Saving rattan

Rattan dinette before
Distressed look? This poor thing was crying out for 911!

I’ve just been a busy little bee. Check out what I started this weekend! First, I now have this rattan dinette set (it used to be my boyfriend’s, but everyone knows that what used to be his is now mine, right? hee hee – just KIDDING, geez calm down!) that had been kept outside on a covered porch. Now it is outside on my porch – which DOESN’T HAVE SHADE!! So it has quickly gone from not toooo bad to much much worse. Especially with all of this pouring rain! “We’ve” been talking about refinishing it forever, it was time to get going.

The boyfriend (Joe 🙂 ) took off the soaking wet cushions that because OF THE RAIN (40 days and 40 nights, I’m not kidding – when it’s not humiditing, it’s raining. [Humiditing – a word I made up {like ‘prevening’, to which I can’t take credit} to define the neverending blanketing blasting of Floridian pea soup humidity]) can no longer be saved…I’ll have to make new ones. Ugh.

removing cushions
Those are not my arms!
Sogging wet dinette cushions
And try not to wince at the cushions…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to put more enthusiasm into the job than into flapping away skeeters, I began. (a “skeeter” is a mosquito, for those of you who do not go outside, and they are stinging flying bugs that carry pig viruses and such – but I digress.) I did the best I could with my stain and a good ‘ole washcloth, but don’t look too closely. They look better, and since I was staying with the vintage weathered beach look – I’m happy enough. A spray (get that? A SPRAY) of spar varnish to keep it from “weather” and I should be off to the cushions — next weekend. For now, let’s see what other mischief I can get into.

2 chairs stained and one not
In the works – looking better, right?
staining the base
Staining the base… No, I’m NOT wearing gloves!

Something for nothing, or — Pickers!

One day fairly recently, I had the most incredible day (for hobbies, anyway)!   I went to the auction with my boss and friend, it was my first time and I had a blast! 5 hours in the blazing hot sun, but I scored big – two bamboo shelf thingies, one “leather” padded coffee table ottoman, 4 art pictures, one small wood table, and an AWESOME leather alligator storage box. Then, when I dropped my filthy car off to be cleaned I ‘just happened’ to see a garage sale so I stopped by and found some coca-cola glasses and a very heavy wood medicine cabinet for (wait for it) TWO DOLLARS. Yep, you read that right. I’m sure some of these items will be ending up as a story here later.

Then after lunch and a couple of refreshing drinks (oh yes, THAT kind of drink, LOL. It was HOT, remember?) – I came back home and found the cherry on the top – two perfectly fine lawn chairs somebody had left by the trash, just need a bit of sanding and painting. Yep – FREE. Here’s what they looked like before I got to work on them.

Lawn chairs - One man's trash...
One man’s Trash
lawn chairs - ready to go
Will soon be another woman’s treasure!

When I inspected them closer, it was apparent they had been previously spray painted. Flat black over a dull beige – and I don’t think it was outdoor or metal or plastic paint. So I got to work with my trusty mouse sander and gave them a one-over and then a washing.

First, I sprayed the seats a couple of times with the Krylon Plastic green paint – but didn’t like it. Turned out more “mint” than “sage” so I dug out the yellow spray paint from my picture frame project and did them over. Much better!

Lawn chairs - covering up the green
Mint green?  No, not for me. Let’s try it again!

Lawn chairs - halfway through

After that dried, I re-taped and gave them a quick spray (because guess what? Yep, it was threatening to RAIN again. Super.) with dark bronze Metal Spray — much better than the flat black, plus it matched the lawn table that I found, guess where, the trash!! Yep – FREE. Shazaam! HGTV’s got nothin’ on me.

Brand new lawn chairs - with their cousin table
Gorgeous, right? And MY personal style :)

So what do you think? You love it, right? I figure I saved about $200 here. More pickin’ in my future, LOL