As you may remember, I was recently on this epic little cabin in the woods getaway, where I fell in LOVE with their outdoor dining / living room. So much so, as soon as both my feet were planted on home ground, I started planning and plotting some new patio changes.
First up… I had to get rid of the obvious white (chrome) elephant in the room.
That I never used. Because I’m not a very good griller and am a better oven baker.
I liked the grill. It was not an eyesore, but the scale of it was a little too big for this small patio. Since I never used it, there wasn’t any point in storing it.
So… I buffed it up all pretty and sold it.
And that’s when I hit Lowes, to check out a pretty resin wicker table and 4 chairs I was rather smitten with.
(this is not a Lowes sponsored post)
I liked the traditional look of timeless wicker, that it was resin, that the chair pads were minimal in size (easy storage) and that this particular style had a bistro table AND dinner table options, well, that just sealed the deal!
You’ll soon see why.
As for the chair pads, I snagged the simple red ones in about 5 seconds, because I had the PERFECT plan to ramp them up with a little cabin charm… so let’s start here first!
How to Buffalo Check outdoor chair pads (some affiliate links are below)
A small empty picture frame
2. Use masking tape to keep stencil positioned if it works! But if it doesn’t… here’s what I did…
I found the outdoor fabric repelled any type of tape, so I had to come up with another way to ensure the stencil didn’t move while I painted.
I located a small picture frame, then removed the picture and glass.
Turning the frame backwards, the frame was positioned over the stencil.
Holding the frame gently, but not too tightly otherwise the cushion would pucker, I started to stencil a framed section at a time, until the entire cushion was complete.
Kaboom! What a difference a little paint (and a clever stencil) makes!
Because this stencil has such a high level of detail, this is what worked best for me…
a) I dampened the stencil brush with water, then dried it. This helped the paint glide off a little easier, giving the image a more transparent printed look.
b) The brush was then loaded with paint, then off-loaded to create a dry-to-the-touch brush tip.
c) Using small swirling motions, the big empty squares were painted first, then as there was less paint on the brush, I moved to the finer lined squares for less chance of bleed.
d) When finishing the stencil, self-align the pattern against itself to continue until the entire surface is covered.
e) Ask kitty if he approves… if you can wake him up…
I did mess up two cushions before I got the hang of the 3rd and 4th. Just take your time, (I rushed) and use very little paint. (I used too much) So I suggest to practice on the wrong side before doing the right side. Lesson learned!
I really like the mish-mashed look with a shot of buffalo checked red. They remind me of red geraniums in full bloom… without having to water a thing. : )
But… didja notice the old new-to-you windows and oars?
During my little cabin getaway, I went antiquing and came across this cool old window and oars, so they are both new finds.
For the windows, cup hooks were screwed into the window and patio header above and a lightweight chain holds them together.
There is no glass in this window. I really love how it defines the area without obstructing the view.
Learn how to make stenciled fabric HERE
Remember the Farmhouse patio table?
I removed the elevated boards, then just placed planks on top to create more of a side table height.
And the oars are just propped into place, enhancing that cabin on the river summer theme.
As for that little side table…
I’d really like to create a custom side table that will house the propane tank and propane firepit behind closed doors until I need them. And if I’m creative enough, I may even be able to hide a portable grill inside it too!
But I’m going to test out this summer without a grill because I really don’t want one very badly. Perhaps when they go on sale in the fall or something…
I am in LOVE with the new changes! The patio feels so much more initing with the table and chairs, and this little location is turning into my dream outdoor living – dining room more with each passing minute!
So… what happened to the other two matching wicker chairs you ask?
I’ve always longed for this space to become a sitting area. The view is wonderful, and would offer a place to sit down in the yard without having to move everything to mow the grass.
But there always seems to be boards stacked against the house for storage.
When I get tired of the wall, I can simply remove the screws and have my boards back.
I love the fact that two more chairs can either be carted upstairs or brought down below for more seating. It’s really perfect.
As you can see, the buffalo checks look mighty fine here too! In fact, the pop of colour and pattern interest really enhance this entire look.
I stole the cute moss-gone-wild from my potting shed flower display. And this is why I ADORE potted plants!
Learn more about the reclaimed wood stenciled coasters HERE
There are so many cabin-cozy places to sit now, I may have a hard time getting any work done…
Find the Buffalo Check stencil HERE
Disclosure: I work with Fusion Mineral Paint to showcase projects using it and because I love the stuff. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. The stencils are from my own line.