Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Salvaged Antique Crown Molding Planter and Window Box


2013 Update: Revisiting this post and linking up to new fall blog parties this year!




Well I am just so excited to show you this gorgeous fall display that I created in my very shabby-salvaged -tin -crown molding turned- flower box! I am so thrilled with how it turned out, especially since it was a "use what I had" creation and cost very little.


Before
This piece is a remnant of tin crown molding that was salvaged out of a 100+ year old hotel in Portsmouth, Ohio. Cool just how it is, huh? My husband and I purchased it this spring from a flea market vendor for only $5.00.  That talented hubby of mine then cut it down a bit and added some wood to the back to make it into a shelf/planter to hang on an ugly bare spot on our porch wall. It is suspended from the porch railing by a $2.00 chain from Lowes that we spray-painted black.

This is how it looks for fall and Halloween:

                                                                              After

I don't know why exactly, but I am crazy about it! I think its just so creepy and beautiful at the same time.  Maybe its the spooky tones of greens, purples, grays, and blues along with just a touch of orange in the pumpkin and Spanish moss that bring out the oranges in the rust. It just all came together so well. I am not one for symmetry and even numbers in design, so balancing the kale on each side would not have been something I would usually do, but the differences in shapes, textures and colors of all the fruits and materials used provides enough variety to make it work. Normally I would plan to do something completely different next year, but I really think I want to do this same arrangement again year after year.




I used several varieties of autumn kale, the one and only orange pumpkin that grew in our pumpkin toss away patch from last year's pumpkins,  a favorite blue hubbard squash, a small dark green (almost black) gourd with a cool stem, some orange Spanish moss from the dollar tree, and some gray creepy cloth from the dollar tree.  I have about $10 in the whole thing if you count the tin crown molding itself.  Love this!


 


I love how it looked right before a big rain when the sky was dark and gray
Here is my complimentary window box design:
I will add a few more spiders and some spider webs when it gets closer to
Trick-or-Treat for fun



                                                                 

19 comments:

  1. I have not heard of "creepy cloth". It looks like a cross between cheese cloth and that spider web stuff. But I do like the look.

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  2. They have some at wal-mart for $4.00 called something else, its only $1 at dollar tree!

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  3. I love creepy cloth! I buy it on ebay. Your mantel is very nice! Visiting from Very Merry Vintage Style.

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  4. I use the gray and black all over the place for Halloween decorating and in projects and costumes. I am doing a "31 days of Halloween" post and I have some more of the gray draped over an old black rocking chair and it looks very creepy for sure!

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  5. I love it. The garden leading up the side of your stairs , I love too! We just moved into our home- I hate how everything looks freshly planted. I like how over time it all meshes together and really creates a warm feeling.

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  6. Looks great! I love that you know the history of the old piece.

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  7. LUV,LUV,LUV That planter!! Great Job, Also love your "Mission Statement" on your header..GREAT Idea..I think you speak for all of us ;)

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  8. Love it, love your blog! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. The molding is fantastic! I'm a little green. Love it all. Visiting from Common Ground. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/10/chest.html

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  10. Love this, Lady! I found you via a link party! Let's link up- I'm over at http://dazedtoamaze.blogspot.com/. :D

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  11. Totally love it! Found you via Common Ground and now a new follower! Love your name too!

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  12. I love both of them. The addition of the cheesecloth is genius!! Very creepy!! I have a feeling I'll be back to your blog! :-)
    Diane

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  13. So pretty. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday; hope you'll be back this week!
    Mary

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  14. I love it! It has a wonderful finish that just is hard to duplicate. Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  15. This is wonderful!! thanks for sharing the inspiration at VIF, I'll be featuring this later this afternoon! xo

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  16. Wow,
    it all looks fabulous! Handy Hubby to make such a great planter and for finding the tin piece.
    Visiting via Common Ground, would love for you to visit me!
    Rebecca

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  17. This is a delightful transformation! It looks wonderful! You are invited to link up one of your wonderful posts to Potpourri Friday (currently in progress)!

    I have just become a friend and follower and hope the you will consider doing the same!

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  18. You're lucky to have a very talented hubby, Amber! I'm sure your neighbors are enjoying this vintage pot. Anyway, I'm so glad you didn't repaint the crown molding since the chippy paint looks better. Do you have a new look for this today? :)

    BuyingValuables.com

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  19. It's gorgeous....and I can't believe you only paid five bucks for it! Lucky Girl!

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