I don’t have a secret. I finally spent the day spray painting.
Here are the frames separated into individual pieces of our vintage patio set.
The weather was warm (above 50) and although it was a bit breezy I worked my way through 5 cans of Rust Inhibitor and Metallic Charcoal to cover my vintage patio set.
Coat after coat of Rustoleum Metallic Charcoal — until it gleamed in the sun.
I also used my rug cleaner recipe to clean the cushions. I squirted it on, brushed it in, and rinsed it off.
Most of the stains (see before photo) came out after a good scrub and rinse.
The cushions are much cleaner.
I stood on the back steps and threw the pillows up to the roof. One flew over the other side and landed n the mud.
I was able to toss the cushions up to the bedroom porch from the conservatory steps.
After on the left, before on the right.
I still need to get the last two chair frames up to the porch but at point everything is painted.
The cushions are drying but I plan to make this porch my 3-season headquarters.
Everything aught to be dry enough to sit on tomorrow.
Two more pieces are waiting to be handed up to the master bedroom private porch.
Woo hoo! I thought it would never get finished.
Inside — outside, where are you working (playing) this weekend?
I wanted to wait until the entire master bedroom private porch was ready for occupancy.
Entrance onto our private porch from the master bedroom.
Unfortunately I just can’t keep a surprise. Actually, I can but it takes all my concentration which I have precious little of these days.
This area gets morning sun and afternoon shade which will be appreciated on warm summer days.
The furniture has been stripped but still needs to be painted.
Charlie finished stripping the old chippy white paint from our aluminum furniture.
But the rug has arrived.
Charlie hoisted the 8 and a half foot tube up onto the conservatory roof from the back steps.
I asked my readers to help me pick the one that would go best with my vintage furniture and you chose:
The rug was tightly rolled so the ends need time to relax.
The black roof is brightened up by the light and bright rug.
It’s the one I thought would go best, too, but I was a little leery of so much white.
I can’t wait to actually arrange the furniture on our porch.
I decided that I’d be brave and go for the one we all liked best.
Can’t wait to get some seating in place to enjoy the scenery.
Thank you, folks, for your wise participation. And for those who chose a different rug be assured that I considered each carefully because I like them all. The other ones just didn’t seem to go with my furniture (which I’m keeping) quite as well.
How do you decide among 3 equally tempting choices?
On our way back from Richmond, Virginia, a few weeks ago we stopped at Ikea to buy a sink and faucet for the conservatory bathroom.
The faucet fits on the Ikea sink and faucet.
I forgot to mention that I bought something else.
Our grey Ektorp works well in the living room.
When we bought our Ektorp sofa I chose the grey (Svanby Gray) cover. It’s been a sophisticated yet cozy look all winter. (My son came over the other night and swore the sofa was blue until he actually looked at it.)
Now I’m ready for something lighter since the south-facing living room actually gets more sunlight in winter than in summer.
A corner against the still-unfinished curtains.
I almost didn’t buy this creamy white cover because at the Ikea store it is lit with lighting that makes it appear bright, stark white. But actually it works very well in our warm grey living room.
It looks good with the blue pillows, too.
I might have other summer changes in store if I can just find the time.
Do you make seasonal changes in your house? Big changes? Small changes?
As I was driving out from my house last night I spied a pair of chairs left by the side of the road.
A neighbor has clearly had enough of these Victorianesque chairs.
I live on a dead end street of about half of a dozen houses so I know these chairs are not meant for some passer-by to snatch up.
If these were truly from a Victorian set there would be both a masculine and feminine model of the chair — similar but not exactly the same.
Their Victorian feeling is not my (current) style or you know I would have dragged them home.
Pretty details that could easily be enhanced in a theatrical paint shop.
I also know that some theatre company would love to have these in their prop closet. I remember designing Harvey (the play about a six-foot invisible rabbit) years ago and having to borrow some stock Victorian furniture from another theatre company with more storage than we had.
I’m guessing the vacuum cleaner doesn’t work.
We have some wonderful university and regional theatres here in Maryland. Don’t overlook that avenue if you’re trying to get rid of items that might be valuable for props and costumes. (I donated some hats here.) Theatre artists and artisans are talented at renewing your cast-offs to fit their plays. And, of course, you can usually take a tax deduction if the theatre company is not-for-profit.
Do you have specific advice about passing on unwanted items? Furniture? Clothes?
Although our house is not brick I love the look of the Chippendale railing on the second floor porch.
Our private porch off the master bedroom is really supposed to have a deck and railing.
The barricade is to keep us from falling off the deck until we get a railing out there.
That’s why our contractor barricaded the French door to this porch.
The master deck is just above the conservatory.
But it’s my house and so I unbarricaded it because I want to use the porch.
The grey area to the right of the bedroom is a roof deck accessed from the bedroom.
After it’s painted I plan to use my vintage outdoor furniture on this porch.
Classic porch furniture will be painted charcoal metallic and moved to the upstairs porch. The green and white stripes are remaining.
In order to give some protection to the roofing material when we’re out on the porch I need a big outdoor rug. The porch measures approximately 15′-8″ by 15′-11″.
Left to right: Medallion, Shasta, Watercolor.
Grandin Road has relatively inexpensive outdoor rugs the largest being 8′-6″ by 13′-0″.
Which do you think will go best with my vintage outdoor furniture which has large green and white stripes?
Lots of people on the internet wonder about color schemes and there is no limit to helpfulness in that loads of compatible color combinations are represented.
This is the current house palette.
I generally just use my intuition as to whether colors go together or not.
A simple and traditional color wheel.
If I want to be sure I go to a traditional color wheel where I can check out analogous schemes, monochromatic schemes, etc.
I know Pottery Barn put this on their Spring cover to attract my attention.
On the front of a recent Pottery Barn catalog is their new-for-spring bedding featuring koi. I have a thing for fish as I posted here and here.
The current linens include a charcoal grey duvet cover and navy-timmed pillow covers.
The thing is that this duvet cover is orange and I’m generally not a fan but this is so fresh that I want it for the master bedroom.
I don’t know how to “make” the bed with the koi sample but it looks good to me. (The sample on the cover appears to be a lighter orange than the online catalog.)
What does this have to do with the color wheel? Our bedroom walls are painted Virtuoso which is a medium periwinkle blue. (The walls are not at all purple except they sometimes look that way in photos.)
Blue is the complementary color of orange (and vice versa).
Directly across the color wheel from this color is orange — orange and blue are complementary colors, they complete each other, one gives the other zip and zing.
Something like this.
I think this duvet cover would be a lively and light expression on our bed until we remove the heavy down comforter for summer.
How do you choose color combinations.
I want some input here.
I have the finial that seems to be missing from the center of the top of the secretary.
I have my grandmother’s old secretary desk.
Here’s a grey secretary with a bright interior. Mine, too, will sit against a grey wall.
I have looked at lots of inspiration photos, especially a lovely article by Melaine at My Sweet Savannah.
See the kitchen island in the background?
Suddenly I noticed how nicely it complements the kitchen island.
White seems to be the go-to color of these white desks found on Etsy.
I still think I’d like to change it. Here’s a white one from Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours.
I really love the dark blue, but I’m a sucker for blue. (This one can be seen on My Sweet Savannah.)
I especially love this dark blue distressed model from Jen at Repurposed Gems. Any preferences?
Do you paint wood furniture?