What do you do with trash furniture? It’s a question I keep asking myself as I slowly attempt to makeover my house. Take this little metal side table. I literally found a pair of them in my backyard, remnants from the previous owners that they forgot to take with them when they moved out. They’re not the greatest tables, nor are they terrifying either, so I opted to make do with them rather than spend time and money looking for “better” ones. I spray painted the suckers, in other words. That blah flesh color had to go.
I opted to spray paint them a bright, cheerful green — I want the front porch to look as warm and welcoming as possible — but right before I started, I got a wild hair to paint stripes on them. I figured, it’s a trash table…if it looks terrible, I can always paint them again.
We’ve been using the tables out on the front porch for several weeks now and while I like them, I think I’ve decided the bold, graphic stripes don’t really work with the wicker. It’s a clashing of two worlds — like Addidas having tea with a frilly Victorian boot. But I can’t justify throwing out the wicker either because it’s still perfectly functional. It was handed down to us by Jake’s Grandmom several years ago. See? It goes back to my trash furniture dilemma — do you toss it and spend money on newer, better stuff that’s more to your taste or keep using it and maybe try to restyle it to give it a fresh look?
Thankfully, the wicker is on it’s last legs. We’ve recently noticed the seat part of the loveseat is separating from the back. And I’m definitely not going to spend money to have it fixed. Oh well! Looks like I have no choice but to get new patio furniture one of these days. Gee, that really stinks ;).
But my frugal nature requires me to keep using it until the love seat breaks or the end of summer, whichever comes first, when hopefully I can score a more modern furniture set on clearance sale. Mama loves a bargain.