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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Autumn Arrived At My Front Door For Under $10.00

Welcome to the our 2013 Fall front porch.

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It is a bit unconventional with shades of turquoise, teal and pops of yellow. 

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You may remember the front porch I created last Fall that was also under $10.00. So a challenge was definitely on.

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This years vignette began when I spied this little ladder at Goodwill. At first I thought it was a tool for the employees. Then I spied a $1.00 price tag and couldn’t believe that the men milling around had not snapped it up.

Do they even make wooden step stools any more?

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The mini ladder needed a bit of sanding (Thank you darling Mr. Décor!). I rummaged through to see what type of craft paint I had. No surprise ~ just a few drips in each bottle. But when I combined them together and added a bit of distilled water it gave me just enough of the color wash I was seeking.

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I added a layer of the color wash with a paintbrush and then quickly rubbed most of the paint off with an old clean t shirt. This was repeated until the depth of color I was seeking was reached. It took about an hour to paint in a 100 degree garage. I love Phoenix in the fall. :)  

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The ladder turned out exactly how I had envisioned it.

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My friend Tracy had brought me the teal colored ceramic pots this past August as a birthday gift. She had found them at a garage sale. Don’t you love that?!! The faux pumpkins were purchased on major clearance last November. 

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Seeking an abundant look, I filled in the bare spots with tiny clay pots I had left over from a Spring wreath project.

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The faux succulents were also left over from a previous project.

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The wee scarecrow was a Goodwill find for .49 cents.

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I filled the pots with flowers from Wal-Mart. They were .99 cents each.

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For the front door itself I created a coffee filter wreath. These big time investments have been seen all over blogland.

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For a twist I added a grapevine pumpkin, a few feathers and stalks of wheat.

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Sensing a trend? They were leftover from a Fall tablescape that I did last year.

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My family calls it “the Hakuna Matata” wreath as it reminds them of an African headdress. I can see it. :)

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It’s a small entry space that I hope provides a big welcome.

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I hope you’ll join me on Friday for the Fun Fall Foods Linky Party. 

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Have you decorated your front porch for Fall?


Linking to:

Southern Hospitality, Between Naps On The Porch , A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts,The 36th Avenue, Craftberry Bush, Stonegable The Shabby Creek Cottage, Jennifer Rizzo, No Minimalist Here, Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace, My Romantic Home, Common Ground , The Charm of Home, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Under The Table and Dreaming


Vel Criste said...

Simply gorgeous Laura! Turquoise is ver unexpected but love that though about it! Your wreath is beautiful too, love that it's so poofy!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

It looks INCREDIBLE!!! I loveeeeeeeeee the wreath!!!

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it, the ladder is such a great idea and I love all the little pots. The wreath is fabulous, adding the twig pumpkin and feathers is such a creative idea and so pretty. Hugs, Marty

Dawna Motz said...

Its perfect! Autumn perfection! Your table looks wonderful as well. Always fun to hang a new wreath on the door :) Have a great week.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Laura! I love how you used this little ladder. Sometimes you can find them at estate sales, although I haven't looked in stores like Home Depot or Lowes.

Blackberry Lane said...

Happy October, Laura. Love the step ladder bargain find and the color is gorgeous. My dining room has this color as an accent.
I had not yet seen the coffee filter wreaths. Love the idea!

Have a great day.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I'd love to visit your welcoming fall $10.00 porch, Laura! Wonderful ideas! I especially LOVE the coffee filter wreath!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Lovely, Laura. The step ladder is perfect, and your wreath is gorgeous. I love that you reused things from previous projects. I still fall in love with that spring wreath every time I see it.

Vicki said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And very welcoming... great project!

Patty Rumaker said...

Oh, I like it all, especially the ladder and the coffee filter wreath. Your porch looks lovely and ready for fall.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I would have snagged that ladder right up! I think the blues look great with the more traditional fall colors. And no, I haven't decorated our porch. Yet:)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

This looks so inviting, and I love how you re-purpose everything from past seasons.

Hoyby Crafts said...

This looks fantastic!!! And I love the turquoise! Now I'll be scouring thrift stores for wooden ladders, haha! Stopping by from Hoyby Crafts.

Marianne said...

What an awesome entryway, Laura!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Lovely! Love that wreath and your pops of color definitely go with Phoenix!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Very welcoming entry and I love the Hakuna Matata wreath!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Great job! Love the blue ladder! The name the men gave to the wreath is hilarious!

Karena Albert said...

So fun Laura, I love to recycle wreaths, a little of this amd that; and suddenly you have a wow! on your hands!!

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Donna said...

Absolutely love it all, especially the ladder!

Debbie said...

It is simply beautiful, and now I am on the lookout for a little ladder like that to use. My mom has one, but it's painted red. (Hmmm... if she isn't using it this Christmas, maybe she will let me borrow it. )

I love everything about yours. I did the chair by the door this year. I think I was inspired by you last year. Mine needs a little more ooomph. The mums are small.

Two thumbs up!

Abby said...

I love your wreath with the feathers in it, so neat! The whole thing looks fabulous!

Kelley said...

Thanks for the warm Phoenix welcome to your front door!


Shanna Craft said...

It looks spectacular! Especially that blue ladder. Seems like I have an old one in the garage... Thanks for sharing!

Auntie Em said...

I love that you turned to turquoise and teal, cooler colours to celebrate the fall season. Around here we usually tend to go for warm colours like reds, oranges and golds to cheer up our doorways since the sun is not heating things up as much now and the colours are fading fast from the gardens. Soon everything will be grey and bleak. And then we decorate for Christmas! :)
Your little ladder is sweet and what a lucky find. I like the pretty colour for it and the pretty flower and pots. A beautiful doorway greeting to your beautiful home! :)

Richella Parham said...

Just beautiful! Wish I could shop at your thrift store--I can't believe you got that step ladder for $1.00! Great use of it.

daysease said...

they are colors that still work for autumn. I remember when teal was HUGE for wearing... so... unconventional that lovely works!