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Fun Summer Projects – Trash to Treasure

 

 

We've had so much rain here that working in the garden can't happen, so I'm working on some fun projects in the meantime-

Welcome to our tropical rain forest! We’ve had so much rain here that working in the garden can’t happen, so I’m working on some fun projects in the meantime-

Happy Summer everyone! Trash to treasure is one of my favorite pastimes.  I’ve been busy doing a few fun summer projects and want to share them with you. We’ve had a lot of rain here in the mid-Atlantic region, so as it’s been too wet to work the garden, I’ve been working on these projects between the storms.

Trash to treasure - these great chairs were covered in years worth of grunge when I first got them.

Trash to treasure – these great chairs were covered in years worth of grunge when I got them.

Recently I was given some old Adirondack chairs with ottomans that a neighbor no longer wanted. They had sat in the woods for years and had gotten covered in sap, bugs, pollen, mud, algae and who knows what else. They were in pretty rough shape, but I scoured them down, power washed them twice, and finally brought out the palm sander and managed to get through all the grunge. It was quite a job, but I was determined to make them beautiful again. A few coats of my favorite stain and sealer later, and now they are fantastic! I moved them up onto the deck, and now they make a great spot to sit and relax or maybe even whale watch! Trash to treasure, for sure!

After a ton of cleaning and sanding they are now the perfect place to relax-

After a ton of cleaning and sanding they are now the perfect place to relax.

 

 

 

Also on the deck, I moved the teak dining table over to the arbor. I came up with a really fun and simple idea to create an outdoor chandelier above it. These were all things that I had, but easy to find at most garden centers. I took a wrought iron plant hanger and attached it to the center support post of the arbor, then with a few links of metal chain hung a garden orb. Inside the orb I hung a candle lantern. It makes a great chandelier, and no wiring necessary!

 

An easy chandelier made with a plant hanger, some chain, a candle lantern and a garden orb- no electricity needed!

An easy chandelier made with a plant hanger, some chain, a candle lantern and a garden orb — no electricity needed!

Here's a closeup so you can see how I put it together.

Here’s a closeup so you can see how I put it together.

These were fun projects.  Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and apply some elbow grease — restoring old furniture is very rewarding. The chandelier project was very easy, and it will be nice to enjoy a meal underneath! Hope you’ll give them a try…