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bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2011
12:39 AM

Post #8669066

Here is a picture of the lawn swing I bought at a garage sale for five bucks. (Dis-assembled).

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bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2011
12:41 AM

Post #8669068

And here it is after I painted it and made new cushions and canopy...

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Anaid
San Antonio, TX

July 3, 2011
2:29 AM

Post #8669099

Awesome Job!!!
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

July 3, 2011
3:05 AM

Post #8669111

I'm sure your after is better than it looked new! Great job!
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 3, 2011
8:00 AM

Post #8669481

Great transformation! Love the colors.
J2222
Southern California, CA

July 3, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8670386

Gorgeous! I love this. So inviting! Who could resist sitting here and sipping an iced tea.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 3, 2011
7:26 PM

Post #8670610

What a transformation! Really love it and it would great in my yard. My house is blue (they call it mission blue). What a wonderful job you did on it.
bigbubbles
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 3, 2011
8:24 PM

Post #8670737

Fantastic transformation!
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

July 4, 2011
6:30 AM

Post #8671183

Beautiful work. I love the colors, too.

kb
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 4, 2011
7:24 AM

Post #8671311

Thank you! I love it too. Perhaps my favorite garage sale find ever!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 4, 2011
8:18 AM

Post #8671470

Smart lady! See a future treasure in a pile! Great job and pretty too.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 4, 2011
11:03 AM

Post #8671726

Neighbor gave me her old swing when she bought a new one. Needs new canopy and cushions, wish I could make it look like yours. Another project to add to my very long list.

bivbiv

bivbiv
Central FL, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 5, 2011
6:56 PM

Post #8674828

Love it! You did a great job. And I'm partial to blue in a garden.
sonoranpoet
Cave Creek, AZ
(Zone 9b)

July 6, 2011
3:27 AM

Post #8675323

That blue is beautiful. I've got window boxes close to it and I am painting my picnic table same color. It looks extraordinary in the garden. And the material you found is magnificent!!! WOW!!!! You did a terrific job. makes me wish I could sew!
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8676869

Thank you! We are enjoying it!
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 6, 2011
7:01 PM

Post #8677081

You really made me want to take sewing classes with that transformation☺

bivbiv

bivbiv
Central FL, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 6, 2011
7:15 PM

Post #8677119

Me, too. I don't even sew buttons on clothes!
sonoranpoet
Cave Creek, AZ
(Zone 9b)

July 7, 2011
5:14 AM

Post #8677700

yes, can you give us online sewing lessons please?

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 7, 2011
7:16 AM

Post #8677893

I sew buttons on clothes and put up hems in pants, but that's it. I need a new top for my swing set, but have no idea how to go about doing that so here it sits with a faded out canopy with a few worn holes here and there. Mom always told us that we had to learn because she wouldn't be around forever. Did I listen, oh NO!

bivbiv

bivbiv
Central FL, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 7, 2011
7:16 AM

Post #8677894

I'll just audit the sewing class. :) Here's my problem: I wish I knew how to sew, but I hated it so much when I took a sewing class in junior high that's why I don't even do buttons!
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2011
9:06 AM

Post #8678102

Well, the seats were tricky, because they are built around the frame. The first one I did didn't fit. Even with using the original as a template. Pillows are easy. I took the easy route on the canopy... I was going to get very 'stitchy' with it and cut and sew separate front and sides, but then I decided to keep it simple and let it be a 'handkerchief hem', so viola, limited sewing on the canopy!
sonoranpoet
Cave Creek, AZ
(Zone 9b)

July 7, 2011
11:02 AM

Post #8678326

well let me say this project had me looking up sewing machines online (my grandmother was a seamstress and a good one...never could get close to what she could do she was so wonderful!) I picked up her green thumb but never liked being indoors and never got the sewing 'genes' darn it (pun intended ;) )

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 7, 2011
2:20 PM

Post #8678724

I know the old worn out canopy on my swing looks pretty complicated but I guess it doesn't have to be like the old one. Should check with a friend who put a top on her swing. Found some old long cushions in the trash, had to take them as the foam was a very good grade, going to try and use an old electric knife hubby has to see if I can cut and make it fit. It is a perfect length. One of these days...

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

July 7, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8679338

WOW!!!! Just beautiful! You did good girl!!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

July 7, 2011
7:23 PM

Post #8679344

Super Fresh
Super Sweet
Super Job - I could look at that photo for an hour and not tire of it. Outstanding color choice. What is the color and what is the brand --may I ask?
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2011
8:28 PM

Post #8681340

MissingRosie, at some point I took something into Walmart and had them color match it to create that paint color. I have the recipe on my can of paint, I will try to scan and paste it here tomorrow. If I forget, someone please remind me!

