Shabby/Industrial Chic on the Porch

It’s another treasure presented today from my antiquing field trip.

You may have seen a sneak peek of this unique sort of piece.

I loved it and I knew that my hubby would love it too . . . and he did.

Not sure about how unusual it is; however, I have never seen an item like this with multiple uses.

Vintage ladder and hand truck-Housepitality Designs

I spotted this cart of sorts when I when antiquing in Pennsylvania last week.

Remember this:

Ladder/hand truck-Housepitality Designs

Upon inspection, we discovered that it is a step ladder and hand truck in one!

Someone added the basket and turned it into a great cart. I knew just what I was going to do with it.

Vintage ladder and hand truck-Housepitality Designs

Vintage ladder and hand truck-Housepitality Designs

Love that the original label is still on this piece.

Vintage ladder and hand truck-Housepitality Designs

As you can see I am using the steps to display some clay pots.

Vintage ladder and hand truck-Housepitality Designs

Vintage ladder and hand truck-Housepitality Designs

Love these magnetic flowers . . . adds a little whimsy to the cart.

Vintage door/flowers-Housepitality Designs

I used a combination of flowers and plants in the basket.

Porch Flowers-Housepitality Designs

I also used cut flowers and placed them in floral tubes.

Front Porch flowers/Vintage Door-Housepitality Designs

My favorite garden center that re-opened had beautiful camellias.

We bought a few to plant in the garden in the back yard

and one landed in the vintage Red Wing Crock.

Camellias in Vintage Red Wing Crock-Housepitality Designs

This camellia is a Lady Van Sittart and there seems to be another variety as the other bloom is red

rather than striated.

Camellia/Red Wing Crock-Housepitality Designs

The cute concrete bunny is a staple on my porch.

It was a housewarming gift from very special friends.

Vintage Door/Wreath-Housepitality Designs

Last year, I found this vintage door at an antique shop in Mebane, NC for $30.00

I had a particular idea in mind for this door, but for now, it remains on the porch and I love

using it was a great backdrop.

Vintage Door/Wreath-Housepitality Designs

I placed a simple grapevine wreath with a burlap ribbon in keeping with the simplicity of the door.

Front Porch/Cart/Vintage Door-Housepitality Designs

I am so happy that I made the decision to buy this vintage ladder/hand truck combination.

Such a unique piece that keeps things interesting.

This is the first step in transitioning the front porch to Spring.

Have you started any outdoor Spring projects yet?

Happy Spring and have a great day!!

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

StoneGable for The Scoop

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

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  1. I just love your new hand truck, Shirley, and it’s perfect against the door. Those camellias are so gorgeous. I may try my hand at those this year, eventually replacing a row of yews I have on the side of my home, if they do well. I love the waxy leaves and the blooms. Have a great week.
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  2. Love how unique the new piece is. I’ve never seen one like it, and I love that you’re using it as a planter. Looks great 🙂
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  3. so gorgeous Shirley! Love all your pieces – that little cart is perfect!
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  4. That looks perfect on the front porch. Do you know if you could plant camellias outside or do you have to leave it in a pot?


  5. Love all the layering and what a cool hand truck.
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  6. Oh I love the hand truck and love how you are using it! I was wondering at first if you found astromeria plants! Then read you have them in water tubes. Our garden centers aren’t blooming yet but SOON!!! I was going to do my front pirch yesterday but it was so cold and windy I came right back in. Hopefully today. LOOOOOOVE your porch!
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  7. Great find! Looks great on your porch, love the wooden piece behind it too!
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  8. Love it all! I need one those trucks!

