So, it is really getting close, the due date of this little bun in my oven. Just over 2 months away! Time sure is flying fast. And after that doozy of a project on the stairs and hallway I just finished, my ideas have turned more baby-minded. As I have started pulling things out from storage I am feeling like it is all looking a bit old and worn, and some of it just a little blah. Sort of like this:
Okay, so there is nothing wrong with this, and actually this isn't mine, but it has the same blah and boring look of the swing I had that was destroyed by a 3 and 4 year old jumping on it and playing all sorts of little games in it the last time it was out. But I am sure anyone who had a kid 6-8 years ago will remember those navy blue and cream plaids that Graco was shelling out for their swings, carseats, pack-n-plays,etc. I was happy to accept a hand me down from a neighbor to replace my old one, but the pattern wasn't much more exciting. The swing my friend gave me had the bonus of little dancing teddy bears in overalls. I was very grateful for a swing--teddy bears or not--because, hey, that's more money in my pocket that I can use for diapers, but I still wanted something a little sassier. I have noticed, with the coming of number 4 to our house, that our house is all about kids. We have toys and baby stuff everywhere. I love it, it makes our house home to have our kids things planted here and there, but with all the little nick nacks I am collecting are really a part of my decor and I want them to look cute and match my decor, dang-it! So, for a very minimal fee (I think it was about $15-- and could have been even cheaper if I could ever lay my hands on the 40% off JoAnn's coupons when I go) I got some awesome brown and cream zebra home decor fabric (I believe I only used about a half yard, but you would have to measure your own swing cushion), a yard of tan trim for the straps, and a yard of avacado-green ruffle. Although I spent a little bit more because I didn't measure for what I really needed (and i didn't even use a half a yard of the fabric) I think you could easily pick up the supplies, if you measured everything before you picked it up, for about $10.
My project began when my mother in law was here, and she pretty much did all the work on it while I got some rest (thank you a thousand times over). But what we did for the swing makeover was cover the cushion in the same fashion i did for the ironing board. My mother in law just cut it out using the cushion as a pattern and zig zag stitched around, adding the new ruffle in place of the old one. We changed over all of the old navy straps to nice fresh tan ones. And finally took the plastic off of the metal swing poles and sprayed them Krylon's oil rubbed bronze. Once it was dry we put it all back together and set it up in my living room. It's sophisticated with sort of a whimsical baby charm. I am loving it! It looks great, it matches and it's functional. . . yeah! *Just a note: Knowing this is for a baby, I didn't attempt to paint or change the tray or the seat or the toys. Luckily the seat, and trey and plastic bits all seemed to match what I was doing. . .the toys did not. Those darn toys actually are pretty stuck on there, and are still a bit ugly, but better safe than sorry with remaking baby stuff. So no one get too carried away with the spray paint ;)