Monday, October 1, 2012

Update on the patio

Mr FH and I had a couple of nights at the beach house on the weekend. Mind you, I needed it after a trip to the endodontist on Friday! My worst fear in the world is going to the dentist and it looks like I’m in for some extensive treatment on a tooth over the next 6 months!!! Not something I’m looking forward to but while we were there we started our ‘after winter, get ready for summer clean’. You know what it’s like – cobwebs and dry leaves everywhere but it’s amazing how much better it looks in just a short while.
During the winter months I had brought home a mat I had outside (which was very dull and boring) and decided to attack it with a paint brush! I am just so pleased with the results! Talk about a metamorphosis.
The ‘before’ picture!!
Here it is looking very plain and unloved. This is a cushion off the outdoor lounge I was using for inspiration.
I spent ages taping stripes on the mat. Actually that was quite easy as the mat already had some very fine lines on it. I used an old toothbrush to paint with to start with then it was really trial and error. Most of the paints were bits I mixed from old tins, craft paint and some school paint. The red was the only one I needed to buy.
Now this is starting to get a little exciting!!! Lovely straight lines. Mind you, they weren’t all like this. I did have to paint a few ‘extras’ in just to straighten things up a little.
What a difference!!! After I finished painting I sealed the whole mat to make sure my hard work didn’t all wash away in the first shower of rain!
Even Mr FH commented it was a perfect match! Most of the time he never notices anything I do!
Ready for summer! I just need to clean some windows and spray around to get rid of spiders and sit back and enjoy!
PS. You might notice a little frog on the table…I hate frogs but my little grandsons just love this little fellow left by the previous owners!

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Connie said...

Wow! What a great job, and what an amazing difference. I just found your blog and I'm loving what I see. I am your newest follower and I would be delighted if you would choose to follow me back. I think that we have a lot in common.
Have a wonderful week, Connie :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Suzy! Found you at the Make the Scene Monday Blog Hop ^^ Nice blog, liked it a lot so I'm following : ) Hope you get a chance to visit my blog too xx

Robin said...

That rug came out great! You must have great patience to do all those stripes but it sure paid off. Oh and by the way, I hate frogs too although they eat bugs so they're not all bad!

Robin Flies South

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely and creative work ~ and hard work ~ Great job! ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Anne Boykin said...

Hi Suzy, What an awesome rug to go with your furniture and fabrics! Beautiful job.

Vintage Street Designs said...

Hi Suzy...just hopped over from Potpourri Friday. Love your blog and happy to be your newest follower. You did an amazing job on your rug. That takes patience! Good for you! Blessings ~ Judy

arrielle_p said...

The place is gorgeous and I LOVE, LOVE the patios. How cute the center table is. My home has a patio also but not a beautiful and lovely as this. :)

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Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Suzy, Thanks so much for sharing this patio update on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Everything turned out perfect!


Adorned From Above said...

Hi Suzy,
I love how you did this. It is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
from Wednesday until Sunday.
Hope to see you there.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above