I would imagine that you all remember my sister, Sheila Beauchemin. I have blogged about her numerous times because she's one of my favorite people in the whole world and she's pretty darn talented!
Although Sheila is a very creative person, she had never really painted anything until recently. Not even a wall. Her husband, Claude, has always been the painter in the family. Sheila's job was to choose colours and tell him if he missed a spot.
Well, things have changed. I shipped Sheila a bunch of paint and basically told her to paint something, take photos and email me when she was done. I pestered her just the right amount so that she would try Fusion Mineral Paint, but still answer my phone calls. It's a fine line sometimes, but sisters can push each other quite a bit.
A short time later, Sheila called me and said she needed more paint! She was very excited about a project she was working on and said she would take photos when she was done.
Imagine my surprise when she sent me these photos! The saying "go big or go home" sorta comes to mind.
This structure has a great story. It was originally an old outhouse on the Beauchemin's homestead which is located next door to Sheila and Claude's home in Ile des Chenes, Manitoba. When Sheila found out it was going to be torn down, she rescued it and turned it into a garden shed. Most people rescue dogs or cats, but Sheila rescues outhouses! Quite frankly, I think it's a brilliant idea. I have been looking for an old outhouse for my own garden ever since.
Sheila painted the entire outhouse using Fusion Mineral Paint! Even the metal eavestrough and hanging squares are painted. She used Fusion Ultra Grip to ensure the paint adhered well to the metal. The end of my blog post lists all of the colours she used.
For a little bit of whimsey, Claude (at Sheila's request of course) cut a hole in the door and inserted this grate. Another brilliant idea!
One area of the outhouse was quite rotten, so Sheila covered it with the old toilet seat. Whimsey, whacky, whatever. I love it!
Did you notice that the wood has two seats cut into it? Really?!? I am not really sure I would be comfortable with that. Ever.
Sheila always pays attention to details. She even painted the trim around the "vent" yellow. I figure it's a pretty small fresh air vent for a two seater, don't you?
She also painted the birdhouse and the little shelf.
Sheila added some great finishing touches by planting a variety of succulents in the eavestrough and in that little metal thing on a stick by the door. I have no idea what it is, but it looks like a plunger to me! I'm going to guess that she did that on purpose because that's the way she rolls.
I asked Sheila to take a quick photo of the colours she used. She giggled, said she was a sloppy painter and emailed me these photos. I have a feeling she may need a screwdriver if she ever wants to open the bottles again. Maybe even a chainsaw.
planked walls - Bedford
eavestrough - Ash
wood toilet seat - Limestone
shelf - Renfew Blue