A Salvage Chic Outdoor Room
A mix of salvaged finds paired with soft floral fabric creates a cozy look on this simply southern porch.
Get the Look: Re-cover a weathered wicker sofa in layers of old-fashioned floral fabrics in a single color palette, such as pale pinks, blues, greens, and white.
To add to the girly chic look, broken china beautifies a banged-up table. To add to the sweet sitting area a child's chair makes it the perfect place for tea parties.
Reclaimed wood scraps and hardware help create this embellished bird house.
A small, mosaic picture frame perfectly displays a beloved photo on a sunny porch.
Refinish a new table made from home center lumber and treat it to the same distressed antique finish as secondhand ladder-back chairs. Mixing new made-to-look-old pieces with old ones is part of the salvage game.
Mixing painted china and glassware is another way to achieve an eclectic feel. A vintage floral tablecloth and pots of fresh flowers finish the look.
Repaint a window box, giving it French style and a handcrafted look.
To create this look, a castaway crib was converted into a daybed. It is dressed in mini-floral fabrics. A stained-glass window subs for artwork.
Soft bedding is topped off with rosebud-embellished, embroidered pillows. Whimsical ruffles and trims are light and elegant.
A rusty, painted bucket looks fresh when filled with bright, cherry flowers.
Trash to Treasure
Haunt old building sites, garage sales, flea markets, and estate sales for castaway pieces like this shutter. A soft coat of paint and distressed finish gives it a new life.
Mosaic Window Box
Revive a plain window box with a mosaic of broken china, and then fill it with heirloom annuals, such as pinks and periwinkles.
Recast a wire basket as a window box. This French basket rests on a chair.
Get the Look: Line the basket with sheet moss, and then fill it with miniature zinnias, stock, and daisies.