THERE’S A NEW LOOK ON THE STAMPED CONCRETE PATIO AREA NEXT TO THE FIRE PIT. IT’S AN AFRICAN TEAK PATIO FURNITURE SET ALL DECKED OUT FOR SPRING AND SUMMER DINING. I JUST COULDN’T RESIST DOING A LITTLE EARLY SPRING DECORATING BY BRINGING IN A LOBELIA PLANT AS THE TABLES CENTERPIECE AND AND TWO BOSTON FERNS TO ADD ON EITHER SIDE OF THE FRENCH DOORS!
I just couldn’t resist buying a basket of lobelia to decorate the new African Teak patio furniture set that hubby brought me. I know we’re still having frosty nights here so I’ll have to bring the flowers in every night until the first of June or so. Yep, here in Michigan it takes that long for the weather to heat up enough to keep plants outdoors over night.
I’d been wanting a patio set to keep out by our new fire pit area but couldn’t find what I liked in my price range yet, so I’ll put it on the back burner and figured maybe someday something would come along.
I needed the set to be made of heavy wood. It’s so windy at our place and if I keep any plastic or light weight furniture outside it use blows away and more often than not it ends up in our pond.
Hubby happened to call me on his way home last week and said he had a surprise for me. One of our clients had two African Teak patio sets and wanted to know if I’d like one. Well, heck ya I love one!
Hubby loaded it up in the back of his truck and brought it home. I thought it was so nice of the client to think of me and offer to give me set.
Come to find out he’d purchased them from Kellogg’s (the cereal factory) in the 1970’s. They’d had them for their employees to use on their lunch break outdoors, and after a remodel he’d picked them up.
I was so excited to get a little bit of their history. I live near cereal city and if you mention Battle Creek Michigan everyone knows it’s where Tony Tiger and his cereal come from.
The set, at some time, should be sanded down and oiled again but it looks like a big job. I decided to take them to the man who stripped my bar stools to see if he’d do the sanding I can I oil them once I get them home again. All that sanding sound’s like a lot of work, but I do know if it’s taken care of it will last forever.
I’m so glad I never found anything to use in that space. I’m much happier having a little piece of local history right here in my own back yard.