Sometimes I'm shocked....yet thankful.....at what people throw away. Some of my very best finds have been roadside castaways and dumpster diamonds-in-the-rough. In my neighborhood, every six months is "Brush and Bulky" trash day. It's one of my favorite holidays! I ALWAYS find something of use to me that someone else has deemed unfit for residence in their home or outdoor living area. Amongst the usual items (yard clippings, mattresses, old tires) there is always some sunburned, fraying, shabby wicker patio set that is thrown away for obvious reason. The southwest sun is just too intense for wicker to last very long. Occasionally, however, you will find a wicker chair or table that hasn't met it's demise just yet. I was lucky enough to come across just such a piece recently and want to share with you how I turned this cast away into a keeper!
Behold exhibit A.....one Wicker Couch. Some water stains and a bit of fraying around the edges,but overall a pretty solid piece with some nice lines.
Most of the damage seemed to be along the bottom edge. Needed to figure out a way to shore things up....I knew roaming the aisles of the hardware store would present a solution, so off to Home Depot!
These looked promising............
I guess technically it's Teal, since the color is called "Aracauna Teal' by Martha herself.
Oh, and did I forget to mention I found the couch with not one, but TWO matching glass topped, cube side tables in PERFECT condition? There wasn't anything wrong with the tables whatsoever. I guess the previous owner thought them guilty of ruin by association, but there was not one thing wrong with them! Try not to hate, I'm just lucky that way :-)
Now, on to the shoring up part......you remember the Stucco Corner?
Well, here is where I'll show you how I used it.
Here is where I'm going to leave you dear reader, because there is nothing like a cliffhanger! Actually it's time to get the kids wound down for the night which is a lengthy process and also because this post was getting long and I still have tons to show you. So, I'll be back later to show you the results! You won't want to miss it....Thanks for visiting!