Beach Cottage Before & Ugle Concrete Area Makeover WIP
Mon 12th, Sep, 2011
I am out here in the garden.
With the Ugly Concrete.
It’s going well so far, though I am having some trouble locating an umbrella…I have found exactly the one I want at Bunnings, but do you think it is ever in stock. Nup.
Dear Mr Bunnings Man
When I phone up to see if you have the umbrella (cream, wood handle) in stock and you tell me that yes, it is in stock, I would prefer it if that information was correct before I drive 30 minutes to your superstore to collect it, to find that you were in actual fact, mistaken.
Thanks so much.
Mrs Beach Cottage.
Anyway, this is what I started off with for the makeover…
old wooden chairs, some of them from the side of the road and a wooden lounger, most of these had seen better days and to be very honest were not for much longer round here…I decided though to save them from landfill and unify them with their different shapes and different ages and stages of weathering with good old-fashioned, tired and tested Beach Cottage Nautical White paint ;-) I am really into upcycling and not buying new as you are probably aware if you have been with me for a while….and yes it is often about budget, though not always nowadays, but there is something oh-so-very satisfactory about taking something like these mis-matched, ramshackle collection of chairs which some may think were destined for nothing better than the dump and to make them over into something that one loves :-)
…and I was working with a lot of ugly concrete…
this little area though is right in a good spot…it gets the Winter sun, the morning sun, the late afternoon sun…pretty much it gets the sun all year round, hence umbrella neediness…
When we moved in this area was hidden by waist high weeds…once we had gotten rid of that, which was an enormous enormous job in this garden as it is rather large, we found underneath layers and layers of weeds a path and this area, plus we had a delightful (read HIDEOUS) picnic bench cemented in here painted in a luminous blue to match a plastic cemented-in bench on the other side…we ripped them both out (you can see the remains of the posts painted grey there on the floor)
….this area has kinda been forgotten (at least I tried to) and we had our old outdoor table on here…but to be honest we rarely used it, preferring to eat on the deck or have morning tea on the bench on the other side….but really this is a lovely little spot and someone somewhere had planned its location to fit right in with this climate….so I wanted to utilize that somewhat…
As you can see the concrete is in a sad way…I debated a few different things with this…outdoor rugs (yes there are such a thing…I am going to try this route) and decking tiles that you just butt up against each other and sit over the top…wasn’t sure how this would work out with the uneveness and I may still try it…but once I had actually cleaned it up, painted the furniture and added lots of pots and flowers, actually, the Ugly Concrete suddenly seemed to just fade away into the background…I have been A M A Z E D by this…you would think by now, having done enough of it and having a mantra like the Power of Paint I would have been ready for the transformation…
So yes I have been painting
guess what colour?
that would be my infamous BC White ;-)
this is a lovely looking wall ;-)
particularly enhanced by my Aussie gardening skills…aka dead plant in grey pot ;-)
Same thing happened with this wall too though …once I spruced it up a bit, and concealed it, suddenly it all loooked the better…
Anyway I will be back soon, hopefully with the finished product…a new Ugly Concrete Area
See you soon…and to all those waiting for the shop…it’s coming!!!!
p.s my fave picture from walking the beaches over the weekend...you can find more doses of sunshine on the beaches on the Beach Cottage Facebook page…