Now that we have our deck painted, we’re working on getting the gazebo painted, too. That takes more time because of all the railings, spindles, and other decorative parts. A little bit at a time is the only way to do a project like this one, at least for me. I can only work outside in the sun for about an hour before I have to go back inside, so I try to time my outdoor work for early mornings before it gets too hot.
All along one side of the deck is a built-in bench that we painted white to match all of the deck railings as well as the gazebo. It looks really pretty on the gray-blue deck with the beautiful green shrubbery behind it. But . . . it is really long, and white, and plain, and kind of boring. I guess we could have painted it purple or lime green with red polka dots or something exciting like that, but the white really does look nice, just plain.
Since I don’t want to invest a lot of $$$ in buying outdoor cushions (which probably wouldn’t fit anyway), I thought I would cover some of the throw pillows I already have around here. Some of them are outdoor pillows, but some of them are ones that we’ve had in the house over the years and have just been sitting in a storage bin. So I thought, “Why not cover some of them in bright color fabric for that plain ol’ white bench out there?” And that is what I’m doing!
With these simple and cheerful pillow covers, I can use them this summer and if they are too faded for next summer, I can just put a new cover on. I found a few fun ideas online as I was searching (outdoor pillows can really be expensive!), and these ideas gave me some of my own ideas for using fabric that I already have on hand. Over the years, with doing so many sewing projects, there is always a bit of fabric left over that really isn’t big enough for another major project but is just too pretty to toss out. That’s what I’m going to use to whip up a few pretty pillows for our pretty white bench on our newly painted deck. Can’t wait to show you what it looks like when I get them finished!
For now, here are some of the ideas I found that have inspired me to make my own Summer Fun DIY Pillows . . . .
Now that most of our outside projects are finished (well, almost finished, but the really BIG jobs are done) I’ve been reorganizing my sewing room where I can finally get back to some sewing and other crafting projects. On these really hot summer afternoons, after I work out in the garden for a while in the mornings, I am looking forward to catching up on some projects that have been neglected the past many weeks because of all the other stuff that has been going on around here. But things are a bit quieter now so I’m hopeful that I will get some sewing done very soon. I hope your summer projects are coming along nicely! See you soon . . .