When Summer Collided With April

We’ve been having some weird weather here in Oregon.   Weird, like 91° degrees, weird.  This type of weather toys with my English sensibilities.  And not in a good way.  It’s April.  It’s not supposed to be this hot.  EVER.

On the plus side, the heat made me want to revisit my outdoor space.

Blooming succulents, I love ’em!


This is the gazebo in my backyard.  We removed the antiquated hot tub last year and turned it into a sitting area.  We have few mosquitoes in Oregon and usually low humidity; so sitting outside on an evening is quite the joy.

Last year it looked like this.  I think this was June/July (real summer time).

P1040759 with template

And I loved hanging out there.  Often I’m sat on the loveseat with my computer (wearing shades) pretending to be working.  If I’m wearing my sunglasses there’s a good chance I’m just sleeping.  Sitting up.  Pretending to work. Because that’s how I roll.

Why work when you can nap?

But, by the end of the year, I had grown tired of the pink and green.  While it’s fun to paint with ‘trendy’ colors;  you run the risk of become tired of them rather quickly.  Trendy colors don’t have great ‘staying power’.  This year, I wanted the space to be more traditional with a more timeless appeal.


The new cushion covers took  days and days to sew.  Not one seam is straight.  And there’s a good chance that if you sit on them, they’ll explode. I probably should get guests to sign waivers.  And, to tell the truth, I’m still a little traumatized.  I shouldn’t sew. It’s not good for my mental health.   But they are done.  And I do rather love the blues/greens/grays in the fabric.

loveseat sq

It is a much easier color palette to work with.  I put a whitewash on the antique trunk to lighten it up and trimmed the plant holder with copper leaf.  I also put gold leaf on my industrial vintage lamp.  Rust and Gold .  Dreamy. It gives off a beautiful glow at night.

Lamp sq

I bought the three teak chairs from the Goodwill Outlet store a few years ago.  They cost the grand sum of $5 each.  I knew I would need to repaint them this year; although I just didn’t realize that it would be in April.  I bought the whiskey barrel planter and turned it into a stool with storage.  You can flip the seat over and use it as a table (one of my more ‘successful’ ideas).

Chairs sq

Choosing a coordinating paint color for the outdoor fabric was easy.

Table sqIt is just a gorgeous color. I painted this side table that I got for free at a yard sale.  I don’t think you have to buy expensive pieces of furniture for outdoors.  It’s hard to argue with ‘free’.

Rather than hand painting the chairs, this time I used a paint sprayer.  I’ve wanted to try a sprayer for awhile, and Wagner® recently introduced a new Home Decor sprayer to the market, so the timing was perfect!


It’s a super light sprayer that doesn’t need an air compressor (My doggie is happy about that small detail.  He normally hides upstairs when I bring out my air compressor).  It took me a few attempts to figure out what speed/spray pattern worked best for me.  But seriously, once I had figured it out (Speed two, with the horizontal spray) it worked like a charm.  Yes, expect some overspray, but these three chairs were finished in less than 20 minutes.

cushion sq

When time is money (or you have a low attention span) that’s pretty amazing. The chairs are protected inside the gazebo.  And I don’t think I will need to.  If I decide to add extra protection, I’ll just spray a clear topcoat over them.

I still have the 8ft+ antique church pew that I somehow managed to fit into my minivan last year.  (That pickup was not for the fainthearted). I power washed it, and actually like the chippy look.  I may keep it this way.

Pew sq

The gazebo is finished and ready for summer in April.

Ready for me to go and sit outside; and work on my computer (wearing shades, of course).


Or just enjoy the flowers.  With a glass of wine.  Hard call.

flower sq

So while I snooze  work drink,  maybe you have paint projects that need your attention?

Come visit, you know where I’ll be!

{insert catchy ending phrase}

Diane aka The Paint Factory

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19 thoughts on “When Summer Collided With April

  • April 22, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I love the new timeless look. Hang around my house long enough and you’ll realize I’m all about timeless. And something I just realized this week……I update timeless with more timeless. Well…..in truth……this only happens after about 20 years……but it does happen….and it does save a ton of money. So your updated gazebo is right up my alley. I love it from the crooked-seamed cushions to the two-way whiskey barrel. It’s a grand-slam homerun! ….makes me wanna gitty-up and gitty-out to my patio and make the magic happen. Thanks so much for the inspiration….will share the update soon. XO Susie from The Chelsea Project

    • April 22, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Let me know when you’ve finished it! I like the idea of the 20 year cycle!!

  • April 22, 2016 at 8:18 am

    First of all I love your blog and the work you do. Would the Fresco Lime Paint work on a desk? I wasn’t sure if it went on smooth enough for that type of application.

    Thank you

    • April 22, 2016 at 8:59 am

      I painted a cabinet with the Fresco and it looks lovely. But are you thinking about painting the writing area with it? If so, I wouldn’t. Fresco has a lot of texture to it.

  • April 22, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Hi Diane,

    Love what you did with your porch. It looks so inviting! Can you tell me the name of the blooming succulent at the top of the page in pink? And I so have been wanting to try a paint sprayer- just confused how to use it and cleaning it, etc. Is this your first time using a paint sprayer?


    • April 22, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Hi Odile! I have no idea what the succulent is called, sorry! I just picked it up because of the color and repotted it; the label is long gone. This was the first time using the sprayer. Really easy. They tell you to mix 10% water to the paint; they include a measurement stick to help you (I eyeballed it). And cleanup was really quick. You just unscrew the parts and rinse.

  • April 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Your gazebo is awesome. . I love your decor. . Makes you want to sit in it all day

  • April 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    How Pretty and just peaceful it looks. Meek and humble if I may add. Your work is so beautiful, I really adore it. Thank you for sharing, Diane.

  • April 24, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    wow beautiful deck transformation!! i love that steel blue also, i think i better get on this sale before it ends!! this is my first winter with plants, everything is blooming, i hope the last week doesn’t ruin all of last year’s back breaking work.
    stay thirsty my friend

  • April 29, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Need to do my porch and floor,chair and table would love to have this to make it faster. Love the blue chairs !

  • April 29, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Need to do my porch and floor,chair and table would love to have this to make it faster. Love the blue chairs ! Love the porch !I want to do mine!

  • September 5, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I would like to be able to paint and stencil project in my home. I never knew where to buy things for my projects.


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