|At least we got the plants in before the HOT weather started. |
The remainder of the project involves hauling a LOT of crushed granite.
We'll finish that project next - I
After cutting away the ugly foam blob,
The painting begins with a coat of primer or two
This is the best part of this project. I had 7 pieces of 12x12 Santa Cecilia left over from the guest bath/hallway projects. I bought the tile from someone who had it left over and I paid $50 for a whole bunch of miscellaneous stuff that led to a makeover of the guest bath and tiling our hallway. So I bought ONE $6 piece of tile and we used leftover thinset and grout.
SIX BUCKS for the entire granite top! And we didn't have to cut any tile pieces! Double WOW!
"We" added a sheet of plywood for a top.
Next, a sheet of backer board and trim around the edges.
The first of many coats of paint.
We installed the tile, waited a day and put in the grout. Let me note here that working outside even in the shade EVERYTHING WET dried REALLY fast, the paint, the thinset, the grout. We had to work fast and it was more difficult and frustrating than working in a climate controlled environment.
Then base trim and more paint, I really think it's only been 2 coats and I'm putting on a third to finish up. The real wood trim only needed 2 coats and touch up, but the cabinet doors and sides are laminate and they don't take the paint very well. It's definitely not perfect - but it is outdoors - I'm calling it rustic, distressed, imperfect.
NO, I'm calling it AWESOME!
I'm really looking forward to the final coat of paint and calling it done! Then we just need to decide what to keep in this new storage space on the patio. And I'm sure we'll serve up some snacks and drinks on top. We'll be using it often as we pool party through the summer. What gas pipe? I don't see a rusty old gas pipe!
Much Love & Laughter,