- Weed and
add plantsto the front yard garden Weed and divide irises in the side yard gardens(mostly done - 1 small bed left) Add grass seed to bare spots in the back yard
- Transplant ferns near the shed
- Transplant plants that did poorly this year to new locations
Do something with that compost bin
As for the irises, I had to jump on that train because I had promised to give some of them to my coworkers when I divided them. So here's what we're looking at now.
The bed pictured above used to only have irises just past that bush to the right of the bird feeder. I divided all the irises and had so many left over that I was able to pull up the weeds in the rest of the bed and plant irises there too. So now the irises go right up to the ground cover, which lines the rest of the driveway. Yay for getting rid of weeds!
Unfortunately, my back was too sore to continue on and address this mess of a garden bed. Still more irises to divide (and sooo many weeds and grass).
Other Outside Projects
- Paint the eaves around the garage (3/4 of the way there!)
Finish up the back porch trim Add house numbers to the front door
I should be out finishing up the garage eaves right now, but what can I say? I just didn't want to. But I've only got one side to go, so it will definitely get done before September is through. Here's what I'm working with:
Furniture I'm Going to Paint/Makeover
- Black china cabinet with mirrors (remove doors, add shelf paper, drawers?, paint)
- Pink desk (paint white with gold dip look)
- Old white chair (reupholster and paint to go with the pink desk's new look)
- Small bookshelf (paint, maybe shelf paper)
- Apothecary unit (going to look for new hardware, maybe sand and stain a darker tone)
Other Inside Projects
Stuff pillows and hem the sides (mom made two pillow covers from leftover materials)
- Totally empty the kitchen, clean, and reorganize
Finish up the new terrariums
- Caulk the gaps around the living room's ceiling trim
Oh, but do you see how I didn't cross of anything under the furniture section? Well, sometimes inspiration strikes and you gotta just go with it. So instead of painting one of the pieces I had planned on doing, I did this:
This table ended up being one of the first pieces of furniture I ever attempted to makeover. The maps that cover the top, the shelf, and the front of the drawer are from our trip to Europe in 2008. I added the half-moon handle and then painted the whole thing brown. Yep, brown. Not sure why I did that, other than because I wanted it to look like wood but was afraid to stain it, I guess.
I've gotten rid of some of my freebie furniture finds over the years, but this one always stuck around because of the maps. It was like a trip souvenir.
When I saw the cover of the September 2013 HGTV Magazine, I fell in love with that teal color on the headboard and bedspread. And since our room already has a lot of soft pastel teal accents, I thought it could use a shot of something richer. And wouldn't ya know it, I already had a teal-colored test pot of paint leftover from a failed idea for our half bathroom. And then I remembered that brown paint on the map table and it was like lightning stuck.
But I did have some other test pots I considered using though.
Anyway, I'm pretty please to have it go from this: (who paints furniture brown anyway?
Much happier. Plus, it's actually the exact color of the knobs I added to my nightstands. Didn't realize that until the paint was dry, but what a happy accident! I hadn't really planned to keep the table at the foot of the bed like that, but now that it matches the room so well, I'm kind of digging it. It may only stay there for now, but I'll definitely enjoy it there while I decide where it fits best.
Keep an eye out for that post on the garage eaves. I'm sure the motivation to wrap that project up will be hitting me soon ... I hope.