I have to say, I have a love/hate relationship with sewing. It can take more patience than I have sometimes, mistakes are easy to make, even when you do it right sometimes you keep thinking "well, I could have done this and that would have been better". I am not a seamstress, and I try to not let my local friends know I sew much, because I am not one for fixing, mending, or altering other's things, because I just am not that perfect at it. But, I do enjoy making things that are kind of custom, I think I've learned that making it easy is not a sin, and I have to say it is very satisfying when I get it right. So thanks, everyone, for all your positive comments.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

July 8, 2011
8:50 PM

Post #8681363

Thank you, look forward to it
Bazuhi
Downers Grove, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 9, 2011
8:13 AM

Post #8681880

I love it!! I would get as far as the painting of the swing but would be at a loss for cushions.. ! When you tire of it send it my way!
blkraven2
Wells, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 9, 2011
3:14 PM

Post #8682521

well done.. I redid the cushions and top on my moms swing but atfer a life time of 15 yrs it finally rusted and had to finally be thrown away.. yours is beautiful!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 9, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8682622

What a fantastic job you've done revamping the swing..should take pictures and go show the individual you bought it from! Love the blue/yellow!
dillansnana
Hemet, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 10, 2011
3:20 PM

Post #8684541

Does anyone have ideas as to what to do with just the frame of a swing. We have a frame and old swing, much too much trouble to redo since we aquired a much better swing from a family member. Hate to throw the old swing away. What to do with it?
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

July 10, 2011
5:16 PM

Post #8684701

Could it work as a trellis for plants? kb
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 10, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8684749

Texasgall77 has been known to drape plastic and use for a protector in the winter. She lives in Houston Texas so it doesn't get that cold.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 10, 2011
7:31 PM

Post #8684973

Hi Sylvia, finally caught up with you to ask about that bowling ball you started at Jules. Using the old swing stand for a trellis sounds great to me.
dillansnana
Hemet, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 11, 2011
2:32 PM

Post #8686504

Thanks for your ideas. The idea of draping plastic over to protect plants sounds good. I had one of my fav large plants freeze last year, however it did come back.

Pegi
Yes I did finish my bb. I'm very happy with the way it turned out. Don't ask for photos. Don't have a camera I able to work with the PC yet.
Hows DH doing? Praying for youz.

Bazuhi
Downers Grove, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 11, 2011
2:49 PM

Post #8686555

Maybe someone else will use it as a swing or if I was local I would make a trellis out of it for my squash, cucumber etc vege gardens...But alas I am a wierd cookie!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 11, 2011
2:57 PM

Post #8686582

Many years ago I had a gym frame and I use it for hanging baskets. With different lengths of chain you can hang many and have a beautiful flower garden.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 11, 2011
3:17 PM

Post #8686623

Hanging baskets from the frame sounds like a great idea. Draping plastic over it is a good idea too, I don't have to worry about plants freezing, but the way our weather has been lately you never know when that will happen.

I really wanted to see that bb too!
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

August 9, 2011
10:35 PM

Post #8747969

Wow! Wow! Wow! Love what you did and I gave ours away when it went bad.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2013
3:52 PM

Post #9392788

Sure wish I could hold a sewing class for you gals. 30 years drapery business and I
ve made more cushions and pillow covers than I can remember. I went to school every summer for 25 years to keep up with the latest. Cut your foam with old electric kitchen knife. If cushions are old take steam iron and shsoot steam to plump them up again. We use different equipment but these are just suggestions of what you may have at home that will work. Always zipper your cushions because at some point intime they will need cleaning and its much esier to remove and throw into washer. I carried and sold outdoor fabrics cause in Fl. fading is a huge problem and I wanted products to last.

Main thing to consider when making outdoor cushions is the foam. Now there is an outdoor foam that is all small holes right thru it and it allows cushions to dry much faster if out in the rain. Plus it does not mildew. Not cheap but long lasting.

Sure wish I still had business going as I certainly enjoyed it. Still have all my workroom set up but no clients for past 2 years. I'm only 75 and don't really have desire to completely retire. Soooo I turned to gardening and ponding. Just dug my last pond 10 X 20 last July and enjoy my koi.

Happy T2T to all.
Bonnie


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DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 21, 2013
6:55 PM

Post #9392968

The swing looks great! Is that a Home for sale sign on top?
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 22, 2013
5:05 AM

Post #9393370

Forgot to add your swing is just beautiful. You did a great job on it. Makes me want to sit down with a glass of tea and just relax. Guess I should make time to go to yard sales. Only been to 1 in my life and there all around me.
Bonnie

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2013
5:39 PM

Post #9396583

It really is beautiful, isn't it?

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