I finally found the best garden hose on the market in my humble opinion. Actually, Jordan suggested that I purchase one, so it is her opinion that it is the best garden hose, too. It is now resting in our Ralph Lauren courtyard. For years, I have wrestled with an old ugly green garden hose that refused to roll up and stay put. I even bought a massive container to hide it in, but it kept tipping over.
Thanks to Jordan, I bought a Pocket Hose that I found on Amazon. If you interested, here’s the link.
When I took it out of the package, I was amazed at how tiny it really is, yet it is 50 feet long. It was kind of blah just lying in a teeny coil like it is supposed to do. I decided to put my creative hat on, and I came up with a solution that is both cute and functional.
I decided to keep it in a container, and I knew a paint can would be the right size. First, I purchased a new/empty paint can which was available for $4.99 at Home Depot. I already had some spray primer, Frog tape, red spray paint, and a chalk label on hand.
The steps were very simple, and other than the drying time, this project took just a few minutes. I first made a couple of nail holes in the bottom for drainage. Then I took the can outside and sprayed it with the primer. I let that layer dry for about 30 minutes. Then I added three rows of frog tape. The two on the top and bottom are wider than the one in the middle to add some visual interest. Let me add that since the paint can is made for holding paint, the inside has a coating on it that will prevent rust.
Then I sprayed the entire can a second time with red spray paint by Rustoleum and let it dry while I visited with my neighbor/art teacher and admired her latest still life painting which just blew me away.
I gently removed the tape because I realized that the white primer really had not had time to cure. If you are wondering, I decided to forgo using white paint and just stayed with the primer. The red and white stripes were so cute, but it needed just one more little addition.
I wrote the French word for garden, le jardin, on a chalk label and attached it to the side. It is so darn cute, and my perfect watering hose has a cute place to call home. I intend to let everything cure a couple of days, and then I will add some sealer to it so that the label will adhere in rainy weather. This is a project that children can do with adult supervision, and your simple garden hose will become a topic of conversation when you entertain outdoors. If Ralph Lauren stopped in for a visit (that’s only going to happen in my dreams), I don’t think he would feel this adds to the RL atmosphere I have been striving for. He probably would think the stripes need to be aged, but I think the can now has some pizzazz.
So, our water hose went from this……
On the family front, Jordan flew home to Syracuse this morning. Tears of sadness here. We think there’s going to be a loooooong dry spell before we see each other again – like maybe Thanksgiving. If she can, she might join Mike and me for our annual bicycle ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC in the fall, but there are a lot of details to work out to make that one happen. Meanwhile, we’ll be on the phone to each other everyday, and we will continue to try to improve our blog and grow our readership. She has a new addition to her improved curb appeal that she will share with you tomorrow.
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