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What have we been doing?

on April 16, 2017

I have learned that I need to set aside ‘enforced’ days off from going to doctors, dealing with insurance companies or looking for things for the condo.  Days when I can do a few of the other things like clean, cook a meal that takes more than an hour to cook and clean up from, write letters and non condo emails, call friends and maybe just maybe, write something for my blog.  Easter Sunday is one of those days.

So what have we been up to?

Painting a ‘rug’ on the deck.  As part of the remodel we added a deck to the back of the condo which included a ramp to give Ben easier access to the condo.  Our contractor designed it with a large planter, “my garden”.  Spending some time outdoors every day is important to me and this also gives us more room to entertain.  So I wanted the deck to look like part of the rest the place, not just stuck on.

Originally I had a very outlandish plan for painting the floor of the deck.  Something like what this woman did.

Then I realized that I live in a condo, part of a home owners association.  Just like living in a historic district I couldn’t paint whatever I wanted.  I went to the library, checked out design books, faux painting books, floor cloth books.  Poured over them.  Finally came up with an idea.  A scaled back project. A little more conservative. Submitted an application to the architectural review board and waited.  All the while worrying that it won’t get approved.

Well, it was approved.  So I started work.  It took about six days spread over two weeks (you know, the moment I wanted to do an outdoor project that needed clear warm weather, the rains started!)  Lots of measuring and taping.  But finally it was done.

I am really pleased with the way it turned out.  It is not by any means perfect.  There was some ‘bleeding’ under the tape.  It has this nice aged, worn look which is what I was going for.

Then one day last week I realized where my design inspiration came from…

The door mat at the condo we are renting.  Heee heee.  No need to ponder and research.  Just look out the door.


4 responses to “What have we been doing?

  1. Dinah says:

    That’s a great ‘rug’ you created. Well done Martha!! Once I decided to do ‘rugs’ out of mosaic tiles in the entire condo and was so pleased with the results. Obviously, I personally didn’t do them only designed them. That’s why your project is so much more significant. You actually did it by yourself. I am very impressed. You should send in the details to Hometalk or Pintrest. Happy Easter to you and Ben from Allen and me.


  2. Betty says:

    Love the look of the faux rug. What a great idea. So happy you are settling in.


  3. Alyssa says:

    That turned out beautifully!! What a wonderful way to dress up a porch.

    BTW, thanks for sharing the blog that inspired you. Incredible!


  4. Hardy says:

    That’s amazing Martha, I love your deck design, very artistic and will look fabulous when you add your planter with flowers. Your design will be an inspiration to those who are looking to personalise their small gardens to make them unique. Will look forward to seeing how this space progresses through the seasons. I also like the fact that you took your inspiration from your doormat, it obviously caught your eye, as great designs often do. It is so cleverly reproduced, what a feat of ingenuity! Love & hugs from Jules & George


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