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!