We’re excited to bring you a patio pick-me-up project to kick off the holiday, courtesy of guest blogger Kristen Forgione of The LifeStyled Company. Enjoy! -Meagan
I think this happens most of us, and in my opinion these little transitions are healthy. It’s important to embrace your evolving style and recognize when things don’t look the way you want them to. And part of “embracing” it is being able to act on the impulse to change it, right?
So while I was there staring at my patio I decided I needed to do something about it, and quick! For these types of projects I don’t usually order from a catalog. One, they tend to be overpriced (I mean, it’s retail) and two, a catalogue purchase has no character. No story! No nothing! It’s brand new! I love me some brand new things, like bras, make-up, cereal… but for me, it’s not a requirement in furniture and accessories. So, with these thoughts in mind I set out to find the perfect piece to start transforming my patio.
You might be thinking “Thanks but no thanks! I don’t know how to sew a button let alone reupholster a couch!” Neither do I. I also did it without sewing a thing. Yep, I did.
I took my favorite dark color flat paint and painted all of the rattan/wicker stuff on each side. It was super quick and easy – about a 25-minute job. Two coats and an hour dry time and the sides looked like one of those thousand dollar outdoor couches from those amazing catalog stores.
I cleaned her up with a little soap, water and elbow grease and began draping the fabric over the back part of the couch. I basically used the old and very simple “lightly stretch and staple” technique. Just be sure if you use anything with a print or stripe that you keep the print straight.
About half way down the seat the fabric ended, as it was only 54” wide (standard width for many home décor fabrics). At this point some people may be tempted to sew… but nope, not me! I grabbed my trusty fabric glue and began lining up the next piece of fabric. Again, with a stripe you have to make sure it is perfectly straight or it will stick out like a sore thumb. In my opinion, the stripe makes it easier! It’s a built in ruler! I folded the new piece of fabric about a quarter inch and glued the “seam” down. Once dry, I glued that crisp, clean edge to the couch, again continuing down the couch.
To finish my mini patio makeover I added a bunch of old pillows with new $7 outdoor pillow covers, placed an existing indoor/outdoor rug to serve as a colorful foundation for the new piece, and added a few more accent pieces such as a handmade state print, upcycled from an old oil canvas and an Asian-inspired gold coffee table. I also spray painted the other tired and dingy patio set that had seen many an Arizona summer a bright white and removed the sunburnt cushions. Turns out the back of the two accent chairs had this beautiful “X” back! Who knew?!
Total spend for my new little patio: $169, supplies included!
Thanks, Kristen! Be sure to check out Kristen’s blog and styling company at www.thelifestyledco.com. Kristen is also up for Room of the Month over at Project Nursery – you can give her a vote by clicking here!
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You know when you are out and about and someone says, “and what do you do”? Well….. I pretty much DO everything color and design! My obsession with all things style led the way to discovering my truest passion: creating a styled life that screams sophistication and originality, in my boutique Styling business called, THE LifeStyled COMPANY. While I’m not in business mode, I spend as much time possible with the man of my dreams, the sweetest baby girl (and another on the way), and a plethora of supportive friends and family. I am a bargaining junkie, an avid home cook, a serial entertainer, a barre enthusiast, a diehard fashionista and a reality TV nut! ‘d love to connect with you on the blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram