We’d had this garden table and chairs for years and I’d dutifully applied wood preservative at the beginning of every spring to maintain it and keep them looking their best.
They live outside all year round, and living by the sea means that they’ve been exposed to the most vicious weather conditions. Storm force winds, snow and the heaviest rain you can imagine, they’ve seen the lot. This last winter was no different and they’re now finally looking their age, so I decided that drastic measures were required.
In order to really perk up the set, I decided that colour was the answer. I didn’t quite plan on painting it two colours in the space of a week though. Here’s what happened – after having tested a couple of colours on the table, I decided that although I liked the green, a pinky red shade from B&Q called Pomegranate was the answer.
wasting no time, just as well really, as heavy rain showers are the order of the day at the moment, I set about painting everything pomegranate, starting with the table.
Before too long, everything was painted:
What I hadn’t planned on, was how much the table and chairs would blend into the garden wall. They became a bit too stealth like!
Don’t get me wrong pomegranate is a brilliant colour and I’d certainly use it again, but it just didn’t look right here. I wasn’t convinced that the willow green I’d tried a sample of was right either, so there was only one thing for it, I’d use my trusty old friend, Cuprinol’s Garden Shades in Barleywood, a brilliant azure blue. I absolutely love this shade as it’s so dramatic and vibrant. I wasn’t avoiding it as such, I was just aiming to try something different, but it wasn’t to be, my beautiful blue colour had won again!
So it was on with the blue.
And, before I go any further, I’ve been painting for years now, so one tip.
Never put your pot of paint right next to your mug of tea, because, if you’re not careful, and as you get tired, you’ll dip your brush in the wrong one, and while green tea’s ok, blue tea is definitely one to be avoided.
And finally, all painting pitfalls duly avoided, we have a brilliantly bright blue table and matching chairs. I’m really pleased with the transformation from drab old flaking wood, to a bright and breezy patio set that just glows in the sunshine and just can’t wait for the summer.
Of course, once you start updating things and thinking of summer, it’s easy to get carried away, so here are some new garden lights that I’ve just bought and I’m probably going to buy a few more and loop them round the garden wall. I’ll keep you posted on this one.