Vintage finds from flea markets, estate sales, antique shops and farm auctions are a fun way to add nostalgic style to your outdoor living spaces. Here are some ideas to get your salvaged, vintage outdoor decor started!
The gardening season is starting, and it’s time to decorate your outdoor living spaces! What better way to show off your vintage-loving style than to use your latest salvaged, flea market finds to decorate your porch and patio. Today’s post is going to give you tons of decorating and repurposing ideas for your vintage finds. It may even motivate you to buzz out and scrounge up some more! Here are Fun Ways to Use Vintage Finds in your Outdoor Decorating.
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Fun Ways to Use Vintage Finds in your Outdoor Decorating
Make Your Vintage Find a Feature in your Outdoor Decor
If you’ve got larger vintage finds, why not feature them in your outdoor decor? Make them the centerpiece of your garden, or use them to disguise a less-than-pretty corner. Outdoors is a much larger decorating canvas than indoors, so you can have fun with larger-scaled salvaged finds.
Here are some second-hand finds that make a great feature:
- farm cupola
- old ladder
- vintage bicycle
- garden windmill
Hang Architectural Salvage and Vintage on Your Outdoor Walls
Go vertical with your flea market finds. Hanging a vintage architectural salvage find can give you a great backdrop for fresh foliage and other decor. Whether it’s the wall of your house, garage, or shed, your view will be much more pleasing with vintage art!
These vintage finds work great as a vertical hanging backdrop:
- garden gates
- mirror and picture frames
- old windows
Repurpose Vintage Finds for Function and Decor
Salvaged scores can be used as is or repurposed into unique outdoor furniture and decor. Old garden fencing can be turned into pretty planters, parts of old furniture can become table bases. Chairs that have lost their ability to seat someone can be the perfect perch for a pot of flowers or a pretty wreath. My philosophy is that the parts can be more interesting than the whole. See the potential!
Fill Vintage Vessels with Foliage or Water
This idea is the easiest yet! Think of any vintage vessel as a planter, or turn it into a water feature. For a planter, drill drainage holes to avoid root rot. Fill your vintage finds with flowers, succulents, grasses…whatever fits your garden style. Or add an electric pump to create a water feature.
Here are some vintage planter and/or water feature ideas:
- galvanized buckets
- garbage cans
- watering cans
- coffee and teapots
- old cans with fun graphics
Add Vintage Finds to the Top
Just like the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae, a vintage find can top off an outdoor container plant beautifully. You can plant a trailing vine to grow up and around it, or leave it plain. Stick it in the dirt or attach with garden twine. I love layering my vintage finds and pairing them up together.
Great vintage topper ideas:
- rake, shovel, garden tool
- vintage fencing
Hope your head is swimming with ideas for how you can use your salvaged, vintage finds in your outdoor decorating! Or maybe you decided you need to hit the flea markets, estate sales, antique shops or farm auctions to scrounge up some more great finds! Using old things in new ways is such a fun and unique way to add vintage flair to your outdoor living space.
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