Friday, May 14, 2010

Evolution of our Porch

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I love our big, covered porch.  
It's one of my favorite places to sit and watch my munchkins play.




However, the patio furniture we had was kind of....boring


No pizzazz!

I mean, it was the cheapest set they had at Wal Mart....



So, a makeover was in order!  My favorite kind of project!

I decided to go bold on this re-do.  I was going to use.......Orange!

Do you love this fabric or what?!  Awesomeness!

It's called oilcloth.  It's totally waterproof, and can be wiped clean.  Perfect for outdoor furniture.  

Here are some online resources that sell oilcloth:


This stuff is seriously AWESOME!  I've seen lots of ideas out there for oilcloth: baby bibs, diaper bags, placemats, table cloths, etc.

Anyway, using the old seat covers as a pattern, I made new covers for all the cushions, complete with white piping on the edges.
(I wish I could give step by step instructions, but it was a "figure it out as you go" project!)


Here's how it turned out:


Some close ups:


Here's my two side chairs:



I almost forgot to mention that I painted my chairs.  Primer first, then a few layers of textured black spray paint.


It turns out looking like this:


      

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52 comments:

  1. the "new" patio looks fab-u-lous!! i LOVE the color and i LOVE how it looks. you did great!

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  2. I love how it brightens up the spot!!

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  3. the transformation is fabulous! the orange really pops up, making it very inviting. and repainting the frame black was perfect!

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  4. Looks fabulous!!! Now you need some crazy orange pillows... maybe?!

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  5. Nice work! Don't you just love a DIY cheap transformation like that!? The orange and black look great together :)

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  6. Oh wow! It turned out great! Must have taken you a while to do all of those (and with piping) Very fun. Thanks for sharing with me! You should send a link to Oilclothaddict (on her blog or email) and she'd probably post them on her site. She likes to share projects like that.
    - dana

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  7. Ooh that turned out so nice! What a fun change!

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  8. Very nice colors, I like the fabric pattern.

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  9. I am obsessed with orange, so love it love it love ittttt! I know you probably have it up your sleeve, but some bright (maybe aqua!?!) pillows would be fun. I love that you have the porch--I wish we had that add on off our back...
    I want to make those "diva dishwashing gloves" with oil cloth for my friends bridal shower gift. im thinking black and white...polka dots. thanks for the sites, ill have to look and see what selection they have!

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  10. Amazing! I'm in the middle of a deck renovation right now, and the one thing I thought I could count on NOT having to fix were our cushions. Three days ago, I caught a naughty squirrel biting through the cushion and now have a giant hole there! Guess I might be making these sooner than I planned. Thanks for sharing... if you have any helpful hints on making them or tutorials you followed I'd love to see them. Enjoy your fabulous "new" furniture!

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  11. what a great transformation with just a bit of paint and fabric! I love the fabric - it's so great for summer sittings on the patio! great job!

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  12. WOW SARAH!! This turned out so great I absolutely LOVE what you did!! Great work!!

    ~Morgan

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  13. such cute fabric! it turned out great! i'm envisioning the furniture painted orange now too!!

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  14. Ooooh...luv that fabric...it looks outstanding! Hope you have a FUN weekend!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  15. WOW! What a transformation! Love the colors and print you chose. And a figure it out as you go attitude is pretty much how all of my projects go, haha!

    Following you, how is that it says I am the first to do so?!? Your blog is AWESOME!

    -Ann Marie

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  16. Very nice transformation. I need to do this!

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  17. I've got this EXACT oilcloth in pink! I'd been wondering about using it for chair cushions. But am a little hesitant...we live in Arizona and it gets HOT here and when you get hot you get sweaty. I thought hot sweaty legs against warm oilcloth might be a little, well, sticky...maybe for my indoor chairs! Is it hot where you live? Have you had any issues with sticky legs?

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  18. Jessica,
    We live in TX, and it gets HOT! This will be our first summer w/these chairs, so I'll let you know. Hopefully no stickiness!

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  19. Wow, great job! I love the color and good call on the paint...the transformation is amazing. :)

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  20. Wow, that brightened up the porch so much!

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  21. I need to do this to my patio furniture - it so boring. I love the fabric you picked.

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  22. FABULICIOUS!!! I am loving that orange fabric.

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  23. Looks amazing, I love oilcloth. What a perfect fabric for outdoor spaces. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I LOVE that fabric {or oilcloth}! The pattern is great. You definitely added some oomph to your porch!

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  25. Love.the.orange. And I am impressed that you were able to sew the cushions so perfectly. What a transformation!

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  26. wow! What a difference! You did a great job.

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  27. I remember when I was a kid my mom had oilcloth tablecloths.
    I think it would get hot in summer..like a vinyl car seat..
    But they sure are beautiful! Maybe if you keep them out of the sun..

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  28. Sarah, This is fabulous! We bought the same set last year for the same reason {price} and I have been trying to figure out how to spruce it up. Not sure if I'll get to it this year or not but you sure gave me some inspiration. Totally fabulous! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~Stephanie Lynn

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  29. Beautifully done. Enjoy your beautiful new patio set.

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  30. Hi Sarah! Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your patio set today! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  31. wow! what a great makover! I love the new look.
    gail

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  32. Oh what a fantastic DIY project. You are one clever and creative gal.

    I finally finished a project I have been working on for 23 years.

    Pop on by.

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  33. Fabulous! Totally Love it. I love handmade projects whether its crafts, food, and anything else!

    www.livingonhomemade.com

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  34. Love the color!! I only wonder if your bare skin will stick to the oil cloth (like it would to fake leather...ouch!). Very pretty!

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  35. Absolutely beautiful! I LOVE the orange, and I also love how you punched up the basic structure of the chairs with the black paint. Great job!

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  36. Not sure if I already commented on this post, but I love it! I'm also here to pass on the Versatile Blog Award to you. You can check it out here http://brittneysbudgetcrafts.blogspot.com/
    Have a great day :)

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  37. Great transformation! The furniture looks brand new. I just found your place...so fun to see all of your creative ideas!

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  38. Ok... you're definitely inspired me to get on my patio furniture... ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! I'm featuring your patio furniture makeover on my POPP Spotlight tomorrow.

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  39. They look awesome. I am featuring your patio and antiqued mirror on my WOWZERS post tomorrow.

    Grab a geatured button for Its So Very Cheri and the DIY Club for TOP 10.

    Cheri

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  40. I think it really looks gorgeous tan the blah before appearance of the outdoor furniture. It is fun and very summery! :) Woho! You did a great job! Awesome!

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  41. I featured you today! Great job! Grab a "featured" button and wear it proudly!
    :)

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  42. I can't even imagine being able to do what you did with those cushions. You deserve thousands of great comments for this one. That fabric is so pretty. I hope you have many great summer days enjoying your "new" furniture.

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  43. This is Awesome !! I just found your blog and I am totally inspired now!! thanks!! Keep up the good work!

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  44. nice work! I love this oilcloth fabric. Saw it over on Made (dana-made-it.com) with some bar stools too. Your project is awesome!

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  46. Cute material. Looks great! Look at your blog grow!!!!

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  47. Fabulous redo! Lovin that orange to go along with all the greens Mother Nature provides.
    Joyce

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  48. Wow! You did great. I love that pattern.

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