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MORE WITH REPURPOSED ABOVE GROUND POOL PARTS

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Access door made of sheet metal from above ground pool over a 2x4 frame. Faux wood attempt with exterior stain over all purpose primer.   Metal supports from above ground pool.  Effort to use them to line bed/sidewalk. Cedar chips will go in there, and a potted plant or two. Close up of faux wood effort.

RETIRED AT LAST!

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At last they have time for a day at the beach! Super Sculpey, acrylic paint, sand, Elmer's Glue, and, as usual, bits and pieces.  She stands about 10".

You Look A Fright!

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 Mirror, mirror on the wall...hey...comb your hair. You're scaring me. This is made of Super Sculpy and paper clay over a mirror purchased at a thrift store.  

SWEET HARMONY

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 These little street singers -- the singer in back is about 10" tall, and the whole piece is about 15". Made from polymer clay, lightweight cement, balsa wood, and bits and pieces.

REPURPOSED MATERIALS FROM AN ABOVE GROUND POOL

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  My plan was to use the sheet metal salvaged from a friend's abandoned above ground pool for a privacy fence, and there is plenty left for that. But the plywood on the back of my poor old makeshift shed needed repair, and I used some of the metal for that. This was a huge pool -- the biggest I'd ever seen -- 32 feet across by 48 inches deep. That's about 100 feet of sheet metal. Once I got the pool disassembled I cut the metal into 17 foot lengths and rolled it up for transport and storage. It worked out well for my shed, which is 16 feet long. I used one long strip for the bottom, but it was too heavy to lift for the top and I had to cut it into pieces I could manage.

faux painted trashcan

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Naturally, no before photos. This was an old commercial Rubbermaid trashcan that had been laying around the yard for years. It was sanded with steel wool and primed with all surface primer. Then grey "weathered"  and walnut wood stain was lightly streaked on with a chip brush. I was able to simulate grain by varying the pressure of my brush stroke. Lines were simply penciled using a 1x4 for spacing to simulate planks. The top was sprayed with all surface bronze spray paint. The "bands" are some belts purchased from a thrift store, sprayed with the same all surface paint, and screwed into place. Everything was twice coated with an exterior polyeurethane. Just right for our little pool area.

More work on the gazebo

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Able to spend some time reworking the little gazebo structure. Using a recipe that includes Portland cement, clay powder, builder's lime, and sand, plus a dollop of asphalt emulsion. We'll see how it holds up.