We moved into a new home last year and with the house came a lot of outdoor living space. Knowing that we were lacking a lot of outdoor furniture, my parents offered up their patio set from the 90's. The wrought iron hunter green looked a little tired and the fabric was certainly a bit dated, but I knew some paint and new cushions could do wonders for this free furniture.
Raffia Placemats – Round (Set Of 4)
Serena & Lily
Preserved Boxwood Ball In Mercury Glass
Napa Home and Garden
First, I sanded down any areas where the paint had chipped off or the iron was rusted. Then I applied two coats of rust-preventing spray paint. I needed about one can for every piece of furniture. After letting that cure for a few days I added the cushions. Because I saved on the furniture itself, I wanted to splurge on this finishing touch. Beautiful cushions can be hard to find, but I custom made these at Cushion Source. There are hundreds of fabrics to choose from and many different upgrades like tufting and piping. The construction is top notch and the fabric has a six year warranty.
To finish off the space I added a rug, some potted plants,
and a mirror. When you are decorating an outdoor area, think of it like a room. The more indoor elements you can add, the more inviting it will feel.
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