Uh oh, someone please confiscate my credit card. It has been getting a little swipey action lately.
Don’t fret, I didn’t spend too much. Everything was at bargain prices.
My 2 black cast iron urns! I have wanted a pair of these for a while. I have planted a buxus in each.
I am following strict instructions from my new topiary book.
I am attempting this style for the back door
And I need to buy 2 more urns (or more cost effective pots) for the front door, and I want to flank either side of my entry-way with spiral topiary. Challenge accepted.
I have my book, it is just patience. I will get there. And more importantly, it will look so amazing when I do!
So, I went on the hunt one day last week to look for an outdoor setting. I thought a teak one would be particularly nice. I found a nice shop with a nice owner and I was about the pull the trigger on one, but I wasn’t 100% happy with it. It was a bit too plain, matchy-matchy for me.. I was after a bit a mixture. (I am SOOOO HARD TO PLEASE)
(and a bit too $$$$, I mean, it was worth it, but I didn’t want to spend. . . that much)
I know I can put together something with way more personality, for a bit cheaper and still have the lasting power. I.e no cheap branded alternatives, that will be cheaper in price, but last only half as long. (Then you will just have to buy it all over again and in the end, spend more and then what happens to the first set that just ends up in landfill??)
This is something that is really starting to bother me and I am extremely conscience of this. You can’t just by cheap disposable items that end up in landfill because they are not worth repairing or not made out of materials for re-purposing!!! And these cheap materials can be TOXIC!!! Sitting there…. In landfill. It is actually really worrying. I have made a vow to buy as much as I can that is 2nd hand. I am not a greenie, lets save the world, I don’t want to give a false impression. But this is definitely something that I am taking into consideration when purchasing items. I know sometimes you can’t help it, but a little creative thinking goes a long way.
I could have bought 6 fold up teak look-a-like chairs from Bunnings for my outdoor setting.
Number 1. They have a weight limit of 100 kilos….. I know lots of people, especially men, that weigh more then that and I don’t want to be scared to offer anyone a seat and have it break under them or myself, because that is MORTIFYING.
Number 2. They are made of “mixed wood” Umm what is that???? And made in Indonesia.
Number 3. They are cheap, nasty knock-offs, ‘nuff said (hate knocks, don’t understand them)
Number 4. They cost $69.00 each and for 6 that is a total of $414 And will last me, hmmmmm 2 seasons tops? And then I will chuck them in the council clean up.
Then I will go to the shops and buy. . . . ??? what, more?
When for pretty much the same money, I have bought 6 chairs that will last for a bloody long time and may just need a lick of paint here and there and maybe some new fabric for the upholstery.
So for these chairs I was at my favourite antique shop, that is closing down and moving to the Southern Highlands. I went inside to pay for my urns and spotted 6 iron dining chairs. I was like. . . “umm what are they… how much etc etc”
He tells me they are 6 Italian dining table chairs and the table is in the carpark, the owners bought them 40 years ago (the 70’s) for $7000!!!
I saw the table but wasn’t keen on it as it was round, I want rectangular. He said he was selling the chairs separately for $500 for the 6 of them!!! Bargain! Sold.
So, they were originally inside dining table chairs, but they are iron, so I can put them outside. Just seal them with a coat of paint. The upholstery is mushroom suede. It is just some screws that come undone and I replace the foam with outdoor grade foam and recover with marine grade fabric. I am thinking a smart black and white stripe, very French for the fabric. This is an easy job to do, I have done it a few times.
Now I just need to find a complimentary outdoor table. I really like the look of those faux stone, fibreglass tables, but I can’t find ANY!! WHERE ARE THESE SOLD??? The only place I have been alerted to is Yardware.
I would like a real proper antique stone table, but… nooo. Way to heavy to lift and move around if we have to and way too heavy on the pocket.
While at the antique shop, I purchased 2 mahogany side tables with octagon turned legs and a marble top. They are solid and just smashing. I can always find room for these.
I also got this chair for the bedroom.
It is TRES OLD, as in really old. And beautiful.
I am smitten with it. I actually bought it for my husband, even though it is a girly chair, but we have been looking for an antique or small chair for the bedroom as my husband, likes to drape his clothes on a chair and currently we don’t have anything for him and he is in disarray I tell you. (he use to put them on our settee, which was in our apartments bedroom, but no room for it in this bedroom)
So this chair is my little project. It is in need of a complete overhaul. I have saved this link from Design Sponge from when they did a re-upholster tutorial for a spring based chair. Which this chair is. I tell you what, they don’t make them like they used to. The centre wooden motif of the chair is damaged, but apart from that, it is perfect in its joinery. It doesn’t wobble or rock. It is solid. There is not many places you could get a dining table chair that was made the way this one was – especially with the spring base… and this is walnut!! You might be able too, but there would be no change from 1k PER CHAIR.
So stay tuned for this one.
Back again at Bunnings. I have a love-hate relationship with that place. I got this porch light cover (just goes around the existing baton light globe) for a mere $10!!!!
Can’t complain. So my husband puts it up, looks great. It is only temporary till we buy something really nice (I want a hanging lantern style one) Come nightfall and we switch it on to see how it goes… and well the cover blocks a lot of the light!! Arghhhh.
Gosh I can talk.