Can you believe it’s November?! Seriously. It’s crazy how fast this year has gone! Just a few short weeks and we will turn the final page on the calendar of 2015, take it down and replace it with a brand-new, blank calendar that reads 2016. Crazy. Just crazy. Time flies when you are having fun they say so I guess I’m having fun 😀
Today I’m going to share how a vintage desk drawer becomes fall decor.
I have this uncle. He’s a really great guy and he has this love-of-junk gene that he inherited from his dad. His Dad was my Grandpa. My Grandpa loved old junk. He collected it, saved it, stock-piled it, and I’m sure he had grand plans in his head for what all he was going to create with it. Grandpa didn’t ever get all his junk used up and I now have some of that junk and am very happy to have it – I call it ‘junque’.
My uncle inherited that gene and has accumulated a pile of junk himself – I call his ‘junque’ too cause it’s some seriously drool-worthy junk. And like his Dad (my Grandpa) he hasn’t fixed up, or created stuff with all of his piles he’s accumulated.
I’m sure you can guess by now where this is headed – 😀
These old spindles and this cute little drawer were in the pile.
I spent an hour or so and 4 buckets of hot soapy water cleaning up the stuff I brought home with me. And then since I hadn’t done anything at all for my Junk Visionaries blog hop this month, and the hop was due in less than 2 days, I decided a truck load of drool-worthy junk was the perfect place to start on my ‘project’. I use the word project loosely because I didn’t really MAKE anything I just pulled some things together to create a fall display on my coffee table.
The desk these drawers came from was an old roll top that had been painted pink at some point of its life, and was past the point of being rescued and put back together as a desk. I salvaged the drawers I could, including the BIG ones, the pull-outs used for writing letters, and the bottom part of the roll top. I plan to do something really fun with it.
Our category this month as Junk Visionaries was to take a thrifted or roadside find and use it to create some holiday decor – an ornament, a centerpiece, something. I had a lot of directions I could have gone, and really I thought I’d do something for Christmas but I had these white pumpkins from a few weeks ago when I did my Fall Picnic shoot so I pulled together a Fall display instead.
No pulling this drawer part way out to get something, this one would have to be completely removed to put things in or get them out. I rather like the vintage-y pink color it was painted. You can tell the pink is a vintage color and not new – partly due to the layers upon layers of dirt I scrubbed off 😀
This display seriously took about 15 minutes max – to arrange and photograph.
My hubby walked in the living room while I was fluffing the couch pillows in the background of the coffee table display, saw what I was doing and calmly stepped aside and kept the girls away from the area. They all stood out of the shoot-zone, watching the football game on tv behind me 🙂 Travis is so used to me doing stuff like this for the blog that he knows immediately what is happening and stays out of the way – wise man 😀
I love how easy and fun it is to use old stuff to create a vignette or centerpiece. The addition of natural elements is always the icing on the cake too, I think.
I’m sure my friends have come up with some really fun stuff too – cause like me and my uncle and my Grandpa they love junk too!
So head on over and see what they have to share!