Thursday, September 2, 2010

Getting Ready for Outdoor Fall Entertaining

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I don't know about y'all, but I'm not quite ready for summer to end. I'm just starting to think about the back deck and how to spruce it up. Better late than never, right? The fall is the perfect time to entertain outdoors! The weather is still warm enough to enjoy the day/evening but cool enough not to be baking in the sun. When the leaves start to turn...you are surrounded by a rainbow of earthy reds, oranges, golds, and browns. Love it!

So my outdoor entertaining idea surrounds the yellow cabinet above. Last summer, while at the Vintage Treasures Market, I traded junk items with the Pfarkel Sisters. They had been using the cabinet above as their food stand. Well, I had needed a new stand for our tv in the living room, so this came home and served that purpose for about a year. Once we finished the fireplace makeover and purchased a new tv, the cabinet came out to live on the deck. The cushions from our patio chairs are currently nestled inside the cabinet so that they are protected from the rain. 

Then enters this guy...


This huge metal screen was a find from an occasional sale a few months ago. I fell in love with the metal pattern and the rusty patina. On a whim, I nestled it behind the cabinet with the intention to hang a mirror, artwork, or bbq utensils on it. When I saw this Large Tree & Birds stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, a new idea came to me!


While the image on the package/website has a more spring-like appeal, I thought I could give it an earthy, autumn effect if I used an earthy paint color.


I found a great color from Mythic Paint called "washed clay." Can't get any more earthy than that! With the existing finish in cream & rust tones, I figured the washed clay color would give me the effect I wanted.


I used Gorilla Glue 1" Tape to attach the stencil to the metal grate. (Note: This tape is strong, so only use it on a surface that is not in pristine condition. This tape feels like it would hold in hurricane force winds, so it might just pull the finish right off. )


I poured the paint in the tray, grabbed my 3" foam roller from Cutting Edge Stencils, and rolled away (the paint, not me).


I pulled off the top stencil and repeated the process with the bottom stencil. And there she be! In all her earthy glory! 


Then, just for fun, I threw together some ideas for hosting an autumn event. I trolled the garage, scavenged the junk shed, and commandeered some things from the dining room. Here's a sneak peek...


Come back tomorrow for a whole slew of junk-inspired ideas for fall entertaining in the great outdoors!



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27 comments:

  1. The stenciled screen is cool. The color is very subtle. I think it would have also looked good for the tree to be the same color as the base cabinet. Nice job!

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  2. This is soooo pretty - subtle can be gorgeous and you've done it in style! Love to see this in a magazine! Jennifer

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  3. I love it and I'm not just whistling in the wind. I never have any luck stenciling...it always bleeds on me...maybe the tape is the secret?
    Debbie

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  4. love it! I almost brought an old dresser to the deck last weekend...I personally enjoy fall entertaining more than summer...especially here in the Midwest - fall= no mosquitoes (or at least not that many)

    that stencil idea is super! and to tell you the truth I didn't even notice it in the first picture!!

    xo+blessings,
    Anne Marie

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  5. What a great cabinet! I love the stencil on the screen, very clever!!

    I love fall too and I am more than ready! This sticky, hot, humid weather can roll right on through!! Can't wait to see what you have tomorrow!!

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  6. Love the chest and the metal grate. The stencil is super. Hugs, Marty

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  7. Love love love this!!! I am just really drawn to stensiling at the moment...thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. I like it! I like it alot! (is alot a word? or is it a lot?)!!!!!!!!! always wondered that!

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  9. The stenciled screen look amazing! Are you coming to Texas this time?
    Theresa

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  10. Great cabinet and what a unique idea for the screen. Love it!

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  11. I do like that particularly teamed with that lovely cabinet.

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  12. That looks amazing! Can't wait to see it all together....

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  13. Omigosh, I love it. What a creative idea! So unique, beautiful and just right. Impressive.

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  14. Stunning! I LOVE that screen! We just entertained outdoors last weekend...so fun. I think I'll do it again this weekend. Can't wait to see more!

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  15. Beautiful Amy, that screen is a great find! I can't wait to see the rest!

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  16. Love it! Can't wait to see more!

    Jody

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  17. Okay.. so that is amazingly beautiful.. in fact an old screen in now on my junking/finding/thrifting list...eeeks! It's perfect for that i have been trying to find for our outdoor patio we are just finishing this month. I love love love this!
    Beautiful!
    Heather
    www.vintagecreationsinc.blogspot.com

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  18. Hey Amy. I love your screen and I love that cabinet. And, I can't wait to see what you have to show us tomorrow. I will wait excitedly for some good Amy tips on falling up my house. I will probably start doing some things this weekend, so your help tomorrow will be awesome.

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  19. i'm with you regarding the still tweaking the outdoors and not wanting summer to end...it's just been too busy to enjoy til now! love the buffet and screen for entertaining & look forward to your finishing touches...tomorrow.

    judi ;)

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  20. Makes me want to cuss. It's that *&%$'in good! Love it! ~Mindy

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  21. You may want to take that screen indoors at night. I am so jealous and might come and steal it. Consider yourself warned!

    love your guts
    mandi

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  22. I like the screen. You did a great job adding the stencil. But I LOVE the chippy, old buffet!!! Sigh!

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  23. I'm absolutely in love! You chose the perfect stencil, and it looks incredible!

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  24. I LOVE the stenciled screen! It's so beautiful! Found you via Funky Junk Interiors :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

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  25. That is beautiful!!! The screen is perfect for behind that dresser!

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