We used stripes to turn our garage into a beachy Mexican backdrop to the patio

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.

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?

  1. That looks awesome! I can presume you used that pool to your advantage? :)

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  2. Beautiful! A few of those brightly colored glazed Mexican pots around the exterior would turn the hacienda dial up to 11!

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  3. Love!! <3 I'm all for people painting things colours that people don't expect… Does that make sense lol.

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  4. I love this garage, and this post. Because you are funny.

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  5. "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!

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  6. Awesome! And, as someone who has great difficulty even colouring within the lines, let alone painting, respect for your mad in-line skillz!

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  7. Her comments had me giggling out loud. And that turquoise… SWOON.

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