What is it with all the random things that keep showing up on this blog?

Random things that used to be outside and then showed up inside because they were (a) free and (b) didn’t cost anything and (c) no charge and (d) priced right.


It’s like enough already.

First there was the stable door  from an abandoned barn that arrived in the family room and turned into the back drop for a fall mantel.


It’s hard to pass up a free stable door.



Then there was a window.

A window left and abandoned by the side of the road.

The window that morphed into the most wonderful wall chalkboard calendar.



And now we have the rusty garden gate.

Perfect future project for the farmhouse.

Do you see what I mean?

Do you notice a pattern?

Are you so over it?


Please tell me you aren’t.  

Because I think this is going to be my favorite outside-turned-inside-turned-fall-decorating-turned-junk-that-was-going-to-be-thrown-away-turned-amazing.

And I can’t wait for you to see it.

When I’m finished.

In October 🙂



I did get started on the project, though….just the other day.

Can you see the difference?

Scroll back up to see the before.

So subtle….but so wonderful.

I love the rust….but I had to knock it down a little.



And I did it with the help of this:

Krylon Rust Protector Spray Paint

Okay….total aside here….is that not the prettiest picture of a can of spray paint you have ever seen?  Seriously.  The bricks in the background.   The leaves softly falling from the sky…..floating and landing…..just so….on the hay bale where the spray paint just happens to be.  All that can needs now is a Badgley Mishka evening dress, Jimmy Choos and a Judith Leiber clutch to be ready for the spray paint red carpet.

But the best thing about Krylon Rust Protector Spray Paint is not just that is looks incredible wearing a designer dress and Jimmy Choos…….

……it’s that it completely transformed my garden gate.


And I’m just getting started 🙂

Now…..how about you?

Do you have a great spray paint project?  Want to show it off?

This is your projects’ time to shine.

And I can’t wait to see what you link up.

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  1. Image for aimee {sixteen fourteen} aimee {sixteen fourteen}

    I've already fallen in love with spray paint, but I love any excuse to use it again! Just the other day I used Krylon Glossy Black, which is both very glossy and very black. LOVE! P.S. I can't wait to see what you do with that gate. :)

  2. Image for Barb @ Grits and Glamour Barb @ Grits and Glamour

    That gate is just too cool. Do I see "Sears" on it. How cool is that? I know whatever you do will be even better than if it was wearing Jimmy Choo shoes. It will be wearing Karianne style. Can't wait to see you soon. xxoo

  3. Image for Lynn @thevintagenest Lynn @thevintagenest

    OH shoot, shoot, shoot! I want to join this party so bad because I am spraying up a storm right now. We're having a party don't you know right here on the farmette and it features skeletons of all things. So those spray cans of paint are coming in might handy right now. Why I even sprayed the corn stalks 'cause brown is not my thing. But it won't be ready until the end of October. Maybe....just maybe I can do a sneak peek thing......maybe. :)

  4. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Your mantel is gorgeous Kari...and the gate?.........well I will be coming to the party wearing my Manolo B's and Vera Wang gown...and my diamonds and I shall feel as though I am staring at the magnificent gate through the window of Tiffany's eating my breakfast!

  5. Image for Jen Jen

    Krylon's Red Carpet look this year is a vision of loveliness in white,grey,and red. Accents of dark bricks and leaves of dappled sunlight complete Krylon'sstunning appearance. "Just perfection,and not a drip in sight" says Joan Rivers.

  6. Image for Gee Gee

    Ahhh such a tease. Coffee and I were ready... and.... :-) I am a firl in luv with spray paint. Totally enamored with the Krylon line!! But alas I have no befores... hmm... might have to find new projects, like a teaser rusty gate! have a wonderful Tuesday!!! I am off to fulfill some Dr. appts :-/ Then a spa day!!! Come with... Cheers, Gee

  7. Image for Debbie Debbie

    What fun! Can't wait to see what everyone is planning for this big reveal! And can't wait to see what your gate turns out like in your home. Debbie :)

  8. Image for Traci Traci

    Spray paint is so amazing! I can't wait to try the rust protector! Here in my neck of the woods the rustirt the better. It amazrs me what people will buy sometimes! I like rusty but at some point I say that is too rusty! To each his own. What amazing thing will you do with that gate! Guess I will have to come back and see! Traci

  9. Image for Jean Jean

    I adore spray paint! It's what I use to transform ugly brass or wooden lamps into gorgeous usable art! And, no, I am not OVER you finding great trash and transforming it. Just wish I could find some...free...just laying around. The junk I find always has price tags attached. Now, THAT I'm over!

  10. Image for Lori Lori

    Oh Karianne that first picture is just gorgeous!! And yes that is the prettiest picture I have ever seen of a spray paint can!! You go girl!! I think back in the day I was a spray paint diva... even had that pain you get from spraying too much too long and then I found the ever loved handle!! Oh I miss spray painting almost- I guess I will have to find a project so I can link up!! Have a wonderful and blessed day!! Hope it feels like fall where you are- we are holding onto the 90's and that's just not fall!! :( ~ Lori

  11. Image for Regina Regina

    You are SO giving me the courage to tackle my porch railing! Beautiful!! I grew up in a house with a garden gate like that, and have always wanted one for my house!

  12. Image for Jessica Cramer Jessica Cramer

    Love your mantle! Love how you use old junk! I would give anything for that stable door! I am going to run out and buy a bunch of spray paint, sounds like fun! Thanks for the challenge!

  13. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    I totally LOVE spray paint. I just did halloween decorations. I have also been painting my 11/12yr old patio set that was looking rather dated in it's faded hunter green paint. I've painted it a nice Oil Rubbed Bronze. Wish I had used Krylon. I guess I will have to get some, find a project and figure out how to do the link thingy. It's a beautiful gate btw.

  14. Image for Pat@BPM Pat@BPM

    Looking forward to seeing this project.. I have one of those gates hanging on the back porch fireplace. I left it rusty. I can't wait to see what you are doing with your gate, Karianne. I love your barn door fireplace goodness!

  15. Image for Beverly Beverly

    I can't begin to imagine the number of cans of spray paint that have passed through my life. You pay for them, you shake them, you empty them and then you toss them aside. I must say that each and every one have marked my life and I am a changed woman because of them.

  16. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    I have never sprayed painted anything but I have always thought it would be fun, hubby things I am to useless to spray paint but hell he doesn't like me to paint with a paint brush either because he says I don't do it right................the old fuddy duddy.........................lol

  17. Image for debbiedoos debbiedoos

    I used to think of myself as the spray paint queen,but those days are long gone since you girls came around LOL:) I surely will find something fun to paint. Can't wait.

  18. Image for Tiffini Tiffini

    nikki and I are so going to try and do this. I have an UGLY with a capital U in my bedroom and we are going to do something fun with it to make it palatable until I can re do my bedroom...which is a ways down the road:) ought to be fun! oh happy half way through the week day xoxo

  19. Image for Janet Cole Janet Cole

    I can't get enough of the black and white contrast - picking out new furniture for the living room and need your opinion! LURVE the fireplace and mantle! Sorry I'm so behind on reading the blog, been in Scotland (got really sick -ugh)...can't wait to see you over the holidays.

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