New Projects:: Wicker & Bamboo Chairs

I don’t think I have written one post about home improvement or DIY projects all summer long!  By the   current state of my house I think I might be taking the whole “relax and enjoy summer with the kiddos” goal a little too far.  And by too far I mean I’m sitting in my pjs at 11:36am writing this blog post after I spent the morning walking around my yard (in my pjs) taking pictures of things like rocks, leaves, and weeds, whilst my almost-14 year old slumbers the morning away.  Heavenly summer.

I have two fun projects that are in the works to share with you.  First off, my parents-in-law are about the move from the home they’ve lived in for 40 years to a brand new, gorgeous, low maintenance home and I couldn’t be happier for them.  I told them that any pieces of furniture they don’t want to bring with them, I would be happy to take off their hands.  I’m helpful like that :)

I was deee-lighted when they showed up with this chair and ottoman one day!

They’ve had this set for over twenty years and despite their seven grandchildren jumping all over them on a regular basis, both pieces are still in near-perfect condition.  A coat of paint and new fabric will freshen them right up and I cannot wait to make them over!  Can you see the potential???

Here are my inspirations:

I also love the bamboo in it’s natural state with a modern geometric fabric to punch it up.
Right now the chair and ottoman are living in the newly finished basement, where their color assaults my sons’ manly sensibilities on a daily basis.  I’m not quite sure where they will end up.
My second makeover project is my very first trash to treasure!!!
I drove past this chair on my way to pick up my friend Betsy to go walking yesterday.  
I dragged her back with me, where she slid down in her seat in complete mortification while I threw it in the back of my car.  I know it was out for the trash but it kind of felt like stealing – so fill me in.  What is the etiquette for taking someone’s trash?  Should I have gone up to the door and thanked them?  I figure if I had put it out for the trash I would be overjoyed if someone snatched it up and saved it from a landfill…..but I still felt a little naughty taking it!
Here it is at home.  It is natural wicker (as opposed to resin) and I love the weave on it.  

It needs a little work –
 – but I think I can bring it back to pretty with a little sprucing up.  
Where this piece will go I also have no idea, but I figured if I can’t use it, perhaps my mom could put it on her deck to enjoy her morning coffee.
Now, to keep it’s pretty weathered grey, or go with a fun paint color?  Hmmmmm.  So many options!
Do you have any fun projects in the works this summer?