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.