Trashy Tuesday, Curbside Couches are Comfy!
The weather has warmed significantly here in Northern California, and it is the time of year when enjoying your backyard is one of the pleasures of warm weather. In my dream decorating mode, I was going to purchase a large, comfy outdoor sectional. Something like this one.
I had visions of lazing about, reading a good novel and relaxing in a warm summer evening. Reality check, for the price of that sectional, my family could enjoy a pretty nice vacation. I had to get creative with the outdoor seating arrangement and I had pretty much zero budget to work with.
Most mornings on my dumpster runs, I spot at least one or two couches. Some of them in surprisingly good condition.
I had a thought I would find a couch and love seat and convert this to our seasonal outdoor seating. As luck would have it, I found these lovely beasts the very next day.
The real problem came when I got tired of it and wanted it out. It sort of got stuck in the door jamb and I had to spend the day climbing over it to get in and out of my office.
I knew had mad couch moving skills, and no door jams to go through. With the strength of one possessed of great determination, I got the 7 foot sofa and the loveseat into the back of my van. I didn’t have any rope to tie down the hatch though. Lo and behold, a stranger ran by, happened to have his car parked near and had rope!!! Yes, my Trashy Tuesday Curbside Couches were just meant to come home with me.
I somehow lugged them out of my van, through my house and into my side yard. I did what every lazy decorator would do when wanting to change upholstery quickly. I tucked drop cloths around them and wrapped the cushions in them. I even used the Dumpster Found Chenille bedspread I found a while back and wrapped two body pillows for the back of the 7 foot piece.
Instant outdoor seating, a place to finish the Goldfinch (have you read it???) and a comfy hang out for my family and friends. We enjoyed our Father’s Day dessert out here too.
The side yard is one of my favorite areas of my home, it is mostly in shade after 1:00 pm, we have a fire pit, my favorite Hydrangeas, Miniature Roses that were given to me by sweet friends, and now an outdoor living room.
Curbside Couches are Comfy indeed! Just be sure to thoroughly check for bugs, animals, things hiding in the frame, etc. Curbside Couches are not for everyone, but if you are the adventurous sort, then save the $2,000 and go shop your dumpsters instead.
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