Monday, August 18, 2014

Chair update part 1

I posted a few weeks ago regarding my CL patio chairs. Today I was able to makeover the cushions. Two years ago Lowes had a super clearance on their outdoor curtains and I picked up some 132" panels for $9 each. However, after having them for about a year I decided to return them unopened because I simply didn't want them. Fortunate for me, Lowes return policy is super and allowed me to return them without a receipt. I kept one panel because it was opened and I felt bad for returning an open package. Fast forward til today, I pulled the panel out of my collection of fabrics I've been hoarding and started cutting away while my kids were taking their daily nap. I was barely able to make six cushion covers with one 132" panel. They aren't the best looking cushions but they will work for now.

Here's a quick picture I snapped of the chairs before the sun came down. 

The fabric is very durable and made for outdoor use. I'm not super fond of the design but all I really wanted was something lighter to contrast with the dark chairs. The chairs were still unfinished from this picture.

Here's a before and in progress after: 


Fast forward to last weekend, I had a few hours of time since I didn't schedule myself to work. I sprayed the chairs down with water and lightly scrubbed them with a sponge. While waiting for them to dry, I ran to Homedepot to grab some more spray paint and Hobby Lobby to grab some supplies (fabric and spray paint). $22 later, I came home with 1.5 yards of outdoor fabric and two bottles of Rustoleum spray paint.

I started spraying away and finished off the cushions. I'm short about a yard of fabric for the cushions (missing two more cushions) so I'll have to run back to Hobby lobby to grab some more of that fabric when I have time. One thin coat later here are the new chairs. 

Its only been a week and our cushions are already dirty from our dogs. Good thing I didn't spend money on those cushions. One day I'll gave them another facelift but for now those cushions will do. The chairs look good as new IMO. I can't tell they were old chairs; aside from the cushions they look brand new.

And.. remember the $3 office clock?   Well I finally got the clock hands for it. I used Hobby Lobby's 40% off coupon and got the kit for $14.

Here it is on the clock. Its a little thin but it works and thats all that matters. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Backyard envy

Recently, I went to a friends house and their backyard was like an oasis. When I went home, it made me think how I can improve our outdoor space. We have four little dogs so anything fancy is out of the picture. We needed something that will last so all the fancy wicker sofas and dining sets are out of the picture. Our dogs will just use it as their peeing ground. Then google images led me to this set from Frontgate.

I loved the dark metal chairs with the lighter cushions. Unfortunately two armchairs alone would cost $716 on sale. Enough said…..

Heres another set called Glen Isle from Frontgate that I spotted: 

These gorgeous chairs are only $1036 for two on sale in case any readers want to grab them while they are still available. LOL

Thirty minutes later through pure luck I spotted this set on Craiglist in Fontana listed for $50 for six metal chairs. Thats less than $10 a chair with cushions that I can redo. The next day these babies are safe and sound in my backyard all thanks to my super dad. 

The set actually came with a round stone table but I didn't want it. I liked the metal legs of the table because it matched the chairs and its literally indestructible. Tonight I got ahold of another craigslist post for a rectangle table listed at $20. I liked the color and I plan to replace the legs.

I can't wait to refinish these chairs and give the cushions a facelift. I'll be back soon with more updates.

Total spent so far: $70
$50 for six metal chairs and cushions 
$20 for table