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I shared my dreams/plans for my dismal courtyard/garden in September 2008. Then, in October 2008 I showed you a cast aluminum Coalbrookdale outdoor setting the MIL and I scored from roadside mid last year just before moving to our first/current house.
We have enjoyed a few breakfasts and morning work on that setting despite chipping paint.
Now the grass/lawn is dead, the bushes are dead… just not enough water/rain and we have very high restrictions for watering atm due to minimal rainfall in Australia. So the already dismal courtyard is looking worse… sigh!
But I have been rather busy!!! After a very difficult time of getting rid of old paint with expensive but ineffective products from Bunnings, I finally called it quits and took the setting to a sandblaster. Did you know sandblasting uses fine dust-grade precious stones? Our sandblaster used ruby dust.
After a coat of galvanise protection to protect the cast aluminium, I sprayed two coats of sunny, happy yellow. I used about 5 cans of spray paint because of all the grooves.
My darling Hannah wanted to be in the photo and she loves playing out there. It’s shaded so it’s nice to sit out there with a cuppa and a magazine. And of course, where I be, that’s where Hannah usually likes to be.
One of my favourite furniture pieces is the white scrolly cane settee I scored off Ebay.
So although the garden is dismal, I think it is now one of my favourite areas to relax, read and hang out.
Planning on gathering more white cane pieces and maybe a few more of those cast chairs… perhaps a large table for outdoor dinners…
I would love to paint over those ugly terracotta tiles white gloss as well (unsure if this is possible/practical) as well as the dismal fencing (soon!)…
Of course, still no super large shady trees for my French settee on a swing!
Hope you have a great weekend!!!!!