I want to thank Susan @ BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH for hosting this fun event and making our Mondays so special.
This is my attempt to save a sturdy lawn swing that I just love because it is so comfortable and large. It used to have a canopy over the top and once years ago it was really rather pretty. Everything rotted and just fell apart. I didn't know that the awning on top was rotted until I began to take it apart to move it into storage. It simple fell apart in the movers hands..and it stay on there in shreds, in storage for over a year. It stayed in pieces beside the house and then one day we finally put it together...and it was UGLY!
And..it sat like that for..months...until..I read a wonderful blog..about spray paint.
Laura @ WHITE SPRAY PAINT inspired me paint this ugly old swing! So..I laid out my plastic sheeting and started painting...and painting ..and painting..
About halfway through the painting I began to think it might look cute again..and I was encouraged.
The seat..well..you see the pictures...a mess..but the cotton batting was really good..so I saved it. The rest I finally cut off and threw it in the trash.
This is an old mirror I found on ebay..for too much money..but the old faded roses and crackle finish were wonderful..and now it graces the patio.
I took an old but very nice bedsheet and threaded onto the front of the canopy because in the afternoon the sun hits and if one is resting on the swing you can untie that ribbon and it falls softly around you, puddles on the floor and shields you from the sun..and is so cozy! And the breeze can still touch you.
And it sat like that for awhile...until I finally took a Shabby Chic twin quilt (I have two alike) and folded up the bottom and stitched it..and the top and stitched it..forming an envelope type case and slipped it over the old cushion.
It worked like a charm. Then I took my grandmother's old crocheted tablecloth that was not completed and used it as a trim. I laid it on the canvas seat, draping it over the back and off the front. Then I laid the covered back and seat (it's one piece ..on top of it. Great!
I took lace curtains and they fit perfectly without any cutting. All I had to do was run some stitching along the hem to form a pocket so both ends would have that little ruffle.
I love it.
And that's about it. All done with old stuff except the spray paint. I also want to mention that the lovely quilt and matching pillow on my lawn swing were acquired from Tammy @
FOR A STITCH IN THYME...are they not just beautiful? Perfect for my swing!
I had fun...for little money and I love my swing again. I did clip the thread and stitch the hole in the bottom picture..lol I get in a rush sometimes! (all the time.)
So..there you have it..my Met Monday! Yippee! I did it!
~smiles and love~
P.S. I am learning to check for TINY things before I start taking pictures..because they really show up!!