We are 3 days into it so far, and I think that, finally, the light that I see ahead of me, isn't an on-coming train.
Unfortunately, in my enthusiasm to get started, I didn't wait long enough to take decent before photos.
Just take my word for it, it was a mess.
And did find these photos, but it is way too tidy, compared to what it looked like recently...
Take note of the brown dresser in the background. If you could see it close up, you would note the drips of dark-stained varnish where the previous owners did a botched job.
And the desk with the chair in front of it is covered in every colour paint you can imagine (only myself to blame there.)
The desk above was rescued from a junk pile by my daugher. It is very functional, but a bit ugly. Hence the tablecloth covering it up.
Ok. First off, I pulled everything out.
Do you notice how it isn't raining?
That is a miracle. Plain and simple.
We have had months of rain. Constantly.
I told my dear heart, that we were going to paint the shed furniture.
He then told me that it was forecast for more rain, and that it would rain for the next 4 days. Heavily.
Not one to be put off easily, I quickly put a word in to Him.
"Dear God, I need dry weather. So would you be so kind as to stop the rain until I get the job finished."
The rain stopped.
The next two days I sanded and scrubbed and painted.
Yesterday morning I had all the furniture outside drying.
Just when I thought that the paint was dry and started to bring it all back in, guess what?
Yep, thats right - huge thunderstorm. And it's been raining since.
No, I don't think it was a coincidence.
Just thought I'd show you some of the paint colours close up.
Empty shed. Notice the new bench? That was in the house, but no longer needed, so dearest one moved it out here for me.
Vacuum cleaner (or as they say in the old country 'the hoover').
Now, I found a sampler pot of paint that my daughter was going to paint her room with. The walls.
I thought I'd see how it would go on this very rustic cupboard. It was used to store a relative's gardening supplies in on a verandah for years.
Now don't let the colour in this photo fool you. It didn't turn out that soft a colour.
No, it was MUCH more retina burning than that.
Bear in mind that she was going to paint her walls in that colour!
It doesnt show up that much in this photo either, but it is nearly fluro...
....so out came the pale pink for another coat.
When it dried, I sanded it to let the red show through a bit.
It is now VERY rustic looking. But I like it.
I have to say that I absolutely love how the dark-stained drippy dresser turned out!
I removed the top doors. Much better.
No knobs put back on the bottom doors yet.
The colour is Island Cruise - wattyl brand I think.
I can see that I am going to be spending way too much time arranging and rearranging things on this dresser.
And I love my folk art painting next to the dresser.
Amazing how a bit of paint can transform things.
Now, I picked some hydrangeas this morning, just for the photo shoot - :) - and I must say they are looking spectacular.
Don't they look brill next to the blue colour?
Also, I think I am going to have to chuck my digital camera.
I took these photos with my phone, and they have turned out far better than I can get them with the camera.
I am very proud of these hydrangea photos.
And this photo - I can't really believe I took it - and with a phone! Amazing how technology is increasing.
Another one of the dresser - can you tell I like it, lol?
But back to reality - this is the mess I had to sort out once everything was brought back in!
I'll need some heavy duty supplies to deal with this lot....
More of the mess.....
......and even more of the mess.
Ahhh...... finally, a bit of organisation.
Has to be time for a reward....
I will point out, that the cake is a healthy sourdough chocolate cake. :)