Vacation Projects: The Patio Set
So we have this funny little patio area out back. Definitely needed a table and some chairs. But have you shopped for patio furniture lately? Minimum $350 and up to over $1000. For patio furniture. Um, no thanks.
So I found some chairs on the side of the road. And decided that I could do better than pay $500 for two chairs and a table.
This is the “before.” It’s actually VERY before because this is a card table, not the actual table (I hadn’t found the actual table yet). This photo does not do justice to how trashed these chairs really were. The back of one of them came right off when you pulled just slightly, and all the varnish was coming off in dusty flakes. Covered in cobwebs and redwood needles. Yuck. Still, they had such a neat pattern on the back that I thought I could do something with them. Also: free! Tablecloth was $2.50 at Ross and I decided to use it for color inspiration. The seats were so gross that we had covered them in towels just so we could sit down out here every so often until I got around to finishing them.
I found a table on Craigslist for $20 (came with a leaf, so it can seat 6-8 if we wanted). It had a formica top so I knew I would need heavy-duty primer and would need to do some good sanding.
Five million coats of paint later (that’s what you get for playing it cheap), we have a very very cute patio dining set.
Grand total for the whole project? Probably around $60. $20 for the table, and $40 for paint, sandpaper, fabric and stuffing for the chairs.
Not too bad.
The only problem is that this looks so cute, now we want to go out and get a new colorful outdoor rug, some chinese lantern lights, and something really needs to be done about that boring wall behind the furniture.