Thursday, October 14, 2010

Before and After Transformed Vintage Finds

I'd like to share some "before and after" shots of vintage finds that I'll be using on my back porch this fall. I really enjoyed finding each of these items and then transforming them to use in my decorating. It is so much easier than you think to add a bit of vintage flair, even to a modern home. Let's get started with a "before" -
I love this old, rusty mason jar holder.  There are so many options here for decorating. Are you ready for the "happily ever after" ?? -
I just love how this turned out! I needed some more candles on the porch and this was ideal. I decided that three candles would be plenty and embellished the other jars with fall picks. Just about everything around here gets finished off with a skeleton key!  I've been using popcorn kernels as a filler this fall. I absolutely love the color and it is so much cheaper than candy. Plus, this caddy will be used outside so candy was not an option. What are your favorite fillers? Do share with me. Are you ready for another "before" ??-
I've had this crate forever and it has been wasting away in a closet.Do you have one too? What do you use it for? Well, I finally remembered it and got started with a fall arrangement. I had a little help along the way from Shelby and Zoey. Oh by the way, they are the other reason I don't decorate with candy!
Safely up on the baker's rack, I can take an "after" picture.  I actually had an old, weathered wreath on the back porch. Most of it was ready for the trash but not all of it.  I took it apart and salvaged a few of the pieces for the arrangement. Finally, I'm using my crate!  The next item is one of my favorites!  The "before" -
Isn't she pretty?! I found this vintage bird cage over the summer at a local antique store. I do wish the space inside the cage to decorate was a bit larger. I can just squeeze in a small plant and small vignette like a bucket of tools. Recently, I bought some pheasants on sale at Hobby Lobby.  I decided to use one in the bird cage.
I made her a nest out of pine cones, leaves, feathers and berries. The nest is elevated by an antique drawer frame.  I think I'm going to put her here -
Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop by my blog. I'll be linking up Friday to the parties below, so please stop by and be inspired by all the wonderful posts. You'll find decorating ideas, crafts, art and more. There is something for everyone. If you are new to Rusty Rooster, I hope you'll consider giving a follow. I love new friends and your comments! See you at the parties!

56 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I am on the hunt for another birdcage! You should come link up one or all of these at my linky party that's going on right now!

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  2. Vicki! That was some serious eye candy! You are incredibly talented and all of those things I would pay someone to make for me as I am sadly lacking in the crafty/creative department! I particularly liked the mason jar candle holder because that is something I could put on my front porch and not worried about getting smashed like our pumpkins do. Annoying hooligans!!! Thanks so much for linking this up to the party!
    Vanessa

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  3. Love it all!! Great ideas! Tahnks
    you for sharing!

    blessings

    barbara jean

    PS love your blog!

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  4. Hi!
    I am here from Feathered Nest Friday....I love how you use old keys....just gorgeous how you put it all together!

    Cindy
    (Design Love)

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  5. Hi Vicki, Your Transformations are Incredible ~
    I Love that Wonderful Bird Cage....
    Cheryl

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  6. Hi Vicki - I love love love all your vintage vignettes. Especially j'dore the mason jar carrier. Where can I find that? I've been looking for one. Your blog is beautiful, so I have now joined as your follower.

    Happy Friday and visiting from Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday. BTW, hope you get a chance to join my gift raffle.
    -marie

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  7. Hi Vicki,
    Your blog is sensational!!! And I love all your fall decorating!!! I hope you'll link up to my Creative Spirit Challenge...it's on til Saturday...no need to post something new...this would be awesome.
    XO
    Cindy
    P.S. I'm your newest follower!!

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  8. Vicki, these are all wonderful fall decor projects! I love to see a piece you already have used differently for each season!

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  9. Oh...I love these...and look at those two darling bassets. I love any dog thats long and short. I'm following you now.

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  10. Vicki,
    Great idea for my wreath hanger to hold art pieces. Gave me another idea too. Will see if it works.

    I'm going to need to tell my friends about your blog. It is wonderful.
    I will borrow a picutre and link to it when I do. I'll let you know. OK??

