Last year, I bought a cheap, cheap side table for my patio — I think it was under $6. The glass top was painted a pretty blue on its underside, but over time, the paint had almost completely peeled away. Not a good look!
I scraped and scraped to remove the remaining paint, but there were a couple areas that were attached with rivets, and I couldn’t get under the rivets to get rid of the little patches of blue. This was not a good look either!
Knowing I had little to lose, I looked in my craft stash for colorful paper, intending to decoupage it onto the underside of the glass. I found a bright floral tissue paper that I hoped would serve to camouflage the unwanted blue specks. Fortunately, I also had some outdoor ModPodge to use as glue.
This photo shows the outcome. Up close, it’s definitely flawed, but I figure few people will be examining it carefully. I think it lends a nice plop of color to an otherwise boring section of my backyard. Score one for me!
I love how this looks in my garden, but the making of the corked garden sphere was a pain in the neck! I harvested from my cork collection (how did it get so large?!) and glued the corks on to a cheap, round light fixture.
I used a tube of clear silicone to do the attaching.
The gluing wasn’t difficult, but it was frustrating and time consuming. Each cork threw the sphere off balance, so I had to adjust the sphere routinely in order to keep the topmost area free for a new cork or two.
Then I had to let the silicone set before I could readjust and add more. Patience is not my strong suit, but I found I could add a few corks, read a little, add a few more corks, clean a little, add a few more corks, cook a little, …. You get the idea! I’m very please with the final outcome.
It’s so damn hot here (110 degrees heat index), it’s hard to take pleasure from the outdoors. Even the pool is stifling, so indoors and air conditioning are the order of the day. But looking at this picture from last spring, I get a little reminder of when my garden looked fresh and new. This year, though, in an effort to save time and money, I didn’t re-do many of my backyard pots. Instead, I used a lot of mint and oregano to add greenery, and I resorted to this inexpensive boost of purple and gold (LSU!). I spray painted some thin dowels, topped them with plastic Christmas ornaments, and voila, instant beauty. Read the rest of this entry