I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was looking forward to getting estimates for replacing the porch roofs. Well, funny thing (not funny in a "ha ha" way) about hurricanes is that they come with lots of wind. Gee, whoda thunk it? Wind + shingle roofs = roofing contractors over-booked! So the struggle continues. I have a few projects bumping around in my mind, but for now - I'm at a bit of a stand-still. Time for another Retro Project!
After finishing the back porch, it was time to furnish and decorate it. It's not a huge porch so we didn't want to put too much stuff out there. It's also a pretty simple porch, so we didn't want a lot of bling or fancy stuff. One thing always did want though, was an umbrella stand. I searched the internet for various styles:
But none of these styles really fit. Then I saw this one:
I really liked the clean, simple lines, and it looked simple enough to build from scrap wood. We wanted it fit into a corner, so I adapted the design a little.
Funny thing is though - when I was building it, I was liking the look. Then I took a picture and realized - UGLY!! So I made a few adjustments and added some more wood!
Once again, I used some paint from another long-forgotten project, then did some distressing.
The paint was pretty bright and the whole thing looked brand new, so I rubbed on a coat of Minwax Jacobean stain to tone things down a bit and complete the finishing process.
And here it is in its natural habitat:
So, umbrella stand - $0!!