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Friday, April 16, 2010

Results of the Black Experiment

When it was suggested that I try black for the patio furniture, I was intrigued. I like black with brights. Heck, this is my Florida room.
Excuse the mess. With two bedrooms closed for construction, one of the boys is sleeping in here.

We had family over for dinner a couple of weeks ago (yeah, I'm even entertaining in all this), and since my extra dining room chairs were in storage, we hauled my wicker loveseat in to accommodate.

The problem is, Savannah really loved it there for curling up and doing homework.
We have to take the patio apart to repair an outter wall and install new windows, so I figured, why not, one less thing to move, right? It just looked out of place with my black dining room chairs.
Black, you say?
We have our guinea pig!
Arm yourself.

First, plastic primer on the underside. I gave that 20 minutes.
Then I flipped it over and primed the top.
I allowed it to dry for one hour. Once I had passed the inspection of the Feline Overlords (this is Wells, by the way), we went onto the fun stuff!
Three light coats here...
... and here. Walk around your piece several times. Make sure you have full coverage.

And here we are! 

Okay, yeah, I love it.
I slid it back into place to await daughter's approval. There was a slightly delighted squeal involved as my little chipper goth settled in and flipped open her laptop.

So, are we still going with black? What's your vote?

This was a can of primer and two cans of paint, people. $9.


Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Gotta say I LOVE it! Love your Florida room too. If you stick w/ black will you use the bright colors from the palettes to accessorize?

Unknown said...

Wow, that looks great! I love it! It looks like part of those expensive patio sets you see in stores - except you madeover yours for 9$. Love it! :)

Life in Rehab said...


Thank you! The main color in the house is denim. My sectional in the living room is slipcovered in it, and all of the drapes are grommeted blue faux suede in denim. The furniture is a mix of beech and black with brushed nickle as the metal. I use throw pillows and painted baskets in a mix of aqua, apple green, spa blue, and yellow, with a hint of purple, to lighten and liven. And a lot of my accessories are white. The floors are all going light beech as well, with Mexican tile "doormats" at the entryways to protect the wood. We have one hallway painted "Blue Burst," (Visible to the right in the second to last picture; it's smoke damaged and needs repainting! )which I've never regretted, but I may go all white walls with gloss white trim everywhere else.

Basically, I want to walk into my own vacation home every night.

Life in Rehab said...


Thank you! It doesn't hurt that the setee itself was snagged end of the season from Target for $34 last year. Sometimes, Mothers Day happens in July here...

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

Love the black with the bright cushions! Totally fresh!

Life in Rehab said...

I'm thinking black is a Wicker Winner here...

Erin said...

That looks great!

FrouFrouBritches said...

$34? Wow! I'm so jealous. It looks Fantastic!!!!

Katie Olthoff said...

It looks great!

Life in Rehab said...

Thank you, Ladies, and thank you for stopping by! I love discovering other people's handiwork through the links in their comments!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Wow this is a fabulous transformation! I always find paint wicker hard but you have made it look easy! {i'm taking notes of your paints =)} Stop by the Sunday Showcase party if you get a chance! I really like the black - Great job!

Life in Rehab said...

If I get the chance? Allow me to clear my schedule!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you enjoy your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

BLJ Graves Studio said...

I love it in black. Looks fabulous!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Those cushions are beautiful against the black. I have a wicker chair I need to paint and now I am leaning towards black--thanks for the inspiration and for linking up!

Life in Rehab said...

Thanks, guys! I really do like the black, even a couple of weeks later, and I can't wait to get started on the rest!