Fall is my favorite season and decorating the front porch with mums and pumpkins and old rusty junk stuff is my thing. The items I use to decorate the inside and outside of our home are usually inexpensive finds from the junk shop, flea market, or thrift store. I like to add seasonal flowers to my decorations but I buy from locally-owned shops and the flowers are not expensive.
I’m a little behind the power curve this year, but I finally got the porch all done. If you've been here before, you know I found this awesome vintage lawn chair at my favorite junk shop. The price was $5 and isn't it perfect! I love the stars on the chair back and all of the rust.
This is how the chair looked when I found it at the junk shop. I cleaned it and applied two coats of wax to protect the rusty finish and give the chair a nice sheen. You can tell the difference when you look at the waxed chair on the porch.
This is how my neglected porch looked before I decorated it for Fall. Well, not exactly. I carried the blue chair and the urn up from the workshop earlier in the week. The other stuff is leftover from my Spring decor. Summer didn't happen.
I buy my mums and pumpkins from locally owned businesses.
I've got decorating the porch down to a science. I gather things from the workshop I think I will use on the porch and haul them to the porch in my little wagon. Sometimes it takes several trips. I have a large collection of rusty iron pots and other junky finds that look great on the porch.
I have so many pots and upcycled things I use as pots that I can't use them all so I change them out with the seasons too. I haven't used that basket in the blue chair in a long time.
I made the basket wreath a few weeks ago and hung it on the front door. This year I decided to go with a white and blue color theme for the Fall decor. It's a good substitute for oranges and greens.
I know I sound like a broken record but I bought the urn at the junk shop too, a couple of weeks ago.
Keeping with the theme, I decided on white mums for the porch. I found two pots of yellow mums marked down at Walmart and put them at the back door with a few pumpkins. The back door in the carport is our main entrance. We only use the front door to retrieve Amazon packages and treat trick-or-treaters.
I love the unusual colored pumpkins and the bluish ones fit the decor theme. The bird is another junk shop buy.
I got the RIP decorative Halloween display at Goodwill. The light-up eyes didn't work but I had a push-button LED light that fit perfectly in the wiring and battery spot in the back of the display.
Those eyes will really glow at night. It is made of lightweight styrofoam, so I placed a brick in the back and one in the front to hold it in place. I removed the one in the front to take the photo.
So, what do you guys think of my rustic Fall porch decor? Too much, too rusty, too......? Do you decorate your porch or deck for Fall, and do you like mums? I confess that when I was younger I didn't care for mums.
Thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com