Sunday, August 16, 2009

Back Door Decor

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with Southern Hospitality and Make Your Monday with Twice Remembered.

And Kimm with Reinvented who is hosting a great giveaway along with A Soft Place to Land!

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Do you see this poor bench sitting at my back door?

His name is Henry.
I found Henry this week while driving home one day. Someone had thrown this poor dear in the ditch. I was squealing into my cellphone to my sister that I had to go. (I'm sure she thought that I had hit a truck or something .)

I brought Henry home and sat him on my very small porch at my back door.
That's when I realized how uninviting my back door was and that something neede to be done.
Henry is a bench of substance. Solid wood. Look at those rusted nails and chippy paint.

Henry has weathered many storms..and probably a few hurricanes as well.

When I rescued Henry, I found this poor thing as well. Can you guess what it is?

What if I pull the covers back for a peek?

It's a wooden tool box!!!!

I know...I know......

For such a small town, it has a treasure for great junk. (No, I will not tell you where I live.)
It has compartments and is a really good size.!!! (Spazzy dance time!!!)

I decided to make my back door more "me."

The first thing I did was make this wreath that I had been putting off for the longest. I got the square styrofoam wreath from Michael's. It was being discontinued so I got it for 75 cents. I got the greenery from Hob Lob at 50% off.

(Is it me or does anyone else have to walk through that store humming "Yield Not To Temptation"?)

I hung it with some gorgeous red toile fabric. I know that toile is passe these days, but I'm french. I can't help it.

Here is my new back door!!!

I painted Henry with Rustoleum Colonial Red. I am giving MAAAAD props to this stuff!!! I thought all the hype about Rustoleum was just that..hype. Oh noooooooo!!!! This is the real deal!!!! I will NEVER go back to the other improvement stores brand of paint again.

(I'm not calling any names, but you know who you are and you know that you sell crappy spray paint.)

I painted the tool box in Rustoleum Heirloom White. Ladies!!!!! Ya'll were soooooo right about this color!!! It is my second BFF. I found it in abundance!!!!!

(You still cannot know where I live...giggle.)

I made the topiary out of an exsisting topiary that I bought at the Salvation Army. Just imagine a very 90's thingy with magnolias all over it....yeah...I know.

I simply removed all of the hideous...and I mean and replaced it with greenery that I bought at Hob Lob. I placed it in the terra cotta pot that I found on another curb cruising excursion and voila!

I love typography so much that I couldn't resist putting it by my back door.

I know that I've seen many doors painted with their house numbers on them but I didn' want to commit to performing plastic surgery on my back door under the influence of several Nyquil and Theraflu. That would simply be unethical. So, I tried it on my tool box. I lurve it!!!! I simply added some faux hydrangeas from Hob Lob and there you have it.

I'm very happy with my new back door decor. I definitely think that it gives such a feel for me and my house as well as it brightens up my day when I come home.

I hope that if you get a chance to come by, you'll stop and speak to Henry and feel instantly at home.


  1. Fabulous transformation. Your back door looks so wonderful now! Great job! Love the tuitorial.


  2. Love the bench, love the box, and adore the whole backdoor arrangement!

  3. I am always amazed at what people throw away. It looks like Henry found the perfect new home. Your back entry looks great. I have one of those tool boxes, love it.

  4. THis turned out fantastic! I love the heirloom white and am planning to use it for an antique settee I picked up at goodwill if I can ever finish reupholstering it!

  5. LOVE it! The bench looks awesome in red. I need to get some of that red spray. I have a couple of things that could use a kick.

  6. What a wonderful transformation. I love the beautiful red and the white tool box is so great. With the topiary everything is just such a welcoming and lovely display. What a great entry. Hugs, Marty

  7. Love the wreath and Henry and numbers-all numbers and letters.

    Come for a visit.
    Its So Very Cheri

  8. I don't know which is more fun...learning from you or reading you...both are fantastic. Would you please explain to Cat Daddy you get what you pay for when it comes to paing. I have to sneak in Rustoleum when he isn't looking. He buys the OTHER!!!
    I'll be sending you Earl (that's my hog butchering table that C.D. dug out of the trash for me) for a redo, 'kay?
    It all looks fantastic and I would have never guessed that all that came for less than a gallon of milk!

