Tuesday, August 18, 2009

While I Was Away - 4

One of the things I tried to do this summer was complete some things that I had left hanging.

My dad gave me my grandmother's outdoor furniture. It wasn't in bad shape, but it needed cushions.

I gave it a quick spray coat of black satin paint.

Then I scored some outdoor canvas from the sale table at JoAnn's. I made some cushions for the chairs and the seat of the couch.

Now we have a lovely place to sit on the back deck - once the temperatures dip below 95 degrees. : ) I still need to make the back of the couch, but I need to get a big piece of foam first.

Over the winter I also found this pair of rockers at a garage sale. They were naked and in need of a good bath. But they were $7. Not being able to pass up a good deal, they came home with me. This summer they came to life. I stained them with a red oak stain. A couple of coats of poly later, we have a nice addition to the porch swing area.

And then there is this bench. I bought it at JoAnn's a couple of years ago. Last summer, the girl and I put it together. This summer, I stained it. It is pine and the rockers are oak. I was a little disappointed that the stain I used on the rockers didn't look right on the bench, but I think it looks nice just the same. I got the bench for about $12, so I really can't complain. And with over 500 sq. ft. of porch, we really need places to sit.

What have you been up to?


Anonymous said...

Hmmm... I like the stain on the bench better than what the stain looks like in the photos of the rockers. (That's careful wording, knowing how inaccurate photographs can be.)

Mostly, this summer, I've been trying as much as possible to enjoy having three of four kids at home. I know I'm going to miss them so much when they've got places of their own.


Julie said...

If it is light versus dark, I'll agree to disagree with you. The rockers are quite dark. I like dark wood. I live in a Victorian style home with lots of woodwork. I have a red dining room. I like the deep, rich colors. Not that I don't have an appreciation for lighter woods, but I do favor the dark. But that's just me. :)

Anonymous said...

I can say I like the lighter wood, but when I take a look around the room here the only light to medium wood is here at my desk. One could easily question my committment to my aesthetic convictions.


YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

I tend to like dark wood as well.
Good job Julie!

Buck said...

I know that you have to have benches on which to sit on the porches. But when in the world do you ever hold still long enough to sit on them?????

B :-)

Somewhere in time said...

Wow you did score.
I love a inviting porch.
Thanks for sharing I found you
through PW. Dang we didn't win the boots. O well...........