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?


Starr @ The Kiefer Cottage said...

I have a cedar armoire that's dying for a paint job. I have the paint, just need to get off my behind and do it!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

loads of potential!!! i love that first chair.

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

i am so excited for you! I know you will make all three pieces rock! Man, wish I had a porch for cool furniture.

pam {simple details} said...

Welcome to the dumpster diving club, I can tell you're going to be a pro! Your chairs have such great lines, I think the hardest part is actually deciding what to do, too many fun choices! Here's to a few more pj days before the routine begins... :)

Anonymous said...

love it all

Dana Frieling said...

I'm sure you'll work your magic and it'll all be looking fabulous and no time flat. Fun, fun!

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

Whaaat?! Those are two amazing chairs for FREE. Outrageous.

On the etiquette of taking people's trash: this is a struggle I have too. So far I've gone with the grab-and-run method. :)

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

The chairs are fantastic. And enjoy the reimagining them part - the creative process is the best step!


Adelina Priddis said...

Both those chairs are lovely! I can't wait to see what you do with them. I'm debating whether to take on any projects this year or not. Moving totally took it out of me.

Urban Orchard Interiors said...

Can't wait to see what you do with these! What a great find that wicker chair is. And I'm in love with bamboo right now...