Sunday, September 13, 2009

Have I told you about my b.f.f. Craig?









I have been spending way too much time with Craig.... of "Craig's List" lately... but it's so much fun and you never know what you might find. Better than Ebay, because it's local and there's no bidding to do, (however, once I decide I want something, I will most always try to get a lower price). I won't give up my garage sailing excursions on the weekends, but Craig's list is great for the midweek "gotta get me a treasure and transform it" cravings.

This was my last "goodie":






A full sized wicker sofa and chair.... $50 for both pieces.


Those cushions had seen better days ... I debated on wether to take them or not. But figured I could recover them until I replaced them.


Here's the chair and a little can of "magic"...

Like the wand of a magician.................and { Pooof !!!}

It transformed my front porch into a "second" living room!



Duchess approves!





I didn't end up using the cushions it came with... they were too uncomfortable and old. I had some cushions I had bought for my wrought iron chairs in the back porch that I never used, and they were the perfect size , so I covered them in " fabric" I had bought at my local thrift store.


The bottom fabric was a curtain in it's former life, $4.50.



I used red sheets to cover the other pillows.... $ 3.50

Here's a little side table I found at Goodwill the day after I bought the couch.... $11.00

After a little spray paint.... it joined the party!



The black pillows with the twine detailing I had gotten in a "bed in a bag" set that I had not used in 6 or 7 years. I found them in the back of my closet and was thrilled that it gave the "new" set the punch it needed.







See the little wicker coffee table? Found that the same day at a different thrift store.... $14.00!

Had to go back to Lowe's for more spray paint and voila! Looks right at home here. The best part is that I use it mostly to prop up my feet and Duchess loves to sit on my lap and work at her full time job..... napping!






I made a couple of smaller pillows from the curtain fabric as well.........







Here's my front door with it's summer arrangement. I love the geraniums and I like it with my new furniture...




Tomorrow I will be bringing out the Fall decor.... I'll have to say goodbye to the geraniums until next summer...






Hi guys! Thanks for dropping by..............

S

50 comments:

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Duchess is such a cutie! This makes me want to look at Craig's list more often. I only look now and then. What a good deal and the thriftstore deals are wonderful too. Everything looks brand new with some spray paint! Beautiful!

Manuela

Sherri S said...

'A' is for AWESOME, ALL of it! What a beautiful set for your porch! And at a deal. Gotta love that and loving the color mix too.

Sandy said...

Everything looked beautiful, loved all that red and the mixing of patterns looked great. You lucked up and got very good deals. Your porch looks very warm and cozy. Great job.
Sandy

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

You have done a fantastic job of putting your whole porch together. What a wonderful place to sit and relax. We can't wait to see the fall re-do.

Have a great week.

Charla

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Wow what wonderful finds and I love them painted brown. I can't believe that you pulled off a whole set. Your pillow colors and choices of fabric are just perfect. I love it all. Hugs, Marty

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh, Craig is my buddy too! I just love what you did with this! Your sense of color and style is awesome! I have had to travel a bit to find good things, but it has been worth it! Bravo! Cindy

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Oh wow! I love it!! The colors are BEAUTIFUL and I love all the fabrics... I too have a thing for Craig! Way to go!
~Whitney

JobandBrittany said...

this set looks like a magazine pic advertising a patio set!!! beautiful.
i host a Goodwill party every Wednesday. stop by and join in!!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Oh my goodness! I just love your set! It's amazing what spray paint can do and the pillows are genious! Great job on this one...one of my favorite transformations ~Ashley

~Country Lady~ said...

Love it!! Your porch looks so inviting, and Duchess is a precious pooch! Fantastic job! What is the brand and color of the spray paint you used? Is it black or brown? Thanks for the information.

Terry said...

Just terrific. For my taste I don't think you could have done better with the colors. The red against the wicker makes my day. The wicker has so many great curves.

Domestic Designer said...

Just perfect in every way!

Risa said...

Good job with the patio furniture :-) Good makeover!

Charlene said...

I had been wondering what you were up to. Missed you! But, now that I see the treasures & what you have done with them I understand. I'm jealous! WOW what a great deal you got for that!!!!! And all the paint & stitching made it perfect together. Have a great week & enjoy that new furniture. Glad it is Duchess approved.

Sharlotte said...

What great finds...what wonderful transformations...what a cutie! I love Duchess' expression!

I have not bought anything on Craig's list but have sold a few things. I've learned that you have to have cash in hand and contact early. Otherwise, things are usually gone.

Your porch looks so inviting. I could just curl up and read a good book right there with all those gorgeous cushions and your little friend.

Thanks so much for sharing. Great job!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

VERY NICE! Your wicker looks brand new and I love your pillows too!

kaylee g said...

I gasped!, at the transformation!
Wonderful find! So happy for you!

Fifi Flowers said...

GREAT find and redo... Duchess is PERCIOUS!!!

The DIY Show Off said...

WOW! Your wicker furniture transformation is GORGEOUS! You did an amazing job! I love it! And Duchess with her cute smiling face looks so proud of you!

:)

Roeshel

kiakai / Kelly said...

