Monday, August 5, 2013

Before and After, the Sun Room Bistro Set

While the cat's away, the mice will play... isn't that the saying? Well, the man was away on business for over a week+ and Mama was certainly busy. While he was gone, I took it upon myself to really get our home together! I had a million ideas of what I wanted to do, how our home would be complete in just one week... well, I was sadly mistaken in my thinking I would get everything done but I did, however, complete  something that I am really proud of. You might have remembered me tweeting a picture last week of a set of chairs and a small table suitable for a sun room that a woman was selling on Craigslist. Not only did I haggle (thank you, Lara Spencer) her down in price buuuuut it also fit in my car without having to bungee cord something to my roof. It was success from the very beginning! Want to see what became of it? Check it after the jump.




We have a nice room that is sort of our walk through room from the front of the house and out to the deck but also breaks off to the kitchen and the rest of the house. It get's amazing light, has a great view of our backyard and most importantly, needed some sort of furniture. I had been on the look our for some sort of bistro set so when I saw this lovely on Craigslist, I jumped at the opp. Like I said previously, it was easy to get home but not quite as easy to transition to my style. After some opinion sharing and thinking, I decided to spray pain the set Oxford Blue, a slightly lighter shade of navy. I could see my sun room really popping with different blues.

Things I like to have on hand for these sorts of projects: disposable gloves, drop cloths, painter's tape, trash bags, spray paint, spray gloss, fine sand paper and disposable mask to name a few. Anything that you need to keep your mess contained and your painting accurate is good to have on hand.



Something I will say that I learned from spray painting something like this, with nooks and crannies, and some serious space to cover is that I grossly underestimated the amount of spray paint that I would need. I bought 3 cans initially and in retrospect (lesson learned), I should have bought a case at a discount. I had to make a trip back to the store, which was annoying. Anyhoo, that's what these projects are about, right? Learning?

After I completed the painting portion of the set, I moved on to the seat cushions. My initial plan was to scrub the seats the way they were and just make them as white as possible. Well the crafter in me was not about to let that fly. I took some of my favorite blue printed fabric scraps that I had been saving for a rainy day. I then "decopauged" the seats with scrap fabric, tacky glue and then sealed them with fabric sealant I grabbed at Joann's... I wanted to be able to sit on them afterall, right? I was actually second guessing this decorative decision when the man came home and took a second look but we both think it was pretty rad decision in the end.


This was a little more time consuming than I thought this would be but I had a good time, learned a lot and now have a one of a kind bistro set for our sun room!

What do you think of the end result?

15 comments:

  1. instantmilk.blogspot.comAugust 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Wow, this is great! I would have never though of doing this. I am the worst decorator. I have a million ideas of things I want to do and when I do them they never turn out right!


    Love how you used something you already had and made it look completely different without buying new furniture!


    Your house seems very relaxing!

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  2. it looks amazing!! great job, i love it!

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  3. OMG I LOVE IT! Gorgeous. Can I hire you to decorate my house?!

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  4. love it! Amazing what you can reinvent with spray paint. Got a project planned for the upcoming weekend.

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  5. This looks so amazing! I love it!

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  6. Thanks so much! It was a LABOR of love for real!

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  7. Spray paint is #1 affordable and #2 comes in sooooo many colors! What are you doing this weekend?

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  8. Haha I don't do work for other people because I make plenty of mistakes before getting to a good end result!

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  9. Don't doubt yourself before you try it! I make plenty of mistakes. It's true that practice makes perfect and not everything will come out 100% fantastic the first time. Give your ideas a shot!

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  10. You did an amazing job bringing those pieces back to life.

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  11. You are the coolest! I loooove.

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  12. ok......I came across this...and you did an AMAZING job ! IT has a personality now!

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