I have been struggling with my small patio area, and large patio furniture for two years. Spring and fall afford the most time for comfortable outdoor living, so the past few trips to Target and Lowes have had me searching for a new set of patio furniture.
My old set is great, it’s in good shape, large enough to entertain a few friends – but it’s size is an issue. It barely fits on our small cement slab. The other big issue is that when my aunt gave me the set, she had thrown away the old cushions because they weren’t in good condition. So I had a great set with no cushions, and I was really picky about a new set. The right sized cushions were either ugly or very expensive.
The old patio set.
My next plan was to make a set of cushions. However this task seemed daunting – getting it just perfect would require a lot of time and ripping out. A project of this magnitude would require someone with slightly greater sewing skills than mine.
So last week when I was at Target I decided to take a gander at the outdoor patio cushions. And I found some! I asked a store employee if they could find some from more from the back for me and low and behold they were only sold with the patio set. REALLY?!
The patio set that my beloved cushions were on were very similar to my current set – large, very nice, and expensive. So I searched around a little more looking at the other cushions. And didn’t find any others that I liked (as I said I’m kind of picky). On my last round about – because there are lots of cute outdoor decorations that kept me distracted – I found a really pretty patio set that was sort of tucked away.
It was ultimately more money than I had planned to spend that day so I walked away …. slowly …. but I did walk away. And resolved to sell my set and then come back for the new one. Well over the weekend I listed my set and within minutes I had people messaging me to come see it. I sold it the next day and returned to Target and picked up my new set. Only to get it set up and then realize that it would be raining the next three days…SAD!
New patio set!
It’s so pretty! And I did take a few minutes between rain showers to sit and enjoy it. It’s the right size for my small patio, and incredibly comfortable. And if I ever have to replace the cushions I at least only have to buy the bottom ones, as opposed to the old set which needed backs and bottoms. It will be cheaper.
This morning we experienced our final rain storm of the week (fingers crossed!) and I am chomping at the bit to enjoy my new purchase during the next few days of nice spring weather. Here’s to nice spring weather!