I have a small magazine addiction.  Anything even remotely related to house stuff, This Old House, Southern Living.  I seriously live for the Better Homes and Gardens special interest publications.  And I keep them all in a giant basket.  It becomes unhandy at times to keep up with 187 pounds of print media, but I just love them so much that I can't bear to throw them away.  Any time I am in the mood to project I just go to the stacks for inspiration.  Today's project is one that I found literally three years ago and it took me until last week to accomplish.   

    For starters, I have a lot of trees in my front yard,  (I'm talking fall is a leafy nightmare around here) and my driveway runs across the front of my house and around to the garage on the backside.  As you drive around the curve there is a giant hickory tree with one huge, fat limb that previous owners had screwed giant eye hooks into.  Well, the second I saw that I had to get a porch swing.  I mean that day I drove to Lowes in the "big town" and got one.  I have contentment issues like that.  But that was still during the whole "two house" time and I literally didn't have extra money for it and had to buy the cheapest unfinished wooden one available.  So the boys and I primed it and painted it hot pink.  I put cute black and white damask pillows on it and loved it for a long time.  But you know, that's the thing about bright colors and trendy prints.  I adore them but tire of them easily.  Plus to be honest, the front of my house is so '70's traditional that it just stood out as crazy looking to me after a while.  So this past week I did this:
This was the dirty hot pink swing.  This was also Destruct-o-girl wearing Christmas pajamas in August with a 104 degree heat index.  I do not try to hide the fact that I have a laundry problem. Do not judge me.  I cleaned the swing off with a stiff bristle brush and a light sanding (read - barely touched with sandpaper because I hate sanding so much), and then I painted it black.  I forgot to take a picture of this step because I'm a nincompoop.

This is a solid green outdoor pillow.  Do you know how hard it is to find solid outdoor pillows?  Especially when the only store in the town where you live is Walmart.  Basically you get what you get.  This is the sole hold up on this project for the past 3 years.  I couldn't find any solid outdoor pillows and was way too lazy to make any of my own.  Plus I needed four and that gets a little expensive for front yard decor when your husband is a budget nazi.

So once you have accidentally happened upon a big pile of solid outdoor pillows at your local Dirt Cheap or other hometown junk place for $4 apiece, buy however many you need to create your house numbers from your address.  Then stencil, freehand, or hire someone to paint one digit of your house number per pillow.  I  just freehanded and used black acrylic craft paint from the Walmart store.  I also forgot to take a picture of this, but luckily you are not an idiot and do not need to see a photo of this step to understand what I am talking about.

Finally you should ask your friend's strapping 14-year-old son to help you hang the swing back up because your husband is currently working so many hours that you never see him in the daylight and you are too impatient to wait for the weekend (plus the swing is hogging the whole garage).  Then you arrange the pillows in the correct order of your address if you want to be logical, or in the wrong order if you just want to confuse people and be a weirdo.  Then you step back and admire your work and think "why didn't I do that three years ago?".

    Hope this inspires you to paint your address on something.  It would be cute on a swing or a bench by your front door (especially if you are a lucky one with an actual porch).  And I also hope that your address is less than four digits long because honestly, four is just too many.  If you don't believe me just ask my poor boys who have to memorized their address for kindergarten.  Four just doesn't flow.  And thirdly I hope that you have a great rest of the weekend.  I've been feeling really bloggy lately and written several days this week.  Don't get used to it.  I feel a lazy spell coming on.  Just wanted you to know.

Love you like the awesomeness of spray paint,
8/20/2011 12:36:29 pm

Wouldn't it be a mean trick for someone to turn your 6 upside down? Or the 9 upside down?

Delana McMurry
7/24/2012 11:38:17 am

Oh my goodness I am a Dirt Cheap aholic too! Just scored some great stuff for current projects last week! My mom and I go at least once a week. Sometimes more. ;-)


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