Who says decorating is only for the inside of your home? Warm weather means a lot more time spent outside, so why wouldn’t you surround yourself with the same style that you love inside by giving it an outdoor twist? It’s easy to give your outdoor decor a vintage vibe with a combination of flea market finds and new vintage style pieces!
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Using flea market finds as garden containers is one of my favorite ways to decorate my outdoor spaces, but there are so many other possibilities other than containers! In fact, the components of outdoor decor are basically the same as decorating inside your home. You will likely have flat vertical spaces to fill, a floor plan to design, and components such as tabletops or planters to be accessorized.
Whether your outdoor vertical spaces consist of fences or walls, think about how you like to decorate inside and take some of the same elements outside.
Do you love painted signs? Oh, good! Me too!
Signs can be attached to any vertical surface! This small Flea Market sign keeps this vintage garden gate from disappearing against the background of the wooded area.
Attach separate letters to a wall or wooden fence to form a favorite inspirational word!
Gathering and DIYing items that can be used inside and out will save time and money! This sign that I painted on an old door transitions effortlessly out to the porch where it simply leans up against the house for the warm weather months. Smaller vertical signs painted on boards are great additions to tight spaces, especially for those of us with small front porches!
Of course, we can’t forget the bang for your decorating buck that plates and serving accessories can offer!
Whether you choose to create a customary plate display or use this idea of adding vinyl lettering from Linda at q is for quandie, old plates, platters and serving items add gentile charm to an outdoor space. Look for pieces that are mismatched or may have small imperfections for this purpose. These insignificant flaws make these items the perfect choice to use outside where they will be exposed to the elements, and they will be far less expensive than their unmarred counterparts.
This is one of my favorite DIY projects for the garden! Simply acquire mismatched items with coordinating color schemes, use a diamond drill bit to drill a hole in both pieces. Thread a 4″ bolt down through the top piece (in this case, the gravy boat) and secure with a washer and nut on the bottom side of the plate. The long bolt allows you to anchor your work of art into a planter for a decorative touch, or . . .
Stick the bolt into a metal pipe from the hardware store to turn your creation into a garden stake! Fill with bird seed to use it as a feeder, or simply water to provide refreshment to those feathered friends in your garden!
What? You say that you just found a treasure trove of lovely china pieces that have totally captured your heart, but are more than mildly damaged? Sounds to me like a great excuse to make a mosaic!
I am totally in love with this china mosaic garden wall, but on a smaller scale, think about using these pieces to create a one of a kind bird bath, flower pot, or bird house!
Since my own obsession for collecting also includes vintage silver, it would be remiss of me not to mention its use in outdoor decor!
Hand stamped vintage silver can act as a whimsical adornment for a pot, or . . .
As a final note on accessorizing your outdoor decor, it seems the appropriate time to recite the Junker’s Mantra! Say it with me!
Galvanized is good, shabby is good, rusty is good!
You will likely have flat surfaces on table tops and floors that need filling in your outdoor decor. Creating simple groupings or vignettes brings a cozy, lived in look to outdoor spaces. Choose components made of materials that will weather well and consider corralling these items on a tray if they will need to be moved in order to use the surface for dining. I’m a sucker for anything whitewashed! It just keeps getting better with age! This bird house was made for me by a sweet friend of mine. He thought I was a little crazy at first when I brought him the old door knobs and silverware, but quickly got into the spirit of the project. Add a weathered copper roof–PERFECTION!
Galvanized pieces are always a good choice to display outdoors! Whether grouped as above to form a window box effect, or left empty to sit next to a garden gate as if someone just finished their chores, vintage galvanized containers of any kind add a welcoming farmhouse feel to outdoor decor. I like to leave them in areas that I have to hand water to gather rain water. That means one less trip to the spigot for me!
If you are a DIYer, use the same painting and shabbying techniques as you would inside. Just be sure to give pieces like the whitewashed pot above a final clear coat of poly to protect the finish from the elements. This will keep the piece looking good for years to come. For outdoor pots, I spray them with a light coat of white spray paint. Don’t get overly concerned with them being totally covered and even. After they finish drying, I lightly sand areas that would normally show wear. Seal with clear poly spray and, voila–aged and elegant!
Add rusty art pieces to your garden to suit your personality! They blend well with the natural colors of the garden and need little to no maintenance!
I love the whimsy of these garden stakes that can be moved around and tucked into unexpected places! Whether you lean more toward traditional design elements or have a more fun-loving style, there is a rusty object d’ art for everyone.
On the subject of rusty creations, check out this piece from Carlene at Organized Clutter! Rusty bed springs make the perfect wreath for a farmhouse porch!
If you live in an area where these kinds of items are hard to find, Etsy is a great source for rusty outdoor decor pieces.
This sweet chicken family is from Rusty Rooster Metal Art. There are tons of designs available so you are sure to find the perfect rusty piece to display in your outdoor decor!
Now you all know that I do love myself some flea market furniture, but when it comes to outdoor options for your vintage style porch or deck, finding gently used outdoor furniture can be a bit tricky. It is often hard to find the style you seek in an acceptable condition. Luckily there are new options available that will speak to your flea market lovin’ heart!
Or perhaps you are a fan of this classic cantilevered vintage style chair. While this style is one that is more readily available at flea markets and vintage sales, many times they have been painted so many times that it would be impossible to make them look fresh again. With both of these styles there is the obvious issue of finding the multiples you may need for the outdoor furniture layout you have in mind. While these styles are not carried in the store, it only takes a few clicks to order them from Target.com!
Last, but not least, my final entry in the most desired vintage style outdoor furniture category is . . . drum roll, please . . .
A porch bed swing!!!
Excuse me while a take a moment to gather myself!
Since I do not have a covered porch this object of my desire may never be in the cards for me. However, I would love to upcycle some flea market components into a standing porch bed. I’ll let you know when I find the right pieces for the project.
Your outdoor space should feel as comfy cozy as your favorite spot inside your home. It should be a place that you can curl up with a good summer read or just sit quietly after a long day and listen to the sounds of nature. In other words, your warm weather oasis.
So get out your flea market shopping list and add ideas to it that will make your outdoor decor inviting and uniquely yours!
Hugs ’til next time!
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