Friday, April 27, 2012

A Mini Porch Makeover

Well, here it is.  Remember when I gave you a little fabric tease a few posts back?  Here's what I was thinking . . .

Mr. Skooks and I inherited these somewhat dirty and rundown (but oh so comfy) outdoor chairs from my parents a few years ago.  They were part of their old patio set which has since been upgraded (besides the set being a bit old, I think what happened was that the table blew over in a storm and shattered so all they were left with were the chairs):

Chair - Before

Not one to turn up my nose at free stuff (especially comfy stuff), Mr. Skooks and I took 2 of the chairs (all we had room for at the time) and the other 2 went to my older sister.  I knew someday I was going to make them over to give them a new (and less scrappy looking) life.

It took years to get onto the more immediate to-sew list, but I finally got around to picking up a little table (on clearance at Meijer for $11) to go in between the chairs, choosing some fun outdoor fabric to recover the cushions with, and some spray paint to make it all look like it was supposed to go together.
Chair - Phase 2

Making a cushion cover is actually a really easy process.  If anyone needs any tips on it, I'd be glad to offer some help (just leave me a comment).  The whole project used 2 1/2 yards of fabric exactly, and a few lengths of sew-in velcro that I had sitting in my stash.

Pretty decent before and after mostly done in-process, yes?
1. Chair - Before, 2. Chair - Phase 2
I went out and bought some glossy brown spray paint to give the legs of the chair a little bit of a "how do you do" so that they match the little table (guess I forgot to take a picture of it . . . oops) I found to go in between them.  Waiting for some decent non-rainy weather (and time) to get (Mr. Skooks to get) that part done.  Already though . . . a big upgrade.  We're on our way . . .


Maria Johns April 27, 2012 at 7:12 AM  

love that fabric, looks amazing!

Skooks April 27, 2012 at 9:39 AM  

m - Thanks! I think it's going to look even better once I can get the chair painted . . . right now the legs are the same color as my house and similar enough to my porch that everything is a bit too blendy . . .

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