Well, this Easter, inspired by the anti-bunnies I've been making for my Etsy shop, and finding a rusty rubbish bin in my stash, I've gone all out.
Working on the theory of more is more, and the design principle of clutter is good, I've decorated our sideboard with a mix of vintage, rusty, junk and food.
I like it.
Of course, unless the hot cross buns get eaten soon they'll have to be covered, ditto the chocolate, but hey, for one day it looks great. When the food is gone I'll just add a few other things to maintain the cluttered look.
Its not like I don't have a lot of junk.
So, what's taking up space on my sideboard today?
Starting on the left, a couple of empty frames I've moved from one house to another and never got around to filling 'frame' (hahah) an antique vent I found at a tip shop. Just had to have it. I mean, could you resist that shape? Sure, its not exactly your average sideboard decor...
A couple of funnels add the necessary (in my life) rust factor. And a couple of anti-bunnies sit back and enjoy the view.
What are anti-bunnies you might ask? Well, they're scrappy monster bunnies, kind of the opposite of cute Easter bunnies. Not that they aren't cute. These guys are cute as. They're made of a mix of recycled and vintage fabrics. I recycled bits of fabric out of an antique armchair the poodles pulled apart. Turns out it was stuffed with fabric scraps. Who knew.
The middle section is the serious section - ie the food section. Since I sold all my cake stands and haven't made any more (yet) I've had to improvise using one of my retro kitchen scales and an antique serving dish. The dish holds eggs of both kinds: real and chocolate. I bet you know which I'll be going for...
You can't have Easter without hot cross buns, and naturally you need butter for those. I don't have a butter curler so I've had to make do. The napkins are vintage ones I've collected over the years from different places. One on the right under the side dishes was given to me by my aunt Marissa in Greece - it used to belong to my grandmother.
On the right its 'help yourself' with a stack of smaller plates and knives. But it can't be too practical... Old timber cogs, old books and a couple of sets of salt and pepper shakers, topped off by a wooden duck finish the look... Cause what sideboard is complete without a duck?
Above it all hangs the masterpiece. A rusty galvanised bin lid I scrounged from somewhere years ago. Does anyone remember my previous bin lid projects? I love rusty bin lids. This one holds more anti-bunnies and a couple of vintage Easter greeting cards I found online. The cards are held in place by vintage earring magnets (also for sale in my Etsy shop).
This rusty lid has little hooks on the side so I tied a bit of hemp rope to hang it with. I placed a few of those floor protector felt pads on the back to stop it from marking the wall.
The sideboard itself is something I acquired via barter. Barter = good. A friend of mine had a sideboard I'd admired and he admired the oriental cabinet I used to have my TV on. We swapped. Everyone is happy.
The sideboard is a very heavy solid tassie oak piece, made in Tasmania. It holds all kinds of useful things and doubles as our bar. Its very useful and very pretty.
Speaking of sideboards and cabinets, I saw this one in my online browsing and fell in love. I want it. Its nothing like the oriental - or 'ming' cabinet I had my TV on and swapped for my sideboard (ie it has the same 'locks' on the doors)... its way better!
Anyway, back to reality, you know what its like with these vintage cabinets - they have keys and if you lose them you're in trouble. I think I have one key to share between 3 bits of furniture - including the small cupboard in my office.
In order to make this key less prone to being misplaced, I've added a tassel I made of jute string. It was okay, but a bit too plain. I thought the sideboard needed a bit of bling so I steampunked it up a bit with bits of chain, crystals and other bits from an old necklace.
There you go. Our sideboard is finally all dressed up.
Now... what else can I decorate...?