by laura janning

Unearthing Beauty from the Garden

July 9, 2012

Well, I can't complain about colder air this weekend even if it was only 99 degrees in Northeast Georgia! Sure beats the triple digits we have had recently. 
I got in my garden early in the morning to do some maintenance and found this old, rusty, metal sphere
I didn't really "unearth" it since I placed here about 5 years ago. I thought it was looking a bit drab and dull- unfortunately that's what happens with age sometimes!
I decided to give it a quick style change, including a wash and a new coat of paint. I started by cleaning the sphere off with soap and water. Once dry, I applied a 2 to 1 mixture of Behr's Sienna Dust and water to the sphere.
I completely covered it with my paint mixture and let it dry for an hour.
Once dry, I took a fine grit sand block and roughed it up in places to let some of the metal peek through.
My Unearthed Beauty now has a new home in my living room where I am happy to say is much cooler!
I just don't know where to place it or if it will stay in this room
 Have you unearthed any items from the outdoors and brought them inside lately? If so, would love to hear about it.
Have a great week!


  1. Laura, what a great piece. You can use that anywhere.

  2. I'm usually just the opposite - I find cool things and stick them in my garden!

  3. I really like your amillary! I have one that needs a facelift, too!


  4. Laura...I love the newly refurbished, brought back to life armillary in the your house, where you can enjoy it all the time!!....
    I have not brought anything from the garden into the house, but I did buy something made specifically for the outdoors and placed it indoors because I love it so much!!

  5. I love it, no matter where you put it. I love having pretty, interesting things in the garden, but I spend most of my time indoors, so I like to switch things around sometimes so I can enjoy them inside.

  6. P.S....I just did a post on the outdoor item that will never hang outdoors!
    Stay tuned :)

  7. I have not unearthed anything lately, but I know there are a couple things in the woods waiting for me to rescue them. Might even be something with rust like your find.


  8. Love the change of finish and location. Don't you love looking at things from a different perspective? It looks great, thank for sharing.

  9. Love your armillary in white!
    Looks fantastic indoors.

    Wait.... I feel a trend coming on!


  10. It looks super cute! It's brand new!

  11. Don't you love "found" treasures?? Great facelift, Laura -- this will be one of those pieces that goes room to room effortlessly!
    xo Heidi

  12. There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint to give new life to something.

  13. I love brining in iron pieces meant for the outdoors. Your sphere is wonderful. I love it!
    Mary Alice

  14. AnonymousJuly 10, 2012

    looks great on the table n probably would look interesting back in the yard

  15. This turned out so cute!! Great Centerpiece
    Idea....come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday!


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