ORC | Week 4 of 6
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If this is your first time hearing about the One Room Challenge click here for a recaps of: Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3. You can also check out some of the other participants' progress here.
My Progress to Date
If you've been following this series, you know that the theme of my room is "Marrakesh". Morocco has long been on my bucket list of places to visit. So, while I'm waiting for that to come to fruition, I thought I'd create a Moroccan oasis of my own.
I scored BIG this week when I found three major decor elements for this outdoor room - all second hand of course. What is even better is that each of these items cost $50 or less.
The first find was an 8' x 10' soft blue-teal quatrefoil (or ogee) outdoor rug. When I think of Morocco though, I envision rich, vibrant jewel tones. So I visited my local paint store and selected a more brilliant blue-teal outdoor paint (in the sample paint size). Then, using a sponge brush, I traced over the already existing rug pattern with the "Le Grand Bleu" color I chose. The entire process took 2.5 hours to complete, and was well worth the effort. Total cost for the rug, paint and brushes? A mere $54. The close up photo below shows the subtle yet, remarkable difference.
My next major find was a 30" wood table/ottoman. It came with a large and rather heavy seat cushion, along with a wooden circular insert to hold the cushion in place. The detailing on the ottoman base was perfect for this room. Total cost $30. Take a look...
Finally, the third item made do a happy dance. I desperately needed to find four café chairs to replace the oversized, cumbersome lawn chairs already on the deck. But I had a strict budget of $50 for all four chairs AND I wanted high-end quality.
"Please don't look at me like that. I already warned you that I had champagne taste on a kool-aid budget."
Anyhoo...I found these very heavy, solid, wrought iron café chairs with a nickle finish on my favorite virtual garage sale app - OfferUp. Total cost? Only $40 bucks for all 4 chairs. Yes! They're beautiful and in mint condition.
Using What I Have
There are a number of DIY projects that I have to complete (or at least start on) before the end of this weekend. The pergola materials will be purchased and painted.
Another project includes using exterior paint to spruce up my out door cushions.
The cost of recovering my sun faded cushions would have been a minimum of $300. So after doing a bit of research, I decided to paint them using a mixture of water, exterior paint and fabric medium. I have just one more coat to do and I'll be done. The photo below shows the beginning stage of the process.
I believe that even with the fabric medium, the cushions will be slightly stiff, but not scratchy. I'm okay with that though, since outdoor furniture is naturally a bit firm.
My last small project for the week is a makeover of a chandelier that was gifted to me by a dear friend. I've already started on it, but have yet to take any photos. But to whet your appetite, below is item I'll be transforming.
It doesn't look like much now, but just wait 'til you see what I do with it. Oh man I'm so geeked over it!
So that's it for now folks! I'd love to know your thoughts on everything so far. Please share them with me in the comments below. And as always, THANK YOU for visiting my little idea boutique. À bientôt!
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Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Make yourself comfortable, and feel free to "shop" my ideas.
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