A Colorful repurposed bench for the garden

Hey guys! I can’t believe it’s already the middle of July! Summer is going by so quick and I really don’t want it to end. I wanted to share with you my recent project. I had purchased this bench at a flea market a few months ago for my garden. I wanted to create something colorful and quirky with a bohemian vibe for my front yard among all of our greenery. I had no direction, The first time I painted it, it was a bright yellow and I wasn’t feeling it. So I went back outside with my stains, acrylics, and paint brushes. Put on some Van Morrison and let my mind wander and this is what I ended up with. I love it, it’s not for everyone but if I wanted a manufactured copy of a bench that everyone has I wouldn’t have painted it. I like my things like I like my people…. with quirks, imperfections, and a personality of it’s own which is definitely how this piece turned out, and of course I couldn’t leave it in my garden without a quote… “Be still, and the earth will speak to you”. You can see the process of how to get this look on the blog.

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I had no idea where I was going with this project. It kind of just had a mind of it’s own. I new that I wanted it to be colorful and add a little character to the greenery of our front yard. I had painted it a bright yellow before doing the green but it was just to much and taking away from the pretty leaves so I toned it down. Here’s what I did to achieve this look.

Here is the first look I had, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Although it did look very pretty it was just to bright and I like bright so this surprised me. LOL.

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1. Spray painted the entire bench in a bright white.
2 Painted the wood parts a bright yellow with acrylic
3. Used acrylics on the leaves for a quirky/bohemian vibe.
4. After deciding I didn’t care for the yellow, I mixed the colors of the leaves and brushed over the yellow with the reds, pinks, and blue/greens.
5. I then sanded it down a bit and used some green stain I had laying around and went over the wood parts with it several times to give it a weathered but colorful look to the green.
6. After that I then went over the wood and metal leaves with a dark brown stain just to give it a little aged look.

I love how it looks. It blends it with the rest of the décor in front and yet gives the pop of color I wanted around the greenery in our yard.

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Peace and Love,

Those things I can’t do…

 

I’ve been working hard on my closet room and I’m almost done. I’m just waiting for my husband to wire in the new light and then I can share with you all this room I’m so proud of. I came across a blogger I really enjoy The Wonder Forest who had a fun post called 5 things I can’t do. I thought it would be fun, something to fill in these empty days of no posts while I finish my room, and for you guys to get to know me better. I would love to do more personal posts about life and other things I love so I’m going to try and blog more about those things when I’m not busy sharing my home, art and diy projects.  I have 6… Here are my things I can’t do.
 
I’m horrible at doing hair! I have only about 4 hairstyles I can do. Ponytail, half up, messy bun, and curls. Don’t ask me to do anything fancy because it just doesn’t happen and I get frustrated really quick.
 
Makeup? I have my basics. Foundation, eyeliner, a good blush, and mascara. I’m not skilled in that department. I might throw on some eye shadow for a night out but I keep it simple so I don’t end up looking like a clown.

Sewing? I just can’t! My mom tried teaching me and I couldn’t get the hang of it. My daughter who was 8 at the time was a pro. I wish I could throw together a cute quilt and sew some curtains but to put it bluntly… I suck!

 Math and history and science? Those were not my strong suits in school. Math I tried but never got the right answer (bahaha), history I was to bored with and science was to much for my brain to handle.

 I can’t eat sushi. At first it was the texture and how it never looked like a satisfying meal. I finally tried it but all I could think about were parasites. Never again. The one time sushi night was enough to last me a life time. Blech!

I can’t file my nails or touch newspaper or sandpaper without getting the chills. It literally makes me cringe. I’ll do it but I don’t like doing it. Just thinking about it makes me shiver. Weird? I know!

Peace and Love…