My house is still brand new in my mind. BF built it twelve years ago. So I'm still surprised when things break, grow old or need to be replaced. I keep thinking "but it's brand new" - and then I realize, no actually it's 10+ years old. Getting ready for next week's Mad Hatter Tea Party caused me to look around with a critical eye. What needed to be cleaned, repaired, replaced or renewed?
These once vibrant colors have faded, the material is aged, damaged and looking a little sad. In fact, I don't even like this outdoor screened in porch. They're nice in concept.... but in order to sit out and enjoy it for my morning coffee, I'd have to spend four hours each week just cleaning the porch. That doesn't make a lot of sense. So I never use it. Except when my sister Ellen comes to visit. It's her favorite room.
I was going to have the cushions recovered at a local spot I found that does a fantastic job. But they charge $100 a cushion... and there are nine cushions... and $900 seemed like a lot of money to me for a room that I don't even use. So being a creative soul, I decided to learn how to recover them myself. I went on YouTube and found this video to be the most helpful.
Then I went on Fabric.com and searched for "red outdoor fabric" and selected the Richloom Solarium Outdoor Alinea Floral Pompeii Red fabric. Whew! That's a mouthful to say.
At less than $8 a yard, I could recover the entire outdoor furnite ensemble for less than the price of sending off one cushion to be redone. OK - I don't know how to do the piping... but I still think I can do a decent job.
Voila! Here's my finished reupholstered outdoor patio chair. Hmmm. Maybe I'll sit outside for a bit today.
I love having an event and a reason to get things spruced up again and looking good.
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