Old Rusty Gate

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in foyer, garden art | 35 comments

We had a fabulous week at church camp.  We came back exhausted!  I now have PILES and PILES of dirty laundry!

I am so thankful for the washing machine and dryer!!!  They will be my best friends this week.

I had to miss yard sales on Saturday. . .but I still managed to snag a few great finds on my way home from camp!

One that has already found a home in my house is this great old rusty gate!

Seriously. . . I have been home for less than 24 hours.  I have not done a stitch of laundry, but I have managed to find a place for this great find and take the pictures?!  Do I have a problem or what?!

But, doesn’t it look fantastic!

We recently had a closet removed here in the foyer that opened up this space for a piece of furniture.

We have a two-story entry, and the closet created a ledge.  For me, the ledge was a nightmare!  I had to bring in the full extension ladder to get up there.  We had a soccer ball that stayed up there for 2 years!  It was just too much of a process to get it down!

So, I was so glad to see it go!!!

 I wish that I had some “before” pictures so you could appreciate how much it opened up the space.

I found the great birdcage a few months ago at an antique store for $20!

I got the butterflies at the Pottery Barn Outlet last summer!  I get the chance to make it to the outlet about once a year. . .and, guess where I will be going on Friday?!  I wonder what treasures await?!

Of course, I used 3 of the butterflies for my 3 girls.

I tried to give you a little perspective with some of these pictures.

My front door is to the left and the staircase is to the right.  You can see the landing in some of these pictures.

When we had the closet removed, we had to add spindles to the lower half of the staircase (that is where the side of the closet used to be.)    Since we could not match the spindles with the existing ones, we replaced them all.  We did have the rounded spindles, but we replaced them with the square.  I love how they turned out!

The old rusty gate looks right at home in her new place!

I guess I should go do some laundry now!

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  1. Love your gate, it looks fantastic! I need to find one of those. I am now a follower!

    • I was thrilled when I found it – and $40 was not bad! Thanks for following!

  2. That gate looks great, love the birdcage too.
    Also, this is my first visit and I love your header – so cute !

    • Thanks! I hope you will come back again!

  3. I love your rusty gate. I have been searching for for some to grow vines in my garden. The way you used your gate is so wonderful.


    • Thanks! I have been wanting one for a while. I was not sure what I was going to do with it, but I just like the look. When I found this one for $40, I was thrilled to pieces! Hope you find one soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Hi Melissa! Thanks for coming over to visit and thanks for following along! Your home is gorgeous and you are one talented lady. I love what you did with this old gate project! It looks fabulous the way you have it arranged.


    • Thanks! Glad to be following!

  5. I love this! Pinning this now and running outside to get my little rusty gate that decorates my garden!

    • Wow! You already have a gate? I am sure that it looks cute in your garden too!

  6. I love it! I’d love to find an old gate like that!!

    • I had been keeping my eye out for one for a while. I was not sure what I would do with it when I found it? But, I do like her new home!

  7. Hi Melissa…

    I was just going through a few of your posts, my friend! I left you a note about being your newest follower on your buffet post. I’m so happy that I found you.

    I LOVE your antigue garden gate and it looks fabulous with your antique dresser…sooo beautiful! I have to tell you that I think I have the twin to your antique gate. Mine is nearly identical. I use it in my frenchy studio…behind my desk…for a memo board…so to speak. I certainly have received alot of compliments on it. Ohhh yes…and I just adore your wooden bird cage…sooo lovely! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us…it was such a treat!

    Warmest wishes,

    PS…here is the link to my antique garden gate…if you would like to see it. You’ll see that yours and mine..are nearly identical!


    • I have been looking for an old gate for a while, so I was thrilled to find this one! I will be sure to get over and see yours! Thanks for the kind words about my home!

  8. Very sweet looking tablescape! I love old metal things too! Love the bird cage.

    • I love rusty metal – especially garden objects! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Who cares about laundry when there are more important things like rusty gates. Yours looks fantastic in that spot.

    • Thanks! I am still working on that laundry! In fact, my dryer is buzzing at me as I type!

  10. Your gate looks amazing! Love it 🙂

  11. That looks amazing!

    • Thanks! I love rusty garden accessories!

  12. Gorgeous! I love everything about this vignette. Your stairs look very inviting, too. You definitely have a good eye! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you! I am always glad to share. I love to look at other people’s houses as well. You can always get so many good ideas!

  13. Two things that I love and have look-alikes, the gate AND the birdhouse. Love the vignette!! thanks so much for linking up to Vintage Inspiration, I’ll be featuring your post on VIF Thursday!!

    • That makes my day! Thanks for hosting such a great party!

  14. I just love the gate, Melissa! Who wants to do laundry when you can be decorating??

    Great call on removing the closet with the ledge. What are builders thinking when they install something like that? You’ve done a great job with this space.

    Thank you so much for joining Grace at Home!

    • Thanks! I learned within a few months of having the ledge, that I should not have a ledge! I tried to decorate up there, but it never looked right! And, most of the time their was either a paper airplane or soccer ball up there! I am loving not having it any more!

  15. I’m visiting from Imparting Grace… congratulations on the feature. I love the vignette you’ve created with that rusty gate – Very inviting!

    • Thanks! “Inviting” is on my mental list of decorating words! It is nice to know that it has been “communicated!”

  16. How fun! I’ve always wanted one of these. It’s my pleasure to feature you in my Fabulous Friday Favorites today. Please do come back next Friday!

    Warmly, Michelle

    • Thanks for the feature! I will gladly come back!

  17. Love your rusty gate and the three butterflies are darling! And what a great dresser, pretty and functional! You have a knack for creating lovely vignettes!

  18. This is a great vignette. I love the gate, it all looks so beautiful together.

    • Thanks! I was so thrilled to find that rusty gate! Enjoy your weekend!


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