Wednesday 26 September 2012

A Thrifted Fall Porch

As I was working on a little project for the front porch farm theme, I realized that the whole thing was put together with faux fruit and garlands that were several years old, natural elements and thrift store finds.

I copied an old egg sign I saw at a farm market. ~

The canvas I used was found at the Salvation Army for $1.99. ~

It did not come with the helpful cat but it was quite sturdy and a nice size for what I wanted. ~

A few swipes of white paint covered the original lettering and left enough of the old background to look worn.  The lettering was done in craft paint and I dry brushed some white over it for a faded look. ~

Just in case you are wondering why I chose a quarter for the price of a doz. eggs, I did a little Google research to check out prices over the years.  In 1927 they cost 24 cents.  In 1940 they were 27 cents.  By 1960 they had reached 42 cents and, by 1980, soared to 69 cents. Even at today's average of $3.00, that tells me we aren't paying farmers enough for eggs!

My table and chairs are a roadside find and I used a couple of cans of spray paint to turn the peeling, white metal matte black.  The table top is damaged and I cover it with a hand, cross stitched tablecloth that I picked up for $1.  I don't want to put anything expensive on it because either my cat or strays always seem to be snoozing there! ~

It has a homey, country feel when I add an antique Majolica pitcher with some sunflowers. ~

The mirror was another Salvation Army find and cost me a whole $3.99!  It started out looking like this. ~

I aged it with paint that was either sample pots or boo boos and you can see how I did it here. ~

I was trimming rose bushes and draped a branch with rose hips across it for some colour.

With a little effort and almost no cost, this is a nice place to sit and have an afternoon cup of tea.

The spectacular view is free! ~

Doesn't everyone have an adorable, little white church next door?

Special thanks to Lavender Garden Cottage and Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs. Olsen for featuring my front door swag!


  1. Free range eggs here have jumped to 5.00 a dozen! Your porch looks lovely :)

  2. Hi Maureen, your porch looks divine! I love that sign, as for egg prices we are pushing £2.78 a dozen ! Those are not even organic .... I may need to follow your lead and invest in some chickens

  3. Well if that doesn't look like God's little acre - I don't know what does!
    Gorgeous Maureen - with a lake and a view of a country church?
    How lucky

  4. Gorgeous as always. The church photo brings back memories. :)

  5. Maureen, what a pretty porch! Your view is just beautiful!

  6. Great front porch. The cat looks happy.


  7. you are an inspiration, my friend. great repurposing.

  8. Great porch. Great sign. Great view. Great swags. You don't sell your eggs for 15 cents, I hope.

  9. Your little sign is adorable and I love all the price info for eggs over the years. Your front door is amazing. Thanks for stopping over at Quirky Vistas and leaving me a comment!

  10. You are really good in this Maureen! Keep posting nice things. =)

  11. Wow what an inviting porch. I like how in the fall so much texture comes into our decorating not to mention the warm colors.

  12. It looks lovely. a beautiful way to greet those who come to your door too. xo

  13. You are so talented and your fun porch makes me anticipate what I might find if I were to be lucky enough to be invited in!

  14. I love the look Maureen and its so affordable, I wish I had the time to make everything as nice as you have. I like the idea with the canvas and I love your cat, hes adorable, is he for sale. haha
    I really enjoy your posts keep up the good work.

  15. It's beautiful Maureen!! I love the canvas.
    Fall's not here yet- the rain's stopped and its become rather hot in here but in another month, we'll need to take out our fall decor. cant wait! Oh and adopting a cat :)

  16. Congratulation on having your door swag featured. It is lovely as well at your porch is so inviting. You make it look very inviting.
    Have a great day.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  17. Maureen,
    The porch looks so welcoming and beautifully decorated for fall.
    Love the sunflowers and love that big black and white cat too..
    Very pretty.

  18. You get an A+ for being thrifty with class. Love that outdoor mirror. Wow!

  19. Gorgeous porch. Wish mine was half as pretty. Loved the way you aged that mirror.