Pretty mundane stuff, the kitchen table, except I hunted and hunted for mine.
And I love it.
You can read the story of how I found my table at Goodwill here.
It's a good story - I really could not make this up.
Here it is the day I found it at GW.
A couple of small dings on the table. Fixable.
The leather wrappings had a bit of wear
but I'm fine with vintage bamboo looking a bit vintage.
And they were all original and nice and tight. No loose wrappings.
All 4 chairs were sturdy.
Changing the seat fabric was no problem.
The bottom of the chair back was worn on every single chair.
This might prove tricky but the price was so, so low because of this.
I thought I could figure something out.
I bought it.
I mean, it was exactly what I wanted.
And then I did nothing. For like a year. I know.
I couldn't quite figure out how to replace the back without possibly damaging the bamboo around it. If that happened then I would have to do some serious repairs and probably paint the whole set. Not the end of the world but still.
And then one night it came to me how to take out the old broken woven insert
It worked. My husband cut out the old woven insert very carefully. I made a pattern, cut the fabric, slid it into place and edged with blue cording I found at Wal-Mart (yep!) on a small roll for $1.00 per chair
I love it when a plan comes together.
The fabric was supposed to be used during my Entryway makeover
They have every size and shape and I think everything looks better wrapped up in cello.
The prices are good if you need cello in bulk and they ship quickly.
You want any and all soft candy or candy with a hole in the center that you can find
plus big pink and white marshmallows.
We bought ours at Wal Mart, Dollar General and Dollar Tree.
There are tons of dollar bag choices.
We bought fruit chew type candies in multiple shapes and flavors - anything pink, peachy pink or red.
Gummie Lifesavers and a couple of other chewey candles are ring shaped
so they just drop right on the skewer.
The rest of the candy you simply slide down the skewer.
This is why you want "soft" candy.
I also bought Little Debbie heart shaped cakes for the "topper."
Spread out all the candy, slide it on the skewer in any order
(I didn't even try to make them exactly the same but you could),
pop them in the cello bag and tie them closed.
We dropped a few Red Hots in each cello bag.
We used a twist tie to get them sealed tightly and then put pink and red grosgrain ribbon (any pink or red ribbon would be fine. I always pick up the cute rolls of "themed" ribbon at the Target Dollar Spot)
and white curling ribbon over the twist tie to make them frilly and fun!
*Please note: One end of the skewer is pointed. You need the point in order to easily slide the candies on. If you are making these for children you can snip the pointed end of the skewer off with kitchen shears (very easy) and then add the Little Debbie Cake to the end.
And Apartment Therapy said rattan furniture is "super chic" here.
This article talks about "why" bamboo furniture is a good choice and popular as well: Affordability, Versatility, Durability, and Sustainability. Plus, it adds fabulous warmth, texture and if its older - a vintage vibe to a room. And the trends in this article are all strong for 2018 and bamboo is at the top.
The thing about Bamboo is that whether you are just starting to use it in your decor because it's "on trend" or whether you were already embracing it in your house (The British have forever!!!), I don't think you can go wrong. Bamboo furniture and faux bamboo designs are classics and used well they will always be a wonderful, textural addition to a room. So its a win-win.
See this faux bamboo china cabinet turned linen closet here. Look at all the wonderful texture subtly added to this room:
Less beachy and more formal use of bamboo furniture:
One Kings Lane I hope your Bamboo Friday includes a touch of bamboo in your own home.
Designer Holly Mathis uses BIG Audubon bird prints like nobody's business! (That room plus such a cute pooch!) And just recently, I redid my Entryway and a favorite Audubon print found its way in!
(Sorry for the reflections in all the pictures. The photo shoot trick is to take the glass out. I'm happy I got it framed the first time so that wasn't in my plans.) I have always loved this pink bird too.
This one was a DIY and under $25.00! Yes, big and gorgeous and under $25.00. Keep reading!
Audubon prints can be expensive but if you want the look without needing the print to be old or rare then this DIY is for you. I first found out from the Painted Hive blog about free high resolution downloads from the Audubon Society. The Roseate Spoonbill in my entryway is 20x30 and cost less than $15.00 to print on matte photo paper. I spray painted an IKEA frame gold that cost about $10.00. I sent the image to Walgreen's photo center, added a coupon code for 40% off (they run online coupons constantly!) and picked it up an hour later. I popped it in the frame and it was ready to go! I'll definitely be doing this again!! #itsthelittlethings