Inspiration Board: Fabric for Outdoor Rooms
The plan this summer with my outdoor projects is to create several small “outdoor rooms” in a series of simple and affordable weekend projects. FUN FUN FUN FOR ME!
I’ll be showing you the specific projects in more detail as they come together, but here is what I’m up to this week!
Yesterday’s post on outdoor spaces got me all inspired to put the finishing touches on my projects. So I had fun doing some online fabric shopping (which I LOVE to do even if I am not buying anything!) and ordered fabric for pillows on my porch furniture.
You can see the swatches I chose above (all from Fabric.com). I selected fabrics that would go with some existing items like a striped patio umbrella as well as generally fit with the flow of my house.
I will be re-covering a couple of chair cushions in Sunbrella white fabric (so they will be easy to wash and bleach and will resist fading from all the sun we have here, HAAAA) and then by sewing my new throw pillows I will bring in the color and pattern.
I have brand spanking comfortable new chairs on my front deck, courtesy of Lowe’s and they are going to look fabulous with some of these fabrics on pillows as well. More to come on that deck, it is looking pretty good now too!
BLECH — CHAIR AND DECK BEFORE.
Ready for a makeover!
This before photo (above) is one of the two chairs on my back deck I have to recover. This should be interesting since I don’t really sew but I’m going to figure it out for this project! Fortunately I got some good tips from my peeps on Facebook so I know I can count on you all to give me sewing pointers.
The color is horrible in this picture, I am still trying to figure out how to take pictures outside with my new camera! Ha, I’m so bad still on how to set all those dials and trying to shoot outdoors has really thrown me. But, sadly, even if the color was better, everything on the porch was still in sorry shape, so you really get the idea! The fabric is very faded (even though it is Sunbrella fabric it has faded over the years).
The Design Starts to Come Together
Slowly but surely I’m starting to see color on the deck from greenery in potted plants (also courtesy of Lowe’s!) and of course the punch of color and personality from my pallet garden, things are looking way better and more cheery already!
We are loving having our fire pit area in the back too!
Love me some simple backyard weekend makeovers and seeing boring spaces transformed! So many projects left to show you too!
I would have shown you more update pictures today but not only has it been too rainy and gray for great pictures, but now I’ve lost my camera cord. We are in a bit of tired but as you can probably imagine, we are in a bit of happy puppy chaos around here this week. Just like having a baby all over again.
Anyway, I can’t wait to get my fabric and start sewing the cushion and pillow covers! I got lots of great advice on sewing with Sunbrella fabric over on Facebook awhile back so I know I’ll have plenty of help if I get myself stuck.
Now, I’m off to look for my camera cord…hopefully Jack hasn’t chewed it up.
A few of you have asked how I do inspiration boards. I have a Mac so I use a word document program called Pages. I drag photos on to the page and move them around. Nothing fancy, but it works for me!
For more inspiration on creating backyard spaces, check out this Lowe’s online magazine! So inspiring!