In continuation of last week’s post on revamping patio furniture, we’d like to share the progress photos of several pieces recently redone. Passed down from my grandmother, these pieces not only hold sentimental value, but many cherished childhood memories. This playful tribute to the original pieces added a modern twist to their vintage style, while coordinating with my other outdoor furniture.
Cassidy Painting sandblasted all of the original paint and rust off, then finished the pieces with their industrial spray painter using a glossy enamel matched to Benjamin Moore Brownstone. New Life Furniture Systems created the sofa cushions using a beige ribbed Sunbrella fabric. We used the remaining Perennials fabric from the round seat cushions for the sunburst springback chairs with the addition of Perennials Zig Zag in Oasis to make up the bolster and throw pillows. A nice way to frame out your cushions, is with a contrast welt. We used bright, solid Sunbrella and Perennials fabrics for the trim on the throw pillows, bolsters and sofa cushions.
Restoring and refinishing outdoor metal furniture, especially that with family history is much more economical and special than replacing it all. Nothing beats the charm of vintage outdoor furniture. Here’s how to give it a fresh look!
For quite some time now, I’ve had my eye out for a set of these unique vintage Carre sunburst patio chairs. Ones that I had come across thus far were either beyond repair or priced extremely high.
While on vacation in California last summer, I happened to be looking through the LA Times ‘Lifestyle’ section and on the front page (pictured below) was a set of four vintage sunburst rocker chairs photographed outside the Brainworks Home storefront. I contacted Brainworks to get more details and after learning the chairs were still available and in great shape, I took the plunge and had them shipped cross-country to Delaware. When the chairs arrived, I decided to repaint them to match some other iron furniture I was working on (more info on those pieces to come over the next few weeks). Below are the various stages of refinishing the chairs.
As we are all spending more time outdoors in this gorgeous weather, we felt that it was appropriate to post a series on revamping vintage outdoor patio furniture. Stay tuned over the next few weeks to see more ‘before and after projects.’
A few fun facts:
1) originally a mid-19th century design by Francois Carre known as the ‘pinwheel spring steel’ chair
2) this rare-style chair is known as the ‘Casablanca’ chair, was used in the 1942 classic film, Casablanca & is currently on eBay for $20,000
3) these chairs also appear in the original film version of ‘Grey Gardens’
Cassidy Painting sandblasted the original paint off and primed the chairs for repainting in my selected color.
New Life Furniture Systems made four outdoor, double-welt round seat cushions using outdoor fabrics by Perennials we had selected. We did two cushions using Bazaar in Oasis and the other two with Odyssey in Oasis. All cushions had a double contrast welt by Sunbrella Fabrics in Spectrum Grenadine.
Voila! Here’s the finished product…a nice, updated feel for timeless, vintage patio furniture.
While we are all anxiously awaiting the real arrival of spring, I think it’s safe to say we are ready to retire those fall/winter neutrals and break out some color in our lives. Make an impact in your home simply with some fresh, colorful paint. Get that feeling all year with a soothing, spring-inspired color.
Wary of painting a full room? To still acheive impact, highlight a detail with color, such as a bookshelf, window molding or an inexpensive mirror.
Here are just a few of our favorite hues from Benjamin Moore inspired by spring. Enjoy!
Spring finally seems to be making an appearance and soon enough, we will be spending more time outdoors and entertaining. Whether it be a casual night on the patio with friends or hosting a birthday party or bridal shower, flowers are perfect on any occasion – a simple way to add ambiance. Add any Chive, Inc. vase to display those flowers, and you have a piece of work that speaks for itself.
Since 2004, the creative little powerhouse, Chive, Inc. based out of Toronto, Canada has been designing an expansive line of innovative, yet simple flower vases intended to highlight the natural beauty of flowers. Their vases effortlessly compliment any setting – from formal to casual – and are a wonderful addition to any home, office, wedding or special event.
Beautifully crafted using a wide variety of mediums including glass, resin, plastic, aluminum, porcelain and ceramic, Chive releases new collections biannually, consistently keeping the line fresh and exciting. You won’t find just your everyday tabletop glass vase here. Chive, Inc. adds a modern twist, with designs such as wall-mounted, magnetic, test tube, apothecary, hanging and antiqued (to name a few) available in a variety of beautiful colors. Their truly unique collections definitely set them apart.
Check out some of their incredible designs below (browse all their products here), followed by their pictures of their amazing trade show display at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show – where I first discovered Chive, Inc.!
*all product images above courtesy of Chive, Inc.
Chive, Inc. display at The Philadelphia Flower Show earlier this month (above)
my new collection of succulents & Chive planters I picked up at the Philly Flower Show (above)
The Kilby family has been in the dairy business for over 100 years. Owners, Phyllis and Bill Kilby have proudly carried on the family farm legacy with Kilby Cream, the family owned and operated business they established over 40 years ago in Cecil County, Maryland. They sell their own fresh, glass bottled milk, homemade ice cream, butter and more on the farm. Even better, they now collaborate with other local farms to offer eggs, breads and meat – all available now by home delivery – right to your door. It doesn’t get much better than that.
All Kilby Cream dairy products start with the cows right on their property in Rising Sun, MD. The farm has over 500 Jersey and Jersey/Holstein cross cows that are grass-fed and never given growth hormones or feed containing antibiotics – producing delicious, farm fresh milk that is pasteurized, but minimally processed and sold in returnable, reusable glass bottles that reduce impact on the environment.
All dairy products are available for purchase at Kilby Cream or online through their home delivery service.
In 2005, Kilby Cream added homemade ice cream to their expanding menu of products made on the farm. As one of only three ice cream shops in Maryland that complete the entire process on site, they pride themselves on serving ice cream that goes from ‘cow to cone in two days’.
With over 50 flavors to choose from, using local ingredients when available, they come up with some unique seasonal flavors, including Strawberry Cheesecake, Mootella and Key Lime Pie.
In addition to dairy products, they can deliver farm fresh eggs from the free-range hens at Andy’s Eggs and Poultry and breads from Golden Grain Bread Co. Seasonally, they offer their own Egg Nog and locally known Milburn Orchards’ Apple Cider and Apple Cider donuts.
Aside from enjoying their farm fresh products, the Kilby family cares about sharing the benefits of agriculture and family farming with their customers and the community. The open farm fields and laid back atmosphere invite you to bring friends and family to enjoy the natural surroundings, visit the farm animals, grab some ice cream and most importantly, appreciate what this local farm has to offer to the community.