Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Little Bit of Paint

Changes at Linderhof are small and sometimes come in steps. The first step was moving the iron table from the patio to the pergola. To use for a spot of tea or a dinner in the herb garden. We did that the first of the month -- and I love it under the pergola. It is the perfect place for the table (although it's been so hot, I've yet to have afternoon tea out there!)

The second step was accomplished last week when Husband Jim decided to paint . . . he did not like the white chippy (although I did) and after much discussion, suggested a matte rust color to go with the legs of the piece and the furniture.

I chose the paint -- which was rust but it now seems almost red to me in the garden -- but it does pick up the terra cotta of garden pots and gives a spot of color to the pergola. I often find that Husband Jim has an uncanny knack for choosing colors -- I'm the "vanilla ice cream" of the pair -- he's the "tin roof sundae"!
And surprisingly enough the legs were not painted -- they are rust -- you can't tell in this picture can you?

I am looking for a bit milder temperatures when I can enjoy my cup (or glass) of tea while gazing at the herb garden. But July is not known for mild temperatures -- it may be September before I can truly enjoy the "new" table in the garden.

The blue pot was a gift from a dear friend when Jim's mother passed away -- it had a lovely hydrangea in it. This friends knows my affinity for blue and it is a perfect pot for this spot of the garden! I think of her every time I gaze out the breakfast room windows and see the pot of cheery marigolds.

Interestingly, Husband Jim and I lugged the table from patio to pergola. It is heavy with the iron top and iron legs but we managed and got it in place. While he was preparing to paint (in the pergola -- we weren't about to lug the table from pergola to driveway to paint) somehow the table fell -- and off came the top -- it's two pieces and if I knew that I certainly forgot it! It made lugging the one piece -- the iron top -- so much easier. Off to the drive it went (and now we have rust colored gravel).

It's Monday which means that it's time for Met Monday -- please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what other metamorphosis there are this Monday. It's always fun to see what projects we've been working on!

And it is also Blue Monday -- and what better blue than a pot in the garden? Join Smiling Sally to see what other blues there are this Monday? Blue blue summer skies, perhaps?


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh love the pergola, such a great spot and the table is gorgeous painted rust. Love the blue accents too. Hugs, Marty

eileeninmd said...

I love the pergola and it is a great place for the table. It would be nice to sit there with a drink and enjoy the day!

Sherry said...

I was given a flaking paint patio set. I love it! White, cream, green, and lavender with a bit of rust here and there. DH expected me to de-flake it and paint it before Memorial Day. I did not have time. Now? It's too hot! I'll be busy again in the fall...then cooold winter will set in. Don't know how long I'll be able to hold onto that lavender...but I'm trying!

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha that will be such a pretty spot! And Jim does have a knack- lovely color!
xoxo Pattie

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

It does look like a great spot to enjoy a beverage. Nice color selection by your husband.

Anonymous said...

I love this! Your table looks perfect and it is amazing how husbands can truly make great decisions sometimes. The blue and rust colors looks wonderful together! :)
Be a sweetie,
shelia :)

From the Kitchen said...

I think the rust color works well. What a lovely little spot to while away an afternoon. Hope the weather will allow that soon.


Pondside said...

It was a weekend for painting tables! I painted the white iron table for the garden house - still white! I like the rust colour of your table - more Provence and less Providence RI, I think!

Unknown said...

I love the rust red table it really makes the red flowers and hummingbird feeder stand out.

It looks like you have the same pergola that we have. Metal? Costco? If you get a chance check on my blog and see if they are the same.

Decor To Adore said...

Now this is a gorgeous table and garden! You are amazingly talented!

Unknown said...

I thought they looks alike. Congrats on the half-off price. Only the front columns are on the blocks because the back columns are in the raise planters. I am in the process of painting the blocks to match the pergola. We are also going to cover the pergola with my new favorite item, a drop cloth so we can have more shade during the summer.

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

It looks great! You can see it so much better than the white table. Good idea to your hubby!

Ott, A. said...

That looks like such a great spot to sit and enjoy the summer. I could sit out there and read all day. Very beautiful!!!

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a treasure of a spot. It is a beautiful retreat, Martha. I hope you are having a great Blue Monday. Blessings...Mary