Some Progress and I’m Still Here!

Hello Friends!

Time is flying by, amiright?!  Strangely, it feels like we jumped from March right into August and I, for one, don’t have too much to show for it!

Can you believe I’m still working on these gosh darn doors?  Truth be told, I have taken several months long breaks… but still!!  It’s like enough already!  The funny thing is that I’ve messed up SO many times and I’m just really annoyed with myself.  I literally look at the doors and shake my head.  Now I truly understand why some people would rather NOT do-it-themselves.  Lol!

The last time we chatted, I had tested the technique on one door and couldn’t figure out if I liked the color or not.  Guys, I freaking stared at that door for so long!  Ultimately, I did what any normal person would do and I sanded it to start over.

The thing is, that I KNEW I wanted it darker.  I just didn’t want to have to go into a crazy Home Depot to get darker paint.  So I waited and waited and waited… until I had to go to a crazy Home Depot for something else and THEN I got the paint.  I’m a disturbed person.

I had them add even more black to the already Frankenstein paint I was using.  This would be easy, I told myself…. new paint, some sanding, no. big. deal.

I got to work.  I painted all the doors this time, cause this was it, I tell ya!  And then I noticed there were areas where the paint did not adhere properly.  Ok.  So my dumbass didn’t sand properly??  Alright, alright.  I sanded AGAIN, then repainted AGAIN and then (drum roll) the F%$! paint did not adhere.

Oh hell no.

This may seem so obvious to you right now.  Why it was not obvious to me can only be explained by delirium or lack of brain cells or plain stupidity.  I don’t know what was going on with me, seriously!! Why did I not prime this mutha?!?!  Whhhyyyyyy!!?!?!?!?

Ok. Breathe.  Life sucks right now.  Deal with it.

Prime that shit.

I did.  Then I repainted AGAIN.  For the 4th time, I might remind you.  You can all relax, because the first coat finally looks good!  Hooray!  Hallelujah!  I can be taught!!

I’m letting it cure and hopefully, next week I’ll start with the black treatment.  With any luck, I’ll be done by Christmas.  Ha!

In other news, I made myself a spray painting tent!!  I have been working on reupholstering a 50’s patio set and fixing up some rattan pieces, which requires some painting and I’m trying not to stink up the neighborhood.

This peacock chair is now for sale in my shop and needed a repair on the leg.  This is pre-painting, obvs.

I mean, guuurrrllll, look at that weaving!  Oh la la!  My husband said, “I didn’t know you could fix that stuff.”  I responded with, “I didn’t either.”  But now I do, y’all!!  It’s pretty relaxing actually.

Then…. there’s some stuff going on in the back, back part of our yard.

We have this long, thin area behind the tennis court with a hillside that doesn’t currently have a purpose.  I have been pondering a sculpture garden on the hill and finally, I found my first piece!!  Omg, I’m so excited!  I’ll tell you more about it and show you photos when it’s in, but you can see that we’ve already started planning for it.

It is a set of 3 tall pieces that I’m putting together to form one shape.  My father-in-law suggested we use buckets filled with cement to install them – So freaking genius!  You can see the buckets there and the purchase of cement is what led to me getting darker paint.

I can also tell you that bright 4×4 tile has been purchased, but I have no idea how I’m going to install it.  I want modern, artistic.  What that means and translates into is still marinating in my brain.  If you have any ideas, please shoot them my way!!

Well, that’s it for now!  Nothing finished, but progress is happening and I guess I should feel pretty proud of that.

Jessica

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