With all three kids out of school right now and one who still naps, we spend a lot of time at home so we recently decided to get the kids a small trampoline. Our backyard is tiny so we needed something compact and I wanted something that let them burn some energy. The plus, they’re spending a lot more time in the backyard. The con, the back porch was a seriously neglected space. We had an indoor rug outside and a gorgeous old iron table my in-laws scored from some moving neighbors over a year old that was rusting pretty badly. And that was pretty much it. Here’s a look at the before and after (just 24 hours later):
Here’s what I did to spruce it up…
I started by finally painting the iron table and chairs. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence since it was something I already had and I needed to makeover this space on $100 or less. It took 3 coats of paint and I had some serious blisters but it came out great in the end!
My color palette was based around the table. Initially, I thought I’d look for a black and white chevron rug and then I happened upon the navy and white indoor/outdoor one for just $50 at Target!
The metal star was $20 at a local store called At Home. The chair cushions I also found there for $15 each and I love how well the colors add another pattern to the area.
All the little things on the table are things I “shopped” for from around our house. The table was a Craiglist score from a few years back.
The yellow Hello Sunshine wood sign I made (you can find more like it in my Etsy shop).
The blue chairs under the star and in the corner are from an old outdoor set and I painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence (they were a project from last summer).
The little strands of colorful Honeycombs are from the party section at Target. Just $4 a strand. I hung them with Command Strip Hooks.
The rubbermaid container under the flowers holds the kids’ water toys and sidewalk chalk.
Don’t you love all the detail work on this table? I love the character of old pieces so much…especially free ones like this one! 🙂 The bird cage was an old purchase from Hobby Lobby (another thing I shopped for from around the house).
It’s a great place to sit and work (or sit and read a People Magazine while the kids play)!
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