It seems hard to believe that just a couple of weeks ago we had blizzard conditions. But then spring seemingly arrived overnight, which is typical here in Minnesota.
And that means my other two favorite seasons have finally arrived as well.
Gardening season and neighborhood garage sale season!
This weekend my sister and I are heading to both the Tangletown neighborhood sales and one of my favorites, Bryn Mawr. Keep your fingers crossed that we find lots of goodies.
But first, to get in the spirit of things I pulled out a couple of garden themed garage sale finds from last summer to give them a quick makeover.
Normally I don’t paint my galvanized watering cans, but this one had a bunch of orange paint spilled on it that was not very attractive. And the tall metal flower bucket was just not quite doing it for me in a dry brushed red.
The flower bucket got three coats of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Linen. Once dry, I sanded it to distress and then added one of the Iron Orchid Designs ‘French Pots V’ transfers. Once that was in place I very lightly waxed the entire thing with Miss Mustard Seed clear furniture wax.
Although I did wash both the bucket and the watering can with soapy water, I did not sand them at all prior to painting. I find that milk paint tends to adhere well to galvanized metal pieces liked these that have a dull finish.
The watering can got two coats of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Flow Blue. Then I also sanded it to distress and added a coat of Miss Mustard Seed clear wax to bring out the richness of that gorgeous blue.
By the way, I went with Flow Blue because I had a bit of it left over from painting the desk I shared on Monday.
Remember I said that all I bought at Junk Bonanza were some magazines?
One of them was the new Flea Market Style gardens issue.
If you enjoy adding junk-tastic finds to your gardens, you should be sure to pick up this issue. It’s pretty fab.
It’s still too early to actually start planting here in Minnesota, and not much is up in the garden yet. However, I have plenty of scilla in my gardens. Scilla is a tiny bulb and it’s always one of the first things to come up and start blooming here. It will even fight its way through the snow if necessary. It multiplies rapidly, deer and other critters won’t eat it, and it can withstand very cold winters.
However, as with all things, there are two camps of thought on that. What sound like great qualities to me are exactly the qualities that others say are bad. They consider scilla to be a invasive pest, taking over areas where native wildflowers once flourished and becoming impossible to control.
I’m kind of bummed that I even came across that info online, because I love seeing the scilla come up every spring as the first sign of life in the garden. Now I’ll just feel a little bit guilty about enjoying it every year.
By the way, I added that graphic to the clay pot using Fusion’s transfer gel. I don’t think I ever blogged about that, or if I did I can’t find it now (which is why that ‘how to’ page is going to be so handy!)
So, how about you? Are you excited about gardening/garage sale season? Got any great neighborhood sales near you this weekend?