Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Trash to Treasure ~ A Garden Screen

Last fall I noticed eight metal scroll-like things lying at the curb by
my neighbors trash.
(they were originally the four sides to a canopy that had seen better days)
I noticed them while walking the dog but didn't haul
them home right away.
I liked them too much to leave them so, without a clue what I would do with them, I went back and lugged them home to the shed where they remained all winter.
 I tried using them separately as a kind of trellis but I didn't really need another trellis.
Then I thought to stand them together to form an open screen and use as a backdrop to a sitting area we have along the back edge of our yard.
The posts are open and hollow on the bottom end.
John bought and cut conduit and drove half of it into the ground.
Then we slid each section over the above ground conduit.
It worked perfectly and is very stable!
To keep each section tight at the top, we secured them together with black nylon ties.
~*~
I transplanted some tiny Morning Glory plants that have begun springing up elsewhere.
I don't think there is enough sun for the Morning Glories so I might have to root some ivy cuttings if I want foliage growing up my new garden screen.

47 comments:

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Brilliant! I love how this looks in your garden. Never know what you will find in the trash.

Sandy said...

I love it and think it's a great
look. Wish I could find something
like that along the side of the
road!

Mildred said...

These are very pretty and make a great backdrop for your sitting area. You are very creative! Wishing you and your family a safe and happy July 4th.

stefanie said...

oh, my goodness, they threw those away? hooray for you!!!!
thanks for the visit!

A Quiet Gracious Life said...

Oh wow! I LOVE what you did with them, they're perfect! (o:

stefanie said...

that is crazy we have or should I say had the same wallpaper, but I love your redo, it is so clean and crisp and looks so much bigger!

podso said...

What a good eye you have! It looks wonderful! Persistence paid off!

MaryAnn said...

wow bet the neighbor will be jealous now. It's so pretty.
MaryAnn

Tynk said...

I love the look you created! So jealous! You scored big with these! LOVE IT!
Sherri

Ann said...

that looks wonderful. I wonder if your neighbor is now thinking they should have done that themselves :)

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine, How perfect can it get? And for free? Well, except for the conduit~ LOVE this area. It is absolutely lovely! xo Diana

Nancy said...

Beautiful! It's all about the details! And, what beautiful detail that added to your sitting area! Nancy

HOPE said...

made for such a charming sitting area! My daughter finds the wildest things..by the road! She has amazed me! Now..my eyes are open to...well, you know!!

Great idea and find!
Raider is soooooo ADORABLE..
my schnauzer GUS would love to play with him.

Blessings to you..
HOPE

Buttercup said...

They look so pretty and I think the ivy would look lovely on it.

Susan said...

LDH. What a clever use of the screens. They were a fabulous find. You and John did a really super job of putting them together for that sweet area of your yard. Love them! Susan

Dixie said...

I think you've created the perfect relaxing space... love the white wicker chairs against the metal screens... just beautiful!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

What a delightful blog. I'm so glad you found me, as it led me here. Your photography is incredible. I like how you add scripture to your photos. Thanks for sharing your faith, family, recipes and so much more. ~ Abby

Dimple said...

They look like you planned the whole thing ahead of time, instead of figuring it out to use some findings. Beautiful!

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I'm sure whoever tossed those curbside is kicking themselves now. What a clever idea and they look great.

Maggie Ann said...

I love this! What a charming outdoor room. =) Things like this make the ordinary become extraordinary!

Maryann said...

Love those, made such a nice little sitting area. I love curbside finds.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I never question your curb side finds anymore. If I ever pass you on the sidewalk lugging something home with you, I will quickly run to your blog to see what your creative side comes up with:) What a perfect idea!

Snap said...

Well done! Recycling at its best. It's lovely now and will be more so with the ivy ... I'll be rooting for the morning glories!!!

no spring chicken said...

I love this!! Score...

Blessings, Debbie

Larry said...

Nice look! L

Karen said...

Okay, You're my kinda girl!
I so want to hang out with you lol
Love that you dragged them home..Treasure!
If you have time check out my post called Trash Talkin

glimpsesofglory-karen.blogspot.com/

crochet lady said...

I can't imagine why anyone wanted to toss those out. That was a great idea to use them as a back drop for an outdoor seating arrangement!

Dayle said...

Great re-purposing skills, Lorraine. :)

gena said...

Wow what a great backdrop to a lovely vignette ! Fantastic find !!!!!


thanks for sharing,
gena

corners of my life said...

Absolutely charming - great find.

Jess@Balancing The Dream said...

thanks for stopping by my blog!! The iron work was a great find!! it looks perfect in your garden!! I love finding random things and decorating with them!!

Laura said...

You did good!
What a wonderful find!
I hope you are having a wonderful summer.

Laura
White Spray Paint

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Now THAT is a major score!! SO glad you saw the potential and rescued them! Great idea with the conduit -- I was wondering how you kept them upright! What a lovely sitting area!

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Hi. I found my way here from Cottage Flora Thursday. I love your screen, what a great idea!

alison said...

i love how this looks and even better that you got them for absolutely nuthin! so glad you linked up to fridays unfolded and i look forward to reading more of you blog.

blessings,

alison
stuff and nonsense

Leann said...

Well one mans trash is another woman's treasure! You struck gold - love it!

Happy 4th!
Leann

Penned Pebbles said...

I too love finding stuff on the side of the road. What a neat idea! Blessings!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Love the way this makes your seating area more intimate. And all from someone's trash. So creative!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

How pretty! I can't wait to tell my husband that I'm not the only one who finds treasures at the curb! Thank you so much for linking up!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Your screen looks great. I have been looking for an iron fence or something of the such to make a garden screen also. Do you know how expensive they are? Lucky you!
I would like a seating area under our oak tree in the side yard.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thank you so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's at Fishtail Cottage! Gorgeous screen & i love what you did with it - bet they are envious now? xoxo, tracie

Cindy said...

Beautiful garden area you have created there, the "screen" looks wonderful!
Hugs, Cindy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great trash to treasure find, Lorraine! I love the scrolliness of it and I think it works wonderfully as a screen for that area. Thanks for visiting my blog! : )

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Patti said...

This is gorgeous! I love it! What a beautiful addition to your sitting area. I love that you can see right thru it!

She Said said...

I love this. I am passionate about using what appears to be rubbish to others. Ingenuity? It's amazing how many times my 'finds' play centre stage and what I love most about it is, that you won't find it anywhere else ever! And that is true riches!

Land Source Container Service Inc. said...

Some call it dumpster diving of some sort, I call it free furniture! I think they look great!

-Land Source Container Service, Inc.
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