[By the way, can you tell hubby's hair is growing out? You do remember his summer new "do", right?]
It is a nice, cozy alcove...somewhat private as 1.) we live on a cul-de-sac and 2.) the porch does not face the road. My creeping Jasmine has decided to really creep this year and I have a lovely new "Welcome" mat that Rob picked out for me all by himself on Mother's Day.
However, the title of this post is "Prettying Up the Porch", so let's take a closer look:
Can you spot the improvement needs? Yeah, me too. Let's start with this eyesore above! I love this bench. The darn thing is quite sturdy -- it weighs about 200 lbs. I would have sold it at 3 different yard sales if I could have single-handedly moved it to the yard but, no...talk about endurance. I have mentioned once or twice that I like to hold on to things, so the bench is staying...sort of.
First thing I did was sand it, and sand it, and sand it. In the picture below, look at the before (left) and after (right).
Now just 'cause you're wonderin', yes -- I was absolutely smart enough and prepared enough to do this project in the middle of the day...in the summer...in the South! Excuse me while I try to rehydrate...