Over the summer, a friend of mine has been purchasing new outdoor furniture & asked me
if I knew anyone who might want her very used, paint-splattered, faded patio chair & table set, with a few rust spots…. uhhhh
Maybe you’ve passed on sets (like this) before, at yard sales or on the side of the road, after thinking
“UGH… too much work – forget it!”
Well, I have to admit that at first, I thought the same thing, even though it was still in sturdy condition.
But, after taking a deep breath and allowing my creative and more reasonable side to channel through,
I suddenly saw “potential” and decided that I may be looking at a treasure in disguise.
Sooooo, I took this patio orphan home and after some cleaning, sanding, black spray paint and a few hours of elbow grease…
…… it transformed into a beautiful, “like new” patio set in just one day. Actually, in less than 3 hours!
The 4 chairs were not all of the same design, which is fine because using a single paint color unifies things.
But luckily, you may remember that I have a similar set…
…. and simply swapped my 2 chairs for the unmatched ones.
Also, after a quick check of my local store’s SUMMER CLEARANCE aisles, I found a beautiful, red umbrella and black stand.
I spent around $40 to turn this scruffy patio set into a useful treasure (with extras!), which I gifted to my son and his sweetie (see below).
They have their first home together and are on a budget,
so my gift provided them with poolside seating and hugs & kisses for me (YAY!)
I hope this project will inspire you the next time you come across a great deal (or even better – a freebie, like mine),
even if, at first, it looks like too much work.
Just remember to do what I did… take a deep breath, make sure it’s still in sturdy shape; then, try to imagine the end result and go for it… turn your “find” into a brand new treasure.