apple Our Fifth House: It's Five O'clock Somewhere

Monday, August 8, 2011

It's Five O'clock Somewhere

First off, I was a terrible blogger last week.  I totally flaked out on Friday's For the Love of Chairs - sorry.  I've been in "back-to-school-shopping" mode, and I've been having "let's-squeeze-in-as-much-fun-as-we-possibly-can-in-what's-left-of-our-summer" panic attacks!  It's been a frenzied shopping, eat lots of ice cream, and play outside kind of week; and I have loved every minute of it.  I'll try to be a better blogger this week, but school starts on Thursday!!!  My baby is going to kindergarten and I might just completely wig out!  Ok, deep breaths, let's just change the subject.......

There was a big, empty brick wall in the patio area that was screaming, "Please hang something/anything on me!"  So, that's just what I did.  First I raided my craft closet, otherwise known as the holding place for housewares that have yet to find a home.  I found this clock that I've played around with in different rooms inside the house.  It never quite fit in so it ended up collecting dust in the craft closet.


It was just the right size.  It just needed a little paint intervention.  I mixed white outdoor paint by DecoArt with water and washed it over the surface with a sponge brush.



Then I added a little grey paint (Valspar graphite - exterior latex - same color as our shutters and potting bench) in areas.  With a small paint brush and dark blue color (Valspar basin blue - exterior latex - front door color),  I highlighted the clock's embossed design.

I don't know why the brick looks so different here?  I guess it depends on the lighting and angle of the photo? 

It didn't have a battery in it when I pulled it out of the craft closet.  I thought about putting one in, but it cracked me up so much that the time stopped at five o'clock.  I decided to leave it battery-less for now.  Something about it just makes me smile.



This brick wall stays protected when it rains so this clock does just fine outdoors.  The candle-chandy I picked up last fall at Tuesday morning for $19.99!  It's off center - oh well.  It doesn't have to be perfect to make me happy.  It's so pretty all lit up at night.  I use the citronella candles from Pier 1, which helps with the mosquitoes.



So, while it might be time to send the kiddies back to school, it's always time for fun on the Phillip's patio!  Are you holding on to what's left of your summer?  Anyone else have a collection of "haven't found a home yet" housewares in their junk craft closet?  Sometimes it's good to let the junk pile up; it might just come in handy someday.  Ok, maybe that was a bit of a stretch.  I really need to do a major clean out, but I'm sooooo in denial.





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16 comments:

  1. Great idea, Carmel, and a quick fix for your lonely wall! (love the brick walled patio - so warm & perfect for reading/relaxing). Yes we are in back-to-school/school supplies mode too, although we still have a month or so left where did the summer go?!

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  2. fab furniture for the outdoors too... i am redoing my sunroom. hard to find the perfect set of wicker. pillows are amazing as well. great choices!

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  3. the clock is lovely, but i am just loving the entire set up out there. i could sit there and sip my wine and be a happy girl.

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  4. I totally have a collection of unused housewares. It now lives in the attic. To be fair - with us moving every couple of years (military), it just isn't practical to throw out items that don't fit in our current house. It is a constant struggle to assess whether to keep something or donate it.

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  5. I love your patio area!! So charming and cozy. The clock fits in perfectly!!!

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  6. Ohh great paint job on the clock. I think any problem can be solved with paint. Decor problems that is :-)

    And I love all the textures in that space, very nice! The accent colors make it so interesting.

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  7. Great job on the paint! And I love those imperial trellis pillows. I have the same ones -- Target is my hero!

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  8. I love the whole look you have going on outside - nice job. I've got a loooonnng to-do list for the next couple of weeks so I'm in get it done mode. And I have the same issues with pictures and lighting too - it drives me crazy sometimes.

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  9. Cheers! Isn't it amazing what a tiny bit of paint makes! Looks great!

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  10. I love your whole patio. It is so inviting and warm...makes me want to come over for a drink!

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  11. so gorgeous! i would love to hang out there!

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  12. I love the whole space you've created. It's still blazing hot here so I feel like we have a whole lot of summer left. I'm ready to bring on the fall though!

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  13. What a great little area and love the clock makeover!

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  14. The five o'clock is so excellent; you must keep it for conversation's sake! What a pretty space......love your furniture, pillows and chandelier!

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  15. Thanks everyone! We love to entertain so this area gets a lot of use around here! And yes, the clock has been quite the conversation piece. ;)

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  16. Your outdoor space looks great! Love the changes to the clock & really loving that chandelier!!

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