Thursday, September 17, 2009

Before and After

BEFORE: This little wicker set (sofa and love seat) basically fell into our hands from my MIL's cousin, she wanted something new for her sun porch. My MIL snatched it up for us and our empty beach house living room! Now, I am not a hug fan of wicker and a matching set is overkill but the price was right...a hug and kiss! So you can see in the before picture it looks as if it was taken right form the set of the Golden Girls with the pickled finish and floral cushions. AFTER: Eight cans of brown spray paint, then a walnut stain on top, 12 yards of outdoor fabric later! The Paint Treatment: really eight cans of spray paint for both pieces, my trigger finger and right arm hurt for a few days following. Then I brushed on, haphazardly, some Walnut stain I had left over. The stain added shine, texture, depth, and protection. I was so thrilled with the way it turned out, I did the same treatment to a wicker buffet(yes, more pickled wicker) The Fabric: Was like a dream come true! I have coveted this outdoor fabric forever...it is off white quilted diamonds, my favorite (click pic to enlarge)...but, at $98.00 per yard retail, NEVER GONNA HAPPEN! Until, I walked in to the outlet and there it was, two bolt ends totaling 12 yards for just under eight beans a yard.....SOLD!!!!!! I sewed up some quick covers for the cushions added lots and lots of pillows...it went from Boca Raton 1988 to a cross between this and that! The total cost... Sofa/Love seat...HUG AND KISS Spray paint.....$40 Stain...........FOUND IN THE GARAGE Fabric..........$100 Pillows.........RECYCLED Print Fabric.....LEFT OVER FROM THE HANDBAG DAYS GRAND TOTAL.....$140

******Side Note****** The sofa was in our beach house living room for the summer and the love seat on the front porch. Before we left for the summer I strapped the sofa on the roof of my car and it now and forever will reside on our PA house screened in porch!

10 comments:

MER said...

BEAUTIFUL! I'm still not sure how I stumbled on your blog, but I love following. Very inspirational. I'd love to see more projects in the next few months.

lisagh said...

WOW!!! I am blown away. Amazing job. Absolutely amazing.

RED said...

um, WOW! that looks AMAZING! I'm absolutely inspired!
i'm still just thinking 'wow!' great job, that change is unreal.

J said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! I am seriously impressed. I never would have thought wicker could look that sophisticated.

melissa said...

I am SO impressed. Love what you did to this, love the fabric ... and what a deal!!

The 5 Bickies said...

It's gorgeous - great job!
Don't let your MIL's cousin see it...she might want it back!!!!!

Sisters with Style said...

Absolutely stunning! I love it!

Maureen said...

Gorgeous! I love the stain and those pillows are fabulous. Makes me want to grab a great book, a tall glass of iced tea and lounge! I hope you get to do so.

Michelle said...

So great! You are truly talented. Enjoy your blog and decorating.

Mamma Mia said...

I realize this was quite awhile ago! Do you happen to remember what kind of spray paint you used on the pickled wicker? I'm looking to do a very similar project, and I just love how yours turned out!