When I’m looking through my email updates from EstateSales.org or EstateSales.com I am lured in by those pre-sale pictures showing mid-century decor and furniture available at the estate sale. The pictures provide an overall idea of the lifestyle, and decor style of the former owner (respectfully RIP). If you’re there at the opening of the sale, you know exactly what to expect, but the pictures aren’t updated for day two of the sale, making it a total gamble. A fun gamble!
Last summer we hit up an estate sale on the second day. The pictures online showed some gorgeous vintage mid century tiki bamboo furniture, which I thought would be a big draw. I was skeptical about what would be left on day two. Over the last few years, the Southern California summer was so dang hot. Even though it was day two of the sale, we were going mostly to enjoy the air conditioning during the ride down the coast to San Juan Capistrano.
When we pulled up, went through guard security gate when “The B!tch in The Box” aka GPS, told us our destination was on the left. There were a few cars scattered in front of the estate sale, but walking into the house, it was obvious those cars belonged to the people running the sale. It was like day one of the sale didn’t even happen, the 100 degree + temperature kept shoppers away.
When we walked through the front patio gates, it was like Patio Furniture Heaven! I immediately selected 2 wrought patio chairs, and an ottoman. They needed a little work, but new cushion covers was all the vintage wrought iron patio furniture set needed. Hind sight, I wish I would have scooped up more pieces to match the set we bought.
Too many projects dropped the patio chair rehab to the bottom of the list. Then we were hit with actually “winter” like weather! It rained pretty much all of January, and the rust of our “new to us” vintage patio pieces, the small spots of rust grew to a lot of rusty spots.
The rust fix was actually very easy. I bought a $3 wire brush attachment for the cordless drill and within a couple hours I was able to chip away at the flaking paint and rust. Then after a couple coats of Rustoleum spray paint the set looked pin up sexy!
Patio Furniture Cushions
I removed the old cushion covers; they were pretty nasty so I was skeptical if I’d be able to salvage the foam cushions. A little baking soda and a couple days in the sun, the cushion foam and batting innards were ready for the new slip covers. There are some pretty outdoor waterproof fabrics available at the fabric stores; I went sort of classic for the cusions and will a splash of tiki with a white with green fabric with large tropical leaves for bolster pillows. The bolster pillows are still waiting for me to finish them up; if I were efficient I think Jerry would fall off his chair.
Since finishing the wrought iron patio furniture rehab, we love morning coffee on the patio with the animals, and then again for pre-dinner happy hour.
It’s a slice of Ahhhhh!