I have a pair of twin beds from the late 1950s one of which I painted here when I recolored our little bedroom pink. The second bed is in the Cottage and also needs a little paint uplift.
I wanted a color that would stand out against the newly painted Templeton Grey” wall.
I thought I had some paint left from painting the fireplace bricks in the living room which was sort of a sandy color but naturally I couldn’t find it. I also didn’t want to buy any paint so I mixed my own concoction of Mourning Dove (with which I painted the first bed) with Pond Moss (a free sampler from Valspar) and came up with what I’ll name Glade Pale Bamboo. It’s sort of a straw color with just a hint of chartreuse. I made just enough to cover the bed and not a brushstroke more. (I used a little foam roller for the flat areas. It takes a few more coats but gives a nice even coverage.)
And I sprayed the knobs on top first with Satin Nickel then a light overspray of Metallic Charcoal.
Ultimately I’d like to paint a little seascape on the headboard but for now I’m going to call it “finished”.
The old bedspread in the above photo must be for a double bed because it pools on the floor on both sides.
So both twins are painted. Cross that off your list!
What have you crossed off your list? Did it come in pairs?
Many of the houses in our neighborhood have names. When we moved into our house it was already named The Glade. Since the house is in a clearing in the woods, what name could be better?
Years ago I replaced the homemade sign that was here with the one above that was especially designed and made for us by a firm in Annapolis. It’s fabricated from some kind of foam/plastic material that holds up very well to the weather.
The wooden post that holds it, however, needs to be painted. We’ll have to gently pull the double white Clematis Henryi away from the post. For now I’ll leave the gate hardware attached although we have no plans to replace the large double gate that closed the driveway off to traffic.
I love paint, don’t you?
Have you got a little improvement that would help your curb appeal? Maybe all you need is 15 minutes to half an hour. It’s true, some things can really be done in a short time. It’s the conception that takes time.
When this big tree was felled by the tree cutters. . .
it landed right on an old bench. Charlie said it knocked the bench over which was difficult to do because it was held in place by 12 inch rebar driven into the ground.
As part of my “10 tasks in 10 days” I was resolved to put this bench back together. Charlie tried for a couple of days to get the bench pieces from behind the tree trunk but everytime he went to do it a family of snakes (EEK!) were sunning themselves on the marble slab. When Charlie thrust a rake at them, instead of slithering away they rose up and showed their fangs.
Finally he braved the snakes and pulled the bench parts out except for the marble slab, which had previously been the hearth of a nearby historic home. It was plenty heavy.
Oops! Chards of bathing bowl on the ground to the right.
Then I read one of you lovely bloggers who noted that JoAnn was having a 70% off sale on outdoor pottery. That means something marked $39.99 only costs $11.99. So I dropped by to look for something and here’s what I found and in my favorite color no less.
It has a hole in the bottom so I found an old cork I had in my stash of “I know I’ll need it someday” items.
Charlie thinks this doesn’t match but I love the way it looks.
It goes together if I put it in the east yard garden which also sports blue hydrangea and a blue park bench.
And Charlie knows I can paint it if it comes right down to it although I’m not into matchy-matchy.
I wonder what the birds think. I’ll keep an eye on it.
I realized we really have a lot of projects that are specific to Glade Cottage and so warrant a sub-list of the Master List. I listed some of them in “10 Tasks in 10 Days“. So by the end of this week some of these pesky nuisances should be kaput crossed off the list.
Here’s the right side of the Cottage as you enter the front door.
And here’s the left side that is straight ahead as you enter the front door.
I have doctored the photos below to give a better understanding of what needs to happen (or has already taken place). Here’s the right side again.
Cha Cha at Sit, Relax and Read is challenging us to complete 10 tasks in 10 days. I made a list of 21 things I wanted to get done and am whittling that list to a goal for 10 of them to be done in 10 days. On Friday, June 24th, I posted my list at Cha Cha’s link party and shared The Glade’s list with the blogging world. The projects in blue have been started; the projects in green are complete and the projects with a strikethrough we decided to tackle at another time. Here we go:
Scrape, prime and paint cottage trim
Scrape and paint cottage trim
There’s lots of it!
Cottage trim needs scraping and painting
What a difference! Can’t wait to finish.
2. Paint cottage exterior accents
Found the right paint and let ‘er have it! New color on top.
3. Paint cottage interior
4. Replace the cottage lighting fixture with a ceiling fan.