  9. What an incredible transformation! Does Henry have a brother? Heh, just kidding. I just LOVE what you have done here. The bench, the topiary, oh and the tool box with numbers. Genius!! I think I have bench envy...

  10. Oooo...too perfect! Love what you've done to everything! I'm not saying where I live maybe we could meet in hog heaven and shop in the clearance together!

  11. I love the color of the bench and the tool box. What an amazing transformation. It really makes the whole area inviting.

  12. OMGosh my fav color for outside.
    I adore the transformation. BONUS with the tool box.
    Henry looks like a happy camper. I always use Rustoleum paint on everything... really everything.
    Happy MM
    Love Claudie

  13. Those are awesome! LOVE the bench!!

  14. Love your back door makeover!!! Oh my, love Henry---he looks so good in red. The tool box is great too. Can't believe anyone would throw such good stuff away.

  15. One thing I do don't live where I do--nobody ever leaves anything good by the road! Henry was a real find and I am sure feels much happier being red! Putting the numbers on the tool box was a wonderful idea. Enjoyed my visit!

  16. Thanks for posting. Can you add the permalink or my Knock Off button to this post so others can find the party and post as well.


    I'll check back. If you have any questions let me know.

  17. What a sweet backdoor re-do. Love the red, and the tool box. What a fantastic look you have put together. Jackie

  18. Your backdoor area looks fab now, great job! Trash to Treasure transformations are the best, thanks for sharing.

  19. Lovely remake! Henry is now Henri!

    Fresh and welcoming!

    Stop by--would love to meet you--in the party too!

    love, kelee

  20. I am loving what you did to Henry! Does it he have a brother!

  21. This turned out beautifully! The old bench was great but even better in red! I love all the decorative touches you added to this space:) Thank you for sharing with us!

  22. I adore your red bench! You did a great job in putting it all together. Yes, Heirloom White is a must have along with black. It's like salt & pepper, you can't have one without the other, lol. Thank you by the way for following me, I have done the same with you. You know what hey say 2 heads are better than one, in our case, we are just forntunate to have so many heads to choose from,lol. Have an awsome day!

  23. Oh my word....LOVE that bench and toolbox! They were adorable before the paint, now they're spectacular! And yes...non-crappy spray paint makes a huge difference.


  24. Wow, that looks great. I, too, am in LOVE with Rustoleum, and you've used two of my favorite colors too! Heirloom White is the love. of. my. life.

  25. Lucky!! I wish I found gems like that in my gutter. All I find are weeds. Boo. Love, Love the bench. I so desperately want a bench for this perfect little spot in my house.

  26. This is gorgeous! And you used two of my favorite Rustoleum colors to boot!

  27. Seriously?? thanks adorable! thanks so much for stopping by the other day!

  28. Adorable! Love the numbers on the tool chest and the reinvented topiary. Nice color choice on the bench...though I am a bit biased in favor of red seating (note blog name) :)

  29. Oooo...I LOVE that bench!!!! Great job on everything!

  30. This looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing your good ideas and the lovely results. You know what they say--"Back Door Guests are Best." Look like they'll be welcome at your house!

  31. So inviting! I just love this welcoming entrance. I'm a fellow dumpster diver.

  32. Everything looks great - love that bench. Lucky girl

  33. What great find you have there. I can only wish people here throw away nice stuff like that... And I love what you did to it...

  34. Wow what a great looking bench and tool holder now!! Love it

  35. The bench is fab and the tool box was a super touch, I'd visit if I could ;)

    I have a poll up on my blog about my BIGGEST decor dilemma. Come on over and vote, I need all the help I can get!

  36. Wow, amazing. What a great welcome by a door!


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