We had a surprise storm that wreaked my glass-top patio table (read about it here). While sweeping up the debris I mentally took inventory of what I had in “stock” to replace the table. My garden budget is spent so no new table this summer!
Unexpectedly, I remembered a small bistro table and chairs stored in the back of my garage. I dug it out, cleaned it off, and think it makes a decent little seating area…except it’s white and boring.
What I needed was COLOR! ™ Valspar paints to the rescue. (Truth – this isn’t a paid promotion for ™ Valspar. They just had so many vibrant colors. I was in heaven! I love the pic).
Choices. Choices. I opted for red. ™Valspar delivers in the red category, so many! I wan’t sure if I wanted deep or light red, so I chose one of each. Satin Royal Garnet is a deeper brick color and Flat Radiant Red is much brighter.
The Radiant Red was too bright for me, so I went with the deeper Royal Garnet. It took three cans to do the table and chairs, but each piece is well-coated.
What I found out though is that IF you give a gal a can of spray paint, it’s like giving a mouse a cookie….it turns into a much bigger project!
I had so much fun I went looking for more pieces to paint. I found an old metal planter and a few pots laying around…..
I decided to go for a 2-tone look. I sprayed the Radiant Red first, moved quickly and did a second coat with the deeper Royal Garnet before the first coat dried. I got a nice even spray.
Depending on your monitor, it may be a bit tough to see in the photo. The deeper red is on the top. I was happy. I planted some hummingbird-attracting Cardinal Climber seeds in the pot. Then I did a second pot exactly like the first. I”ll set one pot on a bench and the other I’ll place inside the metal planter. Hopefully, I’ll attract a few hummingbirds during the fall migration.
Painting all the pieces took less than a day, which includes running back and forth to the store for more paint after deciding to do the planter and pots. The final photos…the table now bursts with color!
I’m happy that it all worked out.
If you’ve followed this story from my first post (here) and your life has encountered wreckage at all (story here), then I encourage you to do the hard work, pick up the pieces, but don’t quit. Eventually, there will come a time when again you will feel inspired. It may not be soon and it may seem a long, uninspiring, tedious process to get there….but don’t quit. Someday, something beautiful will come from the wreakage….even if it’s unexpected.
And if you’re blessed and your life hasn’t encountered wreakage….then by all means head straight to the paint store and have some fun.
YOU CAN DO IT!
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Spicing up the path from garden to kitchen
“Be alert, be present
I’m about to do something brand-new
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”
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