Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Outdoor furnishings #operationoutdoors

Good bye ghetto and unsafe patio furniture, HELLO glorious comfortable new outdoor table and chairs (oh and rug too!).

Many years ago Jim purchased a faux teak table and chairs for the roof deck in Southie.  The set wasn't wintered correctly and as a result it quickly deteriorated.  Shame on us!  We brought the set with us when we moved and by then the damage was done and it was too late to salvage the set.  The chairs were rotting (true story...I broke one of the chairs while sitting in it.  That's gotta make you feel good about yourself right??  hahaha) and the table gave you splinters.  I think it was safe to say that the table and chairs had passed its prime.

So this year Jim said let's get new patio furniture.  At first I was like no let's wait till we're ready to tackle a new patio/back yard but then I remembered the hazard the old set posed and I was researching like a mad women. 

Man, outdoor furniture is E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E  (enter a small depression).  I loved Pottery Barn's outdoor furniture but we would have to take a second mortgage out to afford those and we all know Jim's thoughts on anything Pottery Barn. 

So I searched places like Overstock, Walmart, Target, EBay, etc.  We knew we wanted a teak table with resin wicker chairs.  Well I found a chair I loved on EBay but it was still expensive.  I ended up finding the same exact chair that was on EBay for $100 cheaper PER chair on Amazon.  Pays to search around my friends.  And the table was also purchased on Amazon.  

I love the wood with the wicker.  Gives it another dimension and texture.  For added color and texture an 8x10 outdoor rug was layered under the table and chairs.

The outdoor rug is great.  It's soft underfoot and cozy.  Makes the patio feel like another room in the house.  When it gets dirty you just hose it off.

We were able to save thousands purchasing off Amazon.  Can't wait to make some outdoor pillows for the chairs and have a couple throws out there for those chilly nights eating al fresco.

Big plans for the back yard.  Can't wait to share them when we figure out what and when those will take place.  For now, I'm enjoying the new additions.