Happy Saturday to you!
I’m slowly digging my way out of spring cleaning and shed-keeping projects.
It’s been a messy couple of weeks but worthwhile with much-needed repair and painting for our ceilings, exterior trim and porches.
While the painters were here, my Potting Shed got her trim freshened up and a coat of semi-transparent stain on her shakes that were oxidized and discolored. She faces southwest and the front takes a beating from the UV rays. You can’t really ‘touch up’ stain, so she got a coat of stain on all four sides.
That meant everything had to come down off the exterior and be moved away so the painters could work, including the garden tools and ‘POT’ on the gable. . .
And watering can chain. . .
You may have noticed I have a lot of stuff to move. . . ;)
Since she was refreshed on the outside, she needed to be tidied up inside too. Twice a year I take everything out to thoroughly sweep, beat back the cobwebs and tidy and clean in all the nooks and crannies.
I have lots of inquiries about my indoor/outdoor faux bois rug.
It’s a Martha Stewart Living Layered Faux Bois area rug and is mold/mildew resistant and cleans easily with a garden hose. I found it at homedocorators.com four years ago. They still carry the wool version but no longer stock the indoor/outdoor rug. I did a quick Google search and found that it is available online at Home Depot, here.
Spring cleaning and shed-keeping means airing my dirty laundry ;) so I hung my cafe curtains outside to organize all the stuff I had squirreled away under my counters.
I found the cottage floral cafe curtains online from Country Curtains four years ago, the ideal length and width for skirting my work benches. Lucky for me, since I would rather plant or pot, than sew!
My window boxes are easily removed from their brackets for the siding to be painted and plant now that our threat of frost is over. My hubby mounted the brackets 1 x 4s to stablize the window boxes and help protect the siding from watering.
My potting shed windows face west so I chose a vinyl/ polyethylene material for the window boxes after doing some online research. They tolerate the UV rays here in the sunny South without splitting or cracking and the color will stay true longer than a painted wood. They also have a double wall design with a water reservoir so they’re self-watering and one of the few things I don’t have to water everyday.
My window boxes came from windowbox.com, (no compensation, just passing along a product I’m happy with ;)
They are waiting for me to plant with some sun-loving annuals. I’m still anxiously waiting for some plants to arrive at the garden center to fill my containers and window boxes!
It’s a beautiful sunny day here in North Carolina which makes shed-keeping a lot more pleasant! Hope you’re enjoy some sunny weather for your spring cleaning and planting ;)