Hi everyone! I'm so glad you're back for a visit. Today I've got two stories to share with you, and I'm joining in on two "parties" - Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage , and Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville. Thanks, ladies
The changing of the seasons always puts me in the mood for a little shopping for ideas to refresh my space. (You can see the results of my most recent seasonal interior redo here and here.) During one of my latest trips out and about I stopped at Pier One Imports for a little inspiration. I've got to admit, I left that store feeling pretty good about myself - and here's why: In a display hanging from the wall were these dramatic seat cushions:
....and there were a bunch of these bright and vibrantly patterned upholstered dining room chairs:
I think spies from Pier One have been snooping around my place! Because if you look closely at my dining room furniture (see more here) you'll notice quite a similarity:
When we received the dining room set (for free - a lovely and very generous hand-me-down) the chairs were upholstered in a plain beige suede-cloth. Nice, but kind of boring. I wanted to replace the chairs with some that had a little more pizazz....
Turns out I didn't need to replace the chairs, just their cushion fabric. Early last year while I was out meandering I came across this fabric, and fell in love with it! I just knew it would be perfect for the chairs! I bought a couple of yards, and raced home to start my new project. I just unscrewed the seat cushions, tore off the old fabric and stapled on the new, and then screwed the seat bottoms back in place. The whole thing took me about an hour (love that electric staple gun!) and cost around $20.
I've never regretted using a fabric with such a large-scale, dominant (you could even say assertive!) pattern. In fact, I love it, and wish I had found it sooner! What do you think? I feel like I got brand new dining room chairs for next to nothing, how great is that? And I beat Pier One and their design spies to the punch! I'm such a trend setter!!
Speaking of spies, I spied these lovely columns, sitting in the back of my friend's SUV. As you can tell from the pictures below, they weren't lovely when I first saw them, but I knew. I could see their future. You understand, right? Well, my girl friend is a wonderful person: kind, smart, supportive, and fun. But let's face it, she didn't posses even an ounce of imagination when it came to these columns. She is not the crafty, clever, "I can turn this sow's ear into a silk purse" type of girl. She really doesn't get my thrift/junk shop obsession. She was getting ready to take everything to the dump. I couldn't let that happen! After a little negotiating and possibly a teeny bit of me begging (okay, a lot) she agreed to move them from the back of her car into the back of mine. Which was much easier said than done.
Let me tell you - those columns are very heavy. Plus there were the two cement baskets which I rescued as well. It took a lot of grunting and groaning, and some heavy lifting by both of us to get those babies into my car. Since they were filthy, by the time we accomplished our task we were both covered with dirt, but I think it was totally worth the struggle. I just couldn't bear the thought of them winding up in the dump when I knew they would look like a relic from ancient Rome or Greece when they finally made it into my garden, or on my deck someplace.... they just needed a little TLC!
It didn't take me long to get out the Krylon Stone spray paint and get right to work. After a quick cleaning and what seemed like a lot of paint (it took two cans for each column) the sandstone texture really transformed them, don't you agree?
Wow, just look at the difference that paint made!
I still need to spray the baskets. They are so darned heavy that they're difficult for me to move around and I keep forgetting to ask Mr. H&H to move them for me. But at least the columns are done, and I placed one of them on the deck near our side entrance:
I rescued that trunk in the background from the hillside near the creek by our house when we first moved here. It's a vintage army medic's waterproof trunk. I don't know why anyone would throw away something like that, and I especially don't understand why they would choose to do so along a creek bed. I also found a really great old soda pop bottle display stand down there . I'll show that to you some other time...
The other column wound up on the deck near the front door. Right now I'm using it to support a plant, but I think I'll look for something that could be used as a table top to turn it into a little side table next to the chair. I was thinking about maybe a remnant piece of granite or something. What do you think, does anyone have any great ideas?
It just goes to show you what a little imagination and some elbow grease can do for old cast offs, and things that just don't thrill you anymore. Of course, it helps being in the right place at the right time! When I look around my home I see so many examples of items that I've rescued and repurposed. I feel a real sense of accomplishment when I rework things that were old and worn out. I love having things in my home that convey a sense of history, even if it's one that I've only imagined - like my columns that came from ancient Rome!
Here's one more glimpse of Fall decor before I say thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed your visit and that you'll come back soon. Have a great day!
Until next time