Repurposing an Old Gate


Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are throwing it back to a Sloss Castle project–one of my favorite repurposed projects. So, grab a good cup of coffee and sit a spell with me today as we chat about repurposing junk.

If you’ve been following along with my house adventures,  you know that Sloss Castle was a hot mess when we bought her. She had all kinds of junky gems hidden under a thick blanket of leaves…and one of those treasures was an old, chain link gate.


I have a confession to make. I love old, rusty junk. It calls me. It gets me. We get each other. The hubby knows about my love affair with junk. He gets me. I also love flower gardening and being outside in my gardens. So, the hubby had the grand idea of combining both of my loves together into an arbor for the wisteria vine I was trying to tame.


At first, I was going to leave the wood and gate in their natural colors, but they just faded away…I couldn’t have that!  So, paint to the rescue.




Whew! Looking back over these photos is making me tired! Bless it…We conquered and tamed a lot at Sloss Castle,  and I’m so glad that Hathorn Hall is not a hot mess! I’m still trying to figure out HH’s odd spaces…and waiting on inspiration to strike…but thank goodness…the hubby and I only have to personalize her and not give her a full body–inside and out–makeover!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my love affair with junk. Go out and find a junky treasure to call your own *smile*

DIY Upcycled Wind Chimes from Kitchen Utensils

Add a pop pf color to a dull fall landscape with DIY upcycled wind chimes.

I have always loved folksy whirligigs and whimsical yard art. Old tires used as planters, rusty farm equipment “planted” in a flower bed, vintage chicken feeders used as hanging pots–the list could go on forever + thanks to Pinterest, there are a plethora of ideas for the home and garden. Now, if only we had more spare time *wink*

Last year, I wrote a series of DIYs for my hometown newspaper, The Winston County Journal, to inspire people to make and give handmade gifts for the holidays.  I believe everyone has a touch of “crafty” or “artsy” inside of him or her. Just give crafting a try and have fun like when you were five!  If the project turns out to be an epic fail, laugh and be proud of yourself for trying and for having fun.

**p.s. I suggest having a crafting party for this project.  Make it a dessert potluck + Keep the coffee brewing and the stories rolling.**

DIY Upcycled Wind Chimes from Common Kitchen Items


cheese grater (I used an old broken one from my junk stash.)

4 spoons, 4 forks, 4 butter knives (try to mismatch for a more whimsical look)

1 serving spoon or fork

Rust-Oleum Automobile Primer

several colors of spray paint (perfect time to use bits and dabs of leftover paint)

fishing line (30lb test is best for durability)

wire (18 or 20 gauge)

glass beads (or beads from old/broken jewelry)

power drill with drill bit


safety googles

needle nose pliers (for bending the wire)



1.  Drill holes in the silverware and base of the cheese grater (one hole per utensil for a total of 12 holes) and two holes at the top of the grater for the wire hanger.  This takes patience.  It took me several attempts before I successfully drilled my utensils. I am sad to report the first couple of spoons suffered much, but not in vain. RIP.

2.  Next, gently sand the utensils and grater.  Be careful around the sharp and rough edges of the holes.

3.  Prime silverware and cheese grater with the Rust-Oleum automobile primer following the instructions on the can.

4.  After the primer has fully dried, spray paint the cheese grater and utensils following the instructions on the can.  **Tip: Mix it up + Be bright and bold!

5.  While waiting on items to dry, cut 12 pieces of fishing line (one for each utensil) about 18 inches (better to have too much than not enough).  Cut one piece about 24 inches for the clacker.  **If you are having a crafting party, this is the perfect time for a coffee break.**

6.  After everything has dried, thread the fishing line through the silverware hole (securing with a fishing knot), add glass beads, and tie to the cheese grater.  Trim excess line with scissors. Repeat this step until all utensils have been attached.

**This step is great for the kiddos.  Have them pick out and string the beads while you share stories of holidays of yesteryear.**

7.  For the hanger, cut wire to desired hanging length and secure to the holes drilled at the top of the cheese grater by threading the wire through the holes and bending it around itself using the pliers.

8.  Finally, tie the clacker to the wire hanger.

Ta-da!  Look how fabulous! Now, comes the hard part.  Do you keep the wind chimes for yourself, or do you wrap and give away your lovely creation?

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about making wind chimes from common kitchen items. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest (@ChasidyHathorn) for more ideas and photos of my art and furbabies!

I would like to dedicate this blog post to my dad who taught me how to take old junk and turn it into artsy treasures + who has always been there for me. Confession–I have always been a bit of a handful. Back in my teen years, I drove a red Ford ranger. Oh, how I loved that truck! Yes, I piled too many friends in there. No, it wasn’t the smartest thing. Yes, I drove the backroads–often, too fast. The good Lord just watched over me, and I am pretty sure I had a different guardian angel each day. Well, one day while driving a freshly graveled road, I lost control of Red and off in the ditch I went. This was back before cell phones and OnStar, so, off I set on foot to my Uncle Mackie and Aunt Barbara’s house to call home. Long story short. Daddy came to my rescue–like always. My dad has never been too tired or too busy to rescue me. Recently, he saved me from a bit of trouble by getting the skunk that was caught in my armadillo “humane” trap out. Yes, catch and release. Poor Daddy! #myhero