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Good afternoon my people! are you all enjoying this amazing weather? I know we have been! In fact it has inspired us to start revamping our back deck. Just last summer my sweet in-laws came to town and Alex and his Dad built us an awesome pergola, new porch railing and leveled out the once sagging deck.
And then there was me, who was very pregnant and very
lazy uncomfortable in the heat and opted not to decorate the back porch. WELL this year I am NOT pregnant and I’m in the mood to do a little sprucing before our house goes on the market. We have a short list of things that need to be done to the deck- the biggest task is sanding the older deck boards and staining the wood a nice deep brown. This is on my task list for this weekend. Last weekend I kicked off the sprucing by up-cycling those lovely old wooden patio chairs you see above. Here is another picture so you can see just how “lovely” they were…
I know what you’re thinking…Pretty! RIGHT????
They were in seriously bad shape, the arms had been totally chewed when we had a big dog for a hot second ( he went to go work on a cattle farm- turns out we’re not big dog people, who knew!), the stain was completely faded and they were just sad. I decided that I could salvage what little shred of dignity they had left by sawing the arms off at seat level. I did that and then I added a coat of Minwax Polyshades in classic black.
The cushions I bought last year on clearance from target for $7.00 a piece which is a steal for patio cushions by the way! I decided I would just recover them. Do you guys recall the banana leaf madness that occurred last summer? I do, I’m riding that crazy train until she breaks down! I love the banana leaf print…on.anything. Dorothy Draper and I could be best friends. Well, when this madness first cropped up I splurged for some $35 per yard Tommy Bahama “Swaying Palms” indoor/outdoor fabric, which consequently you can now find for less than $10.00 per yard at Fabric.com.
I made really simple little covers for the cushions leaving two little holes in the back for the “ties” to pop through and secure the cushion to the chair.
I love how the chair turned out. I have one more chair that needs the same treatment and they will complete the small sitting area on one side of our deck( this photo shows just how horrendous the deck boards are). I topped the chair with this sweet little striped pillow. The pillow cover is from Ikea.
I put this little garden stool out as a side table, I’ve been
hoarding keeping it in the basement for a few years now. And of course my little DIY gold lantern and faux succulents, because y’all know I can’t keep anything alive besides humans and puppies….and that last one is even iffy sometimes.
Y’all, thanks for stopping by and checking out what I’ve gotten accomplished on the porch so far. I can’t wait to share more with you!