Patio furniture

Hello everyone! Sorry it has been so long but we have been busy traveling, working and enjoying the nice weather!

I wanted to update you on our outdoor porch since it is officially summer and we will be using it a lot more over the next few months. When we moved in about a year ago we just brought over the outdoor rug and small table and chairs that we had at our old apartment. It was perfect for when the two of us just wanted to have dinner and drinks outside but was not ideal for when we had guests come over.

Last summer we brought out the bench and chairs from our dining table to allow for additional seating. It worked for a while but I really wanted a sectional so we could use the most out of our small deck and fit as many people as possible.

Here is what our deck like before:

We had been looking online at different sectionals but they all ranged anywhere from $1200- 2500 and we were not looking to spend that much money. So when Nick came home from a night at Mohegan Sun with $800 he had won while playing craps, I knew that money was going towards some new furniture! Nick did some more research and found a sectional that would fit on our small deck for only $700 from Ikea. We made sure it was in stock at our Ikea and took a drive.

Thankfully we had my parents Tahoe that weekend because otherwise it would never have fit in our small car. We also stoped at Target to pick up a new outdoor rug, a small table and some colorful pillows since the Ikea sectional was a light tan color.

When we got home we started putting together our new furniture. There’s the hubby putting together the middle piece.

The best part was when we were putting away our old stuff and our neighbor across the way happened to be outside and asked if we were selling it. We told her we were planning on either giving it away or selling it for $20 on craigslist since we got it from Bed, Bath & Beyond a few years ago. She said she was looking to buy the exact set and wanted to give us $40 for it, she would not listen when we told her she only needed to pay $20 so we were pretty happy about the sell!

Here are some after pictures:

 The next day we went to Lowe’s and bought an umbrella since there is no shade on the deck. I am as pasty as they get so I need some sun protection!

Now for the side by side picture:

What do you think?

We have already used it a bunch and we plan on having friends over all summer!

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Hallway Lights and Hallway Final Reveal!!

When I decided I was going to update our hallway I knew the builder-grade ‘boob’ lighs had to go. I found a few ways to update ‘boob’ lights – as they call them in blogland- but I thought the way John and Sherry from Young House Love did it would work for our space.

We basically just took off the glass pendant and used the rest of the hardware to hang some drum shades.

However, I didn’t want just white drum shades so I covered them in fabric. I found some grey patterned fabric that would tie into the valences at the end of the hallway.

I followed these instructions and started by turning the shade on its side and matching up the seam of the shade to the beginning of my fabric like this

Then I drew a line an inch and a half from the top and bottom of the shade to give ample fabric to work with

Then I rolled the shade over and over and continued drawing the line top and bottom until the seam of the shade came back around. I then had my fabric template that I used to cut the other 2 pieces of fabric since I had 3 light fixtures.

Then I used my hot glue gun to glue the end of my fabric to the line of the seam of the shade leaving the excess fabric at top and bottom. I then used small binder clips to wrap the fabric around my shade on one side:

I then brought my shade outside and used spray adhesive to attached the fabric to the shade. I just lifted some of the fabric from the bottom (the part that wasn’t clipped down) and light sprayed the adhesive and then smoothed out any kinks. After the whole shade was sprayed I brought it inside and hot glued the end of the fabric by folding over the excess fabric and making it look cleaner:

I then added a small amount of hot glue right at the base of the wire frame on the top and the bottom and immediately folded over my fabric. I pressed down into the nook of the wire frame and held until secure and the glue started to cool

When the glue was dry, I cut the access fabric from the top and the bottom:

I then glued white ribbon along the fabric to make it looks more seamless.

This is what it looked like from the inside when I was done with the ribbon.

I then used the existing rod from the ‘boob’ light to attach the drum shade. I had to add a washer and 2 nuts in order for the shade to fit on there properly but it worked out great. Again- sorry I don’t have pictures of this step but Nick was out of town when I put these up.

Here is a picture that hopefully explains how I put the shade up.

The silver base, light bulb, the rod, and the cap were all left over from the ‘boob’ light. I added the washer to hold the nuts up because if I didn’t add the nuts, the shade would not be flush with the silver base. I had to add the nuts to bring the shade up closer to the ceiling. After I added the washer and the nuts I just caped off the rod with the round cap that kept the original glass cover on.

Here is a picture of the original light with the round cap.

Sorry if those instructions were hard to follow, just ask if you need clarification!

Here’s what they looked like all light up.

After adding the 3 new drum shades, our hallway was finally complete and I love it!!

What do you think?!?!