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I know a lot of you are pretty innovative when it comes to using old things. I searched the forums and couldn't find anything, I was hoping you all could give me some ideas? My fiances GM died about a year ago and she has an old swing set frame that his mother doesn't want and she asked me if I did. I was thinking I could paint it (it's pretty beat up) and maybe use it for hanging plants? A hammock with vines? Or something? Any ideas? Pictures?
I wish I got a chance to snap a picture. It's older (really sturdy) and low. The top bar is maybe 5 feet? No swing. This is a picture I found on Google, it looks almost the same.
I would say hanging plants is nice, so it the use for planting pole beans or other vine. You could also use it as a frame for an arbor like DavidofDeland did with ladders. Make it a gateway to your backyard, garden or wherever.
I like the idea of a hammock but if it is sturdy then hang a porch swing from it. This is my favorite idea and what I would do if I had othe frame like this and then set it under a tree for shade. Perfect on a hot summer day - especially if you don't have a porch on which to hang a swing.
Another idea that is totally different is to use it over a fire pit to hang cast iron cookware from and cook. Like this -
Thank you for all of the ideas. I have yet to get into any kind of veggies, that will be a while down the road. Not until I get everything landscaped and even iffy then. I don't know yet if they are for me.
Arbors and that type of thing are out as well. My HOA is pretty strict and wouldn't like it. We can't even have sheds that show above our fence line. The grape arbor that my fiance is building is going to have to be kind of hid and not viewable from the street. I'm only making it a smidge higher than the fence line and towards the side so that it is more out of sight.
LTP, that is more where I was going. I had thought about a swing but haven't seen any nice affordable nice ones. However, maybe I can suck up the cost and just do it. I don't have any trees that provide shade but maybe I could put it under the arbor, or find some type of shade I could hook to the top of it? I was just curious if anyone had seen these repurposed and if they could look nice. I'll post a picture I guess when I decide what to do with it. Thanks again!
I forgot to add that imagining a large pig roasting on it had me laughing pretty heartily.
Agreed Frogy, it is occasionally a headache. They have their perks and their drawbacks. So far I haven't had any really big issues with them (we'll see about that when it comes time for renovation and I have to ask their permission).
Thanks for the ideas! I think I'm going to go take another look at it and decide then. She has some irises that I'm going to go dig up and take a few so I'll give it a thorough looksee when I'm there. I'm now unsure whether or not I want to put it in my yard. I don't want to take something that I won't use. If anything, I am leaning more towards a plant stand, I just don't want to waste a lot of room with it. But if I paint it, it could look pretty, right?
@Ajen. I have a privacy fence so it wouldn't be an issue. I can feed birds as well, I've only just started that this past summer. I can't believe I wasn't into it for the longest time, go figure! :D I even have a pretty big naked lady in my front yard with only her goodies covered and no one has ever said anything, lol.
HOA..hoa's...just another way to control your life. That's why I live wayyyyyyyyyyy out in the country.
To the post at hand...great for hanging plants...and you can move it as necessary through out the year depending on sun requirements. And you can cover it...win win.
Hey WG, I use an old swing frame to hang my very large orchid cactus on. They have such long sprawling, arching leaves (?) that are not easy to hang just anywhere. Oh! What would be neat is to hang a group of plants at different levels. You could get a lot on there that way. If you could get a clematis or something to run on it and have plants hanging too, that would be awesome! But don't use a super invasive like honeysuckle, unless you just want to. Well, another thought is to get your fiance (sorry, bad memory for names) to add something to the top rail (metal, wood, wire) that will create a wider area for a vine to cover (be sure to plant both sides) and put a bench or swing under it. In that case, you might want a strong vine like honeysuckle or confederate jasmine, but look out all around it.
Confederate jasmine is not highly invasive like wisteria or honeysuckle, but over time it will spread. But as long as you watch and destroy anything out of place any of them will work fine. I would think the honeysuckle or confederate jasmine would be your best choice.
I've decided to get it. I think I'm going to try to incorporate a couple of ideas (plant stand, vine arbor, bird feeders) and see what I come up with. If worse comes to worse I can just remove it with no harm done. But I think at least I'll give it a shot. :)
I'm all for a porch swing on that frame, All the other ideas are great, and I love those "bugs" with ceiling fan wings. Have too many things on my to do list that I'll never get done. Just wish my imagination worked!!