Can you believe that my neighbors were getting rid of these charming little french country style iron seats? I came across these seats on a jog, and needless to say I quickly jogged all the way home to find my wallet before someone else got these! In the beginning, they looked less than appealing in a kitschy vintage fabric that was not meant for outdoors.
After a few weeks in my studio. First I recovered them, I found vinyl underneath the old fabric, which I kept because the vinyl provides a nice moisture barrier. The next step was to buy the perfect fabric that is made for the outdoors, but can be used indoors. I felt this fabric ny Sunbrella had a complimentary print for a round seat. I also liked the contemporary, yet abstract quality of the pattern. the fabric is very sturdy and will not fade in sunlight, which was important to me. The chair back is done in a light Belgian linen that will weather well.
We are also getting in the mood to spend more time outside this summer. The weather in Los Angeles has been so mild and pretty.
I wanted to leave you with a little inspirational photography to get you going this week!
The gorgeous Ocean Beach in San Diego…
still honing my photography skills:)
I stole this idea from the Living magazine that I “borrowed” from my Nana on a trip to Kentucky. She gave me a stack to read while on the plane. I guess we know where some of my crafty instincts come from- and I don’t mean Martha!
Aren’t the results exquisite? When I saw this there were so many things that I wanted to dip in dye that I didn’t know where to start!
Beach bags, totes and autumn scarves all rank up there pretty highly. Baskets in leftover house paint, RIT fabric dye on the ends of curtains...oooh…awww…the white and red paint looks as crisp as the autumn air.
I know I could score some affordable and fabulous baskets over at Cost Plus World Market. Man I love that place! Then, I did what they did over at Paint Me Plaid.
(Great job~ by the way!) I found something to upcycle …and VOILA!
It was a complete coincidence that the colors in the 2 pics are similar. I started with a darker turquoise then quickly realized I needed a whole LOT more paint. So, I dumped a quart of leftover white into a larger bucket and swished it around. Although the basket in the before pic looks decent the bottom was actually pretty soiled…so I thought a dunk in a fresh color would make it new again! Would you agree?
What do you have lying around the house to dye?
I’m still itching to try out something in Hunter Green. May need to scratch that one pretty soon.