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I've always thought it would be fun to paint our hurricane boards so last weekend we threw a painting party. Everyone that came got a white painted window board with pots of red, yellow, green, blue and black paints. We had several different sized brushes and sponges for everyone.
What a riot!! We had plenty of boards and folks were still painting after dark...
Here's the setup. We have lots of chain link so we leaned the boards against the pool and perimeter fences. This is mostly family, including Mom with a great seat to watch what's going on...
What a GREAT idea...and some real talent showing!! I wish more people would do this. After the hurricanes coming so close together last year people here just decided to leave their boards up 'til the end of the season. It would have been great to see something other than the brown plywood.
PS: The fire department finally pitched a fit about access and people had to take them down.
Ah Pati, I'm so tired of plywood. I've been thinking of doing this party for a long time...lots of folks thought it was just plain strange but it turned out to be such fun.
Everyone got involved and everyone went home paint stained and smiling. The day was perfect, slightly overcast so it wasn't hot and no sun burns. The grass is blue in a few places but not bad and several other paint parties are in the offing...
Pam, maybe we should paint the other side of the boards too so we have something to look at from inside!!
How neat is that!!! and such great work they turned out. You may start getting bids on some of these.
I love it all and think I should do this too.
I doubt mine will have the real flair your family has with the paints.
Go for it Sugar! This was so much fun. Seriously it was probably the best party we've had. Everyone was involved...and everyone got to watch the various works evolve. It was just great!
Here's the basics:
We painted our cut boards with several coats of white exterior paint and provided accent paint for the colors. We bought 99 cent ladles at Big Lots to dip paint into plastic hiball glasses and had taller, coated paper cups to help rinse brushes as they worked. We also handed out stacks of empty hiball glasses to mix colors.
The paints (and cups) were set up on a sheet of plywood on sawhorses and the brushes scattered for choosing.
The brushes were a mixture, 1 and 2 inch bristle brushes plus various sponge brushes that crafters use.
A roll of visqueen, long and narrow (50' x 3') was rolled out to set boards and paints on. It really worked to protect the grass from paint, splashed or spilled.
We set up 5 gallon buckets to dump the paint water and most folks hosed off first then went inside to use Lava soap on their hands. Our pool probably helped here too...LOL
My brother jokes that we should sell the boards on EBay and have professional shutters installed.
I say the best part is that all this original artwork by friends and family...is mine!! Ü
Very impressive! And it looks like everyone had a great time! I'm amazed at some of the results -- I've seen things hanging in galleries and museums that weren't as effectively composed and carried out as some of your storm shutters.
By the way, all. I had an idea that has apparently already been patented (from what my basic research at the online patent office indicated). For those of you in "hurricane alley" that may have short notice to put up shutters and take them down, you might consider installing some permanent snap type fasteners onto your window trim and drilling holes in your boards to fit the fasteners. That way, you don't have to destroy your window trim with nails or screws being put in and out at the whim of the weather.
There are several type fasteners that are probably already available in the big mega hardware stores. I happened to rent some scaffolding to try to top out some trees BEFORE they fell on my house during our last barrage of hurricanes. The scaffolding clips together with some nifty fasteners that would work perfectly for putting shutters up and taking them down more easily.
Maybe you've already got something like this and I'm way behind the times. We are fortunately in what seems to be a position of being sheltered from the storms, tucked under the armpit of Georgia and Florida and haven't had a direct hit by a hurricane since Dora in '64.
So, even though we have people making the last minute dash for plywood when the storms come close, it is not as often as in other parts of the state.
If anyone needs it, I could come up with some sort of diagram of the type of fasteners I'm talking about or some other possible methods of avoiding the nailing and screwing each time a hurricane watch goes into effect.
Thanks for the great art pix! I'm referring this page to several artist friends!
Jeremy, I leave that part to my DH but I know he's been talking of some 'new way' to hang the boards. We have a stucco type facing over wood frame so I know it has been a problem. I'll let him know of your idea and you may just hear from him...Thanks!
