Thursday, August 25, 2011

Under $25 Makeover: Deck After

Whew! I had to wait for the light to cooperate to take pictures, but it's well worth it, I assure you! (I forgot that there are only a few set hours in the morning and evening where the deck isn't partially sun drenched.) See the before of the deck here.

I'll get to some of the details later, but first I have to show you this pic because I love it so much:

Yea for twinkle lights! :) I separated the deck into two distinct areas, sitting and dining. Here's the sitting area:

Remember that love seat with the 70's flowered cushions:

I got this love seat for free from my mom. Someone gave it to her, she found one at auction she liked better, and Tada! Free couch. Because the cushions were so big (the back is one ginormous piece) I decided that drop cloth was the most economical choice for fabric. I got a huge one (can't remember exact dimensions) for only $15.00. It covered the couch and a couple of other cushions and I still have a lot left over for other projects. The rug was one I had in my kitchen. It's getting old. It's not an outdoor one, but it's cotton so it dries quickly.

Then there were the two metal chair frames that I picked up for free back in college. I've toted them around with me for years, but they've never looked so good:

The turquoise fabric is outdoor canvas from Joanne Fabrics. The red is an outdoor fabric from Fabric Warehouse.

Then there was the lovely wicker chair I picked up, also for free (I love curb shopping!) It had a plain foam cushion with it, I just covered it.

I got the top fabric from Joanne's again and the side of the cushion cover is more drop cloth. I thought that top fabric was just perfect because it carried all the colors together in one pattern. I also made a lumbar pillow from it as seen in the love seat picture. Eventually, I think I need to spray paint the chair base, but for now the chippy paint sings to my junker soul.

What about those cute little tables? You've already seen the first one here. The other one got a full spray painting with Rust-Oleum Painters Touch in "Lagoon." I love this color so much!

Here's the dining area:

The table is a vintage red and white enamel table with leaves that pull out from underneath each side. This was another gift from my Mom (I'm so lucky!)

The chairs needed pad covers, so I used the leftover turquoise fabric.

Wow! I got picture crazy! There are so many more details to show you. But, because this post is long enough, I will show you those details and give you the full break down of the cost in Friday's post and linky party.

Happy Crafting!

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  1. Great job! I just found you through "At the Picket Fence". Major transformation with few dollars! Right up my alley! Love, Me

  2. Thanks! Spare dollars are short around here, so gotta use what we have as much as possible! ;)

  3. Wonderful colors added to the deck. Very beautiful.

    Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun.

    The party for this week is going on... hope to see you there again :)

  4. Mixing and matching the furniture with the paisley prints looks lovely! Who said that you can't do a makeover under $25? Changing the cushion cases and choosing a little more subtle prints made the whole deck stand out! A very good fabric choice, indeed!

    Angelina Garcia



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