The wrought-iron, faded bench had been sitting on my front porch since the spring of 2007.
No one ever really sat on it for the fear of getting a splinter in their butt-cheek.
On occasion, I would toss a basket of flowers on the poor, sad, discolored bench, but it didn’t bring it to life.
And then came Pinterest.
I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest. Some ideas are right up my crafty-alley. Others are just flops.
But as of lately, Pinterest and I are just simply getting along.
First came the wall of faces on my newly painted gray walls. It’s really a photo wall using a combination of white, black and darker gray frames that I refurbished from Good Will. For $10 I was able to buy eight different frames.
Next came the painted wine bottles with various words of encouragement. My favorite is the wine bottle that was at first going to end up in the trash after the white paint dried a bit too rough for my liking. But then I added a splash of gray paint over it and it resembles a newspaper with words “HOPE” and “INSPIRE” painted alongside the bottle. Those were wonderful Christmas presents.
And that leads us to spring, and my sad bench.
Well, the bench isn’t sad anymore.
Using old purple paint (from another project) stored in the basement, I painted the seats and then using my new favorite product – SPRAY PAINT – I painted the backside of the bench teal.
It is gorgeous and provides just enough color. It will soon be placed in my new flower garden where it will be surrounded by Shasta daisies and lavender plants.
Once I find a cute table to repaint, the flower garden will become my favorite spot in the yard to relax, read a book and sip a glass of vino.
It’s amazing how something old and tarnished can be refurbished to look like new.
All you need sometimes, is Pinterest … and old paint.