Hello sweet friends! It feels like we are just hitting the middle of summer, but then I realized the kids go back to school in less than 3 weeks! Eek!!! How does that happen so fast? I guess time really does fly when you are having fun. One of my many summer goals was to create a vintage summer garden and I actually managed to get that accomplished. Woohoo!
Before we get started on the garden tour, I wanted to give a quick update to my dedicated followers. My husband had his spinal fusion last week and is recovering well. It’s going to be a long recovery, but we are hopeful that each day he will continue to get a little stronger. He is actually able to walk without assistance now. All praise and glory to God! For those of you that have prayed for our family, thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart!
Vintage Summer Garden
Today, I’m joining a few friends who are also sharing their vintage summer gardens. If you are joining me from Lora B Create & Ponder, welcome! I’m so glad to have you here. I wish we could sit in the garden and chat over a cup of tea, but I’m pretty sure we’d be eaten alive by mosquitos and the humidity in Louisiana is no joke! So, we’ll just pretend that we are hanging out here together.
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When we purchased our home a few years ago, there was an adorable playhouse on the back of the property. It has so much character, with it’s wood shakes and cute front porch, but it is pretty much falling apart. The structure is good, but there is a lot of rotten wood that needs to be replaced.
The kids think we should restore it to a playhouse, but mama secretly has other plans. Honestly, by the time we get to this project, they’ll probably all be grown anyway. lol. So I’m thinking this would make the perfect She Shed! Whatcha think?
I mean, how stinkin’ adorable is this! We are currently using it as storage, but this would be an easy conversion into a She Shed, so mama can have her own little space to retreat. Being the only girl in the house, I need this right? Let’s all just say yes, m’kay. Any other mamas justify that you need certain things to keep your sanity and be a better mom? I’m only kidding. Kinda.
To style this vintage summer garden, I grabbed all the vintage “planters” and garden items that I could find. Such as a galvanized tub, terracotta pots, a step ladder, watering can, and even an old chicken feeder.
I picked up these vintage dual wash tubs on the stand on a trip to Canton, Texas. They usually go for about $200-300. But one of my budget friendly shopping secrets is to never buy something in a set. You can get it much cheaper if you buy each piece individually. We purchased each tub and the stand separately and paid a total of $50 for everything. I love deals like that!! If you’d like to learn more of my budget friendly shopping tips, you can read them HERE.
An old wooden toolbox is holding my herbs. I picked up these plant markers in the Target bullseye section, then stamped the letters on them with rubber stamps. The vintage grain scoop in the front adds a little more dimension to catch the eye.
I mostly used planters in this space because they are easier than trying to prepare the soil for planting a flower bed and then planting all of the flowers. They add more character to the space anyway, giving it that vintage look that I was going for. When picking out flowers and plants, I always go for perennials. They are a little more costly up front, but will save you a ton if you can keep them alive year after year.
The Bike & The Bottles
I picked up a vintage bike at a flea market awhile back. I’ve had it in storage for a while and just recently pulled it out and decided to give it a paint job and add it to my garden decor. I love the character that it adds to this space!
I also hung a few green bottles from a branch and added some flowers to soften the space some.
I’ve saved my favorite part for last! The table. This was a last minute addition. As I was getting ready to take my pictures, I realized that this space needed to be softened up some. It needed some textures. So I grabbed a bistro set that I had and threw a sheet across the table. Then started adding in some textures.
To make the space feel a little more cozy, I added a few pillows, a throw, and the lantern with candles.
This would be the perfect space for brunch with a friend or a romantic dinner with your love. If only this Louisiana climate would be a little more cooperative.
Thank you so much for joining me on this vintage summer garden tour. I hope you’ve enjoyed your stay and will visit again soon. If you haven’t checked out Follow the Yellow Brick Home, make sure you head there now. Amber is our host for this awesome tour and you won’t want to miss her vintage summer garden.
Be blessed friends! xoxo
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