So to create the country, cottage, rustic, junk garden look I strive to achieve, I have to pull in some props. Some of my props are well known: the stepladder in the front border, the potting sink, and the chippy white painted wheelbarrow. These fun pieces appear over and over in my posts, but what about the workhorses, the backdrops to my vignettes?
THE WAGON WHEEL $15
My old buggy wheel here with Lady's Mantle, hostas, and other garden junk beside the house.
Or here in my fall, rustic, porch vignette.
Or here behind the crock, and between the adirondack chairs on my summer patio. The secret. I paid $15 for the wheel because it is in rough condition on the bottom. The spokes are broken or missing. But who knows when the back area is put towards the bottom?
THE FUTON PARTS - FREE
When I sent a futon to college with my middle daughter, it came back bent and unusable. Or did it? Here is the back spray painted white behind some hostas.
And here it is as a backdrop to a vintage garden vignette in my back yard.
The futon ends are being used as a backdrop in another area of the garden.
THE TREE HOUSE LADDER - FREE
I dragged this old ladder home from a tree house on the property my son bought, and was going to tear down. Perfect spot for pots (or minnow buckets) of annuals.
THE OLD HAY RAKE - FREE
The white flower shaped thing against my house is an iron hay rake tine. It was at a house my sister bought in the country. The tines have been welded together on the ends. It was free from my sister and spray painted white. I love it, and have had it forever!
THE BARN DOOR $30
I have this old chippy white barn door attached to a tree so it doesn't blow over. It is a backdrop to a serene, neutral vignette in my back yard. Well worth $30.
A RUSTY OLD GATE $20
My newest find. A really rustic old gate that I just purchased just a couple days ago. Haven't done much with it yet but I will.
So if you a city or town dweller, find a few good backdrops to anchor your garden junk vignettes, and have fun decorating the outdoors!
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