Thanks for all the compliments on the vintage patio set. They're an integral part of what I had in mind for the deck and are the real feature of the space. As far as setting the stage, they truly hit the mark and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out.
It's so nice to see the space come together, especially when it was exactly what I envisioned.
Beautiful despite the fact that the budget received a blow when we were faced with an unexpected major expense. But I stayed true to the vision and refused to compromise on the statement pieces. Because of this, the space maintains my vision and feels like an intentional extension of our home. And quite honestly, I'm not sure sacrificing the high ticket items was much of a sacrifice in the end.
Instead of cutting corners on the large element (the mcm furniture), I cut corners on the small things that I can easily replace over time. I also took advantage of items I already had on hand rather than purchasing all new. In doing so, I find it surprising how little I miss the items where they were. But by pulling a couple of things from each room, I was able to complete the deck and give it a finished look with no additional expense.
And for the things I was lacking, I hit my local Target and luckily found all I needed! When does that ever happen? But I got some fantastic finds that fit in perfectly with the color scheme. The outdoor pouf is one of them.
Placed in the center of the sitting area, the warm tone gives balance to all the colors.
Comparatively speaking, it was my splurge at $49.
But considering I nabbed this beautiful rug for $20, I think I redeemed myself. And speaking of the rug, I just love the deep coral color and the fact that it just happened to be a near perfect match to my diy vintage bar cart.
This cart was purchased several years ago and intended as a resell. But once it was painted, I just couldn't bring myself to part with it. Instead it has been stored away. So, so glad I kept it!
Another vintage find I've not been able to part with is this 1950's Salterini table. Marble top and hairpin legs, it was just too rare a find to let go of. There's actually a pair.
These two pieces definitely help give the space a clean modern vibe.
I added these handblown vases to help define the sitting area. Their organic shapes play well with the straight lines of the mid-century. These were a last year's purchase from World Market.
I also recycled a set of Pottery Barn outdoor pillows on the built-in bench for extra seating. These pillows were purchased probably 6 or 7 years ago and are still like new. That's amazing considering I don't store them during the colder months. If you're looking to purchase a set for yourself, I'd definitely consider Pottery Barn.
Initially, my plan was to use all four of the swivel chairs as a matched set on the deck. But I wasn't happy with the end result. I typically prefer an eclectic mix, and this pair of vintage chairs fit the bill perfectly. The added height and color were exactly what I was looking for.
Again, this was a set I purchased with the intent to resell. They were restored using Rust-oleum in "Marigold."
But so much time went into restoring these that I could never sell them for what I had in them. You wouldn't believe the labor I put into this pair of chairs - the layers of paint and rust was never-ending, and getting into all those reticulated surfaces was a nightmare.
Actually, it was this pair of chairs which led me to my diy revelation that not all diy's are worth the time and effort. It was this pair that was the impetus to me having the mcm set professionally restored.
Funny that the two pairs came to reside together. One my dream set one my nightmare set. How fitting.
This wicker seat was found at a vintage shop for $25. Love it!
And last is this little geometric planter. Not vintage, but totally adorbs. Found at Habitat for Humanity for a whopping $2.
Can you believe I hesitated on the price? But, come on, don't you remember a time when it would have been .50? It's hard to let go of those good old days and those splendid prices. Of course, I'm thrilled I bit the bullet in the end and made the purchase.
And finding these succulents at half price totally made up for having to fork over $2. ;)
You might be wondering what I did with the other two Homecrest chairs since I couldn't use them on the deck.
Here's a little peek.
More on those later.
But for now, I'm sitting on my deck enjoying my beautiful new space!
I am so happy with how this area turned out. And I'm so grateful for allowing myself permission to hand over the restoration of the mcm set. Georgia Powder Coating is a very large operation (servicing the Georgia Dome and Home Depot just to mention a couple). That said, I was unsure if my small project would be worth their time. But they were welcoming from the moment I stepped into the showroom and provided me with the same quality service they do the big guys. Just can't say enough good things about them and can't wait to take you through the process in its entirety.
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