Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Rusted was great until it became invisible. What to do? Paint. Found the 'gates' at Scott Antique Market years ago. They are late Victorian fence sections from Egypt. I put 2 nails into a post & with galvanized wire attached them. They're non-functioning, always open.
The rusty gates arrived, below, with specks of Robin's Egg Blue.
Gathered a few chips to color match at Lowe's.
Studying landscapes in France I loved how they painted most accents the same color. Good enough for France, good enough for me.

My newest gate, above, from Rustic Rooster in Loganville, GA. There is no fence only the abelia hedge. Yes, you knew what color I would paint it, posted here.
Rusty things in a garden are soothing. But I wanted to SEE my things.
Let's dish gate money. Bought the old gates for $80 ea. and have seen them in antique shops, since, for $400.00 ea. Newest gate was, $125.00, made in Mexico.
No 'correct' answer to rusty iron vs. painting. Look inside your home. Often I'll see a color in artwork, fabric, wallpaper and use it for painting iron. Sometimes I leave it rusty. It's the house AND garden telling you which to do. Vanishing Threshold.
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara


Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Yep...a whole other gate with that cloak of turquoise! Lovely.....and ooooh that bloomin' shrub...YUM!

Carolyn said...

What a great find! I love them painted blue.Wish I could find those for my garden too!