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  11. Oh my goodness I love what you did with all three of these lovely finds! Keep up the beautiful work! :o)

    Greta @ www.modgarden.blogspot.com

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  12. Wonderful ideas! They are all beautiful. The birdcage is spectacular.

    I see you began blogging last month. This is my first time visiting and want to welcome you to the land of blog.

    Pat@Back Porch Musings

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  13. Your bottle holder turned out really cute with the popcorn and candles! Lovin' your helpers too:@)

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  14. Thank you all for your sweet comments, follows, contests and support. I love meeting new friends and having my only little spot in blog land.

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  15. That old milk jug container with the mason jars and candles is fabulous! I love how you have used this. The key with ribbon is adorable! I love all of your vignettes but this one is my favorite! I am adding you to follow for sure, I can tell I am going to love your style!

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  16. Vicki, thank you for this post!! I love the popcorn as the base for the candles. May I "borrow" :) that in the future? Your pups are adorable. They just want to help Mom decorate.

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  17. Hi sweet Vicki!! Omygoodness...everything, EVERYTHING is so gorgeous to me ~ the corn in the jars, that is such a great idea!! I have an old crate too...and need to do something with it ~ thanks for all the fall inspiration!! xxoo, Dawn

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  18. Great before and afters Vicki! Everything turned out great...good idea with the popcorn in the bottom of those jars and that photo of Shelby and Zoey checking everything out is so cute :)

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  19. You are one talented woman!!! I love everything.

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  20. what a gorgeous blog. gorgeous treasures...I want that basket!! and gorgeous pups!!

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  21. All of your projects are so very, very attractive! You have a real talent for this. Will you come over and show me how? No, we live too far apart, well I shall look at more of your blog then, perhaps the bug will bite me as I do. Hugs, Cindy

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  22. Hi Vicky! I came over from Inspiration Friday..
    I would sure like to come and sit on your back porch! How warm and inviting it is with all your beautiful decorations. LOVE them! I have never seen a mason jar holder-that is quite a treasure. Popcorn is a great idea for a filler. That way I wouldn't eat all the candy!!
    xoxo
    lynn

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  23. All wonderful new purposes for those vintage finds! I especially like the milk bottle caddy :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  24. I love it all-especially the wire birdcage and your little pups!
    gail
    adventuresininnkeeping.blogspot.com

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  25. Thanks to each and every one of you that left such sweet comments today! I appreciate all the follows too. ((HUGS))

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  26. I've been wanting an antique birdcage for so long. Yours is beautiful! And I have never seen a mason jar holder. I absolutely love what you did with it!

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  27. I LOVE your finds and what you have done with them!! The birdcage is ADORABLE!! The mason jar holder with the candles- perfect idea! Your dogs are too cute getting all into the box display! Thanks so much for joining Feathered Nest Friday and sharing this!! Love it- Great job! :)

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  28. Welcome to blogland! What a great blog you have. Love all your vintage finds and what you have done with them. Thanks for your visit and your sweet comment about my ghost tree. I look foward to following all your fun projects.

    Have a great weekend.
    Gail

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  29. I love your transformations...especially the mason jar candles! I see what you mean about popcorn as a filler...great idea! I was picturing it popped. I love it! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbbie

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  30. Hi Vicki, you really put your vintage pieces to great seasonal use. I used candy corn in my mason jars. Love the way it looks, but I kept it over the winter in storage and I think it's probably cement by now. lol. Wonderful birdcage vignette and soda crate. Great Post!! Thanks so much for linking in to VIF!
    xo,
    Debra

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  31. Love the transformations Vicki! I'm not surprised though because you have a great eye for putting things together!

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  32. What fun we are having at the parties this week. Have you seen all the great projects and decorating ideas? I even saw apple cider donuts! yum...Thank you for your sweet comments. They mean so much to me.

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  33. Vicki you always have such wonderful ideas and great ways of displaying your vintage finds! You are such an inspiration, your patio looks amazing! Can't wait for our Open House, I love the pic of Shelby and Zoe!!!You know my favorite is the birdcage! ♥

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  34. You are so wonderfully creative, and you have a GREAT eye.

