Monday, June 21, 2010

Lounging on the Front Porch

I got creative over the weekend and "made" a new cover and pillows for the wicker bench on my front porch:

I found a curtain panel at Savers for $3 that I used to cover the cushions.  I just cut the panel to size and wrapped it around the cushions so I can take it off for the winter months, wash it, etc.

I also found a pair of floral curtains that had green in it that matched the fabric for the cushion.  Just another $3!  I cut each of those panels in half and found 2 pillow forms in my attic that I purchased ages ago for a project that never happened.  I also found an old mishapen (sp?) pillow that I cut apart and took out the inside of.  I reformed that so I'd have 3 inserts.  Then I just wrapped the fabric around it (this is actually how they wrap gifts in Japan!) and whoola! - new pillows!


All for a whopping $6 and about 1/2 an hour of preparation.
I also took a piece of lace that I had kicking around and threw that over the back.  The bench really needs a repainting but that's a project for another weekend.

Then I had a brainstorm for the old wooden rocker bench we have on our patio.  I'd purchased a floral quilt at an estate sale for $20.  I don't know why I did.  I didn't have any use for it.  But now I do!

I folded it just so, and whoola! again - a new cover for the old rocker bench.  I won't leave it on there, but will keep it handy and folded just right so when the mood strikes, I can just throw it on there.

Then I just had to throw in a pic of the new brick walkway from my patio to the backyard.  I picked up the bricks on sale at Menard's and just kind of tossed them down, but my significant other said - oh, no, that's not the way to do it - and whoola! a new walkway!

My dog's toy got in this one, too.

I'm joining a couple of meme's (whatever that is!)
Summer Sundays at The Tablescaper
Summer Porch Party at Rose Colored Glasses
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Be sure to visit their sites!


  1. You sure did a LOT on a little! I love how you tied the pillows. Any chance you could do a tutorial on how you did that so the rest of us could give it a try?

    Thanks so much for coming and being a part of Summer Sundays. Hope to have you back next Sunday.

    - The Tablescaper

  2. You did a great job of dressing up that settee!

  3. Hi Just beautiful! I like that the cover you just THREW on had red in it and it was next to red blooms. Love that color. Very pretty surroundings. Very peaceful feel!

  4. Love the pieces you made and your entire front porch is just stunning and inviting! Wonderful!

    Hugs, Lana

  5. Love your porch. Great idea to tie the fabric for easy removal. Great job!