The Rustic Patio Makeover

22-DSCF0892-001When we moved into this rental the snow was flying. Our biggest goal was to just get everything moved. Things got put wherever they would fit. The small patio had a covered roof, so it made sense to pile stuff we didn’t know what to do with there.

I have been working on one house project at a time, and with the weather getting warmer, it was time to take on the patio. It may be a rental, but for now it is home and I want it to feel that way.

14-DSCF0797-001I can’t believe I’m am showing you this, but this is a before shot. Aside from the obvious junk piled on it, there were also a few other issues to overcome.

16-DSCF0797-002There is no light fixture. This is the lighting the previous occupants left us. Uhm. No.

17-DSCF0898-001We took down the dirty, multicolored Christmas lights (half of which were not working) and hung a hanging flower basket with clear twinkle lights in it. I only had a 50-count string, but it was a definite improvement. Even with 50 lights, they look awesome at night.

20-DSCF0890-001To spruce up the back wall and to blend it with our style, I shopped the storage unit for a couple of barn doors. The barn star above the doors is camouflaging the excess cord from the lights.

21-DSCF0891-001The couch is one we had on our old patio, but I added seat cushions and covered pillows for the back.

18-DSCF0895-001The potting bench and coffee table are from yesterday’s post. I also added extra lighting on the coffee table with solar lights in a flower pot and a oil-filled jar lamp placed in a feed pan.

The table and chairs were set just off the patio.

Bring on the summer heat!

Enjoy!

Junk Finds for the Patio

4-DSCF0804Baker’s rack turned into a potting bench.

4-DSCF0886Facelift on an old outdated coffee table.

1-DSCF0792A few weeks ago I picked up this old baker’s rack at a yard sale for $4. It was greasy and dirty, but those were minor problems. For the price, I just couldn’t pass it up. I decided to use it as a potting bench/storage rack for my patio.

2-DSCF0794It also had a few bent rails. I removed the rails and was pleased to see they caused no stability issues.

3-DSCF0801The green and gold finish wasn’t what I wanted at all, so I got out the paint and dry brushed white over the entire rack. I hated it. You could still see the green and the horrible gold shadowing threw. Yuck! I got a tad bit more aggressive. I continued to dry brush and pounce the paint until I was happy with the coverage. I think it was a total of about four coats. I could have painted with strokes of the brush, but I kinda liked the texture of the dry brushing and pouncing.

4-DSCF0804Since I plan on using it to store pots and such on the patio, I decided it needed shelves that were a bit more solid. I cut wood from the scrap pile and simply placed them on the shelf.

1-DSCF0806This old coffee table was in the storage unit. I thought it would also be perfect for my patio.

fb scrap wood tableI wanted to cover it like this scrap wood table.

2-DSCF0808The lip on the top of the table had me stumped. The wood would sit on top of the lip, leaving too big of a gap between the surface and the boards. There wasn’t anything to connect the boards to.

Light bulb moment! I cut and attached braces (similar to studs in a wall).

3-DSCF0811With something to now connect to, the scrap boards were easily attached to the top. That was it for the construction.

4-DSCF0886I dry brushed the entire table and I was done.

I have a few more things to complete on my new outdoor space, but I will be sharing the results soon.

Enjoy!

 

Photo Display Frames

5-DSCF0879More projects from the storage unit.

1-DSCF0752The large frame needed a little bit of cleaning to remove the remnants of a fake wood grain paper. Other than that, it was good to go.

2-DSCF0754The two smaller frames were actually small cupboard doors. I removed the hinges and handles.

Both seemed a bit plain, so I attached some brass appliques using E6000.

Each frame was dry brushed with white paint.

4-DSCF0771I cut some rusty chicken wire slightly larger than the opening and stapled it to the back of the smaller frames.

On the larger frame I turned the frame sideways and cut two lengths of baling wire a bit longer than the width of the opening. I equally spaced the wire in the opening and stapled the ends to the back of the frame. Hmm…I guess I didn’t grab a photo of attaching the baling wire to the back, but I bet you can use your imagination.

5-DSCF0879I used weathered clothespins to attach photos to the wire.

Enjoy!

Little Fabric Stash Bags-Tutorial

08-small wool bagLittle Fabric Stash Bags

01-small wool bagA few years ago I purchased a huge barrel at an auction for $1. It was full of old wool suits and dresses. I have been attempting to make use of the variety of colors and textures since I bought it, and the pile inside the barrel is slowly going down. The barrel is currently in a storage unit across town, but while moving I grabbed a bunch of wool to play with.

10-small wool bagThese little wool bags are the product of my play.

02-small wool bagI used gingham/checkered fabric for the linings…

09-small wool bag…and the front of the flowers.05-small wool bag

Trim is also something I have an over abundance of. The handles were made from bias tape and I hand-stitched rickrack around the top edge using floss.

The tutorial for these little bags has now been published on FaveCrafts.

You can find the tutorial here.

Enjoy!

Chenille Bunnies and Chicks

49-DSCF0781Since moving I have had to utilize every possible empty space for storing my crafts and craft supplies. That included the space under my son’s bed. He’s away at college so I figured he wouldn’t mind. ;) This last week I was going through some containers under the bed and I came across a WIP box of chenille bunnies and chicks that I had made a few years ago.

48-DSCF0759The items in the box were a variety of pre-cut and pre-sewn pieces, along with the other craft supplies needed to complete them. Since Easter is still two weeks away I decided to make them and take them to the store where I sell them locally.

49-DSCF0781Chenille Bunnies

51-DSCF0787Chenille Chicks

50-DSCF0785Squeezable and adorable.

52-DSCF0789I have a tutorial for the chick that can be found here.