We used stripes to turn our garage into a beachy Mexican backdrop to the patio #Decor & Decorating#before and after#garage#painting#walls August 22 | Guest post by Alexson We went from blah to ooh la la, and lost about 10 pounds of water weight in 8 hours. 8:00 A.M., 88 degrees: We rise and shine. We peek out the back window and see: We are sad. 8:30 A.M., 94 degrees: After some donuts, I don my work jorts and $2 flippies. Related Post A colorful bathroom makeover with a chemistry theme When we moved in, the bathroom walls were pure white. Now, they're pink, yellow, blue, and green -- and they tell the world we're science... Read more 9:00 A.M., 98 degrees: We pick and peel and sand the offending garage wall. We acknowledge it looks shitty. We are soaked with sweat. 9:15 A.M., 101 degrees, no joke: I artfully arrange our weapons of the day. 10:30 A.M., 108 degrees: We complete Project Part One: Glidden Caribe. We squint eyes and tilt heads and hope for the best as we push onward, ever onward. High noon, 115 degrees: Project Parts Two and Three — Glidden Ivy Topiary and Sliced Cucumber — applied. Jorts have been removed and your humble blogger is painting in a swimsuit. Hubs loses three pounds of water weight in an hour. 3:00 P.M., 400 degrees, hellish humidity: Project Part Four — Martha's Acuaba Teal — is complete and touch-ups have been applied. Eyes squint again, necks crane, painting duo agrees to never paint outdoors on such a hot day again, even if in a few hours we still think it looks weird. 4:00 P.M.: Eye pallets cleansed, we silly homeowners agree — the stripes Are Good. Allow me to dazzle you with our amazing painting-in-the-line skillz, y'all. What, what! Now, we are the proud owners of an outdoor living space that looks delightfully beachy, with a dash of Mexican restaurant. So much better than staring at a blah tan wall when we hang out on the patio. Bold move, right? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Alexson Alexson blogs on the DIY adventure she and her husband embarked on when they bought a plain little house. Along with their cats and aquatic turtle, they are chronicling the lessons they learn, the bruises they get, and the some times long road in the journey to give their house some razzle dazzle. http://3b7p.blogspot.com/ PREVIOUS See a pastel mod apartment and use your scanner to make art NEXT Log cabin contemplations: the weirdness of moving back into your childhood home Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] I love it! Reply Exactly what I was going to write! Reply That looks awesome! I can presume you used that pool to your advantage? Reply Very cool! That looks great. Reply Beautiful! A few of those brightly colored glazed Mexican pots around the exterior would turn the hacienda dial up to 11! Reply Love!! <3 I'm all for people painting things colours that people don't expect… Does that make sense lol. Reply I love this garage, and this post. Because you are funny. Reply "Allow me to dazzle you with our amazing painting-in-the-line skillz, y'all. What, what!" I am amazed and amused! The paint job looks super fantastic and you provided great commentary! Reply Awesome! And, as someone who has great difficulty even colouring within the lines, let alone painting, respect for your mad in-line skillz! Reply Love it–great job! Reply Her comments had me giggling out loud. And that turquoise… SWOON. Reply genius! Reply love love love this! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.