Thursday, April 8, 2010

She ain't no beauty queen . . .

 
In fact, she's downright UGLY!

When we designed and built our house, we did so with the intention of hanging a big swing (think four grown butts big) on the back porch. So one day my father-in-law tells me, "I've got a swing for you . . . so-and-so gave it to me." And proceeded to show me the ugliest swing I've ever seen. Ummmm, thanks . . . . but, um, I hadn't really planned on having harvest gold carpet on my swing . . . and, um, I kinda thought we might get something with the back completely attached. So FIL put the swing in his barn.

Fast-forward six months. We're in the house now, and spring is coming quickly . . . I want a swing, but I don't want to go shopping for one, and I sure don't want to pay for a pretty, well-built swing that big. So I tucked my tail between my legs and asked my father-in-law if he still had Ugly. He did, so I went and wrested the monstrosity into the truck and brought it home. 

After removing the carpet, attaching the back, and giving her a good coat of paint, she looks downright presentable now.



Please ignore my dirty porch - I'm well aware that I 
need to put down my paintbrush & pick up a broom!

She still ain't no beauty queen, but I'm happy with Plain Jane!



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18 comments:

  1. Wow - what a transformation! Looks divine now.

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  2. An amazing transformation! I love a porch swing! =)

    Jeanine

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  3. That swing looks great. It is amazing what a paint brush will do. :)
    Have a wonderful day~

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  4. OK...the carpet swing made me laugh...that was a new one for me...Now...it looks great!! Funny commentary!! :)

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  5. Love it, and you can't beat the price.

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  6. It looks great and what a great "deal" paint helps every time! I had to giggle when I saw that carpet! LOL
    Blessings,
    Vicky

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  7. Hi Amanda! I wish I HAD a porch swing, and yours looks BEAUTIFUL!! It's not the looks that matter so much as the peace, the quiet, the quality times and memories that will come from it... It might just be the most beautiful piece of furniture in your whole house! ~tina

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  8. You have turned that little ugly duckling into a beautiful swan! I really love it. Put a few pillows on it and a couple of signs out there and you've got yourself a real country lovin' porch. Thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving a kind comment. I will now go and look at more of your pretty blog.
    Hugs, Cindy S

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  9. ok that thing was UGLY!! really, who puts shag carpeting on a swing? i guess those were the '70's when shag carpeting went on everything. you did an amazing job- it looks so great! and i didn't notice the dirt on your porch, so you shouldn't have brought my attention to it. ;)

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  10. I can only imagine how funky shag carpeting on an outdoor swing would get. That swing was just begging for an extreme makeover! So glad you answered the call. Have fun this spring and summer. The lemonade is calling!

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  11. I think it's fabulous, 'Not a Plain Jane' at all!!! Isn't it amazing what a little creative thinking and a can of paint can do?!! You'll have years of enjoyment from that beautiful swing! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

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  12. Looks really good, you pulled off all the bits of ugly and gave it a new coat(of paint), just as Christ has done with us, but our new "coat" is a robe of righteousness!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I love comments!

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  13. Much better! I can honestly say Ive never seen carpet on a swing!

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  14. Hi Amanda,

    Thanks for the visit and following my blog. I think the seltzer bottles are going to be the next big thing. I'm certainly enjoying mine.

    I love your porch swing. I'm so envious.

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  15. Once again, I think it's great that you saw beyond the UGLY, because this swing is now a beauty queen.

    I have learned to pretty much never say no to something someone wants to give me because you just never know what can be done with it.

    Good job of humbling yourself and going back.

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  16. I saw your comment on Funky Junk Interiors. I had to see your table and it is marvelous darling! You started your blog about the same time I did. Fun isn't it. If you love flea markets check out my Round Top Trip.

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  17. Wow what a transformation!! What was someone thinking putting carpet on a swing????

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  18. When I saw the carpet, my first thought was "no, that can't be carpet." So ugly I almost didn't finish the post but them realized it had to turn into something good. It had no where to go but up. I think it is a beauty queen now. If you ever want to get rid of it, throw it my way!

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