Just hanging around

Not to suggest that I’ve been idle, of course.

But certain jobs have been put off for months simply because they weren’t vital to comfort, usefulness or safety around the house. And they’re the sort of jobs that, once done, make you ask yourself why you waited so long.

I’m talking about hanging things. Mirrors, prints, paintings, hooks… and my porch swing.

We’ve put up 4 mirrors and 4 pictures. I won’t show you those, as you can all live without such intimate details of my life, but the porch swing is up, swinging, and it’s bliss…. Just high enough that both the Husband and I can swing with our feet off the ground at least part of the time. Given the discrepancy in our heights, some experimentation was needed.

With the Husband still off work while his post-flu chest infection mends, today was the day. The sun’s shining, it’s a fresh and sunny 21°C/70°F, all the doors and windows are open, and it was a perfect day to hang about on the back deck, hanging stuff. I’d bought the chains and hooks we needed months ago. I’d fought for the seat and its hanger to be saved from the rubbish dump when the frame was discarded as too rusty to salvage. I knew where I wanted it. The job took 15 minutes. And now, I’m totally vindicated it is agreed that the seat works very well in its new role 🙂

It’s not as pretty as a traditional wooden one, but neither is it as bulky. I need to sand and rust treat it, and give it a coat of paint. The old brown/beige cushions, while weatherproof, are a bit battered and stained, so I’m thinking new covers… some time. I was thinking a glossy black paint and colourful tropical cushions. Or do you think white with gingham, or maybe green and a leaf print? Thoughts, please!

I’ve also dug out and untangled a long string of solar fairy lights intended for the back deck too, but I think I’ll hang fire about putting that up till another day.

It’s nice seeing old friends come out of storage.

54 thoughts on “Just hanging around

  1. I vote for black paint and tropical cushions.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think black with bright colours always looks good, but I have a sneaking love for white with blue gingham too…. I shall have to see what I can find in nice weatherproof fabrics.

      • Could you then have some added square cushions in tropical print – they could go well with the freshness of the gingham – but maybe green and leafy cushions with white piping would go even better.

      • katechiconi says:

        I’m moving away from gingham, I think. I have some nice tropical voiles in my garment stash, which would make lovely soft quilted cushions to lean on. But the main seat cushions will have to be weatherproof fabrics.

  2. I like white with bright colour cushions too … white always wins over black for me 💖

    • katechiconi says:

      All the railings and most of the paintwork out there is white with dark green accents. I don’t want the swing to ‘disappear’ too much into the background, but maybe the colourful cushions will take care of that…

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    I certainly agree about the tropical cushions, and bright red paint! Enjoy the swinging and the smug feeling of being totally right.

  4. I’m jealous, you got a real find there. Reds and greens would be lovely – is the top of the little wooden fence in the background a darkish green? (Heritage green, they’d probably call it here). It’s a very versatile colour 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      The top of the railing is indeed dark green and we call it Heritage green here too. But there’s a lot of green and white out there, including the awnings, so I’d quite like the swing not to fade into the background too much. Maybe a really dark green, almost black, and the cushions a real riot of colour.

  5. I’m sure it will look great whatever colour combination you settle on. I’m just waiting for delivery of two new folding garden chairs – I settled on a leafy print for them, but I did dither over stripes for a while.

  6. I’m a white and blue fan myself – but I think whatever you love and decide on will be just right for you and that’s the whole point isn’t it…..

  7. Sandy says:

    I am another vote for black with bright cushions.

    • katechiconi says:

      It was my first thought, and I still love it. But I might actually go for a greenish black, blackish green to tie in with all the green paint detailing out there…

  8. I love vibrant colour and pattern in an outdoor fabric – something to do with the vast quantity of beetroot dip / red wine / zyder that the boy and I manage to spill everywhere.

  9. KerryCan says:

    Oh, yes–you needed a porch swing! How great–just the place to sit and ponder the next sewing project.

  10. Perfect repurposing project! Nothing like widdling away a few ours on a porch swing whether rain or shine 🙂

  11. Looks like yours doesn’t swing too far, which would work for me. I get dizzy on swing-y things. I vote for any new cushions that bring you joy!

    • katechiconi says:

      Appearances are deceiving… it does swing quite a way, not being as close to the wall as it appears in the photo. (I must take a better shot when the cushions are done.) But I don’t have trouble with swoopy swings, so that’s OK.

  12. Dayphoto says:

    I like the idea of blue and white gingham…but, of course, whatever you come up with will be just perfect

  13. kathyreeves says:

    Black and tropical sound perfect to me! Great job reusing!

    • katechiconi says:

      That seat has gone from a piece of wreckage sitting out in the rain to a seat I keep on coming back to. It’s in such a great spot, and I find the swinging so soothing.

  14. I think you already know what will feel best after you have read all the suggestions. It’s an intuitive thing. Looking forward to seeing what you decide on.

  15. Joanne S says:

    Porch swings are the best! Lazy, quiet slow swings.

  16. rutigt says:

    Oh, a porch swing! How I´d love to have one 🙂 But I have no porch and no swing, so it will be in my dreams forever!

  17. Lynda says:

    I love it when you can keep a useful thing going with a bit of TLC and sewing/painting know-how! I would love a porch swing, but no room on the porch. Maybe when we extend the deck out back? 😀

    • katechiconi says:

      I earmarked the spot when we first looked at the house, so I knew I’d have a use for the old seat. A swing is hard to beat, I think, so I’m very glad to have the space.

  18. A wonderful upcycling effort. Tropical/leafy cushions I think. I have an enduring love of swings… shared by my sisters, and now my niece… all of us, all ages, at a park is hilarious. A swing seat is marvellous, the gentle motion, and practically easy to sweep up from under.

  19. […] while back, I wrote about making a porch swing from an old seat. At the time, I had every intention of getting straight on with re-covering the cushions and making […]

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