Leaning up against the basement wall, peeping out from behind horizontal layers of boxes, sit four sorry looking metal flowers. I bought these at an estate sale last summer with the intent to paint them and use them in the garden somewhere. There are 3 very long expanses in my back yard that don't allow for much planting in front of them. These very long expanses are ugly. And naked. I thought these flowers might help them be a little less naked. And ugly.
The flowers were originally yellow with a brown center - kind of like a black-eyed-susan. I wanted them to be more colorful and I had some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in flowery colors available, so I painted them, with the intent of painting the centers yellow. Somehow I never quite finished the task. I got busy going to Chicago, and Oklahoma City, and gardening, and watching television, and who knows what else, and the flowers got left unfinished in the basement.
Lucky for them I am on a mission to finish up a few unfinished projects before October 31. So I stepped into the depths of boxes, got out my Annie Sloan Arles Chalk Paint and sponged on some on those flower centers.
I thought I wanted the brown center to peek through, but I didn't like that so much. I did a few more layers of dabbing on color (I wanted the texture) and then spattered a circle of walnut stain around the perimeter of the center. This didn't really work out so great either, but I like it more than the blotchy yellow. Maybe in the spring when I put them out I will do something else with it. Or - I might just be so happy to have something new and ready to go for the garden that I won't care!
The colors I used of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint are Paloma, Emile, and Antoinette. The one on the right that looks white is CeCe Caldwell's Pickerington Violet.
I'll leave them outdoors for a few days and then put them away for spring. I have several other summer projects that I didn't get to this summer. I think I will just put them off until Spring.
It's the 24th and I'm not even half-way to 15 projects. I'm sitting on the edge of my seat wondering if I will get my promised projects completed...
Good thing I'm not holding my breath!
Make something wonderful today!