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I finished a project. Hip, hip, hooray! I’ve been working on redesigning my blog and moving it to the WordPress.org site. Since I’m a still a neophyte blogger, I seem to be wasting hours in front of the computer with very few tangible results. Oh…my now finished project took a few U turns and nearly found its way into the unfinished project pile in the basement. Once again, however, perseverance paid off with an item checked off my to-do list plus a blog post. (I still have a lot of work to do on the website.)

I will admit that guilt was bit of a trigger. I had a comment to my Patio Color post from a fellow student in the décor8blog class that I am taking. She asked where a picture of my patio was. Unfortunately, the honest truth is that I’m not finished with my patio nor had I been making any progress on making it colorful. Okay…I will give myself credit for the boatload of annual flowers that I have planted, but only a little credit.

Here is a picture of my patio last week:

Boring patio awaiting color

My patio has potential for a cozy summer hangout spot, but it really needs some color.

I wanted to minimize the view under the deck. First, I tried a metal potted plant holder, but it was too small to be effective. Then, it occurred to me that I had another metal art piece just like the one I used to make the basket hanger above the kitchen island. See here. I didn’t want to keep the original color and decided to go with a blue-green patina.

Here is the piece before changing the look of the finish.

Metal grill awaiting a makeover.

Project waiting for makeover to begin.

I used basic acrylic paint. See a sample of the colors below.

Aluminum, Aqua and Dark Green

I used aluminum, aqua and dark green acrylic paints along with stencil brush to change the finish color.

Using a stencil brush, I dipped the bristles into a little bit of each color and pounced the paint randomly until I got the look that I was trying to get. Then, I allowed the paint to dry for several hours.

***Warning, warning, warning. Potential failure alert ***

Next, I sprayed the entire piece with clear enamel sealer. OMG! The aluminum and aqua disappeared. I don’t know why, but the original finish was once again totally visible on about one-third of it. I tried acrylic clear coat since I was concerned the enamel sealer was reacting with the acrylic. But nooooo. Even more disappeared without any drips or any other trace. Vanished. That unfinished project pile started looking pretty good at this point. Well, I needed to let the sealer dry so the whole thing only made it half way to the pile.

Today, I pulled out the acrylics again and repeated my pouncing technique. This time, however, I used Modge Podge to seal the finish. Success!!!!

New finish on grill

The finished (rescued) project hanging under the deck.

To finish the grill, I took three medium sized clear jars with lids. After wrapping wire around the jar neck, I twisted the wire around the grill hanging the jar from the grill. I added colorful glass drops and tea lights. Once I hung the grill from under the deck with cup hooks and chain, I stood back and took a deep breath. Ahhhhh! One piece of color added to the deck. Yes, the guilt has diminished a tiny bit.

The patio with new metal piece.

The underside of the deck is now minimized with a refinished metal piece.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that I will finish some more projects tomorrow. Wish me luck. ; )

Linking to Domestically Speaking’s Power of Paint Party.


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Slow and steady progress…Unlike my garden, my home projects are developing much more slowly. At long last, however, I completed (McHubby, really) renewing our market umbrella. Three cans of blue spray paint were all we needed.

See, I had seen blog entries on painting furniture which looked pretty decent.

Here for example:

Before and After

Painted chair before and after at Attempts at Domestication

A few months back I saw how Ellen at Ellenscreativepassage.blogspot.com had used a canvas drop cloth to replace the fabric on an old patio umbrella that she had bought at an auction.

Replace fabric on umbrella

Ellen’s umbrella with fabric replacement

Between moving houses, changing styles and deterioration due to the elements, I had three less than desirable market umbrellas in my basement. Not wanting to add another umbrella to the collection, I hoped to find a creative way to reuse at least one of them.
While I can sew, my projects don’t always go smoothly. I wasn’t enthusiastic about such a big project. Then, I realized that maybe spray paint would work. While it isn’t totally perfect, I am thrilled with the results. Every time I catch sight of my refreshed umbrella it just makes me happy. All we needed was three cans of spray paint.

Take a look.

Before umbrella renewed

Old faded umbrella before painting

After umbrella painted

The old umbrella has been refreshed with spray paint.

Unopened umbrella

Closed umbrella after painting

Do you have a few items in your home that have seen better days? What are you planning on doing with them?

Linking to: Domestically Speaking, French Country Cottage

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I seem to have a bit of an obsession with words. I have decorated with them everywhere in my house. I recently refreshed a piece of manufactured art that I had gotten at Kirkland’s a few years ago. Originally, the colors were gray, grayish blue and tan with a quote something to the effect of life isn’t about staying away from storms; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

When I started tweaking the family room, I wanted to brighten the colors. While I was in the process, I decided to change the quote to the one by Henry Van Dyke that inspired my blog title. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”

Update your art

Inexpensively refresh your decor

I used scrapbook papers on the inner and outer areas. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the quote. I had some issues with lettering, so it is a little crooked in places.

You don’t have to be stuck with a piece of art that when you have become tired of it. For a little bit of money and some creativity you can update it perfectly.

What do you do when you get tired of your decor?


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