Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Garden Bistro Table

 Can you see my bistro table off to the back right corner of the raised bed?  Pretty hard to see, right?  It has been driving me crazy.  I wanted to paint it but I just could not decide what color I wanted to use.  I knew if I did not pick the right color, it would bother me every time I looked at it.  I was tempted to just paint it black again but as you can see, the moment it fades a bit, it disappears into the background.

 So I studied my gardens for inspiration.

 I used a wire brush to take off old flaking paint and dirt.

 I had a can of oregano colored spray paint which I tried out.  Way too bland and it blended in with the surroundings too much.

 I looked again to the garden to see which colors caught my eye. I thought about red for a while but when I pushed myself to picture the bistro set in red, it just seemed far too bold for my taste.

 I considered lavender, but again, it seemed too strong.  I did not want a color that would jump out at me.  I wanted a color that would get my attention but be harmonious with the surrounding plants.

 When you look at your gardens with color in mind, you see what a wide variation you have.

 The gold on the rocks inspired me a bit.

 As did the color of the chow chow way up at the top of the creek. (click for a closer look) But I ruled both of these colors out.

 I ended up choosing this color.  Spring sprout.  It is the color of the new growth on all the green plants.  It is the color that most often drew my eye.  When you think about it, it is the first color we see in the spring.  Fresh green sprouts working their way through the ground, looking for the sun.

 Subtle difference but very different effect.  Brighter VS dull.

The first coat is on and drying.  I'll show the set when it is finished and in place.  I won't know for sure that it will work for me until I see it in place.