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Friday, July 27, 2018

Deck Makeover ~ Mermaid Style?

I did it again,
yep ~ started too many projects at once

why? who knows
I have so many ideas swirling around in my head
for the backyard.

I think "oh I can get that done in X days",
 only not to be able to
 due to real life interruptions.
Or my body ''screaming not today sister!''
So I move on to less taxing projects........

Here we go, the first in a series of fun updates,
decorations, and odds and ends of surprises!

The Deck was first

I started this early last Fall 
and am happy to say I did finish it before winter!

I was so tired of looking at my old stained, 
worn 24 yr. old BROWN deck.

At the time everyone was talking Unicorns....they still are.

I lean toward more pastel colors...like Mermaids.
Yes, that would be it. 
My own Mermaid colored ocean right out my back door.

Can you tell I haven't been to the beach for a while 
and definitely need my FIX!

Anything to get some "ocean breeze"
and cover that has-been deck.

Being the frugal person I am, 
I gathered all the leftover paint from other projects,
 yard sales, left from moving neighbors, 
hand-me-downs, etc. - even some old craft paint. 

Some I mixed to make the "mermaid" colors I wanted,
some I didn't have to.

I did a section at a time.
Painted on a couple of colors on a few boards,
then went over the same boards with just a squiggle of a different color.
I then dipped a clean brush into a pail of water and 
used it to blend all the colors together.
This kind of thinned the paint so you could 
see the grain of the wood in some spots.

I alternated the base colors and top colors throughout.
Sometimes I squirted just the craft paint hear and there
and used the "water brush'' to blend.

I wish I could have done larger sections at a time, 
but fit in when time and body allowed. LOL

I am in love with how it turned out!

Mama Kitty photo bomb.
RIP Mama

For not knowing what I was doing, 
I have to say it turned out pretty darn good!
I love the way it coordinates with 

Best of all ~
cost $0.00
and cleared out lots of paint cans!


 HomeBNC featured my deck in their
20 Gorgeous Deck Ideas for Summer!!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Updating Dated Folding Chairs

I finally started and completed a project that has been waiting...oh...about 10 years. 
Yes, I'm ashamed to say that!

The first project of the very beginning in my deck/backyard update.

I purchased these 3 folding chairs from a thrift many years ago along with another that was a different style (that I forgot to take a pic of).

At the time the wood was in pretty good shape and the green leather was and still is in great shape.
I pictured them with the original green leather seat
and the wood frames painted white.

Well, years passed - and passed - and passed -
 you get the idea.
We used them as they were.
Eventually Mother Nature got to them
and did her thing.

The wood definitely needed help.
It had dried out and started to peel.

I sanded and glued what I could.
I was over the white painted wood frame,
besides the wood wasn't in as good of shape as it originally was.

So what do I always end up going to?
Mod Podge, of course. 
I could use napkins to brighten them up. 
Being on a budget, I didn't want to
 spend a lot of money on napkins.
But in my minds eye, I could see more 
colorful chairs. The napkins would 
coordinate with the dark green leather seats.
I took a chance and stopped at Dollar Tree.

A light shined from above!
There they were, perfect as can be!

Different colors - check
Colors that would coordinate with the dark green leather seats - check
Writing - check
Gardeny - check
$1.00 a package - WOO HOO

What more could I ask for?
All the things I had swirling in my mind,
but didn't think I would find in one 
printed napkin I could afford.
Now to decide how many packages did I need?
Would the dinner or cocktail be better?

I ended up getting more than needed of each,
but better than running out!

I decided I didn't want matchy matchy, 
so each chair got a different color:
mint, beige, pink, and blue.

Only the backs and back legs 
received the napkin print.
I painted the whole chair 
so each color shows through 
the single napkin layer 
that was added to the chair.

When you decoupage napkins you
 remove the backing leaving the 
single layer front, which is what you use. 

It was really easy to do (my first time).
I put on the Mod Podge a section at a time,
then placed the image of the napkin
 I wanted to be in that spot.

If needed I tore off the extra.
All the torn pieces come in handy for small areas
that needed to be covered.
Torn edges blend in better than cut.

Once completed, I went back and 
added a few torn Butterflies
 on top of the already decoupaged napkin
where I thought they were needed. 

When done I gave it them couple coats of
Mod Podge to make sure they all had a good seal. 

I love the way they turned out.
I can still fold them up with out scraping paint or napkin.

Speaking of pretty napkins,
anyone need some??


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