Thursday, 12 May 2016

Its a good job

DB is a very patient man! He is currently painting metal and mesh patio chairs with hammerite, such a fiddly and difficult job. It wants to smear rather than be painted on. He has painted the back garage side door a lovely pale sage green and we managed to get hammerite paint in a similar colour.

It would have been easier to spray paint them but that would have cost us an enormous amount of money as we reckoned it would use 1 can per chair at £12 a can. Also, the spray colours are not varied enough, our local shops only seem to have black or white.

The chosen tin has cost about £16 and should do all 4 chairs. Don't think the table needs doing but the mesh on the chair seats had started to show early signs of rust. I know some people who would have just binned the whole set and bought new:(

I have just potted on the tomatoes so the new compost should feed them now until they need to go out. Looks like I might need to temporarily add some fleece protection to the cold frame for the next week, as night time temperatures are due to drop here to between 3 - 6C overnight for a few nights:(

The heating has been off for a while so knee covers might also be needed and maybe even a light jumper with the daytime temperature also drop to about 12C for a few days.

Typical May weather really.

10 comments:

  1. That's a big savings, repainting the chairs. I found my outdoor set on big trash day, sitting by the side of the road. I had to use a stiff brush to remove some rust and then a thorough painting and they were like new.

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    1. Just have to make an effort where possible don't you.

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  2. Love the make do and mend mentality, people are so quick to throw things away these days rather than,heaven forbid, than spend a bit of effort on it !!

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    1. We do sometimes throw away but usually try to make do.

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  3. We heard about that drop in temps too, not looking forward to it after the warm days.

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    1. I have double wrapped the tomatoes so hopefully they will be okay.

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  4. I'm not looking forward to the drop in temperature. I've been loving this beautiful warm weather. Fingers crossed we'll be in for some more before too long. That's a great saving on the chairs. X

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    1. I don't mind the drop too much but hope there is no frost.

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  5. It is quite chilly today just as my shorts had made an appearance! Good work with the chairs - I am looking at one metal chair with waterproof web seats - I mended one last year by re sewing material edge but I was thinking could I put a canvas seat in? Not waterproof but would look nice?

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    1. Can but try but for us, the paint will do.

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