I’ve heard that people decide in 8 seconds, if they are not going to buy your house. So, now that it’s starting to feel like summer, I’ve been working on cleaning up our garden to give it that “curb appeal”.
Yesterday I spent the morning doing one of my most favorite things… wandering around our local Garden Centre. Somewhat ironic I’m one thumb prick away from being a brown thumb. You should have seen how I went all Edward Scissor hands on this poor plant, and no it did not end up looking like a dinosaur… more like a dinosaur mauled my poor plant.
The colours, smells, and arrangements of all those plants and flowers is inspiring and oh so relaxing. Next summer I’m determined to paint my brown thumb green and become a gardener. Anyone out there want to give me some lessons?
The displays at my local shop were awesome – I love how they took unexpected objects and filled them with plants.
If you had a cottage and an old canoe that doesn’t float, how cute would it be to put a whole flower bed or vegetable garden in it!
This opens up a whole new world in garage sale and thrift store hunting! Doesn’t it?
These displays were so inspiring, and while I am not a gardener, these mini gardens seem much more manageable.
After my day of gardening, I took a break and got caught up with a PVR’d Nate Show while the kids had their snack. In keeping with my green theme of the day I picked the episode where Mr. Goodwill Hunting, the thrift store master himself re-invented a courtyard.
In related news, I need a courtyard!
Let’s talk patio furniture for a second. We’re in the market for a new set, as our old one met is demise after 5 years. But we’re putting the purchase off because of our up coming move… and I’m glad we have because CHECK. THIS. OUT!
Mr. Goodwill Hunting (love that name!) spent $104 on furniture at a thrift store and painted it all out with outdoor paint. Genius! It should last a good 5 years before it starts looking a little rough, and isn’t that how long before your standard patio sets get rusted or a screw falls out? Here’s the difference – this takes a little more work, but is so unique and SO much cheaper. I also figure, you could probably just re-finish when the job needs to be done. Don’t people do the same thing to shutters or wood siding?
I am definitely doing this in our new backyard space next summer!
I showed these pics to my hubby last night and not only did he love it! He was super thrilled to hear how much money I was saving him. Can I get a high five for thrifty wives?!
Have you used any cool pieces as planters? What do you think of this outdoor space? Would you paint “indoor” furniture for an outdoor space? How does your garden grow?