The Story of The Chairs….

This past weekend I celebrated my 47th birthday.  I had a great weekend and treasure all of those who are so important in my life;  some I’ve met in real life before, others are my design/creative colleagues on social media.  Either way, it doesn’t matter to me.   I was honored to have received wishes from so many.  HOWEVER, one thing did surprise me.  You see, a former client, neighbor and now friend “Flocked” my yard for my birthday.  What is flocking you might ask?  Well, it starts with over 40 pink flamingos and ends with a funny sign in your yard, exclaiming whatever occasion you might be celebrating or acknowledging (all in good fun, of course).

I was so excited to see these little guys everywhere!

 I’m a tad embarrassed because my poinsettias in my pots have died and I hadn’t (haven’t) taken down my Christmas wreaths.

Honk! Honk! Honk!

As you can see from the sign my friend chose for my yard, it tickled me all day and the next to hear all of the horns honking outside my house as an acknowledgement of my special day.  I was speaking with a long time and life long friend of mine this morning, who commented that as we get older our birthdays seem to matter even more to us and I immediately agreed and said, “it’s like I’m 12 again!”.  Yes, it mattered that much!   Here is the biggest surprise part:  Upon viewing the pictures I proudly displayed on Facebook of  the front yard in its fully flocked state, many of you began texting and DM’ing me about the chairs on the front porch. Where did you get them?  What are they-they look like interior chairs?  Are they plastic?  Did you bring chairs from the inside to the outside for the flamingo pic?  Lol.  Today’s post was set to be about fabulous new Market finds I have been out discovering but…..I shall explain the chairs instead.




These chairs cost 25.00 each.  A neighbor found them while she was hunting for treasures.  I bought them from her and immediately threw them in the “I’ll Get To That One Day” place in the garage.  I knew that they would need to be reupholstered (think sunbleached mauve) but didn’t quite know where I would use them or when.  After I had the shutters painted  purple, I knew I needed something green on the front porch and didn’t want to add plants.  I’m not good at taking care of them on a daily basis; hence, the naked condition of my harlequin pots on the front porch!   Anywho, I immediately thought of the chairs in the garage, ran to Lowe’s bought all they had of a summer green outdoor paint, see below, and came home and got to spraying.


Love this stuff!

   This process took about 45 minutes and 3 cans per chair (two coats).


I do want to mention that these are fully upholstered INSIDE USE chairs and this glossy paint has kept them in pristine condition- mildew and bug free for one year on my front porch with no fading.  I sprayed the bottom of the dust lining for extra protection as well.  I sit in them often and the only difference is that the protective, glossy nature of the paint does stiffen the fabric a bit but not to a point in which it is uncomfortable or bothersome.

    Here are some close ups:


Photo courtesy Alexandra Williamson

Photo courtesy Alexandra Williamson


Photo courtesy Alexandra Williamson

And, that’s the simple story of the chairs!

Please write in YOUR birthday in the comments section, if birthdays are a big deal to you too, so that I make sure I can send you happy birthday wishes as well.

Much Love-E


  • Holly P

    Oct 15th!!!

    January 15, 2013
  • DLP


    January 15, 2013

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