After our home was sold we had a gap of about 5 weeks. A friend of ours had a furnished rental that was available during that time. So that couldn’t have worked out better. Our belongings went into storage and we stayed at our friends rental. During our purging faze, one of the things that went to the dump was a wooden patio table and chairs that we had in our back patio for a number of years. It was falling apart (had already been repaired a few times) and the wood was splintering. So we decided to let it go.
So that left us with 2 nice metal rocking type patio chairs that were in good condition, so we kept those. I knew that we would want to spend time in our new back patio so we would need some new patio furniture. This is one of the areas where you can spend a lot of money. I was reluctant to do that at this point. One main reason was that we had 2 or 3 major trips and a few smaller ones planned which would take place over the next 2 years. So to spend a bunch of money and not be here half the time seemed wrong. But we still wanted to make the patio functional to enjoy and entertain. We could get more furniture once we were staying home more after these big trips were done.
One day when we were staying at our temporary rental, one of the neighbours had some metal chairs on the side of the road with a “free” sign on them. We went over and had a look. They were really awesome! There were 4 of them and they were that dark green colour with some decorative details on them. I immediately knew what I would do with them. I could see them in my mind. We already had 4 chair pads left from our wooden set that were in good condition and would be perfect on them. A coat of spray paint and voila! $18.00 for 2 cans of spray paint and we had 4 super cute outdoor chairs!
It made me very happy to save these from the landfill and I smile every time I look at the happy colour we painted them! We put 2 of them on our front porch and 2 of them in the back patio along with the 2 chairs we already had.
Once that was done, I knew I needed a small low table of some kind. Something small to put a coffee cup or a wine glass on. We found a round of a fir tree that will make a great table. It is drying in the garage for the winter. In the spring we will smooth out the rough edges, maybe a coat of urethane and out on the patio it will go. So table and chairs for next to no money! Love it! This will do for a few years until we decide to really deck out the back patio.
I am really enjoying the challenge of saving money in some areas of our spending so we can do some other things on our retirement agenda! Here is a before and after picture!