My wonderful and handy (albeit reluctantly handy) husband built me 2 potting benches as a Mother’s Day gift. The reason I needed two was borne of the originally slated location for them. But after having one sit behind our shed (where I had imagined a gardener’s wonderland forming) with all the neighboring poison ivy, a new vision began. What if they lived on the deck and worked sometimes as potting benches and as bars when we entertain? And what if I git a second 13 gallon trash bin so I had one for dirt and one for ice? How great would that be?
And then the wheels started turning. What if I stained them? What if I stained them a color instead of a wood tone? I could see this as really cool or, as my teens would say, an “epic fail”.
I say this partially to illustrate to those of you who second guess yourselves when it comes to design that it happens to ALL of us. Even those of us who do this for a living! And my advice? Go for it, try some things you consider risky. Will you “fail epically” sometimes? Yes. But you will also be surprised at how huge the successes feel when you step outside your box. So try. Please.
I chose Behr (shout out to Home Depot here) Atlantic Blue stain and am very happy with my choice. I was still ruminating about whether to go classic or fun while at HD, but the great guy at the paint counter pushed me forward and I thank him for it. Now I need to bring the pictures back so he can see that he was right! The whole operation required 3 coats of stain for the opacity and darkness I was envisioning, plus I had to fight through several rainy days.
Once they were stained, I had to be PATIENT and wait until they were truly fully dry to accessorize. This, for me, was the hardest part. But I am thrilled with the result!
So thrilled, in fact, that it spurred another project on the deck! I had a child sized picnic table that was a gift when my now teen daughter was one.from our dear friends the Edwards. It has been stained, painted, stenciled…and last year I drilled a hole for on umbrella and now use it as a table & umbrella stand between two lounge chairs. Last summer really did a number on my last hurried paint job, so I thought this might be a great opportunity to add a little more blue to my deck!
I chose Benjamin Moore™ HC-154 Hale Navy & am so happy with the result. The picnic table needed some reinforcing and A LOT of sanding, but all the work was so very worth it, don’t you think?
So now I challenge you. What are you going to build? to paint? I hope you will share your projects with me & my readers! We can all inspire each other!
Have a beautiful day! ~Alyson