It was not good. Maybe some people like weathered silvery wood, but I was sort of depressed looking at it. I stained it in 5 minutes using the last little bit of stain I had left, and ran out before I could finish the inside...whoops!
Ahh!!! It's so much better! Like looking at a toned and tan Ryan Reynolds instead of a glittery vampire! Here's another closer shot - pale and angsty before:
Warm and bubbly after:
After the stain dried for 2 minutes (who's counting?) I sprayed the whole thing with some spar urethane. I used it when I planted flowers and then stained the planter they were in, and when I restained our bench last summer.
It's nothing to write home about, but it's better than nothing. Lest you should think I didn't plant anything in the barrel, I just ran outside and took this photo (at 8pm) of the vinca and coleus I planted there. They look much cuter with the sun out!
As for my ridiculous blogging absences, I've been really busy being a newlywed this summer. We've been doing a lot of this...
(not smoking, just drinking and paying homage to Bob!)
and some of this:
(hmm...appears to also be drinking...)
(Um...)And of course, there was this shining moment last Saturday:
Do you think this is why I've been having a heck of a time getting up for work Monday mornings?? Either way, we are having a great summer and hope you are too!
ps - don't you love the free filters on Picnik??
pps - have you kissed a dog lately?
ppps - ok, I'm done now.