If you look forward to summer as much as I do, you have probably already begun to set up your outdoor living spaces. Despite the very soggy spring we've had here in the northeast, I have managed to clean off the patio, spray paint and set up my dining table and chairs, and set up my bistro set. I'm still a long way from being done, but the season is young and yard sale season has just begun!
I'm changing things up a bit this year and will be looking for some new pieces to add. Making changes or adding to your outdoor entertaining space doesn't mean that it has to cost lots of money. Mixing and matching new, re-purposed and recycled pieces can make a very interesting and beautiful area.
Yard sales and flea markets can be treasure troves if you are patient. Look for pieces with good "bones," meaning that they are structurally solid and have good shape and lines, and ones that are also functional. Look beyond the chipped paint or missing pieces and keep an open mind. Finishes can always be changed (or covered), missing pieces can be replaced, and items do not always have to function as they were originally meant to function.
Below are some examples of pieces that have been reclaimed and restored for the outdoors. When you are looking for pieces, remember to use your imagination, keep in mind your functional needs, and keep an open mind.