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Showing posts with label patio. Show all posts
Showing posts with label patio. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What's She Up To Now?

This and some of That.   Lots of projects always await me.  When I am in the mood they slowly get done.   First of all  -  because I was able to buy some supplies at Lowe's a few days ago ,  I decided I could work on what I now call "Water Central".
When I moved here, there were only two faucets on this fifth of an acre piece of property.  One on each side of the house.  So years ago I fashioned a way to have access to water via garden hoses to the outer parameters of the property buy using a rigid 3 inch water drainage pipe under the sidewalk. I used a water pressure nozzle attached to a regular hose to channel through the dirt under the sidewalk .  As much as I dislike dragging hoses around I have gotten quite accustomed to it.  As you can see in the above photo I have channeled the hoses under the pre-existing sidewalk.   OH! Please note all the rock that has been placed against the house when I have dug holes to place plants throughout the gardens.

This "Water Central" is across the side walk by my little Garden Shed .

And ,  the hoses cross under the sidewalk and around the back of the garden shed.  I am digging a trench for the drainage pipe and then covering with dirt.  This is clearly "a poor man's solution" to an annoying problem. Now , I will be running the hoses through the newly purchased flexible drainage pipe around  the shed .
I would like to cover the small area behind the shed with some cement pavers.  That 8 foot by 12 foot space is where I can store trash barrels and other garden equipment.  Living on a corner lot that has limited privacy has restrictions when it comes to hiding "unsightly stuff".  The area on the far left of the shed is where I have been dumping some of the yard waste.  The ground steeply slopes down to the Creek "ditch".  And, on that side of the shed, I would like to raise the ground level and plant some flowers along the garden shed .

If expenses were not an issue, there is so much that could be done with this little piece of property such as terracing down the steep slope to the Creek.  And, of course an efficient automated sprinkling system.  Can you imagine the trenching activity/expense with all the large amount of rock of varying sizes when putting in an underground sprinkling system.  All of my close neighbors have great systems and they have been very high dollar expenditures!


My new favorite Spray Paint is Rust-oleum Universal Forged Hammered Paint and Primer In One in the color Burnished Amber.  And, this is the paint that I am using to spray my patio furniture.


And, today I spray painted one of the chairs.  The paint really sprays on nicely. And, dries in 30 minutes .  It costs a little more than the paint I have used in the past , but I think it is worth it.   I hope to do more painting tomorrow.  The weather temperatures are very high this week, over 100 degrees, but I will paint in the early morning.




I am so pleased with how the paint job is turning out .  It is great coverage and certainly a nice hammered effect .  Unfortunately, the detail is not showing in my photos .   And, the color of my cushions are not at all what it looks like in actuality .  The color is a beautiful vibrant greenish blue that I think will go nicely with the outdoor rug.   Again,  the colors are far from true.  But, I just wanted to give you an idea of my plans.
Waverly Sun 'n Shade Centro Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug, Carnival, 7'9"x10'10"
I hope to get a little painting accomplished every day until the paint project is finished .  The warm weather makes for good "painting days".  I am trying to get a lot of outdoor work finished before the weather gets too cool for some of these projects.

Hope your week is going well for you.

Mary

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Have You Ever Done This

DUMPSTER DIVING
Well, maybe not quite like that!   But, how about picking things up at the dump that have been put aside for whoever may be able to use them?    On a rare occasion I may see something that I can give a second life to and have a home for.    This item was in perfect unpainted condition so I grabbed it - - - as if I needed something more to store in my already stuffed garage that is bursting at the seams!

Take a look.   It will be perfect to store some pillows in or other things, on my patio that I have new plans for next year.   I want to put a rug and canopy out there in the springtime.   I am hoping to get my very old (30 years) iron patio furniture spray painted this year before the weather turns too cool.
The is the rug!  Yes, I weakened when I got caught up looking at Wayfair Sales.  And, I know what canopy I would like to get.  It is a lime green that will go well with the shades of green.   I know, I know, my budget is skinny but this project is giving me some needed enthusiasm about "getting a life" in the not to distant future!  I feel that I must meet some people and begin to enjoy togetherness again.  Life is such a mystery!  Time will tell!
And this is the canopy on my wish list.  It is 10 feet by 10 feet.
A few years ago, I had a patio canopy and it was really nice to eat outside and enjoy nature and the fresh air.  Or, just sit and relax or maybe read a book.

The spray paint project is always fun for me.  I always enjoy it.  Now, I just have to buy the paint for the patio furniture.  I already had the green paint that I used on the basket.

It is so funny how some of these posts come together differently than what we think.   This post evolved just because of a can of spray paint !!!

Are you enjoying your weekend.  It is a lot cooler here.  Thankfully.

Mary  

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