2011 Outdoor Projects
I have an old house and it sure looked like an old house when I bought it in ’06. Every year since we’ve had multiple projects, small and big, to try to snazz the place up. This spring I had several projects on the agenda.
In May we finally stained the deck that was built new last year. First gave it a good cleaning with a deck wash product. Then applied a water sealer stain in the color Teak with a staining brush. It took two weeknight evenings and a few ibuprofen for my stiff back and sore knees.
All spring I had been looking for a patio table & chairs set. I gave myself a pretty minimal budget and quickly figured out that I was going to have to find something used. I wanted something that was a) still in good shape and quality and b) could look good with just a new coat of paint.
Gotta tell ya I felt like I hit the jackpot when I was able to buy a 4-year-old set from a Craigslist ad for only $125! It has some great lines and is a nice quality….its only issue was this hideous spongy green finish.
With a quick sanding to rough up the surface and a spray of Rustoleum primer base, it got a much needed modern update with a coat of glossy charcoal gray spray paint.
Originally I had wanted to do the outdoor living area on the back deck in grays and yellows. World Market had some great yellow & gray toned cushions I had been eyeing, but as you can see I went with aqua cushions from Target. The aqua was inspired by yet another quick outdoor project.
We had bought these unfinished Adirondack chairs and decided on a whim to go pick up some paint at the local hardware store. I picked the blue color and he the yellow. So that kinda threw the yellow/gold/gray idea out and in was bright aquas/turquoise/yellows.
Before these small projects…was a big one. At one point of this project, I wanted to crawl inside to hide and never look at it again. I guess you could say it was ambitious for us.
And it’s still not entirely finished (hopefully later this summer) but it is usable and producing wonderful things. And I love it…I love love love it!
Yeah I know I’m a garden geek.
This project…..well it gets its own post. Stay tuned for more raised bed gardening adventures ahead.