Roadside Find: Better After

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                From years of teaching, I've learned to be scrappy. My classroom is a gallimaufry of furniture cast-offs by colleagues. You can only spend so much of your own money for so long on your students and your classroom, before you start to look for ways to find bargains, and cut costs. I've started applying this same scrappiness to my own home, as I try to update it on a budget. Recently I picked up a wicker chair along the roadside, okay, at my neighbor's curb two doors down from me. (Gasp!) I saw the chair all day as I played the carpool game. Finally, I said to my daughter, "if that chair is still there at 5 p.m., I'm nabbing it." Sure enough it was, and fortunately or unfortunately for me, my neighbor was working in her garden when I asked her if she was getting rid of it. "Take it," she said, "but the bottom may need some repairs." This rehab was a piece of cake. Using a hot glue gun, I secured a few loose pieces of wicker and reinforced the bottom with twine. I bought two cans of Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover in Satin London Gray. Gave it approximately 3 thin coats of paint and let it dry completely. I bought a 50% off fabric remnant and a pillow from Jo-Ann Fabric, and sewed two pillows.* The whole project probably took me three hours, tops. The chair now lives happily in our adult daughter's bedroom/guest room. Cost: 2 cans of spray paint from Home Depot: $7.74. 1/2 yard fabric remnant & pillow from Jo-Ann Fabric: $4.86+12.47 Total Cost: $25.09 Not so bad  
The Finished Product
The Finished Product
(*For the record, this is the extent of my sewing abilities. I had to borrow my youngest daughter's sewing machine, and had to have her help me thread the bobbin.)

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