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Road Side Decor

Saved from a landfill.  NEW life for a patio set.
Saved from a landfill.
NEW life for a patio set.

I dream of lucky treasure finds since I was a kid and can not help myself to see value in what people toss away to the roadside.



Moving across the country I got into lightening the moving load and got pretty brutal giving away LOTS of stuff and selling most of the furniture. The movers said it was one of their smallest household moves across Canada so I felt really good clearing out my collection of STUFF. When we got to Nova Scotia, we had only a couple of suitcases, sketch book, Jim's guitar and some paperwork all jammed in the back of a Toyota. Everything else we had was in a small storage container, waiting for a year and a half till we figured out where to live. 

We move into our newly designed house 2013 and had a $0.00 budget left to buy stuff to fill it! But no worries as my Road-Side eager eye will find more great pieces at the Road-Side Decor a-la Eastern Shore shopping. Some of it I have painted and recovered and soon I will be getting into painting with Annie Sloan paints to funk-i-fi our Beach Shack found furniture. 

Here are some of my Road-Side Decor pieces:

The faded fabric was also fraying but the cushions inside were clean and in great shape.
The faded fabric was also fraying but the cushions
inside were clean and in great shape.

The outdoor set was in great shape just some rusty spots.
The outdoor set was in great shape just some rusty spots. The table top is glass and not broken. The set is HEAVY so this is great for ocean side winds.

The Outdoor set gets a fresh coat of BLACK marine oil paint.
The Outdoor set gets a fresh coat of BLACK marine oil paint.
I like the large sets and good size glass table that
will easily seat 4 large size adults. 

Bought last fall from the fabric store %50 off outdoor heavy duty fabric with a fine lovely yellowish green weave pattern.
Bought last fall from the fabric store %50 off outdoor heavy duty fabric with a fine lovely yellowish green weave pattern.
Even bought sun proof thread to ensure it will last.
We dedicated a spot in the electric room to store the cushions over winter.

TA-DA! New Roadside Outdoor Decor a-la Eastern Shore shopping!
TA-DA! New Roadside Outdoor Decor a-la Eastern Shore shopping!
Center piece is Road-Side chipped plate with favorite rocks & shells!
Total cost to renew:
$40.00 fabric & thread plus $10.00 marine paint
Biking along the Rails to Trails, I noticed a guy with a wheel barrel filled with outdoor furniture taking it to his roadside. HHHMM I thought...'Hey there', I called out, 'Is there anything wrong with that set?' He said no, just fading and wife bought a new set. So peddled home, got my main man and his wheels to drive over to the Road-Side shopping spot. Took it home and made it NEW again. We love to sit out at dinner on the back deck on our new comfy OUTDOOR set!

I found this gorgeous two side silk fabric that fits perfectly on my $40.00 Kijiji table...fabric cost $5.00 to a neighbor!
Once a year there is a Highway Roadside Sale that everyone gets their stuff out on their tables and connect with locals with gaining a few dollars to replace STUFF then all that doesn't sell, its FREE to the roadside garbage or Thrift Bin. I found this gorgeous two side silk fabric that fits perfectly on my $40.00 Kijiji table...fabric cost $5.00 to a neighbor!

Celebrating the Roadside sale, just had to make this delicious strawberry chiffon pie
Celebrating the Roadside sale, just had to make this delicious strawberry chiffon pie using my Road-Side latest cake stand with
the new vase and glass trivet on the double side silk fabric.
recipe here:
www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/strawberry-chiffon-pie-393003

LOVE the shiny mirror pine cone shaped vase.
Found a collection of nick nacks on the Road-Side a-la Seaforth and LOVE the shiny mirror pine cone shaped vase.
I use it all the time for my little flower arrangements.
The glass trivet came with the vase!

Road-Side Decor items.
Baking Day: Bundt Cake & Sourdough celebrating
the new Canada Day tulips in my Road-Side Vase.
60's? Lucite Plastic tubes of white, green and blue swag light.
60's? Lucite Plastic tubes of white, green and blue swag light. My most favorite FINDS at Road-Side Decor made me slam on my brakes, spin a 360 to see this beautiful blue color hanging lamp destine for the dumpster.
I was surprised to see the only slight damage on one tube that no one would see and was PLEASED to bring this BLUE ball into my ktichen as a feature shape hanging from my cieling.

60's? Lucite Plastic tubes of white, green and blue swag light.
60's? Lucite Plastic tubes of white, green and blue swag light. 

60's? Lucite Plastic tubes of white, green and blue swag light.
60's? Lucite Plastic tubes of white, green and blue swag light.
LOVE this globe and it is a conversation piece!
Simple coffee table still had some service to share and was rescued from the road side garbage.
The simple coffee table still had some service to share and
was rescued from the road side garbage.
I did refinish it with sanding and light stain with a rub on varnish.
Sad to say thou the rub on varnish did
not water proof the surface so left stains for every drop.
I will soon use Annie Sloan paints to transform the surface.

Sun bleached chair had seen better days but I dragged it home, took some blue paint and tiny stitched orange spirals into the head rest.
Sun bleached chair had seen better days but I dragged it home, took some blue paint and tiny stitched orange spirals into the head rest.
The dog Ziggy loves this chair so it belongs to him now!

I LOVE this chair, the size, and the overall design.
I LOVE this chair, the size, and the overall design.
I would love to manifest a full set of these chairs.

The country chairs had seen better days and legs were falling off etc. but I brought them home as a temporary set of chairs, slapped on some white marine enamel paint, glued the legs and threw a used RICE bag on them for seat cushions.
The country chairs had seen better days and legs were falling off etc. but I brought them home as a temporary set of chairs, slapped on some white marine enamel paint, glued the legs and threw a used RICE bag on them for seat cushions. I will use them till I find something else to replace them.

My Roadside Decor, mismatched dining room set.
My Roadside Decor, mismatched dining room set.
Table decorations are white antique candle sticks and a dish I found
beside a dumpster, with hopes, someone like me will rescue.

Metal table with painted metal molding & glass top.

Metal table with painted metal molding & glass top.

Having an eye for cool stuff can create HOARDING issues quick enough so I am going to INTEND to collect only things that I can find useful and the room.

See you see me, road-side shopping! Minaz

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