Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wear Repair

I always like to show the "good" before I show the "bad" and the "ugly".
So if you have an aversion to rotten wood and peeling paint
well, then you better not continue...

I have a great space off of our lower level family room;
a large concrete patio of sorts.

The problem is that there are some shady spots that never see the sun...
a drainage problem that invites mosquitoes to eat you for lunch...
(which hopefully is now fixed)

and an issue with dirt runoff from our shake roof that causes
 the concrete to be stained.

Oh, and did I mention squirrels with giant gnawing teeth?

When my inlaws moved out of their house a few years ago,
we brought home this park bench which we had given them.

Layers of paint that weren't pretty.

It was screaming for help.
(help meeeeeeeeee....)

And then there is a great bench that my daddy made about 25 years ago,
but was slowly rotting due to the elements...

and said giant gnawing squirrel teeth.

I'd finally had enough of this unsightly stuff,
and decided I needed to actually DO something about it,
instead of just ignoring it.

So I bought an industrial size tub of spackling
and went to work.

Not perfect, but at least I think I bought it a couple more years,
before it would have to go to the woodpile.

Bench looking better.
Sorry, no distressing here.
In a few months it will be plenty "distressed".

A can of white Rustoleum and this little set was looking better, too.

Even the planters got a little Behr Ultra Exterior on them.

So here's the space.
I'm not sure what I want to do with it.
But at least it's not so scary, now.

I'm going to be using this area for some al fresco dining
Hope you're planning on joining in!

I'm joining in on these great parties,
find the links on my sidebar.

Hope to see you Thursday afternoon with some
 Vintage Inspiration

Staying busy,
hope you're having a great week!


  1. Wow Debra, you've been busy girl! Everything looks beautiful, and I'm sure you will have a wonderful summer enjoying your patio.

  2. Your benches are so gawgous, Debra! Love them and what a lovely area too! I'm eyeing that beautiful hosta! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Can't wait to see your patio all dressed up for the summer blog party!
    XXX Ido

  4. Hi Debra, paint transforms. You could have a block party in that big ole space my friend! hugs♥o

  5. It looks great! I love the fact that you used white on the various styles and materials. It really brings it all together. Very fresh!

  6. That's a great sized space, Debra! You can do a lot with that!

  7. You did a great job, looks like a charming courtyard now!


  8. Debra, such a nice patio to work with. I love the way it is surrounded by our house. It can be such a cozy spot. Squirrels are so destructive. They have been chewing on our house after my husband painted all the cornice and trim. He wants to shoot them if he could catch them. Your benches look great in their fresh coat of paint.

  9. Wow, nice patio area. I love that bench with the fresh coat of paint and repair. You mention it's not perfect but then that means it has plenty of character and I love a piece with character.

  10. What a great place for summer relaxing or entertaining!!!

  11. You really got a lot accomplished ... and i also love your patio space.

  12. Wow, what transformations. Everything looks wonderfully perfect for summer.

  13. Debra ...all your outdoor pieces look so beautiful ..The White really brings them back to life ..I'm glad you bought more time for your daddy's bench too. Memories are worth restoring !

    Blessings ..Sara

    P.S. your home looks so lovely !

  14. I, for one, would love to have a space like this....loving all the brick. Your whites compliment it perfectly:-) Hope you can enjoy some time out there this Summer.


  15. These are pretty amazing redos Debra. Could you come over here before you wash your brush out and do some magic to a few things here???? The space looks wonderful and ready for company!
    hugs from here...

  16. Oh I have always wanted an iron set like that in white! So pretty! The picture perfect setting for a cup of tea in a gorgeous bone china mug, under a shade tree! Paradise!

    Ciao Bella!


  17. Oh my, you've been busy! Everything looks very fresh and ready for summer :)

  18. Beautiful RE-DOs! You inspired me to paint some pots that are looking pretty YUCK in my backyard, thanks! I'll be sure to tell my husband that it is YOUR fault:) hehe

    Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

  19. I love it!!!! The bench that your Dad made is SOOOOO cool!!!

    ;-D xoxoxo

  20. That is a GREAT space to work with. Although, I think it looks fabulous right now....I love it.

  21. What a great place to "sit-a-spell."

    I'm ready for my glass of lemonade!

    Stop on by my blog when you get the chance

  22. Tee Hee . . .can't even type my own name

    Hugs all around

  23. Wow Debra, what a great space! I can just see it filled with all of your gorgeous treasures, and you are off to such a great start. The benchs both turned out beautiful, oh the power of paint! Can't wait to see more! xooxoxo

  24. fantastic transformations! every thing you touch turns golden!
    love your party space!!!


  25. Yikes, those squirrels had some serious teeth!


  26. Hi Debra,
    What a beautiful space! Your transformations turned out beautiful!

  27. Hi Debra, This is such a pretty area and your freshly painted pieces look wonderful. Can you believe the squirrels completely shredded our grill cover for their nest? There was not a thread left on the top...! Have a great weekend and thanks for joining my party.

  28. Hey Debra! What a great start on that lovely patio area! It's going to be beautiful - knowing you! :) Keep spackling! lol!

    xoxo laurie

  29. It was screaming for help Debra, but scream no more. Looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing in the kick off for the week long blog party.

  30. Oh I LOVE your white furniture. Just gorgeous and looks great against the brick.

  31. Debra, your summer space looks great with the white additions against the red brick. I'm eager to see your alfresco dining later in the week.
    ~ Sarah

  32. Thanks to your wonderful post, I remembered I have an old bench that I rescued from my grand father's basement. It's sleeping in my garage right now but I should definitely try to do something with it this summer. Thanks.

  33. I love all your redo's. It looks like a great area to relax.

    Paint and spackle are the two things that keep my 100 year old home together. he he

    Your new follower

  34. Debra,
    I think you did a great job on all items!! Love the bench that your Dad made and I love the park bench and got a chuckle about it will be distressed soon enough.
    You have a great looking space there and I am envisioning a market umbrella and wonderful table and chairs set up there. As long as those squirrels with the giant teeth will stay away....



  35. Love it Debra- they turned out so charming and sweet in their new coats of paint! :)

  36. You did a fantastic job. I love being able to save pieces from family and you did a beautiful job saving some treasures.


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