Outdoor Living, Garden Decorating with Junk Ideas, Redoux Style!
If you walk down this path….
You will smell this amazing wall of Jasmine
Then you will see my beautiful Hydrangea bush already blooming
Walk a little further, and there is a nice place to dine “dans le plein air”. If you would like to know about how to make this table, click HERE.
There is a new piece of outdoor furniture to greet you! Do you recognize me? With a changing pad on me, I have been host to many a little bottom. In fact, this changing table was a “free to me” from my neighbor who recently moved. It was used by her kids, a 16 year old, and her 7 year old twins! (yes, there are several sets of twins in neighborhood, must be something in the water….)
After I cleaned it thoroughly with TSP (it had been sitting outside for a while, between her house and mine, it wasn’t getting any love). I sanded it smooth with a 220 grit sandpaper. I then applied, ONE COAT only of my favorite CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise paint.
**Update! I no longer use CeCe Caldwell’s Paints. I only use 100% Natural DIY Paint from Debi’s Design Diary. It is THE BEST Clay based paint. In fact, there are very few “clay” paints on the market because they are expensive to make. DIY Paint is a retailer profit company, all of their products are 100% mark up to their retailers and the prices are about $33 on average per quart.
The colors are rich, vibrant, and the labeling is absolutely adorable. There is no stirring, special instructions, just open and paint. How fun is that?
I was painting outside, and it dried in just minutes. Since this was for outdoor use, I needed to make sure it was well protected. I sanded it smooth with a 400 grit sandpaper to really give a perfectly smooth finish. Now for the super lazy tip. You must have gloves on for this method. I sprayed each section (top, sides, drawers) with outdoor Polyurethane. I sprayed pretty heavily, then before it had a chance to dry, I “wiped” it all in with my gloved hand. Trust me, this works. It gets the clear coat into every pore of the paint and wood, and you don’t have to spend a great deal of time brushing it on. After the first coat dried, I lightly sanded, and repeated the entire process. It is no fail, and your arm will be sore from patting yourself on the back for being so efficient. (or maybe I am talking about moi again).
Anywho…..here is the finished product! I added glass vintage knobs to the top drawer, and just leftover knobs down the center for the rest.
Remember, this is a changing table, when the top is flipped down, it changes into a server!
The drawers hold everything we need for a lovely outdoor meal. No more shuffling back and forth to the kitchen for supplies.
Since I added some new furniture, I thought I would finally do something with those garage door panels I picked up for free. Mark thought maybe I had “junqued” out too far when I started this project. But I had a vision in mind. I used hinges at some points, then decided to just used scrap wood, secured it to the back of the doors at different angles. I purposely left the sides facing out that had the garage hinges and metal parts still attached. I thought it added to the industrial look of the entire piece. And yes, I did this completely by my lonesome. Which I don’t recommend. There was much heaving, using all four limbs to steady things, and probably took me three times as long, but that’s the way I Redoux around here.
I couldn’t leave just a plain wall, so I had to soften it up a bit. (My flowers need dead heading….)
Now for those junky aged pots. To make pots look truly aged, and to encourage them to keep aging, here is a simple and cheap method.
- Purchase box of Joint Compound at your local Home Supply/Hardware store. Mix in a bucket, a large amount (like a paint can sized for large pots) of Joint Compound and paint of your choice. I made these with leftover wall paint. This is a great way to use up old paint. Mix in enough paint until you get the color you want, but not so much that the joint compound is runny.
- Begin patting on the joint compound to the pots either with your hand, or a plastic trowel. This is a messy project, I recommend doing this outside. Keep adding the plaster mix until you have the look you desire. Either hit with a heat gun, a hair dryer, or leave out in the sun to dry (best method).
- When plaster is totally dry, you can lightly tap it with a hammer and some of the plaster will fall off in chunks, creating an old look. To get that dirty aged look fast, simply dampen the plaster where it fell off and rub some dirt, or sprinkle it on, then let it bake in the sun again. I kid you not, dirt works best here, and it’s free. Or, for the best way, plant your flowers of choice and with repeated waterings, the plaster will begin to flake and fall off and the dirt will naturally cling to the pots.
Added some artwork, The B comes from the former cabinet we had out here, that fell apart, literally, it had been repurposed several times, it originally started out life as a door on an armoir that a client gave me. Hopefully this will be its final resting place.
And here is the entire wall. I secured it on the other side with a pipe clamp, to what else, my trampoline! Isn’t that how everyone builds an outdoor wall?