I recently saw this idea online and just had to do it for myself. I took one of my mother’s hand-written recipes and framed it with a coordinating fabric for the mat and hung it in our kitchen. I picked a recipe that had a cute old-fashioned name. I love having this hanging in our kitchen, it’s like having my mother close by. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile.
Well, we did it! Steve came up with the best idea on painting the gazebo. Originally I had planned on having a painting party with some of my friends and family, but the more we started looking at the job it would be, we decided to buy a sprayer and just go for it. We had beautiful weather last week and weekend so we decided the weather was perfect to go ahead and get it done. It took us one very long day to get it all painted, starting at 7am and finishing around 7pm with just a few breaks now and then.
We had some interesting? mishaps along the way because the paint container on the sprayer did not have a secure locking system, so three separate times the container came off the sprayer and paint went flying everywhere! Fortunately we had covered the floor and all with a good amount of plastic, so they weren’t disasters, but made it very challenging and frustrating at times. The last time it happened, Steve had just finished the very last part of the ceiling and was done. He had me stand up near him to show him any final spots that needed attention and then he headed down the ladder and, as a final complaint from the sprayer and all the work it did that day, the container came unlocked again and threw paint everywhere including all over me, from head to toe.
Once the white paint had dried and I had taken a break, I was anxious to get the blue paint on the panels, so I completed those that evening, and then painted the inside blue panels the next day. We were so thrilled we got it all done this weekend AND before the rain arrived late Sunday.
We have some final touches to do – putting up the gingerbread brackets, molding at the base of the posts, the top finial, and hanging my chandelier and inside lights, but those should all go very quickly and then it’s time to start planning our gazebo party – YAY!
Recently, I decided it was time to redecorate the porch of my garden shed. It’s always fun to change things up a bit. I have had a white plant stand on the porch and moved it to one of our other porches and thought it would be fun to find a cute wire window box for the porch window and then put a little chair in the corner of the porch where I had the plant stand. I found a perfect wire window box at Monticello (my favorite antique mall in Portland). It was a creamy white color, so I painted it white to match the trim on my shed.
Then I was on the hunt for a small chair, preferably metal for outdoors, for the corner of the porch. A couple weekends ago I spent with my sister Bonnie on the Long Beach Peninsula. One of our shopping days we spent in Astoria and she actually spotted the perfect little metal chair in an antique store. It was black, so I sprayed it white also. I wanted to add a little “something” to the chair and since I had flowers above it in the window box, I added a braided chair pad I had with blueberries in the design, so it went perfectly with my shed.