We had planned to have our little jubilee celebrations in the garden last weekend but the British weather did what it does best so we reverted to plan b.
Ruby was promised her garden party so we simply brought it indoors, parasol and all.
If I'm honest it was mainly because I'd worked so damn hard refurbishing it ready for the weekend, I didn't want it to go to waste!
The wooden table and chairs were rubbed down and painted with Cuprinol garden shades. A pig of a job because of the slats, it took me three days.
The table and chairs, along with another parasol and cast iron base came via eBay and cost me about £40. The Old Man reckons I paid too much, moaning that we could have got a new one for that price. Not sure what planet he's on, because I've been looking for new at garden centres and just a pukka parasol like this one will set you back about £70.
Here's what they looked like before.
A few weeks back I'd spotted a pink parasol at a car boot. I've always wanted one of those beaded parasols and thought this would make a great project for me. With the words "NO WAY" coming from somewhere vaguely familiar, I dashed off and asked the seller how much she wanted. To my glee she only wanted a quid for it, so I asked her to take the cash quick before my partner saw. This she did, then pointed out the fatal flaw in my plan - how was I going to hide a full size parasol from him?? Hmm, too late, the deed was done.
As I said, I'd planned to sew beaded trim on, but when I saw the price I had a quick change of heart. The circumference of this thing is about 6 metres. Inspired by Molly's lovely scarf, I bought myself some hot pink bobble trim, and stayed up into the wee hours sewing it on.
Here's the finished result:
It will look much better with my other parasol base which was left in our shed by our previous owners, but I think Him Indoors was worried the kids would knock it over in the living room!
The pink union jack cushion covers were from Shelter charity shop at £2 each and the pink tray? Well, another makeover. It started out like this, £1 in the Sally Army shop.
It was alright, but a bit twee for me. Besides I was almost literally dying to try out the homemade chalkboard paint from Lulastic's blog. This post was like an epiphany. It has changed my world. You MUST try it.
Bye bye George, hello Gorgeous!
What this? This? Oh that's just a sneaky preview of what's coming next on the blog. *cheeky wink*
Have you found anything second-hand ripe for a makeover, or perfect just as it is? What do you think of my buys?
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