Sunday, 17 June 2018

Making the job easy

Hello. Late lunch again, just having a coffee. I don't like bending down, leaning sideways, and stretching up when I'm painting. I like to do it at eye level while I am standing. This little coffee table comes in useful, given to me by my next door neighbour. Sometimes I sit on it if I am painting something which can't be moved, or I use it to elevate something so I don't have to stoop. I put the chair on it to paint the seat and the back, then moved it onto the bigger table to do the legs. Chair out of a skip, it was white, now it's blue. 
While I had blue on the brush I did a couple of pots. The easy way is to put an old plate or a plant pot drip tray upside down on the wheelie bin, and walk round and round it as you paint. I like to use a long handled artists brush then you can keep your body straight and not lean forward.

They look lovely.

I gave myself a haircut yesterday, it was getting on my nerves, now neat and tidy again. A load of washing is on the line, time to get it in, and more jobs to do outside.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

16 comments:

  1. That blue is a gorgeous colour. Are the pots terracotta or plastic? My heart was in my mouth when I started to read the post. I thought you had stood on the chair on top of the table to paint something... phew.... glad you didn't

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  2. Blue is one of my favorite colors in the garden. These are going to look amazing. Isn't it wonderful what a little paint can do.
    Have a happy week!
    Connie :)

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  3. lifting the job up to see it properly makes sense...saving time as you do a good job... you can see it well, so no retouching.

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  4. Lovely blue, what paint is it?
    Briony
    x

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    1. I just had to fish the empty pot out of the bin, ha ha. It's Coverplus, soft sheen emulsion, French Blue.

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  5. Looking at the blue tubs on the bin they look fairly big and heavy full of soil and plants. Doesn't it strain/damage you when you lift them ? It would me.

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    1. As a lorry driver I had a lot of lifting to do. I learnt how to do it properly. Bend the knees, not the back.

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  6. this sounds a bit stupid, but if it's normal emulsion paint, how come it doesn't wash off in the rain? i thought you'd have to use exterior paint for your garden things?

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    1. Not stupid. All of my summer house is painted in household emulsion, it hasn't washed off in three years. It fades in the sun, and needs freshening now and again. I have been painting pots in emulsion for ages, sometimes bits flake off over time and they need another coat. All my paint is given to me, I don't buy any, except the small tester pots at 10p or whatever they are, and I get a few from the Scrapstore very cheap. If you want an outside paint job to last ten years you would be best buying exterior paint meant for the job.

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    2. thx for this. I am going to get cracking with some outside painting then - have got an old garden table & chairs that I stained dark brown years ago and been aching to paint it with some zing! Exterior paint is way too costly but i've got some 1/2used tester pots kicking around so going to dig them out. Brilliant!

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  7. Luv that chair Ilona.I don't think I've been to the hairdresser for 2 years.After I had a cut,blow dry,deep conditioner treatment & bought a product it was £100.I try to cut it one length now & tie it back x

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    1. Flis. £100 !!! You were robbed no wonder you stopped going. Going to the hairdressers is a pleasure for me, she is a friend of mine for more than thirty years now, we have a chat and a catch up and she knows exactly how I like it cut. She rents a chair, so has little overheads. I have a cut, condition, blow dry and a coffee for £18.00.

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  8. I have painted all sorts of things in the garden with allsorts of types of paint. It lasts for years before you have to give it another lick. I bought some expensive decking stain that only lasted one season. It is really first world problems.

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  9. Like the plant pots lovely and bright, you have given me an idea.

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