This is the best!! OMGosh! people must be so jealous of you. I wish you did still live here. I've always wanted a shop. How fun.
Kelly

Lou Cinda said...

Oh my GOSH!!! LOVE IT!!! It looks like it came off of a designer show room floor!!!

I LOVE IT!!

Lou Cinda

gina @ The Tickle Pink Thrift said...

absolutely LOVE your chairs and absolutely LOVE your cute lil' dog! :)

Mabry's Gamma said...

I am so JEALOUS! I have been wanting some wicker outdoor furniture for years and have never ever found a bargain like you did. Congratulations to you. SCORE! They look absolutely great and inviting.

Maybe you should do my shopping for me. LOL

Cheri

The Persimmon Perch said...

Wow! What a little color change will do. Great job! I hope you will join me for Made it Mondays. Mister Linky is up and ready for you to enter.

Shelia said...

Oh,I just love hearing about your affair with Craigslist! :) The wicker is beautiful and looks so nice painted black!
I've missed you!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

susan said...

I do believe you and I have the (exact!) same taste! I LOVE your wicker. I redid our deck in similar colors and I have a door pocket on almost the same door today!!...what good taste :)

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

What a fantastic score & great re-do! Your porch is gorgeous - BUT Duchess is the crown jewel of the porch! ☺ Diane

9405018--Pat said...

Wow! I love it...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Nancy said...

LOOOOOOVE it!!! LOOOOOVE it!!!! Now, I am off to check on craigs list!!! LOL ;) Nancy

salmagundi said...

Love that color! Does it have a color name or number? I'm jealous of your success with 'Craig'! Happy Fall. Sally

EmBee said...

You know I hate you, right?... But in a 'Good' way of course.
:-)

Its So Very Cheri said...

I got a wicker couch like that a couple of weeks ago that someone through out for trash. I haven't done anything with it yet but it is on my list of to dos.
I hope you will come by for a visit as well. I have a fun party on Mondays and another on Wed that just started up.

Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Do I ever love this; it is one of the best redo thingies I have seen. Love the colors you chose for the wicker and pillows. Hey, who says you have to put the geraniums away. ?? There is a house down the street that has living ones year round all over the porch (she must cover them in cold weather?? I wonder)

kathryn said...

LOOKS GREAT MOM!!! I'll need to come over to check it out (and of course, see you and pop!!) I'm so proud of you and all of your talent, I hope I got some of those genes! (p.s. Happy Birthday!) Love you! -Katie

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Beautiful!!! ...and what a great bargain! Love the color combinations of red, black and white! And Duchess is just precious! :) ~hugs, Rhonda

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Terriffic!!! Looks so much better brown! Way to go!!

artis1111 said...

I love it!!!! I am all the time looking on there. I have bought a fridge for the beauty shop, and got it cheaper than they wanted. Kathy

mishebe said...

Looks fantastic, what scores...

Stacey said...

That does it! I'm going to look at Craig's List every day! Your furniture is gorgeous!

Julie said...

It all turned out so pretty....don't you just love it when that happens....And boy how I love it at a great price...
xoxo
Julie

bj said...

I love your front porch living room with this amazing set. Love all the cushions and pillows. I need to watch Craigs list more often, I can see....
xo bj

Elise said...

Lovely post, really enjoyed it - & I'm loving your blog ! Best wishes..

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Ok! That settles it... I'd love to go thrift shop/treasure hunting with you! Once again, it all looks gorgeous!

I've never checked out Craig's list...just recently my hubby looked on there for a dryer, until we decide which set I really want. But, hm.... didnt realize the possibilities of Craig offer so much more :o)

Blessings & aloha!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Rose, this "set" (that really isn't a set) is wonderful! I can't believe the differences places that you found these items, and they look like a high-end set that you bought all together! Your cushions are so wonderful, and I am so envious of your sewing ability, but I know it's not just the sewing ability-it's also the ability to envision the fabric and know it's going to come out looking fabulous, and it always does! laurie

Bill said...

Your porch looks so stylish and inviting with your fantastic bargains "refreshed" and accessorized so beautifully! Fantastic makeover!

Hope your weekend goes well.

Bill

ceekay said...

What a beautiful transformation and what a find! We bought a doggie door on Craigs List...but that is it! Guess I should look more often! Thanks for visiting me today!

Helen said...

Dear Rose .... I love, love wicker and you have managed to work magic with your bargains! Great photos, great job! Isn't spray paint the best ever?

Kristens Creations said...

What a fabulous redo!!!! Love the red and black together.

Justine said...

Do you realize just how damn talented you are? I'd look at something like that sofa and say, CRAP! You look at it and see the possibilities and then bring them to life. It looks absolutely AMAZING. I also love the stone flooring on your porch. Oh, and Duchess. OMG, she's adorable!

Justine :o )

Rhondi said...

I love what you did with the chairs and how lucky to find the tables to go with them. Isn't it fun when you find something you already have like your bed and bath pillows and they match with sopemthing perfectly? I love it when that happens!
I am having a welcome fall party on Tuesday to celebrate the first day of fall and I'd love it if you'd join in. You can read about it on my blog. Hugs, Rhondi