You’ve already seen the updates to our upper deck with our new pillows/umbrella and outdoor string lights, so that left our lower deck a little sad and in need of some serious attention to our two red Adirondack chairs and one yucko grill (I am trying to use accurate lingo by calling it a “grill” but all growing up we called it a “barbecue”). Because M is in charge of all things
barbecue grill, I focused on the red Adirondacks, which we got from World Market a few years back, giving them a little update so they could go from dull and faded to shiny and bright.
When I said “dull and faded” I really meant super peeling and yucky, like this:
My plan was simple: spray paint. I thought it would be easy and effective, and both of those things appeal to me. So I planned to spray paint late on a Friday night (because that’s just the wild kind of Friday night I have sometimes) and then be able to enjoy those shiny red beauties all weekend. Spoiler: my plan failed. I blame it on a little thing called “dew”. Dear dew: you ruined round 1 of my red Adirondack re-do, so I will throttle you in round 2. Second Spoiler: throttle it I did. Spoilers aside, here’s how it all went down. First, I spray painted the heck out of those chairs, leaving them out overnight to look totally awesome for my backyard wildlife and to dry over night. While they dried, that evil dew snuck up and created water spots all over them. Morning check-up on the chairs was not fun. Round 1: Dew.
Day 2 involved wiping off the dew, waiting for the Adirondacks to fully dry, and then going through another can/round of spray paint. And then I wizened up and let them dry in the sun during the hot day, so dew could not foil their beauty at night. Round 2: Brit.
Here’s a little before and after for you:
With freshie red Adirondacks on the lower deck, next up was the grill. M rocked this part of the lower deck by getting a great deal on a new grill, and he even cooked our first refreshed-lower-deck-celebratory-meal (chicken skewers and grilled sweet onions) – yum.
This post is full of close-ups, and that’s because I don’t want you to see the weeds in the lower deck planters. I need to deal with that, hopefully before the end of the summer.
Anyone else have a little thing like Mother Nature ruin your spray painting adventures? Or re-do the grill hang-out area after years of a half-working grill? Whoa, look at that, I think I acclimated to the word “grill” just in writing this post.