Re-purposing an Outside Cafe Umbrella

By
Home Stager with Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia

I recently decided to update my outside café table and chairs.  I had saved the material from a umbrella that broke last year in the hopes I could recycle it into pillows or something. 

I sprayed the metal frames of the café table and chairs with a brown metallic hammered paint.  Stapled the recycled fabric to the chairs for an updated new look.  I also bought a couple of pillow forms and plastic thread and whipped up two pillows to add more color to the deck (heaven forbid I would actually buy plants or flowers).

I actually am planning to make a few more pillows with the remaining fabric for my lower deck or to use for future staging projects where outside pillows could be utilized.

                                  

Comments (30)

Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

http://activerain.com/groups/GoingGreen

This is  great group to post Green

Sep 02, 2008 03:30 PM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Ginger - Love it - Green by my name!

Cynthia - I don't think I wold of thought of it but the fabric was so nice so I just hated to throw out.

Barbara- Every now and again a good idea strikes!

Sep 02, 2008 08:50 PM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Abby - just hated to see it go to waste and had been thinking of purchasing outside pillows.

Kristina and Jessica - your right you can't beat low cost or free!

Virginia - I need to check out the green group!

Sep 02, 2008 08:52 PM
Liz Kennedy ~ Stage It Simple, Bedford, TX
Stage It Simple - Bedford, TX

Great job and looks fantastic!  Way to go Sandra!

Sep 03, 2008 04:55 AM
Leah J. Armstrong
House to Home ReDesigns & Real Estate Staging Vancouver B.C. - Port Moody, BC
Home Staging Port Moody B.C.

Plastic thread for sewing an outdoor project!  Never knew such a thing existed.  Great job.

Sep 03, 2008 05:03 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Sandra, great use of existing materials. You get a super star for recycling!

Sep 03, 2008 10:55 AM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Liz - Thanks, I am going to try to do more of this type of thing.

Leah - I guess it was nylon not plastic but I knew cotton thread would not work for outside pillows that could get rained on.

Michelle - I am trying to make more of an effort in using what I have instead of being wasteful.

Sep 03, 2008 07:14 PM
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Love your recycling idea!  The end product turned out fantastic.

Sep 03, 2008 10:20 PM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Michelle - Thanks, I am really trying to not be so wasteful as I have been in the past.

Sep 04, 2008 07:26 AM
Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta

Very nice job!  I love the colors you used. I am always impressed when people "keep it green!" 

Sep 04, 2008 07:28 AM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Janice - Thanks, I was slightly impressed myself!

Sep 04, 2008 01:24 PM
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Sandra - looks great! It motivates me to recover some chairs that I need to do. I have been putting off, Thanks.

Sep 05, 2008 01:17 AM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Tanya - now I feel I need to motivate myself to do another project!

Sep 05, 2008 12:30 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sandra, I really love the look!  And doesn't it feel great to recycle?

Sep 07, 2008 01:21 PM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Patricia - Yeah, it does feel good!!

Sep 07, 2008 01:24 PM
Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

Great job...re-cycle is what it is all about !!!

Sep 09, 2008 12:34 AM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Mary Lou - My dad has been doing it for years so figured I should catch up!

Sep 09, 2008 04:39 AM
Hope Designs
Hope Designs - Bolton, ON
Hope Designs, Toronto’s Award Winning Home Staging

Sandra: you did a fabulous job, thanks for sharing your ideas!

ps I will come over and help you with the plants, lol...

Sep 12, 2008 06:22 AM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Lori - Please do come over!  I know it is sad I didn't add plants to my deck this year.... what can say?

Sep 13, 2008 01:04 PM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors
I have just found you as an Associate under Jackson West. I like your creativity on refurbishing the patio furniture.
Sep 10, 2011 04:33 AM