We went to Home Depot to replenish our drywall supplies and ended up walking out with a couple of these:
Ariondack chairs for the porch!
We’ve been on the hunt for some outdoor furniture, but didn’t really find anything we were loving. When we spotted these Ariondack chairs on sale for $20 a pop, we couldn’t resist. They’re unfinished fir, and come flat-packed for easy schlepping. And with a 10% coupon we’d just received in the mail, we ended up paying $18 per chair. Cheapskates rejoice!
The chairs came IKEA style — flat-packed, unassembled, but easy to put together. And the best part was that we don’t even have to use wood filler:
They came pre-puttied. Score! It took about 20 minutes to put ‘em together, and we were pretty pleased with the end result. The only thing we couldn’t agree on was whether to put them side-by-side:
Or facing each other:
I don’t think Jabba’s too crazy about the second set-up:
Well, too bad, pug, that’s how they’re staying!
The only thing missing was a little table to go between the two. Something to set our books, beers and coffee mugs on. And that problem was solved the very next day when we went to the local hardware store — we spotted a small patio table on sale for $11.
It’s cheaply built and not all that great looking, but sometimes practicality trumps style. Especially in those precious moments right after you accidentally knock over and spill a freshly-brewed cuppa coffee all over the porch. We snatched up a table and brought it home:
Never again will a cuppa coffee be spilt by my clumsy oaf feet. Not on patio table’s watch! And certainly not that particular cuppa coffee, because it was empty:
Yep, I used an empty coffee cup to stage my new patio furniture shoot. I wanted to give it that authentic we-actually-use-this-stuff look. Even though we actually haven’t used it much since we’ve been in Brooklyn for work. Tricks of the trade, my friends. Learn it, live it, love it. Or just use the frikkin’ furniture so you don’t have to fake it.
Next up for the patio furniture: I’m going to stain and seal the chairs so they’re not so fresh-from-Home-Depot looking. That’s going down this weekend while Bradley continues his drywall rampage down the staircase. Also, after months of sitting in storage, my fabulous shoe closet is making its debut in our casa. Squee! Not a moment too soon. Our shoe pile is getting out of control.
Stay tuned, peeps. We’re back with a vengeance!