spring is here, the sun is shining, and our back deck is FINISHED. so naturally, i go shopping. shopping for outdoor furniture.
not easy. not easy on a tight budget.
of course i started with the idea of upcycling some wooden pallets left in our backyard but then discovered my husband gave them away to a neighbor (who probably wanted to do the same thing).
then i scoured craigslist and ebay and didn’t come up with any alternatives.
so in an almost obsessive manner, i searched online. after weeks of comparing prices and styles and debating (with myself), i was struggling between 2 sets. 2 completely different sets.
welll, they were both priced about the same, it was the look & quality that stumped me. we adore IKEA but acknowledge that outside of their kitchens, their furniture is pretty low-grade. you get what you pay for. the look of their new line of outdoor furniture is super cute, but is it super cheap too? then i convinced myself that the cushions just didn’t look all that comfy.
so i settled with this brand on AMAZON, the strathwood balboa collection. given that the frames are all wood and will age to a silvery gray, which is what i like, i figured if anything it’ll last longer.
so i placed the order. 3 armless chairs, 1 corner chair, 1 ottoman.
THEN…after i pressed ORDER, i started to regret the purchase. how could i have purchased furniture online after not seeing it in person? what if it sucks? what if we don’t like it? do i have to disassemble everything and put them back in their original packaging? how am i going to do that?
i’ve never purchased furniture online before, never. as much as i shop online, i’ve never purchased furniture that i have not seen in person.
now, 4 days later, i have these large boxes delivered from UPS sitting in my backyard waiting to be opened and pieces waiting to be assembled.
ugh…i hope this works out!