Local Finds: Outside // Update

Our patio furniture project is finally complete and it feels great to have space to dine outside! This project was a bit more time consuming than we had anticipated and we openly embraced those trial and error moments, but in the end it was so worth it. At times I can be somewhat hesitant in making decisions, but sticking to this initial design concept was really fun and we were fortunately able to see it through without any major hiccups. I could go through the entire step by step process, but you can easily find that via YouTube or Google search. I will, however, provide a few words of advice. If you ever find yourself wanting to refinish wrought iron or anything that has been previously painted be sure to examine the current condition thoroughly. The most difficult part was sanding down the layers of chipped paint and rust the set had acquired throughout its lifetime to get a good enough base to cover with new paint. We used a combination of wire brush, sanding blocks, and a sanding attachment for our drill to smooth the surface. When choosing a paint, be sure to use a Rust-Oleum spray or similar because it covers really well, protects the furniture from the elements, and prevents future rusting. The color we used for this project was Rust-Oleum Champagne Mist.

As for the seat cushions, we scoured the internet for ready-made cushions that would fit the shape of the chairs in the fabric we envisioned and unfortunately came up short. Plan B - we'll just make them and by “we” I mean Mom! She is a fantastic seamstress, specifically when it comes to making clothes and LOVES when I give her upholstery projects. We luckily found a perfect black and white striped fabric at the local fabric store and ordered some foam online. Finding foam or fill in the exact shape and size of the seats was a little tricky so we ordered a roll and had to cut it ourselves. What did we use to cut three inch thick foam? Well, we hadn’t exactly thought that part through and made several failed attempts using ordinary tools. A bit of online research surprisingly led us to the purchase of an inexpensive electric carving knife and it worked perfectly! All in all it was a great learning experience and motivation to tackle more DIY projects. Our to-do list for autumn is getting lengthy and although we are definitely not looking forward to summer's end, we are excited to get moving on our interior projects and to experience Hudson Valley’s best season!