    I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again...I just LOVE what you're doing over here. I really do think this blog of yours is going to be big, my dear. You've got the goods! :-)

    Hugs,
    Anne

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  35. Thank you,Anne. That means so much to me coming from you. Fiona and Twig is so widely popular because it is a gorgeous and well thought out blog. I have enjoyed following you for so long. Thank you for always inspiring and encouraging me.

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  36. I love the popcorn idea. And the key tied to the top of the jar carrier is a cute idea.

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  37. Hi Vicki! Had to come by from Blue Skies to meet a fellow friendly Floridian! You aren't too far from me! I am in Debary...about 35 minutes or so give or take! :)

    Your blog is so lovely! And so are all of your decorations! Too funny, our first and dearly beloved dog's name was Shelby. We haven't known anyone else who used that name for their dog!

    Well it's nice to meet you! Looks like you are well on your way into this wonderful world of blogging! I'm coming up on my two year blogaversary, and am still loving it! I have even met some blog friends, and that is just a blast! And they really are friends!

    Blessings to you!
    Becky

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  38. Hi sweet girl.

    I posted a couple of your sweet things on my blog, and sent them over here to see more of your wonderful creativity.

    Blessings
    barbara jean

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  39. Beautiful! I really love the birdcage.

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  40. Becky - You are the first Floridian blogger that I've met! I have had several people surprise me and say they've been to Oviedo. lol Barbara Jean - You are too kind. I love your blog and visit all the time. I am honored you mentioned me on yours. Headed over to check it out...join me friends! Thanks to each of you for your sweet comments.

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  41. Hey there! I'm popping over from Barbara Jean's to say hello. Your chicken story is hilarious. I had a chicken show up here a couple of weeks ago. I fed it for a couple of days and then it was gone. In Q8 most of the chickens and roosters belong to people, but sometimes they get loose and you will see them in the street. I gotta say, they sure aren't as pretty as the ones in your town.

    Lovely Fall displays! Great use of items. One of my best friends has always had basset hounds. Whenever I visit, inevitably, something gets eaten or torn to shreds. I totally get the candy thing. :)

    Hope you are a great weekend. Tammy

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  42. oops, I mean, having a great weekend :/

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  43. Hi Vicki, thanks for the heads up, I had no idea there was such a thing as a test blog. This one is nice too haha, seriously it's lovely. It was nice of you to stop by the high street cottage, thanks again, tami

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  44. Love all of your great projects. Great ideas.

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  45. I love your little basket with the mason jars and candles! I haven't seen corn used as a filler before; it looks great. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I love your blog name too!

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  46. You have a wonderful sense of repurposing. I love your 2 helpers...I have lots of helpers too only they are kitties! Thanks for stopping by.

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  47. What a wonderful way to welcome fall! And very inspiring! The mason jar holder is something I have been searching for myself, the corn and then candles give it a great touch. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  48. I love each thing you put together here. Love the old mason jar holder and great use for the coke crate. Mine holds my magazines on the coffee table in my sunroom. That large cage looks wonderful the way you filled it and the pheasant looks quite content there.

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  49. Vicki, thanks so much for linking up to my party!

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  50. Great use and decor using some wonderful vintage finds. I love it. The birdcage is such a clever idea. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  51. Love that bird cage...and Yes I have an old Coke case sitting in my barn ha ha!! Very nice girl...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria
    Just added you to my follow list...

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  52. Hi, I came over from Kim's Before and After. Loved your designs, would have loved to have seen the entire porch. Thanks again

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  53. So much goodness to look at....I love it all especially the bird cage. Shelby and Zoey are just adorable.

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  54. Well now I need to be on the lookout for a mason jar holder and a bird cage. I DO though have two Pepsi crates that are sitting in a corner waiting for inspiration. ;) I love what you did with all three. Beautiful transformations.

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  55. Soooooooo pretty!! LOVE this!! I have a birdcage and you have inspired me!!

    Thank you...

    Lou Cinda :)

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  56. You have an amazing talent for decorating.

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