  9. What a great find…..I love the little magnetic flower you added! Such a clever idea to use it as a plant stand and how great that it has the original label still……… I was born in Wichita :o) Love that old door behind it too!!!!
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  10. Shirley, I love your new purchase and the way you have it decorated for Spring!! The entire vignette is beautiful.
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  11. So nice Shirley! The polka dots on the bow are adorable. I didn’t notice it until the close up.
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  12. This piece looks beautiful dressed in greenery and floral finery!! It was made for this spot on your porch. Love this corner with your fabulous old door as a backdrop! Definitely a very lovely welcome on your porch!
    Mary Alice
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  13. Wonderful Shirley, such a great piece. LOVE the vintage door

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  14. I love this! This is just my style. I thought you passed up that cute little do-it-all piece and I’m so glad you didn’t! It is just perfect there with the old door and the pretty spring flowers. Love this corner!

  15. Your porch looks great and I love that little hand truck/ladder. It really makes a statement on the porch. Everything that you have there works so well together. Looks like you found some wonderful treasures on your antiquing trip.
    Happy Spring!
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  16. What a great plant stand it makes, too, Shirley! I love seeing your plants and flowers outside. I can’t wait to get some outside our place. I’m tired of looking at yellow grass and nothing (although I can see little green shoots coming up).
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  17. What an interesting piece you scored Shirley! Count me in as another who has never seen that particular piece before. How neat that a basket was added to it, making it absolutely perfect for your porch!
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  18. Oh I just love it Shirley!! Your whole porch looks beautiful and that new piece was an awesome find for sure!
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  19. Great find Shirley. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Love your whole vignette and to answer your question…we had 6 inches of snow today so no flowers here yet. Oy.
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  20. It looks great!! I would have walked right by it!

  21. Shirley, what a gem you found. I live in Northeast Pennsylvania and I would love to hear where you went antiquing. I also noticed some of the other goodies you had!

  22. You always find the best treasures and your porch looks amazing – so inviting!!
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  23. Hi Shirley, great finds and so wonderfully displayed on your porch. I love that door for a backdrop.
    Wonderful piece you found for a plant stand!! Even the color of it is perfect. Adding those little flower magnets is a nice touch.
    Beautiful and inviting!
    Happy Spring.
    Hugs, CM
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  24. Cool find indeed! Looks like you’ve found the perfect way to dress it up! 😉

  25. I knew it!! Great eye! That cart was going home with you!
    Great ideas for decorating with it!
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  26. You have no idea how much I needed this gorgeous spring post today, Shirley! It’s snowing again here… really only flurries, but snow just the same. It’s a beautiful thing to see industrial mixed with traditional styling. I just think it is so fresh and fun. LOVE the cart!!! Oh my goodness you are the best at putting together fabulous vignettes! I would secretly be just a tad jealous if you weren’t one of the sweetest girls I know!!!!!
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  27. Love, love , love the green cart, Shirley! It reminds me of the piece in your kitchen. The antique door is a great background for all the color!

  28. I LOVE IT ALL Shirley!!
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  29. Shirley your little cart is such a great find and looks so perfect with your perfect vignette. Jo
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  30. Love it! Love the old door too! I have such a weakness when it comes to old doors. Yours is perfect!
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  31. What a cool piece, Shirley! It’s so unique! Love all the greenery and flowers, the twig wreath and cute bunny. Did you paint the burlap ribbon or find it somewhere? It’s the perfect touch on the wreath. I’m pulling all my plants out of the greenhouse this weekend. It’s gotten so warm. Yay for Spring!
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  32. Cart love Shirley and I have door envy too! It’s a good thing I’m not closer since I’d be tempted to wheel it away from you 🙂 It’s perfect planted for spring or any season!
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  33. Love the look Shirley! Too cute:)
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  34. What an awesome score Shirley! I would have grabbed that too. I love it on your porch. Love your porch every season:)

  35. It’s hard to know which part of your porch I like best–that door! That cart! That crock! I have one of the crocks, too–it was my grandmother’s. I store my potatoes in mine, so not very glamorous. Have a great day!
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  36. Sure looks great where you placed it… You just keep having that magic touch…
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  37. Ok you have great luck antiquing. Maybe one of these days I will figure it out. Till then I love seeing what you do with your finds.
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