Read More

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Only Thing Keeping Me Away From the Halloween Candy

In a moment of weakness (or PMS) I told Brody to buy the "good" candy for Halloween. And, because he's a good guy he not only bought the good stuff, he got it at there is a HUGE bag of delicious chocolate right at my fingertips.

I decided I needed a project to keep me busy for at least a couple days until hopefully I would have the strength to resist. Here is our front porch:
I have to say that it looked worse before I bought the mums. It looks like a decent porch, but the bench was bugging me. Actually it was my mom that mentioned it might need to be spruced up a bit. In my typical fashion I was like, "yeah, yeah...blah, blah...I have kids to feed, laundry to do...I hate painting, so no thanks." Then some time passed and I decided, as usual, Mom was right. (aren't they always?! ps-remember this Scarlett and Clark)
So with the chocolate too close for comfort and a UT/OU game that was driving me insane I decided this would be the day to paint. I attempted to round up some helpers:

this guy claimed to have fever
(guys will do anything to get out of painting-ha!)
this guy had worked all morning and as evidenced here had a bag full of jalapeno chips and about three different football games on all at the same time rendering him too busy to be of any help
I asked my girl and she was all about helping me out as long as I called her Sally. (she is back on a Char.lie B.rown kick)

We washed the bench and right then it looked much much better! The next step was a light sanding....and I do mean light-you don't get these jello arms from elbow grease-it takes pure mediocrity to get them looking like they do. (sorry I don't have pictures of these steps...I kind of forgot I had the camera and Sally was busy running around with the hose chasing butterflies.)
Anyway...finally...I did a quick paint job. This will not win any painting awards. I think the right arm only has one coat because I got tired. And I used some spray paint on the tiny places I couldn't get my brush around. Thankfully, I don't think the painting police live in our neighborhood so I should be safe.

I think it looks about 10 times better. Now, I'm off to get a peanut butter cup :)


Chera said...

Looks great!!!

Marta said...

I think it looks fabulous!!

Jcbaron99 said...


Maegan said...

It looks so good! I want a porch to have a bench on.... sigh...

Tamra said...

I sometimes dream of having a porch, too -- mostly just to decorate it and give the illusion that we sit out on it as we talk and sip lemonade. It's too hot, humid, and mosquito-infected to actually be of any real use at our house 8-9 months out of the year!

Jaime said...

I love it. I have been wanting to paint my bench black since we moved in...funny how the idea seems so great, but the work gets in the way of the vision. Save some of that good chocolate for me. We've already eaten all our good stuff. :-)

Vicki said...

That was funny...I needed the laugh. And you and Sally did a great job on the bench. Maybe "Hermione" and I should get a bench for our porch??

mimi47 said...

For all you young Moms out there, isn't it comforting to know that children do sometimes listen to their Mom's? (ha) It really turned out great and I'm glad I was the inspiration (wink)!