Things are finally starting to get done around here, so I have pictures to share with you of where everything is today. I should start with the disaster, but instead I’ll share a few things you have already seen in the in between stage of.
Yesterday I nearly drove myself out of my home with the fumes from the enamel paint, nope this free paint wasn’t low-VOC by any stretch of the imagination. So what to do? Should I toss it or use it up. I’d rather use it up than worry it wasn’t disposed of properly.
So here’s where you last saw the new planters I was creating.
Ready to fill with potting soil and seeds.
These were painted with a black enamel paint, next I decoupaged magazine pictures on to them using polycrylic and not modge podge, and some ribbon to complete the look. I was a little concerned about the cans in particular rusting from the inside so I sealed the inside as well as outside with polycrylic. Just to be safe I will only be growing non-edible plants in them.
First up for my grand-daughter, I need to clean up the glue from the glue gun when this cools. Just an example of what you can do with a fast food yogurt container.
The plastic peanut butter container now looks like this
My personal favorite
Now for the In-between
Do you remember my free, or better known as dumpster find before it was actually tossed in the dumpster, last year? Christmas Eve the front of one side came off leaving me with books propping up the end to even it out for seating.
This was never my dream fabric or design, but it was functional. I knew I would want to reupholster it at some point but the side breaking off has quickened my timetable on this project.
I was given these table legs someone was tossing out and knew I had a very inexpensive way to add legs to the loveseat.
I got the bright idea to cut them down. I don’t have saws so I asked a good friend/neighbor if he could do it. His girlfriend asked what I was going to do with the remaining parts. She will be using them to create her own Lazy Kate for spinning her wool.
After being cut down I painted and sealed them. Of course nothing goes as planned. My friend asked if I wanted him to bring down his drill and attach the legs. YES!! We removed the current arms/legs (which are all one piece) and then found out his battery was out of juice. I now have a really short love seat for a day or two.
The original sides will be used as supports in the garden
Here is the love seat as I originally found it, only hours before it broke.
And what it looks like right this moment.
Don’t worry it will look better shortly. I already have the fabric which cost $20 with plenty left over for some other project. I only have to buy the new foam which will be all green, no chemicals in my new loveseat. The current two seat cushions will be cut in half then upholstered together to make mini seats for the little ones that are all their own. The back cushion will be emptied of the filling and used for some future purpose. Some of it will end up stuffing Christmas ornaments for this next year, but the rest…who knows yet.
What is a day without a little calamity? I wanted to move the blue vase holding my twigs and just as I lifted it the bottom came off and pieces fell all over.
Here’s how it looked before.
Here’s what I have now
I love the blue glass so I’m holding on to this to blend into a few stepping-stones in the field this year. I also loved the freshly painted twigs. I saved a few adding them to this hurricane lamp along with dried cranberries and left over pine cones.