October 30, 2015

Accomplishing Some Outdoor Projects

The rain stopped. Finally! I have had a few outdoor projects lined up and the weather just was not cooperating with me. Four days of blowing rain! Ugg. I am trying to play catch-up now with some waterproofing jobs! 

See how many leaves we lost from about four days of blowing wind and heavy rains.
My beautiful view is looking kind of sad now. 
But on a positive note...we do have sunshine!

This is a sponsored post by Thompson's WaterSeal
(I was provided with spray sealant to test on my own pieces.)
But all opinions are my own! 

I took advantage of the sunshine today. 
(I am much more productive on sunny days.)

I got outside and got to work on a couple of waterproofing jobs that have been on my list. 

Do you ever look at placemats and table runners and see a tag that says "spot clean." I am thinking whatSpot clean something that goes on the table?

(I admit that I have gone ahead and bought a some placemats and runners that say to spot clean. I prefer to throw things into the washer.)

Here is one of my "spot clean only" runners. 
I chose this runner as my "test" because it is all cotton, and it did not cost much. 

Table runner before spraying Thompson's WaterSeal Fabric Seal.

It occurred to me that I might be able to "waterproof" my runner(s). It seems to me that waterproofing might buy me time to wipe up a spill before it soaks into the fabric. With sealant spray in hand I went outside to my project table on the back porch. (I have used this old table as a beverage bar, potting table, etc.)

Table runner with one coat of Thompson's WaterSeal Fabric Seal
 Here is the table runner with one coat of spray. The instructions say to spray the fabric twice. 
Spray. Wait 24 hours. Spray again.
And it was as easy as using a can of hairspray...except that this spraying must be done outside in fresh air. 

Close-up of table runner after two sprays with Thompson's WaterSeal Fabric Seal.
If you decide to try using this water seal be sure to read and follow the directions on the can before beginning. I used the spray on a cotton table runner...and I did not notice any changes in color, or texture of the fabric. 

I am not sure how this would work on a taffeta or polyester fabric table runner or placemat. Observe caution. I would suggest making a test spot on the back before doing anything to the top fabric.  

Here is what the can looks like in case you go looking for it. 

I decided to do a water test on my runner to test the sealant. I poured some water from my water bottle....and let it sit for about twenty minutes. I figured that surely I could get a spill wiped up inside of twenty minutes. ha.

Ta Da! 
I love it.  
The water did not soak in! 

I shook the water around and it just separated into more beads of water. I am pleased with the fabric sealant. Very easy. 

I am planning on going through my placemats and table runners to spray/waterproof them. 

And what about cotton pillows that get tossed around? I just may spray them too. 

Note that anything that will be washed in water, like a pillow cover, etc. will need to be re-sealed/sprayed  to maintain the sealant properties.

My next project was to use the Thompson's WaterSeal Waterproofing Wood Protector. I have a few things I want to seal, but I started with my wood "E."

My letter was raw plywood when I bought it.
I painted it with acrylic craft paint

The instructions say to spray a coat of sealant. Wait 24 hours. Then spray another coat of sealant. In the case of my letter...the sealant is easily soaking up the wood. So the second coat was not only recommended, but I think required for my piece. I may go back and give it a third coat of seal now that I think about it.

My letter will live outside...
on wreaths and leaned up against the brick wall. 

 Thompson's WaterSeal Waterproofing Wood Protector being absorbed into the wood.
I love that this sealant is so easy to use. Like I hinted at above, if you can use a can of hair spray then you can use this product. Just remember to be outside in the fresh air when spraying.

Here is what the can looks like.
The waterproofing was not runny and certainly easier to use than brush on sealant. 
It also absorbed very quickly.

I have a couple of other "sealing" projects in mind too. I have an unfinished wood planter box that my father built for me. I plan to stain it and then spray the Thompson's WaterSeal Waterproofing Wood Protector on it too. I will share with you once that project is finished.

Here is a little vignette on my old project table. The table has wobbly legs and layers and layers of old varnish but It has survived three winters and summers on the back porch. It is such a handy old table. A heavyweight oak and not too precious...though it might have been at some point in its early days.

I am very pleased with how my fabric runner turned out as well as my wood "E" using the Thompson's WaterSeal Waterproofing products. 

The Thompson's Water Sealants are something I would recommend if you have any water sealing you need to do around your house. 

So easy to use! And they do what they are intended to do which is...  Keep water out!

What kind of fall projects do you have lined up before it gets too cold to work outside? 

For me, I will be washing/scrubbing the porch chair cushions and then spraying them with Thompson's WaterSeal Fabric Seal.

Then I will work on finishing the planter box/rectangle dad made. I want my box to be ready before Christmas...so, I need to get busy.

post script: I have had some questions about where to by the Thompson's WaterSeal Waterproofing products. So, I googled to double check and came up with the answer I suspected...found in most home repair type stores. Lowes, Home Depot, True Value, etc. Here is the link to the website where you can read more. I hope this helps.  http://www.thompsonswaterseal.com/waterproofing-products/small-projects/


Previous Oct posts in case you missed them.
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Farmhouse Breakfast Table & Recipe
Tablescapes & Cake Plates
Table Setting Inspiration
Just Being Lazy
Farmhouse Table: Lunch for Two
Welcome My Pretties...Halloween Is Here!

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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