AGal, I'd love to see more folks doing this...I just hate plain old plywood! What fun to see communities involved.
Darius, there really isn't anyone to see them. Sniff. We only have one neighbor that passes our house because of a shared driveway and they board up and leave during storms. They must have seen the paintings scattered across the yard though...They don't talk to us much because I let my "weeds" grow for the butterflies, etc.
Darius, I'm with you. We are fortunate in that we don't have any really close neighbors, but even those farther away can be a problem. Butterflies at least are quiet, lovely, and don't complain about DH's habit of collecting. Dotti
This is my type of party!! Looks like you had a grand time. I love all the paintings and the creativeness of them. I want to know where your picture is...huh? Did you just make everyone else paint and you just took pictures of them working?
I'm so glad that we don't have to worry about storm boards, but we do have to make sure our homes aren't too close to a big hill. hehe
Did you see all those expensive homes in Laguna Beach that fell down? I live on a very flat surface and feel very safe.
I get to take the pictures but we do still have 4 boards to paint. Mine, Paul's and a niece's and one to say "Celebrate the Wind". I'll try to get them posted when we finally get together and paint
I guess every part of the country has it's weather problem... I can't even fathom a house sliding away in a mudslide...Good grief! I was amazed when that happened in NC last summer. How do you fare with the wildfires? That's more like hurricanes, you know it's coming but you're not sure exactly where it will end up. Sitting vigil in front of the TV...
I haven't been in the weather forum for a while and missed this thread. Wow, what a cool thing to do with those boards! Like the others, I hope you don't have to use them, but if you do...I want to see pictures. ;)
Nooo Connie!! It looks like you're going to need a bigger closet or will you evacuate this time when the hurricane threatens??
Lisa I hope none of us need to board up but somehow I don't think that will happen. Batten down the hatches!!
Marilyn, Thanks! I hope they're great incentive to her!!
Darius, Some bunny called the St Pete Times, one of the two big papers in our area. I've asked Judy (editor) who called but never got an answer. Strange that they had my home number and not my cell. It started out as a two picture article, now it looks like 4 and the last lines of her last letter said "Thanks so much! Everyone who sees this thinks it is a great idea!"
Thanks for being excited for me Sidney! LOL I admit I'm looking forward to the article. The St Pete Times is online so if I find the article online I'll sure post a link.
Thanks y'all. The boards really have gotten great reviews. The article in the paper was great...thanks Donut! Unfortunately I can't find a link online. They used 5 pictures and we were second story, right in the center of the front page, Homes section.
Just in case they only show the articles for a short time, I'm pasting the text here.
By Judy Stark, St. Petersburg Times.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Jul 9, 2005. pg. 1.F
Abstract (Document Summary)
Stacey's sister, Julie Gray, and her daughter, Stacey Gray, created this scene. The primary colors inspired Julie to paint the hot-air balloon. Stacey used her hands to create the image as well as the handprint.; Robert Edmondson, son of; homeowner [Stacey Cyrus], a friend and several relatives get their brushes busy painting the Cyruses' hurricane panels.; This is brother-in-law [Howard Gray]'s take on surrealist painter Rene Magritte's Son of Man. Gray calls it The Green Apple Man.;; Nature enthusiast Theresa Rubalcava saw an image of a redfish on a shirt worn by another party guest and painted it on her plywood shutter.; Guests at the painting party signed one of the boards with their handprints.; Photo: PHOTO, Photos by STACEY CYRUS, (5)
Full Text (437 words)
Copyright Times Publishing Co. Jul 9, 2005
As you read this story today, Hurricane Dennis may be pounding Florida's west coast with heavy rains and high winds. Maybe you've protected your windows with shutters, or you're wishing you had.
A few weeks ago, Stacey and Paul Cyrus of Lutz got ready for the hurricane season. They cut their plywood to fit the windows of their home. Then they took the extra step that the experts recommend but few of us do: They painted their shutters. This helps plywood repel water and decreases the likelihood it will peel apart.
