Monday, August 23, 2010

The Patio Plan

I've been totally bummed at the lack of summer, but that hasn't stopped me from tackling a few patio related projects which started with this overall plan.

The extra wicker tables in the lower left of the picture went away via Craigslist... so we made some money there which was promptly reinvested into spray paint!

I have managed (5 cans of spray paint later), to whip the wicker settee into shape:

I'm in a robin's egg phase.... again.

We have legs for the table top....

which have been scrubbed and primed. Just waiting for the install, so I can prime the table top and then give the whole thing a couple of coats of blue. I think I'm going to do oil base for this one, since it will be sitting outside for half the year. We will put it inside for the winter and the really wet parts... which is a lot of the year in Portland..., but it will get rained on during the dry-ish parts of the year too.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

A Week of Painting Projects

There are many projects around the house/property that needed painting or repair or cleaning. So that's what I did this week...

The white kids' picnic table was peeling. The reddish wood table was split and needed gluing. (I opted not to paint this one... yet.)

I had lots of enthusiastic help. This table and chair set belonged to my mother-in-law. We painted it gold for Miss Elsie. Now that Mister Ewan has it, it needs a color update.

So now it is a lovely spring green....

The finished picnic table...

All of the paint was on-hand, leftover from other projects. So after three days of prepping, priming, and painting, we have some lovely, clean furniture that looks brand new. I also glued a bunch of other broken items that had been piling up. I really, really, really like clamps and Elmer's Wood Glue.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Finished Dress

I did manage to get the black and white dress done.

I need to tackle the others... but I've been painting, cleaning, and reducing some clutter. Will post more later.