So after I painted the trellis apple green, I looked around to see what else I could paint.
I dragged the bench out of the garden, grabbed my handsander, loaded some 80-weight sandpaper and in a matter of minutes I had a fairly new wood surface to paint. Primer? Nah, the worst that could happen is "shabby chic" after a winter or two. Besides that would delay the instantaneous gratification I clearly deserve.In less than an hour, an apple green reading bench under the dogwood tree.
One unforeseen outcome--this made me notice my flagstone path had been swallowed up by the white violets (the single most aggressive plant I've ever met, including mint, dames rocket, feverfew and lilies of the valley). As of this afternoon, there isn't a violet leaf to be seen, although the roots are still there, and I have an agreement with Mr. RoundUp for a spray-date the instant they show new leaves.