Picket Fence Decor Idea

If you like the look of old windows and doors used in home decor, you may also like the look of a partial picket fence. These old architectural salvage pieces make great back drops for other decor. Just take a look at my post on decorating with architectural salvage. There are so many cool ideas. So, when I found an old picket fence, I knew I had to have it for my home. My picket fence decor idea was to display it with other salvaged items. However, it needed a little bit of work.

I’m surprised that the fence even caught my eye. It was pink and was missing a picket. The original color was most likely red but after years of weathering it was left in a dirty pink tint. Luckily, these little flaws were easy to fix.

My Picket Fence Makeover

A Little Cutting Action

picket fence before makeover

Because the fence was missing a picket, it was left with some wild ends. So, I dragged that fence down to my craft room determined to saw off those wild ends before painting it.

Normally, I would have waited for my husband to come home so he could cut the ends for me with a power saw. However, I was anxious to get started and finish the project. And, there is no way I would use a power saw myself because I am way to wimpy.  Just hearing the words chop saw makes me think of accidentally chopping a limb off.  So, because of that, I used the trusty little hand saw that I had. It didn’t really take me that long to saw off the ends by hand. I was a woman with a mission.

Hello White, Goodbye Pink

Next up was getting rid of that pink finish. I wanted a bright and chic white to contrast with what I would be hanging from it.

Because there was quite a bit of bare wood, it was super easy to get a distressed look. I just applied the paint very thin on the bare wood so that you could see some of the wood underneath the paint. This is kind of the reverse of how I usually distress paint. See my normal painting techniques for getting a distressed look.

As I put on that fresh pure white paint, I began to relax. The fresh new color was soothing and I was almost finished. Once the paint was dry, I brought the fence up to my office to create my display.

Picket Fence Decor Display

picket fence decor

I wanted to fill some empty wall space so the best way to do that was to place my fence on top of a short bookcase. Then, I added the rest of my rustic decor to complete my vignette.

picket fence with old keys

I hung these antique jailer keys from a wide white ribbon so that they would fall more in the upper center of the fence. Because I wanted the ribbon to blend in with the fence, I used a sheer white ribbon. I wanted the focus to be on the keys.

picket fence with rustic vase

I wanted to add a little height to my painted vase, so I hauled out my section of pallet as a base.

Do you like decorating with architectural salvage? What items do you like to use for display?

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  1. The white is much better and goes bestest with your awesome home.

    1. Hey Tee! Thanks so much! Your comments mean alot 🙂

  2. Brilliant! I love it painted white with the rusty keys suspended from ribbon.Hugs! Thank you for your bloggy friendship and participation at Katherines Corner xo

    1. Thank you Katherine and you’re welcome! I always love hearing from you!

  3. Looks great! I especially like those keys and the stamped block wood underneath. Really nice!

    1. Thank you Fred! The block of wood was from an old skid!

  4. Yep – white was the right choice – the fence looks great in your space!

    1. Thanks Pat! I am really glad I made that choice!

  5. I want those keys! Your vignette is wonderful. So glad I found your blog, I’m a new follower. I love meeting new blog friends, so stop by anytime, Lori

    1. Thanks Lori! I’m so glad to have you here 🙂

  6. Love it!!!!!

    1. Thanks Marsha! I always appreciate your input!

  7. Visiting from “Katherine’s Korner”. This is such a cool project. And I just love that rusty old key set hanging there…gorgeous!


    1. Thank you Kathy! I was so excited to find those keys and would love to know the story behind them!

  8. it looks great, i love it!

    1. Thanks Norma! I’m so glad I finally got the project done.

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