"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Project, Painting the Old Garden Benches

While most people are out enjoying a picnic in the park, or a cookout in the backyard, we chose to actually do some labor on Labor Day.  I had  painting the two garden benches on my to-do list since early summer, and before autumn comes I decided to get moving on this project.

Yesterday afternoon I finally got Tony to take the hardware off for me, since the nuts and bolts were pretty much rusted to the thing I didn't have the strength to remove them.  It was super hot yesterday so I bribed him with the promise of a REALLY good dinner.

Note that Tony left himself last night. We left the benches and boards on a table in front of the garage door.  He thought he might forget this morning that they were there, and back into them.  I added the child-like drawing for him before I went to bed.  Keep in mind that I drew this with the lights off, and only the light from the moon that was shining through the kitchen window. 
 Iron frame before spray painting

These are the boards I painted and left them out to let dry overnight.  Now you know why he needed to leave a note, it is only a couple of feet to the garage door.  If he decided to head out early in the morning in the Jeep, which is pretty high up, he would not have noticed this table when backing out.

Iron frame spray painted a glossy black, looks like new!

Tah Dah, one bench all finished and by the entrance to our home.   I will put the other one somewhere in the backyard, maybe by the herb garden; it would look nice next to the lavender bushes.  Now I need to make some pretty pillows.

 Look how pretty my lavender bouquet looks on the newly painted bench.  

I love it!


  1. What a beautiful bench, it looks perfect. I love your reminder note too, it made me giggle!

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  2. I am laughing. Great sense of humor. Love the lavender benches and the pretty photos--suitable for framing--. Nice feeling to get a project actually completed.

    1. Hi Ann,
      Good idea, maybe I will use them for greeting cards.

  3. Carla,

    The bench is gorgeous, and the lavender shows off its soft, pale shade, a perfect complement, and an inviting scent, beckoning passersby to 'stop and smell the roses'.


    1. Thank you Poppy. I am not sure that it will stay in this location, I think the color is too close to the house color. I have a few more places that I think it would look nice, placed amongst the roses perhaps.


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