Vintage Chic Style Series – No. 6 {Funky Junk Guest Post}

Hi, sweets.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Vintage Chic Style Series so far.
On Tuesday, I shared my love of silver-toned metals
but I knew that the rustic, farmhouse, industrial, weathered, rusty metal loving bunch,
including me,
might want to see a little reddish brown on that metal!
And when it comes to rust,
I knew I had to beg Donna at Funky Junk Interiors to guest blog in this series.
(There was no begging but I was totally prepared to do so if necessary!)
She is an amazing blogger and friend with some vintage chic style all her own
and I am so honored to have her as a guest on my lil’ blog.
Thank you so much, Donna.

 Jami, thanks so much for having me over!

Hello everyone, I’m Donna, and I love talking about great junk over at Funky Junk Interiors.
When Jami asked me to talk about rust, she sure had my number! :) 

I’m a longtime lover of all things rusty and totally celebrate that fact with each relic I bring into my home.

You’ll never see me coating it out with fresh paint. 

I love it quite simply because it’s a naturally aged finish.

The tone is organically rustic and in my opinion, gorgeous!

Where I find it

You can find the odd magical rusty must have nearly anywhere, however my eyes are wide open to unique sources as well. When I walked through a local welder’s back 40 one day, I stocked up! What he considered junk was like a gold mine in my eyes.

I’ll use rusty cogs as a simple addition to any given vignettes,

…and use them to enhance photos. I love the silhouette they offer and the added story they give.

But one of my favorite things to do with them is make them actually productive. 
These cogs are put to work for pen storage and also a beverage coaster for my blogging desk.

 Even some rusty old tools have found a little hideaway in a showcase style pallet TV stand.

But can too much rust be too much?

In this case it was. 
I wanted to tie in this headboard with a white dresser, so I lightened things up some to mimic the original paint that was missing.

How to be safe around rust

As much as I love rust, it’s also important to acknowledge what the stuff is and what it can do. No one really desires to get a tetanus shot, so play it safe.

For some crusty old thing, I like to put on gloves and take a wire brush to it to knock off all the loose bits of rust. Then a spray on clear coat will not only protect the finish, it’ll protect you too. I like using matte or satin for an old relic to attempt to keep it looking natural.

 The clear spray made this orange toned rusty mattress spring turned bulletin board turn a deeper tone as well. Bonus!

Taking rust outdoors

Even the garden receives a hit of my favorite crusty finish. Isn’t this wind chime wonderful?

Rusty tools actually enhance flower beds.

Their tone offers little competition, yet creates added visual interest. Much like a tone on tone effect with the soil.

Something as simple as a chain slung loosely on the ladder is ready to put the climbing vine to work.

A rusty old headboard became the perfect gate for my compost pile out back.

When those weeds bloom, I don’t miss a thing. :)

Headboards also provide the perfect garden art AND helpers for plants that require a little extra support, such as these sweet peas.
Imagine this garden with your basic garden sticks. Half the charm would disappear, don’t you think?

No tool is overlooked. If it has a bit of rust, I’m all over it! And it gets hung up like precious jewelry on my little backyard character building.
Rust. The new white.

Go love some today! :)

Funky Junk Interiors

Rust is the new white?

Uh. I’m in trouble! ;)

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great post
and share glimpses of your gorgeous home with us, Donna!

We always appreciate your helpful tips, awesome projects, and stunning photography.

If you have some vintage chic style goin’ on,
I want to hear from you.

As part of this series, 
I’d love to feature some of your 
beautiful homes & share how you create 
a vintage chic look in your own spaces.

Thanks for reading.

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  1. I like rusty things too. I mostly have my rusty stuff outdoors in my garden. Donna and rust are simply synonymous.

  2. LOL Jami! Be careful. Rust is very contagious. :)

    Thanks again for having me over at your place! I hope I didn’t leave too many rust fragments behind in your lovely white home… :)


  3. Ha! No, worries. The rust will compliment the orange Cheetos hand prints quite nicely. ;)

    Thank you, Donna!

  4. Thanks Donna for all the “eye candy”. You can come guest post on my blog anytime!
    Susan @

  5. Erin says:

    I have always been a fan of Donna’s rusty metal…and if I lived closer to her, I might try to steal that box with the license plates! Great post ladies!!

  6. Thanks, girls! Erin – I’d swipe a few things myself…like her iron beds! Road trip? ;)

  7. Alexis says:

    What a cool idea! I’ve never thought to allow rust to be it’s own style. I love it. Way to reuse!

  8. MELANIE says:

    Thanks so much Jami for sharing Donna with us today. I absolutely love you both so this was a treat. Ive recently come out about my junkin And Im loving finding all the other junk lovers in the world. What a visually inspiring post. Thanks so much for sharing & inspiring us all today!

    Lucky 7 Design

  9. Paula says:

    Donna, I am so glad to know about the spray. I saw a cupcake holder made of mattress springs that was really rusty but I want it anyway. I wasn’t sure how I would serve off of it but I want it anyway!! Now I know!! I’m getting it anyway!!! Thanks!!

  10. Hi Jami, Thanks for featuring Donna. No one does rust as good as her!

  11. Hey Jami! What a great post from our sweet Donna! She just rocks!!!!! I adore her creativity – and wish I could climb into her brain just for one day to see how she ticks! lol!

    xoxo laurie


    Thank you for visiting my blog today Jamie and becoming a new follower! Your blog looks amazing as I will be following your too! :)

  13. Jami this post was fabulous!!
    Thanks for sharing…I’m off to follow Donna too!

  14. Don’t you just love Donna’s fresh look on decor? I know I do :)

  15. Fabulous, Incredible Treasures~ I also would have never thought of protecting with a Clear Spray…. Thanks for Sharing~

  16. Corrosion is an electrochemical process in which a metal reacts with its environment to form an oxide or other compound. The cell which causes this corrosion process has three essential constituents: an anode, a cathode and an electrolyte (electrically conducting solution). The anode is the site at which the metal is corroded; the electrolyte is the corrosive medium; and the cathode (part of the same metal surface, or of another metal surface in contact with it) forms the other electrode in the cell and is not consumed in the corrosion process. At the anode the corroding metal passes into the the electrolyte as positively charged ions, releasing electrons electrons which participate in the cathodic reaction

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