Patio Furniture Re-do

When we lived in our old house, the colors of our patio furniture where all oranges and rust and reds. When we moved here, all the furniture we had didn’t quite fit the patio space, nor was I in love with the color scheme anymore. I wanted blues and greens. Since we had already either given away or sold the other outside furniture, I put the table and chairs up for sale on Craigslist and sold it within just a few hours. It was easily the fastest Craigslist sale for me, ever.

Then, I set to work finding a new set. I found this set on Craigslist.

Craigslist find

While it looked good in the pictures on the post, in real life, it was filthy and stunk to high heaven of smoke. Ick.


It literally took me twenty to thirty minutes to clean each of the six chairs, and another hour and a half to clean the table.


I gave all the pieces a quick rubdown with sandpaper, and then painted all the pieces with Rustoleum’s Navy Blue gloss spray paint.

Rustoleum’s Navy Blue

Love the color, which isn’t too dark, isn’t too brilliant.

After many coats of paint, I was still finding places that I missed. I guess that’s to be expected with all the knots on the chairs though. It took two days and seven cans of spray paint to finish the task, but I love the results.

Then, I set off to JoAnn Fabrics to find some fabric. Thankfully, they seem to have finally gotten some new fabrics (seems like they had the same stuff for years!), and I was able to find three color coordinated fabrics – one pattern, one solid (with texture) and one striped.

We stripped off the old fabric, both layers of them, and sprayed the cushions liberally with Febreeze. And then, after they dried, I did that last part again. Seriously, it was crazy how stinky they were. And finally, we recovered them and replaced the cushions on the chairs.

Patio set – after

I love the finished product! Now, I have to sew new covers for the bench cushions and pillows, and the patio update will be done. Will share that as soon as I finish them.

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Finally Finished!

A few months ago, I started a upholstery class on Tuesday nights. We each had to bring our own “project” piece with us to class every week. Do you  remember when my chair looked like this?

Yeah, it wasn't pretty

And now, it’s finally finished. Yay!! I have been doing a happy dance every time I see it sitting in the bedroom!

Unfortunately, the paint job didn’t hold up as well as I would have liked through 8 weeks of going back and forth to class, but it makes it look a little distressed and adds some character, so I’m not going to touch it up. For now.

Although I am glad this chair is done, I was sad to see the class end. My friend from high school took the class with me, so it was great to actually get to see her every week (she lives about 40 minutes away), so I’m bummed to miss out on catching up with her. Not to mention that she completely rocked that class! She finished not one, not two, but THREE projects in the time we took the class.

The next session of classes starts next month, so I’ll be signing up again. I figure with all the chairs I have to finish, it’s a great investment of time and money to learn as much as I can about it.

I wish I had the forethought to take before and after pictures of everyone’s projects to share here – some of the transformations were quite amazing. There were all kinds of projects – from footstools to boat chairs to benches and everything in between. And I wish I had paid more attention to what everyone else had going on. It would have been great to see how to do all the different techniques – welting, double welting, tack strips, piecing together fabric, etc. But I was so determined to get my chair finished, I hardly took any time to check out what everyone else was doing. And I hated feeling all nosey and stalker-ish, standing over their shoulders, watching them work…

Last year, I attempted my first chair makeover…

My first attempt at re-upholstery from last year.

Now that I know what I did wrong on the first one, I want to go back and re-do it again to match the new one better. If you could see this one in person, you’d laugh at my lame attempt at a cushion cover (I just made a pillowcase cover for it), and I literally just sewed a piece of fabric around the old double welting that was on the original chair and glued it on. Oh, and forget trying to re-tuft it. Heck, I didn’t even fill in the holes before I stapled on the new fabric. Yeah, not stellar stuff, but at the time, I was crazy proud of it! I guess I still am. I did it way back before I knew about all the amazing blogs with step-by-step instructions on how to re-upholster a chair.

Anyway, I’m going back to pulling the fabric off my orange couch now that I’ve had my tetanus shot updated. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep the puncture wounds to a minimum 😛

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Pinning away…

As I’ve mentioned before, I love Pinterest. For those of you that don’t know the wonder and joy of Pinterest, it’s a virtual cork board of sorts. For years, when I found something I found interesting online, I would bookmark it, and then promptly forget about it. Now, I can save all everything to my Pinterest boards and it’s there for quick access when I am ready to start my projects. What I love even more is that I can see what other people are finding. I can’t begin to tell you how much this has opened my eyes, and mind, to all things I never knew existed. Like blogs about all the things I love – photography, DIYing, decorating, cooking, organization and craft ideas. And a million tutorials to teach me how to do just about anything myself.

Yes, I realize that many of the things I pin will ever actually materialize in our house, but some things actually have. For example, my daughter found this pin a few weeks back.

chocolate covered pretzels - oh yum!

And today, we made them today for her to bring to school tomorrow for Halloween.

Our version – chocolate covered pretzels

One of the benefits of both of us being on Pinterest is that I’ve learned so much about her by what she is pinning. And we spend time together making what we find – BONUS! Since she is 17, I know this time is precious and I just love every second!

I have made these ham and cheese soufflés, which we stored in the fridge and the kids popped them in the microwave for breakfast before school.

Our version wasn’t so pretty, but man, they were yummy! 🙂

Our version

I showed this pin to my friend, Cricket, who made it for her Alien themed Halloween party this year…

Cricket made hers on top of a cake…

Alien abduction

I think one of my favorites so far was another one my daughter found for her new room.

She showed it to my husband, who painted this for her. (he would do anything for that girl! 🙂


I’ve also learned a lot from Pinterest. Like, how to use Borax and sugar to kill ants (and about thirty other things it’s useful for). And 1001 uses for vinegar (1001? Who knew?!).

I find photography tips and tutorials.

And a plethora of images and stories that amaze me.

And things that make me laugh out loud…

Let me know if you would like an invite, and you can find things that inspire and amaze you too!

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