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DIY ~ Painting Plastic Wicker

The Backstory Some years ago we purchased a set of “natural” colored plastic wicker furniture for the back deck. It was fine for the purposes we intended. They all lived happily under a gazebo tent-like thing and rarely saw direct sunlight. Unfortunately, over the past several years, snowfall has been tremendous and the gazebo – tent~like thing gave up the ghost under the weight of all that snow. We replaced the tent-like thing twice. After the second full collapse we resigned ourselves to the fact that it was never going to be a permanent kind of structure, and left the plastic wicker stuff to fade and look unsightly under the oppressive summer sun. I considered replacing it. But, the thought of spending upwards of $700.00 for something no one was ever going to spend much time on was inconceivable. (Did tell you I was cheap? I believe I did… numerous times.) So… repainting it seemed like a good option. The Research There are a couple of options for painting plastic-like things. Krylon Maxx (around $4.00 per can) …

The Barrel Hoop Walkway

On the northern side of the cottage, just before the land drops off dangerously sharp, I installed a deadfall garden and stumpery. A “Stumpery” is a collection of natural and unique..well… stumps and other forms of log and tree matter. These I’ve interspersed with perennials, grasses, rocks and birdhouses to create a minute haven for critters. (Trust me, it’s attractive.) Anyway, I’ve never been really happy with the walkway bordering the garden. Back earlier in the year, I came across a stack of rusty barrel hoops that my Dad, for some odd reason, had saved and squirreled away at the shop. Perhaps he once had something in mind for them – I’ll never know. They have just been quietly rusting away into obscurity for the past seven years. I thought it was time to either use them or haul them away. I’ve recessed the hoops about 2″ into the soil and excavated and leveled the interior circle. Each hoop holds 1 – 25# bag of pond pebbles, which I’ve tamped down to pack them into …

Garden Project 2014 – A Fistful of Dollars

You know… when I started the gardening project with the Hay Bales, it was supposed to be a cheap and easy way to add a little extra produce to our grocery budget without breaking the bank. But when you get right down to it – it’s just expensive to “grow your own.” And, although I say I’m doing soil gardening now because I’ve finally got the chert conditioned, what I’m really saying is – “Wheat straw bales are now $5 a piece – and I buy 12 every year. So that’s $60.00 just for the medium; another $25.00 for the ammonia nitrate; plus $15 for the general purpose fertilizer; plus anywhere between $0.99 to $5.00 for each plant I want to grow (and that can be upwards of 15 to 20 different varieties); plus gadfly and ladybug larvae for pest control (we wont even go into what those cost); and let’s throw in 2 to 3 bags of potting soil so I can fortify the bales so they can make it through the long growing season here; …

A Little Face Painting

  After seven years, the cottage is finally starting to settle in and looks like it belongs here on the ridge. But, with age comes a certain amount of wear… and wrinkles… and fading. Jane’s wanted to paint the doors for some time now, but finding the exact color for something you’re going to look at every day isn’t easy.   You want something brighter, and inviting we looked a a multitude of blues, and purples, and creams – and lighter browns But none of those really did the trick. Then we found this! Glidden Pure Periwinkle and yes… it’s High Gloss! It’ll be making it’s way around the house this summer, going on all the exterior doors, the garden gates, and even the Potting Shed.             h