $4.99. You might see it cleaned up and holding a candle or LED votive.

red leather stool

In the shop, the leather cover on the mini footstool looked red. At home, it looks more orange. I’m fine with that.


metal urn

The large metal Ginger Jar (?) was $2.50. It will get a coat of white spray paint.

three small square mirrors with white frames

The three small mirrors with wide wood frames were $10.

white framed mirrors form the flea market

I wouldn’t pay that much if I was planning to resell them. These I will hang in the house…..somewhere.


lemon picture
The framed print was $3.50 and I liked it for some crazy reason. It will hang on the kitchen wall until I get tired of looking at it.

Well, that’s it for my junk finds. Did you have a favorite? Any makeover or project ideas for me? Leave a note if you have time and thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Turn the yellow chairs into planter chairs. Just cut holes in the crummy seats and add a pot of pretty flowers!

  2. Kathy, would be willing to sale the little red lantern? I have 2 and need one more for my kitchen windows.

  3. I would probably have still bought that red chair for styling purposes. It still looks like metal. Love the bed.

  4. Eastlake bed frame was a great find and I love crates too. You made a great haul, I always like seeing these and what you do with them. Thanks and have fun.