Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Porch Chairs Refresher

One day I thought..."Hey, these chairs are kind of blah." We have had them since we got married 9 years ago. I have always thought that they were indestructible.

But on closer inspection...I noticed that they were getting rusty. So...even more reason to clean them up and give them a fresh coat of paint.

I have spray painted a lot of things in my time...but these were tough! All the holes! All the angles! The clean up from the over-spray took as long as the spray painting did! (I used Krylon Cherry Red and I loved the ease of the nozzle, but the over-spray seemed ridiculous! I sprayed in my garage with a large tarp under and behind the project, and there was red dust from corner to corner of my garage. It didn't stick, so I just had to sweep it up...but it was messy!)

I love the results! The red chairs look fresh and summery! To entice neighbors to come over and stay awhile, I whipped up some outdoor pillows. I used one yard of Waverly's Sun and Shade fabric and at 40% off of $17.00 per yard, I wanted to use ever inch of it, and I did, selvage and all!

I used the little leftovers of the fabric for some rosettes. I added some burlap alongside the blue fabric to stretch my leftovers and to incorporate the burlap ties (I didn't have enough of the blue fabric to make ties...and in the windy city of Herriman, you need to tie your pillows to your chairs). I hot glued to rosettes and some red buttons to tie the whole look together. So cute!

I thought while I was at it, I would add a rug. I couldn't find anything that I liked that went with my color scheme, so I decided to make my own after being inspired by Jen's runner. I bought 4 cheapo rugs from Target and laid them out on the floor and taped them together with duct tape. Then I carefully flipped it over and hot glued ribbon on the seams. It is pretty sturdy... I have picked it up and shook it out a few times and it has been blown back into a crumpled heap by the aforementioned winds.
My porch definitely needed a makeover when competing with the stairs that have these beauties growing on them! (my first successful containers!)

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dougandcheryl said...

Very cute!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I adore your patriotic spirit. It is red, white and bluetiful!

I hope you'll stop by for my bbq on an Anthropologie inspired white tablecloth. :)

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

What a terrific transformation! I absolutely love the difference the red made! I can very much see how the clean-up would've been a chore, though. :)

Thanks so much for stopping in to comment on my outdoor pillows. I, too, was thrilled to discover those lined dropped cloths!

Have a great holiday!

Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home said...

Hi! I'm visiting from Transformation Thursday. I love your new look! The red chairs are gorgeous and I know it wasn't easy. I painted a little cafe set that was in similar condition from black to red a couple years ago and I've never regretted it. I love how red can be elegant but also adds a touch of sass.

I breathed some new life into my front porch this week too. You're always welcome to visit. :)

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Jen @ said...

Such a cute porch! I love the pillows!!

You won the $25 Pleated Poppy gift certificate from The CSi Project!!! Send me an email and I will forward it to Lindsey!!!


- Brittany said...

Congrats to you for winning the prize at CSI Project. Love your porch refresher!

Alison said...

That pillow is seriously amazing!! If I were your neighbor, I know I would want to stay a while!! Have a fabulous Fourth!


shelly @ the familyblt said...

Those red chairs are rockin'
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

From The Heart Crafts said...

Congratulations on winning this week's CSI contest! Your porch makeover is very cute. I would have used every inch of that fabric too!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Those chair look awesome painted red! I love them! And what a great idea to add ties to your pillows. My porch pillows always blow off when a storm comes up...and I never once thought to add ties to them! Thanks for the inspiration!

La Maison Reid said...

How inviting that looks now. Love the fabric for the pillows and love the burlap trim. Love anything burlap (as attested by my last three projects). I MUST learn to make those rosettes. So cute and versatile. Happy 4th

Colleen said...

Love those red chairs and the pillows!!

Denise said...

Great job!

sarahjean said...

That looks so pretty! I love the rug idea..

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

I LOVE your cute little porch! It's just adorable -- I especially love that pillow - so lovely!!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea. Everything looks so great.