Showing posts with label updating an outdoor setting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label updating an outdoor setting. Show all posts

Monday, 29 April 2013

Hang a Basket Upside-Down for a ‘Pretend’ Lampshade

Home Decorating:

Last week I was very lucky to be able to attend a local Basket Weaving Workshop - it was run by a visiting artist by the name of Harriet Goodall. Amazingly enough, we all went home at the end of the day with a basket that we’d made!

I can’t really tell you here on our blog exactly HOW we were shown to make the baskets (that would be giving her workshop’s secrets away!), but I can talk about how I have used mine since I brought it home.

Recently I set up this little sitting area on my verandah – it’s nice here in the sun all day. I used two metal chairs that my parents dug out of one of their sheds (I wire-brushed and painted them), and had the cushions re-covered in hardy material from Fab Outdoor FabricsI do like yellow at the moment! The scatter cushions are also made from the same outdoor material. 

You can also see that I still have lots of projects yet to do! (Check out the tatty chair on the right in the photo at the top!)

I will be changing the artwork fairly regularly in this spot, so I’ve just simply leaned this picture, one of my black and white squiggle designs up against the wall.

The little table in between the chairs was tiled by my husband when he was about 12 – nice to finally use it somewhere, and the ‘pretend’ lampshade is the basket I made at the workshop! I simply strung it up using a long strip of material and hung the end on a cup hook.

All very simple of course, but it all helps to make it a lovely place to sit with a cup of coffee (or three)!

Happy decorating!


PS Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away! My project for next week will be a cheap and easy gift to make, but in the meantime, you may like to check out my Mother’s Day projects from last year for some more ideas...

... and here are a few more of my projects to give you ideas for REALLY SIMPLE gifts to make for Mum

Monday, 4 March 2013

Pastel-Painted Outdoor Setting

Home Decorating:

This was a very simple project… but in fact, it was quite difficult to do this weekend! We have had SO much rain here over the past week or so (like many areas!), and it has also been raining non-stop all weekend. It was hard to find a dry spot on my verandah to get the setting painted, and then I couldn't even sit it outside to take my final photo! At least we’re not flooded though.

I’ve been looking at my outdoor setting for some time, wondering what colour to paint it. This is what it looked like before. 

Then I decided that it would look better in three colours instead! I used all Dulux colours: Pastel Mint, Airbourne Quarter and Pale Daffodil.

I was actually very lazy, and didn't sand the setting at all, nor did I do any undercoating! I’m not expecting the paint to last forever (I did two coats on each)… but by then, I’ll be wanting to paint them a different colour anyway!

I can’t wait for the rain to stop so that I can put my “new” setting out on my deck and put something on top of the table.

Happy painting!