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Monday, January 14, 2013

Victorian Porch Posts, Bannister and please don't be mad

Normally I can go junkin' ... buy something and stash it someplace until I restore or put it to use ... without Mr. Z. even knowing it ... but this thing I bought ... well, no way was I gonna even move it by myself ... Ouch ... I was not thinking.

I went to Find's Resale Wednesday Sale and bought a Victorian architectural bannister and post piece. Luckily I had taken the pickup ... but maybe NOT, for had I NOT had the pickup, I would NOT have bought it.  Lot of NOT's there.

It was BIG ... it was HEAVY ... but just what I wanted on the front porch. Reasonable too ... $125.00 for a piece that is about 6' x 8' with three posts and some bannister pieces. Vintage posts alone range from $60.00 to $100.00.

The guys loaded it on top of the pickup bed because it was too wide and too long to go inside the bed. With seeing them struggle to load the piece; I was beginning to have buyers remorse ... for how in the world would we ... (two olden people) be able to handle that piece? I even tried to sell it to an Antique dealer there ... no luck.
Well, I would just have to work something out. 

I got in the truck to go home and face the music ... BUT ... nothing ... just a click ... the truck would not start. Well, by this time I was really sweating, because I knew I was in trouble. Oh my gosh, I had to call Mr. Z. to come to my aid.  Confessing to what I had done and said "come help me, but please don't be mad at me and make a scene in front of everybody".  He came; did not say a word about what I bought even when I asked him to check to see if I had it tied down good enough. He got me started and off we went to Wall-Mart to buy a new battery.

Unloading and installing was much easier than expected.  
We backed the truck up to the porch so we would not have to carry the piece very far. I got up in the bed of the truck, lifted up one end and let it slide off to the ground. We leaned it up against the truck, removed a few screws and made two pieces out of it which we could lift. 

It took a couple days and a little bit of effort but we got it installed.  
I will need to paint it when it gets warmer.

 It makes a nice screen for the front side and offers me some privacy when I am out there. I feel like I have a little room at that end of the porch with the end enclosed with three vintage metal porch columns and a plastic rain curtain. 
(done long ago)
We hung Christmas lights inside the porch this year and it looked real pretty.
I also plan to get some matching chairs and a nice outdoor rug. Grandma Susie's old wooden rocker will finally be restored and will remain on the porch.
Hopefully some of these stacked tables/benches will be sold when we have our annual garage sale in June but all stacked up, they make a nice display area.   

This mirror was left over from our last garage sale so I painted it white; made this chandy out of two different lamp pieces and hung in it front of the mirror. It is beautiful and I will add more prisms.

As you can see ... it was November when we installed it. We, or at least, I am enjoying it.

Thanks for stopping by
Your comments make me smile.

Blessings and Happy New Year.

Audrey Z. 

Linking to:
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls

Funky Junk Interiors     


  1. Glad you made it to the party Audrey:) Your porch is amazing! I would love to sit out there with you and chat a bit, perhaps have night cap too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Very innovative way of installing such a wonderful piece - looks like it was always there. Scary heavy though.

  3. Looks great! Like it was meant to be there.

  4. OOO, is just beautiful. I love it and it looks amazing on your pretty porch. Gosh, you were so lucky to find such a piece.
    Someday I hope to see it in person. I keep telling Mr. Sweet that we need to make a trip to the Hill country...he says, maybe when we finish all this moving stuff. hahhaa...
    Take care..

  5. I am really impressed you got such a deal a beautiful piece way to go!

  6. Looks wonderful, Audrey!! I would love to have a porch with a beautiful piece of woodwork on it like this!!


  7. I think it looks beautiful! I bet your husband really likes it too.

    It was worth the worry and the dead battery.

    Oh what fun memories!!!!

    Many Blessings,

    Cottage Making Mommy

  8. Your story made me smile :) The woodwork is stunning and it looks lovely. And I just love the bird's adorable!

    Have a great week!


  9. Great and interesting post. I like it.
    I also invite you to my blog. ;)
    Yours. Have a nice day.
    You can also find me on the fanpage and keep track of my work: ;]

  10. Hi Audrey,
    Great job with these posts! They really look so nice on your porch. Your birdhouse in the first picture is cute too, as are those benches! You are a lady after my own for treasures and recycling!
    Thanks so much for dropping by my site about the sewing machine and shade. I'm enjoying mine and think you'd enjoy making one too! Keep me posted!

  11. What a great piece and it looks so good on your porch. It's a treasure for sure. Thanks for linking up at the Cabin:)

  12. The porch looks magical with all the little lights. I love the addition of the posts. So pretty!

  13. Audrey, that piece is amazing! What a great find at a great price!!!

  14. Sounds like he wasn't too mad afterall. And, it is amazing....what a find.

  15. Oh.. beautifull. I wish a had space for such beautiful thing.
    I love to have a porch.
    Bud you can't have it all.
    Love, Annette

  16. That was a fantastic find!! It looks great with your porch!!

  17. Great find Audrey! It looks like it was made to go there. I would have snatched it up in a hurry. Hey, at least you didn't do what I did a year and a half ago. I bought a large laundry table at a barn sale. Couldn't fit in in my friends truck with all we bought. Hubby had to drive a hour and a half to take me back to get it. He didn't even complain. He's a keeper!

  18. Audrey, a great architectural piece. It fits perfect on your porch. I love the stacked benches, the birdhouse and the chandelier too.

  19. Mr. Z should be glad he has such a thrifty and clever wife. Love that porch nook. I can just imagine curling up with a book and a sweet tea on a rainy day. You really scored!

  20. It's so charming, what a deal you got on such a wonderful piece.

  21. What a great buy, looks great, very fortunate to find it.

  22. How absolutely beautiful! And I love that birdhouse, too. Oh I love all your bits and bobs, those benches are fabulous!!!

    Happy Saturday Audrey!


  23. Your porch looks so inviting -perfect fit!

  24. Other stone columns are created out of multiple sections of stone, mortared or dry-fit together.


  25. This was a real big undertaking, and your husband was a real sport. It looks stunningly beautiful there on your porch and I am so jealous of your space there!!! Great job!!!

  26. It's wonderful!!!!
    so love it..


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