While digging through my in-laws garage a few weeks ago, we found this little table. My father-in-law told me that he made it in his shop class in school. Well, he is 85 years old...this is definitely vintage and primitive! I asked him if I could take it home and paint it and he was happy that we wanted it at all.
This funny looking chair, was never a "real" chair. When we moved into our home 7 years ago, I still wanted one part of the house where I could decorate with rustic things. Our front porch is very small, but there was room to put a chair in the corner to use as a prop for my seasonal decorations. I was thrilled to find this weathered looking chair at the Covered Bridge Festival. It has been holding up Christmas, fall, Halloween and spring decorative items since. I was ready for a slightly different look this year.
I had my husband paint both the chair and the little table in a creamy white, distress them a little bit and then add a little stain to age them. I added a little bit of grapevine and some berries, a couple of wooden Halloween votives, my newly created Subway Art project and a little birdhouse we picked up on our drive of the Great River Road. I've already added one coat of stain to the birdhouse, it is getting another one today. It is too orange for my taste. I'm trying to darken it a bit.
The little table ended up in this corner. I topped it with an antique crock with a burgundy mum in it. The old 7-Up case has cornstalks, Indian corn and a few gourds and small pumpkins. I found the doormat at Kohl's and I liked out it had the darker burgundy and rust that I'm using this year.
The trellis redo has just enough color to "pop" off the muted brick of our house.
I think I'm happy so far with the way everything came together. As we get closer to Halloween, we will add a few spooky lights and some real jack-o-lanterns. I should have taken a before picture, but truthfully...I waited too long. Imagine the chair in green with several pots of summer flowers that were past their prime and a spring colored birdhouse that is a tall skinny church. Blah. This is better.
I'm joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch today for Met Monday. I love Susan's blog. Her weekly events are always fun and worth the visit. I also discovered yesterday (when I finally clicked the Stats button) that many of the people who visit my blog, come straight from her blog. I'm very grateful for the blog traffic that comes my way because of Susan!