Sunday, July 15, 2012

Where I Come From... A Lot Of Front Porch Sittin'

Okay, in my DREAMS I do a lot of "front porch sittin'".....  Maybe when I'm an empty nester and don't know what to do with my time I'll get to sit here and relax with a good book.  Actually, this is the swing I sit on when the weather is beautiful and wait for my son to get off the bus.  But it didn't look this pretty when school was in session.  Nope, it looked like this:

I had some awesome help this last week.  When we were in Iowa over July 4th, I picked up this sweet girl and brought her back home with me.  I'll show you later on this week hopefully some of the creativity that came from this girl while she was here.  I showed her my craft room and pretty much said "have at it" and boy did she ever!
On our "to do" list was paint the porch swing aqua and then I let her pretty much decide on  some kind of cool design.  She picked out this fun little stencil to go across the back in a dark gray color.  
I'm not a real hot seamstress, as most of you know.  But I wanted to recover an old throw pillow.  Luckily, Rebecca (who is 12 YEARS OLD mind you) grabbed this gray fabric and literally whipped up a pillow cover for it in less than ten minutes.  I used a yellow tablecloth to make the flower on the front.  You can see the tutorial for how I did the rosette (originally on my duck/duct tape boots)  HERE.  I hot glued it on the pillow for an easy no-sew project.
Here's a peak at the pillow I dumpster dove for years ago that we (she) covered.
So there she is!  Looks a tad more inviting now, don't ya think?? Or maybe you prefer the peeling, chippy look of before.... :)  And yes, this brings us one post closer to the FULL porch reveal!
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18 comments:

  1. Nothing wrong with some chippy paint, but I think I like the after. Send me your helper too!

    ~Bliss~

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  2. Fantastic! I'm pea green with envy over that porch swing. I've always pictured swinging on a porch with an icy glass of lemonade....Likely my children would make it their mission to "bring down the porch swing!", but I can dream

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  3. Gorgeous!!! Is this the same aqua paint you mixed up for your dresser? Someday you are gonna have your own paint line like Miss Mustard Seed ;)

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  4. So beautiful!!! I LOVE the colors!

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  5. I would love a swing on our porch. Love the color and the pillow is sweet!

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  6. how CUTE! love the porch colors and the swing.... i could hang out there!

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  7. That is perfect! I love it! Visiting from Power of Paint. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-6.html Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  8. I love this blue shade you selected, and with the yellow shutters--so charming!

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  9. very cute! i love porch swings!

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  10. I love the colors and the stenciling is the icing on the cake!

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  11. Love this! Thanks for sharing! We would love to have you link up to our party!

    http://baked-inthesouth.blogspot.com/2012/07/made-it-by-monday-link-party.html

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  12. Beautiful job. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/surf-spray-and-wednesdays-adorned-from.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  13. It's darling! What a talented helper too. Only 12? Wow! Love the stencil on the swing. I've got a front porch swing that looks similar to your before photo. Every time I walk past it, it nags me to give it a makeover. One of these days ...

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  14. Love the color you chose! It looks perfect on your porch! I really want a porch swing now :)

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  15. The color looks so pretty..and the details. Looks like a wonderful place to rest!

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  16. Its so pretty! I finally have a porch big enough for a swing and this makes me want one even more :-)

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  17. It's amazing what a little paint can do! Great job and what a sweet helper you have. Lisa~

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