But no one said a paint job had to be boring. The Cyruses worked some enjoyment into necessity. They invited 20 family members and friends over for a "Celebrate the Wind" painting party to decorate their plywood.
The couple prepared the boards with several coats of white exterior paint. On party day they used 99-cent ladles from Big Lots to dip colorful paint into plastic highball glasses for each guest. They offered bristle and foam brushes. They provided empty highball glasses so the painters could mix colors, and tall plastic-coated cups to rinse brushes.
The Cyruses leaned 15 ready-to-paint plywood shutters against the chain-link fence that surrounds their pool and property and protected the grass with lengths of Visqueen plastic.
Then the artists went at it. One guest, Stacey's brother-in-law, Howard Gray, painted his version of the famous Magritte painting of a man wearing a black bowler, his face obscured by a green apple. There were abstract spatters, scenics, sunsets, palm trees and fish, stylized designs, and one board with the handprints of all the guests.
"My brother jokes that we should sell the boards on eBay and have professional shutters installed," Stacey Cyrus said in an e-mail. "I say the best part is that all this original artwork by friends and family is mine!"
- JUDY STARK, Times Homes editor
Caption: Stacey's sister, Julie Gray, and her daughter, Stacey Gray, created this scene. The primary colors inspired Julie to paint the hot-air balloon. Stacey used her hands to create the image as well as the handprint.; Robert Edmondson, son of; homeowner Stacey Cyrus, a friend and several relatives get their brushes busy painting the Cyruses' hurricane panels.; This is brother-in-law Howard Gray's take on surrealist painter Rene Magritte's Son of Man. Gray calls it The Green Apple Man.;; Nature enthusiast Theresa Rubalcava saw an image of a redfish on a shirt worn by another party guest and painted it on her plywood shutter.; Guests at the painting party signed one of the boards with their handprints.; Photo: PHOTO, Photos by STACEY CYRUS, (5)
Noooo! Funny Girl! I think Teflon Tampa will be okay yet again. It's been almost 40 years since Gladys and I don't remember any real damage then. Of course there weren't nearly as many people on the islands then either. I do remember evacuating from the beach to my dad's office on the mainland. It was built into the bluff...very safe. An adventure for us kids
On a more solemn note, we can pray that the storm really does drop to Cat 1 before landfall in Florida. We heard that earlier on the Weather Channel. People and homes survive Cat 1 hurricanes
This came to mind as we are starting to sort out the plain boards for the coming season. It is a great idea, especially as we have to board up "just in case" when a 'cane is coming our way and sometimes they have to stay up for awhile.
My DD's grandchildren are coming for a visit and they are old enough to enjoy a painting party.
Wow! This is soooo Awesome! I missed this when it was first posted...now is a good time to bring it back to the top...you see, we have our first TD of the season. The good news is that it isn't headed for Flroida...but it IS headed to follow in Katrina's path. I worry about the folks in Mississippi living in the FEMA trailers and the folks back in New Orleans living in God knows what...even though it is not forecast to get beyond the TD stage, it is still going to be a mess. Forecast is for it to hit in about 4 days at 34N and 88.5W with winds around 35kt...however at its peak the winds will be 50kt with gusts to 60kts...and, of course this far out, there is lots of room for error as to where it will land and how strong it will be.
Oh!! This was such fun! Thankfully we have never had to use the boards...at least not for storms. Paul partitioned off part of the garage for a laundry room and guess what got used? He framed it out and used some of the boards They sure are a bright spot in the garage, from both sides! LOL
Had not seen this thread before a few moments ago, well maybe did, but who knows!
Most excellent! The artists should be proud and are certain to have a very fond memory of that painting party.
Talk about making the best out of a bad situation! The person who thought this up - "Floridian" right?, should be in charge of the education system for the country. Not the county, not the state, but the country.