Trash to Treasure

A couple of years ago, I bought this “not too exciting” garden swing. I really wanted to have a place to sit and read and visit when the temperatures were nice.

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It lasted about 8 months.  The high winds in our area quickly tore off the canopy so we  moved the swing under a large mulberry tree.  Within another year, the sling was faded and by the end of 3 years, the sling had rotted and all that was left was the metal frame which was loose and useless.  I still really wanted a swing, especially for my daughter who loves to read outside.

BUT, I didn’t want to go buy another swing that really didn’t appeal to me aesthetically and would certainly suffer the same fate in our harsh weather.  I didn’t want to make do. Also, any fabric I used on the swing would have to be removable so that the elements didn’t destroy it as quickly as they had the original.

Some friends of ours had recently purchased a wooden swing and while I liked the look, it wasn’t the most comfortable place to sit. I had really liked the sling back style  of my own swing.

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Then it hit me, why didn’t I combine the two styles.  I already had a sling back frame. How hard could it be to make a wooden swing from that?

I purchased 12 1x4x10s and some metal brackets and went to work. It was quite the experience to drill into metal and fit slats across a curved frame.  I reenforced every two slats with a metal bracket through the bottom of the frame and into the wood.

Next,  I cut slats and angled the back of the swing in an Adirondack style so that the swing reclined at the angle I wished.

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While the wooden swing now had the right angle and height and slant, it was not going to be comfortable to sit on long term, especially for my garden reader.

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A quick trip to Hobby Lobby and I had bright cushions that make for a wonderful haven out in the garden.  My daughter has claimed the space as her own.

Now…to finish up the landscaping in the backyard.  Looks like I already have a new project in mind for this spring.

 

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