Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Old Benches Refinished and More Garden Pics

We have 2 benches on the deck that are looking pretty sad. Here is one of them. I have been wanting to refinish them and I finally did it! I remember sending for a free sample of Valspar paint a few months ago and I decided to use it so this refinishing job did not even cost me anything.


Do you see the mosaic lion fountain on the wall? Well, it used to be a fountain but I got tired of having our handyman, Mitch, keep unclogging it. And the pump just went again. The water reservoir is too small and the hot weather in Mississippi dries it up making the pump malfunction. I had already replaced it in the past. So, I decided to pull out the pump and convert it into a planter. I placed a tall plant to conceal the electrical wire of the lantern.

Here are the benches after I painted them. I distressed them a little bit too and waxed with Minwax afterwards, just to protect them a little bit from water.

Ooops, I accidentally deleted the picture that shows both benches in full view and I cannot put it back because I am in TX now and the photos are on my desktop computer at home. Anyway, here is a mosaic showing part of the benches.


I moved this bench here and moved the newly painted one where this used to be, on the other side of the wall near the master bedroom. Both benches are on the same side of the wall now and I will show them to you next time. I still have to work on the tables.



And do you see the trumpet vines planted by the gazebo? They are starting to climb up.


John found this "SWIM" sign at Homegoods in Pensacola and I found a perfect place to hang it. I laid bricks around my flower bed.




The honeysuckles are blooming again.


The lily that Vicky of Paint or Dig gave me when we had a MS Southern Belles bloggers get together here, came back and is blooming now.







I hang an iron planter on the wall.




Yellow flowers of curry herb and dusty willows are blooming. I love both their silvery colored leaves.




Vegetables are growing well.


The canna lilies are blooming.


I bought that hexagonal planter on a pedestal from a local garden shop.
I was going to put it on top of the column on the right but John wouldn't let me. He is afraid it will fall on the kids when they come for visits and it is very heavy so I just placed it there on the ground.




My job in the garden is never done. I still have these to plant and once planted, I know I will buy more.



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25 comments:

Amy said...

You really have a lovely and beautiful yard/pool area! Especially with everything blooming, how wonderful.

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D said...

Hi, Christine,
Your yard is looking lovely. Love the bricks you laid down, and the "swim" sign.
D

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Christine...I love seeing pics of your backyard...so pretty! I know your family and friends just love spending time there. Everything looks so lush! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

mississippi artist said...

Everything looks great,your daylily is looking good. It is so dry here, I have been having to water my lillies as they keep dropping buds. Cute idea to turn the fountain into a planter.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Everything looks great Christine! I see squash blossoms, I can't wait for mine:@)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Omg Christine,,
I never ever tire of seeing your gorgeous gardens, pool and sitting area's.
Great job on the benches, love it all!
Have fun in Texas too!
Boy, do you get around girl!
Hugs,
Cindy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty garden/patio, and nice place to relax.

Richard Cottrell said...

What a treat to see you're beautiful back yard. Richard at My old Historic House

Willow said...

Your garden looks so pretty and with temperatures high here I would love to jump into your pool. HA! HA!

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Your backyard is breathtaking!!!!!!

Dee

Queenie said...

Hey Christine!
Your yard and gardens look pretty...everything has filled in so beautifully...love the new swim sign too and wonderful that you could recycle your fountain into a planter...I love that...I'm off to see what posts I've missed lately! Can't wait to see what you been up to...
Big hugs,
Queenie

Entertaining Women said...

A beautiful treat for the eyes around every bend in the garden. You have my admiration for all your hard work. Cherry Kay

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I like the idea of a planter, it looks nice. Your benches are looking nice too. You have been working hard. Your yard looks wonderful. It is so enchanting and your garden is doing very well.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Oh Christine, I don't think I've ever seen your backyard before. So pretty and so serene! Love your painted benches and all your flowers and plants. I'm hosting my annual Wedding Blog Party and Giveaway on June 10th and so hope you will be able to join us. Come read all about it!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Rebecca said...

I don't know how you do it-you're amazing-everything looks so perfect and pretty!!!!!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Well, the price was certainly right for this project! Your garden is absolutely stunning. I love it when you post pictures of it! Although I love my house and I am thankful for it, our lot is sloped, so we can't have a pretty patio, pool, lawn, not much of anything, really, except for a deck. So I will live vicariously through you :D

Seriously, I do appreciate these gardening posts of yours. I think your little cart in the last picture is adorable!

lvroftiques said...

Everything looks so lush and pretty at your place Christine! We still have....you guessed it....rain! Lol! I think it's a great idea to convert the fountain to a planter. You can always change it back if you want to. Vanna

JudyBug said...

Beautiful pics. I just love to visit gardens!

Larry said...

This is very inviting... you are blessed with your environs and I'm sure you have worked hard to make it thus... these things don't happen without hard work on the part of the gardener! L

Darla said...

Your grounds should be on a garden tour!

Becca's Dirt said...

What a beautiful place girl. I love all your little garden nooks and patio and the pool. Your flowers look stunning.

Dayle said...

Your gardens are magnificent!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Lovely garden. V

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh, I could just wander through your gorgeous yard for hours! Everything is so lovely and I look forward to seeing the made over benches. Thank you so much for coming over this week and linking up to our Inspiration Friday party!
Vanessa

Traci said...

You're like me with the plants, completely ADDICTED!!! It sure does cause there to be a lot of weeding though!!

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