Originally, I’d planned to make two separate posts about four pieces of “art” that were recently added to my garden. I use the term “art” loosely because what’s been added might not be everyone’s idea of art.
Before Christmas, my next-door neighbor and I decided it would be fun to put a stained glass window between our shared fence. (I’d seen this done with a gate, and I have to say it looked great.)
My neighbor and I agreed to split the cost of the window, and her husband was mandated to perform the installation. Gosh, poor husbands have it bad!
First, my neighbor bought a stained glass window through Etsy, but it turned out the stained glass was plastic, so she returned it. Next, we went together to the local auction house where she bid and won several stained glass windows.
I’m pretty laid back so I let her decide which window she wanted installed. After all, most stained glass is pretty, don’t you think?
The surprise came when my neighbor made the decision to have her husband install two windows instead of one. The windows are vintage…1920’s???
Two windows installed, but the interiors not painted.
Here are the windows caulked and painted with the same paint used for the birdhouse in the photo above.
I left the window frames unpainted because they are cedar wood and will eventually age to match the surrounding fence. I think the windows will look even better once their frames darken with age.
The fence slopes down slightly. This is why the windows may appear crooked. They aren’t.
And then, way back in February, when Pandora’s Box was having their annual 20% off everything sale, I purchased two identical metal panels like the one you see below.
The panels’ dimensions were 21-1/2″ x 42-1/2″ or about 54.5 cm x 108 cm. The blue around the frame is masking tape.
When I buy things, I always ask myself, “Is this a need or a want?” Do you do that, too? It’s supposed to help you stay on course with your budget.–Ha! It didn’t work this time.
Well, this purchase was definitely “a want” because I didn’t need any metal panels; however, the price was so very good…and I knew I’d never see any like them again. So I was hooked.
The panels sat in my house for five months while I tried to decide what to do with them. Here were my options:
- I could use them butted up together to make a table top. I already have a metal table base in the shed left by the previous occupants of this house.
- I could use them either to make a penetrable roof or as partial sides for my new arbor.
- I could transform them into fence art, and then the question would be whether or not to paint them.
I finally decided they’d work best as fence art, and I painted them.
The paint used was exterior grade house paint, which I’d purchased for another project and also tubes of art paint already on hand.
Sadly, what you can’t see is I painted veins in some of the green leaves using white and blue with art paint. My simple camera isn’t able to pick up that kind of detail.
I also painted the fence behind the panels in a faded unobtrusive red. It doesn’t show well in these photos. (Behind this fence is one neighbor’s garage.)
Anyway, I’m pleased with the way they turned out, and I wish I could twitch my nose like Samantha in Bewitched so you could see them in person!