This is one of the 6 chairs in my pergola. Where the arm rest curves down, the water seems to lay there, and consequently there is staining and rusting happening. And of course the black birds still perch on the seats while waiting to fly in for the remains of any cat food. (The sparrows have left the vicinity of the pergola, but I will save that story for another post).
And this outdoor setting was rather faded and sad looking. And there was another one like this around the corner.
It was time for action. I took the cushions off the chairs, and laid them out on the back lawn, and hosed the bird remains from them. Then I stacked them upright against a pole to dry. And then along came a heavy shower of rain, so they had another wash!
It was time for a facelift for the chairs and out came the paint brush and black paint. I had intended to do this on the back lawn, but decided to lay plastic and paper on the pavers in the pergola, and was very thankful I had done this, after it rained. It was a very cloudy, gloomy day, and a top temperature of 20deg, which is very cool for summer. (Not that I am complaining though).
And here is that pesky black bird, who came and sat right beside me, with no fear at all!
I had 10 chairs, and 2 little tables to do. After the frames of the outdoor chairs were painted black, I decided a little bit of colour on the cane mesh might be nice! I had a LITTLE tin of sky blue, and used nearly all of this up on 2 chairs. Found another tin, in the shed, of forest green, and started on this. But it was too close to the black, and so I mixed it with the leftover bit of blue, and got a bluey green colour instead! I shall post photos of these back in place later, when we get a bit of sunshine.
This morning it is time to sort through the recipe books, and think about a menu plan for next week's 2 retreats. I will probably change my mind a few times, but have started on my shopping list.
Time now to put my "glad rags" on and head to church. I do hope to get a little bit of sewing in this afternoon on a secret project.
Have a great Sunday, whatever you have planned.
Blessings, From Jude