Sunday, May 17, 2009

What I've been dreaming of...

I love to garden, and this is hard as a renter. I live in the country, so I can have a garden and such, but it really isn't mine. Well I have started to change my attitude. I will be living here for probably another year, so I am trying to make my surroundings more enjoyable. Lately I have been redoing flower beds and and making a sitting area. I want to spend a lot of time outside this summer, and I want to enjoy what I'm looking at.
Today I was dreaming of a beautiful yard and new projects for me to conquer. I went to Better Home and Garden to look at all the beautiful pictures. This week is supposed to be beautiful so I know I will be working on the yard. Here are a few pics for you to enjoy!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Finally a new post

So I know I haven't been blogging lately, but I've been keeping myself busy. This is what I have been up to lately...

Isn't it fun. Totally new chairs! Just think, these easily could be rotting at the dump right now!

Because this was such a huge transformation, I'm gonna give you the rundown. First I took them completely apart to see what I could do. Even after rusty screws, bugs, and spiders I saw the potential of the chairs.

I was kinda freaked out about how I would be able to reupholster them, until I saw these little claws. Now I wasn't sure how I was going to lift them out, but I was going to at least try.

The key was to push them from the front to the back with a pair of round nose pliers. I think I hear the birds singing!

Now I had to figure out how to hide those holes. I'm not a welder and duct tape wasn't going to cut it.

I went ahead and did the primer, and meanwhile went to the store to figure out what to do with those holes. I asked a person in hardware what they recommended, and they showed me a putty that is used for steel and metal. So I ended up putting it over the holes and letting it cure for about a day. I then took my power sander and let it work its' magic. Seeeeee the difference!

Look no holes!!!! Don't you love the fabric! Just perfect. I didn't want it to get too weathered, so here's a little tip:
Dollar Store vinyl shower curtain cut to cover the fabric!

I know your dying to know how much this cost me... the total was $6.00 for paint, $5.00 for metal putty, and $10.00 for fabric/vinyl. That's a total of $21.00 for two like new outdoor chairs! Happy Dance!!! The cushions were free cause I just used fluffy blankets that were going to go to the thrift store.

As a side note I found those pillow for clearance at $2.50 a piece, and if I get tired of them I can just used them as a pillow form for another pillow case!