Today I’m going to show you my tips for decorating a vintage Spring entryway table using a collection of thrifted and vintage pieces to create a pretty cottage style Spring look.
Spring Entryway Table Decorating
I’ve been bringing Spring touches into my home this week. Fingers crossed that the snow is over here in my part of New Hampshire!! The birds are starting to chirp in the mornings and the days are getting longer…there is something so hopeful about the start of Spring.
This year I decided to decorate my entryway table using only pieces that I’ve collected from thrifting over the years. When I say “thrifting” I mean anything from thrift stores, flea markets, and vintage/antique shops.
Since I love to DIY, I went through my stash to see what I could remake in a creative way to use on my entry table. I knew I wanted to have some tall branches on my table so looked for a vase to use.
Thrift Store Vase Spring Makeover
I decided on covering a thrift store vase with seagrass rush that I had leftover from a couple of garden projects (my cottage style garden towers)
First, I hot glued seagrass rush around the entire vase. I had it on hand and I was challenging myself to use only things that I already had in my studio to use on my entryway table.
You could achieve the same look by using a jute cord or nautical rope too.
Originally, I imagined just leaving the natural look of the seagrass (which I do love). But I did have some spaces where the glass and also the hot glue were showing through…let’s blame it on the time change and losing an hour’s sleep OK!!
So what’s a girl to do…paint it!! Paint is magical and hides all things!! The vase got a quick coat of Waverly chalk paint in the “Plaster” shade.
When the paint dried I lightly brushed Waverly antique wax over the surface.
It all worked out perfectly and I popped in a handful of pussy willow stems. A few tall flowering branches in a vase is such a pretty yet simple idea to use in your Spring decorating.
You can even cut forsythia or whatever is available in your climate and bring in the branches to force indoors.
Vintage Bunny Framed Print
My next DIY for my Spring entryway table was giving a thrift store frame a quick makeover. I’ve had 2 of these frames for a couple of years and haven’t used them. I thought the shape was cool and I think they were $1 each.
Using the same Waverly “Plaster” shade of chalk paint I lightly brushed over the surface of the frame. It definitely toned down the turquoise blue!
I searched Google and found a free vintage-looking printable that I thought would look great in the frame. You can save the image and print it out too!
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The cardstock that I printed out my bunny on was similar in color to kraft paper. It came from a pack of natural-toned cardstock that I got at Walmart.
Last week I saw a trick for making printed artwork look like an oil canvas on the Little House of Four blog. She brushed Mod Podge over a picture she printed out and I loved how it looked. So I tried it on my bunny.
Putting Together a Vintage Spring Decorating Look
Now it’s time to decorate! Let me show you how I put my vintage Spring look together on my entryway table. First I covered the table with a pretty table runner that I’ve had for a few years. The top of the table is metal and I wanted a softer look this Spring.
I’ve had this table for a couple of years. It’s from Wayfair and it is so pretty…but the price fluctuates wildly! I just searched and found the same table on Lowe’s for almost $125 less than Wayfair (at the time I’m writing this).
This cute little bird statue has made its rounds in my home!! It was one of my first vintage purchases when I started getting into decorating. It’s in quite a few pictures on this site!
Confession…some of that distressing is from me dropping it…usually because I’m trying to carry too many things up from the basement at once!!
Vintage Pewter Bowl
Last weekend I stopped at my local Savers thrift store and left with 4 great things!! This is when I found the 2 containers that I used for my Magnolia inspired planters. When I spotted this bowl on the back of a shelf I knew it was real pewter. Here in New England, pewter has been made and used since this area was settled and I just love the look of it.
This pewter bowl was $3.50 but I did a Google lens search and found it selling on eBay for more than $30 dollars! One of my tricks is to search pieces or stamps on the bottom of thrift store finds while I’m shopping to see what its true value is.
