Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Trash Talkin Tuesday!

Today I'm going to share one of my favorite trash transformation projects! Hubby and my girls bought me this swing quite a few years ago for Mother's Day. 
As you can see, it had seen better days! The cushions had disintegrated, the paint had faded, the canvas sling that forms the seat was starting to rot and 
Hurricane Gaston tore the canopy apart.  It was destined for the curb but I decided to keep it and try to fix it up instead. The first step was to find replacement cushions then choose the colors to paint the frame based on the colors of the cushions. I could not believe my luck! I found the most perfect cushions at K-mart. I loved all the colors and they were on sale to boot! They also had matching vinyl tablecloths marked down ridiculously cheap so I bought four of the largest ones, in a minute I'll share what I did with those.

I decided the main color for the swing would be red with accents of turquoise (of course) and after removing the sling and sanding with steel wool, I gave the swing several coats of fresh paint. Next came the hard part, replacing the sling. I had hubby cut two pieces of plywood, one for the back and one for the seat. After they were cut, I stretched one table cloth around each piece and used a staple gun to secure them in place. Next we hinged the two pieces together in the middle then using some bracket thingies (ok, bear with me I'm not a carpenter) we attached the plywood to the swing frame at the top of the back and along the front edge of the seat bottom. The only thing that was left to do was put the new cushions in place and sit back with a cool drink and enjoy! I'm so happy with the way it turned out and I'm so glad I decided to keep it.


  1. oh my gosh, what an amazing transformation! You really did a fabulous job. I love, love it and I love the colors!


  2. Ack! I don't know what I was expecting but nothing that cute!! Way to repurpose and reuse!!:)


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