Tomorrow is the 4th of July! I hope you all have some fun plans for the day. We are planning to take the kids to the roof top of a parking garage in downtown Albany to watch the fireworks. We bring pizza, popcorn and lemonade and it’s the best time ever! :) This week, I thought I would show you some outdoor furniture that we just finished. You may have already noticed it on our For Sale page, but here she is!
This set came from my mom’s long time friend, Wendy. Back when we were little, if anything had happened to my mom and dad, we would have been taken care of by Wendy and her husband Mike. For my parents to ask them means they are pretty awesome people. This is just one of her many examples of awesomeness! :) Her neighbor was cleaning out their house so Wendy asked if we could come take some of the pieces headed to the curb. Along with chairs, a dresser, lamps, an antique fan, etc., was this beautiful antique lawn set. It has been sitting behind Wendy’s garage for years and years and she pulled it out and said “I would love to see what you can do with this”. Thank you Aunt Wendy! :)
Oh, and I have to tell you, my favorite moment in this visit was when Wendy had three vintage hats she wanted to show me. Our little Sweetie went up to Wendy and said, “I would like to buy one of your hats please”. She said it so matter of factually for 2 year old and it just cracked me up. Wendy said, “Which one would you like to buy?” to which Sweetie replied, “the pink one”. But of course!! How could you say no to that. She wore it all day and even to church that night. What a cutie pie!
Here’s what they looked like before:
All rusty and pretty plain old, plain old! :) I went to Lowe’s and they told me this would be best for covering the rust:
First, I hosed everything off well and then scrubbed the dickens out of it with a scrub brush to remove the rusted bubbling spots. Once that was all done and it was dry, I sprayed it with this primer. It comes out brown and I used 2 full cans for this project.
When I went to the store, I picked out the the cushions first and matched the paint accordingly. I really like this cushion set (of course I did, that’s why I bought them). They are a nice deep navy blue with cream and brown patterns. I decided to then paint them all using Valspar outdoor spray paint.
You’ll probably need around 4 cans.
I covered the wheels with plastic bags.
And started spraying!! After I was done spray painting all the metal, I took the bags off and scrubbed the wheels with plain old bleach and water. Then I painted the spokes using black Valspar enamel using a foam brush. Here’s how they turned out.
Now how about some close ups of each piece?
And once again, the whole set all done (yes, I know, I know, I need to mow my lawn). I’ve just been a little busy these days. :)
Have a wonderful Independence Day and remember what our country was founded on!
2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
“Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God … What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”
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