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My latest favorite junk find is the rusty iron gate now sitting in the place of honor on our fireplace mantel.
You never know what crazy thing I’m going to use as home decor. You guys probably think I’m a little nuts.
I first spotted the little gate at a local indoor flea market and passed on it. Actually there were two of them. I know, gates sometimes come in pairs.
The gates were $10 each and I passed on them. When I was in the shop last week the gates were 50% off. I took one and knew it would be perfect for the mantel.
Do you guys see the bits of green paint? That was the main selling point for me.
I actually forgot to get photos of the gate before the clean up. I used Simple green to remove the dust and cobwebs then spruced it up with Howard’s Feed n’ Wax (here on Amazon).
The gate is made of iron, not wood, but I use the feed n wax on just about everything.
The gate was the first piece on my Fall mantle and I built around it. The wreath on the left came from the same flea market the same day and is was $8.
Have you ever seen two wreaths on the mantel at the same time? Me neither until now.
When it’s time to change the mantel decorations I decide on a color scheme and a focal point piece (in this case the gate),
Next I shop our house and the workshop for anything I think might work with the color scheme and the season (this time being Fall).
For our Fall 2020 mantel I decided to go with my favorite Fall colors in muted tones. I tried adding the wood pumpkins I just made to the mix but the orange was too bright.
The wood pumpkins stuck out like sore thumbs with the rest of the mantel decorations.
The wreath hanging from the window frame came from Hobby Lobby…..I think. The “Happy Fall Y’all” tea towel came from Ross.
The green lantern with broken glass is from that big auction buy I made a couple of months ago. The painted canvas behind the lantern came from the same flea market shopping trip as the gate.
The colors and the pretty scene were hard to resist. The painting was $12 which wasn’t a deal or a steal. I bought it anyway.
The dark mustard colored metal box is a buy from the Junk Hunt Hwy 79 yard sale in Arkansas. I was in Arkansas visiting my parents a couple of weeks ago when the yearly sale was happening.
I bought several things at the yard sale. The metal box was $5 and it had a few old fishing lures inside. That was a deal.
The copper container was also in an auction box lot. The burlap pumpkin was a Bargain Hunt store purchase a few years ago.
The vintage framed bird picture was $5 at the shop where I have a booth. The vendor gave me a deal on it even though I didn’t ask and tried to pay the marked price.
How about the green flaky paint gasoline can? It was love at first site for me. The wood chip pumpkin is from Bargain Hunt too…..I think.
The velvet pumpkin has been around for a number of years and also came from a flea market. You guys know I hardly ever buy new.
The pumpkin is sitting on some kind of weird three wheeled metal skate. I only have one of the skates.
That’s it. Thought you just might like to see my latest mantel and hearth decorations. What do you think of the two wreaths? Overkill? What about the mustard yellow metal box? What was your favorite thing of all my junky finds?
Want more of my Fall mantel decorations? Check out a couple of mantels from the past…..
My Flamingo Mantel from 2015 was a different type of Fall Mantel display! I went with non traditional Fall colors with this mantel and was very happy with the look.
Leave a note if you have time and thanks for being here, Kathy