Last weekend was a busy one for Sweet Shark and me. The weather was absolutely gorgeous ~ just barely warm, sunny skies and no wind.
Perfect weather for working in the yard: preparing pots and planters, prepping beds for flowers, planting flowers and painting flower pots.
We have 10 hayracks across our back fence, 2 metal urns, 2 metal planters, a metal baby stroller, and various pots of several colors, finishes and sizes. There were a few extra terra cotta pots that were stacked on the side of the house because I DON’T LIKE TERRA COTTA pots. Or maybe I should say I don’t like the color of terra cotta.
But that is easily remedied with some chalk paint. If you’ve been reading Bluesky Kitchen for awhile, you know I love chalk paint. I want to try other types and brands of paint, but for now, I’ve got plenty of chalk paint in my favorite colors on hand, so that’s what I use. Last summer I had several outdoor paint projects too.
I had about 1/4 of a sample size (8 ounces) jar of Annie Sloan Provence, one of the prettiest colors ever. 1/4 cup is about 2 ounces or 4 tablespoons ~ not much paint. But this chalk paint goes a long way, especially when it’s watered down a bit. So that’s what I did: diluted the paint with 50% water, gave it a good stir and I was ready to go.
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After using Frog Tape around the rims, I used a plastic bristle brush to paint on 2 coats of paint on these three pots.
On the 2 small terra cotta pots, I painted a band of Old White.
I sprayed a coast of clear gloss sealer from Lowe’s just to keep the paint intact.
Next came some potting soil.
And then came the plants.
A quick, easy project on a Saturday afternoon.
While I was waiting for paint to dry (slower than), I decided to tackle one more painting project. Our patio table. This is a table that I made a mosaic top for several years ago and last summer I painted it in Annie Sloan Greek Blue.
Now I’ve decided it’s a bit too much blue. So since I already had my Old White out, I used it.
Painting and planting ~ like a horse and carriage, butter and biscuits, chips and salsa. A perfect pairing.
Later this week, I’ll share all our plantings and my vision of my dream garden ~ French, of course.