The pewter bowl made the perfect container for a pretty African violet plant that I grabbed last week at Trader Joe’s (great resource for Spring flowers!). To finish up my Spring look I added Spanish moss to cover the soil and popped in a few quail eggs and little feathers…oh my gosh, I think it’s so adorable!!
Another vintage store score was this set of metal candlesticks that I found at Mill 77 Trading Company years ago when they were still in their Amesbury location for my local peeps….I can’t tell you all how excited I am that they are closing their Newburyport, Mass store and relocating it a couple of miles away from me in North Hampton, NH next month (insert one of those cartoon exciting gifs here!)
On top of one of the candlesticks, I placed one of the mini bird’s nests that I made last Spring. You can see how to make them (it’s super easy and much cheaper than buying them premade) in this Forsythia Wreath tutorial.
Atop the other candlestick, I added a mini Spring flower pot (Trader Joe’s $2.99)
DIY Vintage Print
They are the cutest little flowers…I had to grab a white one last week too…it looks perfect next to the DIY bunny frame I made earlier.
Entryway Table Bottom Shelf Decor
Thank goodness I have a bottom shelf on my entryway table!! I need the space to put more stuff!! In the center of the shelf, I added this vintage French wood double decalitre that I found at my local antique store (The Collector’s Eye in Stratham, NH) you can see this shopping trip on my 7 Things Not To Pass Up at The Flea Market post.
Another cool flea market find that I have in my collection is this antique bike basket that I grabbed for 10 bucks at the Todd Farm Flea Market in Rowley, Mass a couple of years ago. It was one of those things that I got the “What are you going to do with that??” from my husband…he just doesn’t have the vision!!!!!
Inside the bike basket, I added a couple of old books and on top of the basket, I added a sweet bunny.
On the right side of the shelf, I managed to squeeze in a few more vintage pieces…a galvanized pail with dried hydrangeas from last year’s garden, a wood box, and a picnic basket.
Decorated Vintage Spring Entryway Table
Da-Dah! Here’s how it all came together! It really helped to chase away my winter blues!! It all came together and it was fun to use all my own vintage pieces (plus, saves money!)
For the past few months, my friends Stacy and Kim, and I have been sharing our thrifting, flea marketing, and antique shopping trips with you. You all seem to like it…and you don’t need to give us an excuse to go shopping!!
Stacy | Bricks N Blooms
This month Stacy is sharing 7 Fun Finds From A Thrift Store Near Me. I love seeing shops in other parts of the country. Stacy recently moved into a beautiful old farmhouse and has been fixing up her new home. It’s very fun to follow along (prob more fun than actually having to do all the work!!!)
She’s been working on her dining room most recently and it turned out gorgeous!!
Kim | shiplap & shells
Kim is going to take you on a beautiful trip with her out in the Pacific Northwest for Vintage Garden Decor and Spring Flower Shopping. Kim has the most beautiful garden that you have to go see! It looks so pretty in every season and I love looking at her pictures because she’s in a warmer climate than me so her flowers start blooming while my ground is still frozen!!
More Thrifty Ideas…
cottage on bunker hill
Thanks for stopping by today! Being able to share my projects, DIYs, and decorating ideas with you is amazing. Leave a comment below; I love hearing from you! Feel free to drop me a note here if you have any questions.
I love the whole look Jen. That diy rope vase is super cool and I love the bird statue!
Lora Bloomquist says
Love the whole look, Jennifer! That wood bucket thingy is so cool; what a score. And love those little flowers; think I need to buzz to Trader Joe’s!
Jennifer, love everything you did here. Your entry vignette looks amazing. Beautifully done!
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
So many great ideas Jennifer! Your bunny artwork is amazing.
Rachel Harper says
These are all such great ideas.
Oh friend, I love it all. The bunny artwork you created is so adorable. And I love how you used all of your different vintage finds to create the perfect spring look. I’d love to feature your spring table in my week in rewind this Saturday.
I love all your vintage goodies. Love the graphic image you chose and the frame.
Paint is truly magical!