Sunday, July 18, 2010

Drop Cloth Love, again.

Ode to the drop cloth, oh how I love thee! Seriously, you might remember from the post about the upholstering of our reading nook bench, just how wonderful I discovered drop cloths to be. Now my love runs ever deeper!

This is the pergola off of our stamped concrete patio. Last year we added a little one step up deck to the patio. We love the stamped concrete still after about 13 years but it's difficult to add onto and we had sort of outgrown the size of it. Plus we didn't have shade in the late evenings. We luckily have that stand of pine trees all the way across our back and that helps most of the day. Even with the pergola, Matt felt that we weren't getting quite enough shade so we started brainstorming. After several trips to JoAnns to look at muslin and oilcloth and $unbrella fabric ($44.00 a YARD, OUCH!) We gave up and picked up 2 4 x 15 drop cloths for about 6.00 each. Matt tacked them down with white pvc firring strips on top of the pergola pieces. Even if we have to replace these every year, it's a better deal!

SPEAKING OF DEALS!!! We've been wanting a chaise but they are a bit hefty on the wallet. As I pulled into Goodwill (I'm on the search for something special!) I saw a green one outside the door with a mildew covered cushion. $35.00. I dropped my money and the cushion and
called Matt to tell him our good fortune! 2 cans of heirloom white later and she's good as new! Do you see her up there on the left? We did get a new cushion and pillow at HD on clearance so double bonus points! OH, before I left GW, Peyton and I spied a bunch of dress forms. We picked out the oldest one (she has THE most character with a silver oblong head and lovely silver legs that end in little paw feet~!) She's just gonna be GAWWWGEOUS with a coat of white paint standing in the corner of one of the girls rooms! (I'm holding this over P's head so she get's her room clean!) Isn't she lovely?
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27 comments:

awal.ny said...

Your pergola is amazing. Great idea with the drop cloths. My husband and I spent the day priming our pergola and hopefully we will be done next week. Enjoy your new space.

awal.ny said...

Your pergola is amazing. Great idea with the drop cloths. My husband and I spent the day priming our pergola and hopefully we will be done next week. Enjoy your new space.

McCarthy Designs said...

Great ideas Robyn, love the drop cloths on the pergola and the chaise looks fantastic! Well done. xx

My Cottage Charm said...

hey woman! :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your pergola! Did I mention how much I love your pergola? lol The drop cloth idea is great too! You are one blessed little girl to have found your chaise for $35 bucks! I bet your did a happy dance. :) Your dress form is totally sweet..my mom has one with a vintag wedding dress on it...OH so pretty!
We are finally back home and trying to get caught up on everything that happens while you're away........you know, grass grows, dust settles, laundry explodes! lol Can't wait to get it all done and get back to normal...whatever that is. :)
Thanks again for blogging for me...I SO appreciated it!
Have a great week!!
Love ya
Missy

It's me said...

What a beautiful pergola Robyn !!! it's amazing !!! lovely ......have a nice week darling.....with lots of sun and joy !!! love...Ria

Eri said...

realy realy nice!!! have a nice week! kiss!

Dayle said...

As you so aptly put it, gawwwgeous!

Cielo Azul Jewelry said...

OMGoodness!!!!!! Everything is just fabulous. I especially love the.......EVERYTHING. Ahhhh, I'm just going to dream about have the covered outdoor space. The outdoor fabric is psycho expensive, OY! How great that you thought of another option=0) You are so clever...love it.

Thanks for stopping by and your super sweet comment. It was really nice of you=0)

xoxo,
Carol

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Aren't dropcloths the most amazing material ever :) You guys did a fabulous job! Wishing you a wonderful week!
XO

寧年 said...

我的老天爺~內容真是太棒了..................................................................

Time Worn Style said...

Well done with your budget makeover. I just love that lounge chair, how I would love to find one of those at a thrift store wow!! Great idea with the drop cloths I must say.
alicia :0)

Rene' said...

That looks amazing... I love the drop cloth idea!!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Robyn, your pergola is just gorgeous! Lucky you to have that outside your door. I would love that. And I adore the drop cloths you've added to keep out the sun. Brilliant!

Donene said...

It looks fantastic! I love the drop cloths and the chaise, it looks great!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Loooovely pergola! I love drop cloths--they look great outdoors. :) Your space is so pretty. I'm visiting from Kimba's DIY Day--my post is from Monday, #64. :)

My Cottage Charm said...

I totally agree....we both have great catches as hubbies!
Please tell Matt TJ is not trying to ignore him about the drumset, our lives have been crazy busy the past couple of weeks! I do know that the one Matt likes has been discontinued. :( TJ will email him later and explain it all...I'm sure he can find another one to love, they have SO many! :)
Love you girlfriend!
Missy

mle said...

I do believe I have pergola envy!! Drop cloths are so great for so many things. Love the chaise too!

Makalani Adolpho, PLC said...

I am coveting your pergola. What a great way to bring in shade with drop cloths.

Visiting by way of Get your craft on Tuesday.

~Makalani
Makaz Home

The Phillips Place said...

What a great idea with the dropcloths-- they add so much to your pergola, which is already fantastic by itself! I just made the initial request to my husband to think about building one for me...seed planted. Maybe by next spring! :)

And what a great find on the dress form-- I have yet to find one secondhand and they are SO pricey new!

Jennifer Juniper said...

My mom just invested in a shade cloth for her pergola, boy is she going to be upset when she sees this!

Lady Pamela said...

Hi Robyn,
Your photography is just amazing! I love reading all your posts.
Thanks for the link to gumballs from my WW post. I am going to check them out. Oh, I am a follower now, too.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Smart smart smart. I love drop cloth! I redid a chair in it. Love your pergola.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That drop cloth shade cover is GENEOUS!!!
Penny

Mary Ellen said...

What a great solution for shade! The pergola is simply wonderful and I know you are enjoying it alot more with the shade factor!!

bee blessed
mary

jerriann said...

HI, I love your pergola idea. Very clever. I just wanted to say hi to a fellow mother of twins. :) I also have boy/girl twins, they are 25 now. I can't tell you how many times I've been asked if they were identical. Even now! I always just smile and answer, "no".

Rene said...

Brilliant! I love the drop cloth idea.

-Rene

Annie Louise said...

Way to go!! Love the drop cloth idea.
Jeanette