Repurpose and Remodel: Restoring a Handmade Porch Swing

My grandfather was an excellent carpenter. He and his brother built me many neat things over the years but my favorite is this porch swing.

It’s handmade, solid wood and heavy. In fact, it’s so heavy that in the 15 years since he built it for me, I’ve never had a place to hang it. It’s been in my mother’s basement for years.

As you can imagine, 15 years in a damp basement takes its toll. We had several rotten slats and a rusted chain. We were blessed the frame was still in good shape .

I promptly ordered the things I thought we would need and I got to work replacing the slats that were rotten or warped. I toyed with replacing all the slats but since some were in great shape, I decided against it.

I then gave the whole swing a good sanding with my orbital sander and removed the rusty chain.

I then put two coats of primer and one coat of paint on the swing and replaced the chain with a new one.

My mom got me this arbor for my birthday so I could hang the swing. It’s very pretty and very sturdy. And we know the song isn’t hanging straight- the arbor isn’t exactly level yet. We haven’t anchored the arbor yet because we are waiting to put down some pea gravel to deal with the mud. We also want to cut those bushes but there are birds nesting in them, so we want to wait until they leave.

I’m so excited to have this swing at my house- finally! I miss my grandpa so much so I am happy to be able to have this gift he personally made for me. It looks so pretty hanging from the arbor. It brightens up our yard quite well!!

I can’t wait to finish this area so I can show it to you!!

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Life as a Lumber: What We’ve Been Up To Lately

Hello, all. I hope everyone is well and staying safe. We are doing well, but due to our struggles with At-Home Learning, our posting schedule has been a little lighter than usual. Bear with us- we are slowly but surely returning to normal.

We’ve passed the time (since we can’t go anywhere) with projects, gardening, and a lot of family fun time (and a little bit of silliness too).

We have been working on making our backyard a space we can all enjoy and love. Recently, I redid a porch swing my grandfather built for me as a teenager. I’ve never had anywhere to hang it so it’s been in my mother’s basement for over a decade. I’m so excited about it!

The two little lumbers are missing their school friends, their church friends and their dance friends. We are doing online learning and a preschool homeschool curriculum, as well as online dance classes with their dance studio. We also watch a lot of online church services. We have just tried to make life as normal and as fun as possible right now to alleviate the uncertain and the anxiety we are currently dealing with. I hope when everything returns to normal they will look back on this time and remember the fun things we did and not the scary things we have experienced.

We have also uploaded some new content to our YouTube channel. It’s pretty silly but a lot of fun. You should really check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRtOszGc3Tk

We have so many cool things to share with you all next week. Keep in mind we are closed this weekend and will not post, due to the Memorial Day holiday. Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you Wednesday.

Life as a Lumber: What we’ve been up to!

Goofin’ off with my Little Lumbers

Hello, all! We are gearing up for a tremendously busy but tremendously great spring season. I cannot wait to share the wonder we have in store for you all, but I first wanted to catch up a bit. If you follow me on Instagram, some of this will not be new to you. And if you don’t follow me on Insta, you definitely should!

Someone has been bad and needs to go to the Principal’s office!!

Ok, not really! But we did surprise these two with a trip to West Jefferson, Valle Crucis and Boone two weekends ago. They loved it and so did we. We even stopped by my grandma’s house and got to visit with my grandma, aunt and uncle, and cousins on our way home.

We finally got some snow!!

Not long after we came home from the mountains, it started snowing! It didn’t snow a lot but we were out of school two days and the kids enjoyed playing in it.

Cutie sisters

These two stinkers actually got along for a few days and I have pictures to prove it!!

Rehearsal

This one is gearing up for her next competition and has been practicing like crazy! Wish her well because those nerves are really starting to set in.

Selfie queen

This one commandeered my phone and took hundreds of selfies- I made a collage of her best ones…and laughed at how much her “selfie game” has improved.

It’s clean!!

And we have started cleaning out our playroom, since we are about to repurpose this room. Spoiler alert: it’s going to be used for something else, and no, it’s not a nursery for a new baby. Just in case anyone gets confused.

Join us this week for our spring home tour, some beautiful spring quotes and a round up of my favorite spring decor at local retailers. Have a wonderful week!

Life with the Lumbers: What we’ve been up to!

We enjoyed a low-key, no big deal weekend at home this past week.

Little Miss Daisy Mae loves looking out the window. You can bet if you open the blinds for her, she’ll be sure to check up on the happenings outdoors.

We removed a ton collar from a post in our backyard and found a colony of ladybugs! Since I like ladybugs, I thought this was pretty neat.

I also tried on my old pointe shoes and realized two things: my ankles are not as strong as they used to be and my shoes are too small. I have been thinking about taking an adult ballet class.

Then, we dragged out our hammock, which we strung up between two trees. Who knew a hammock could be so entertaining?

Then, we had some fun with a fallen tree in our woods. Nature’s playground.

We finished up our weekend with a little trampoline fun. Sometimes a little low key weekend at home is just what you need to recharge.

And it was an absolute blast.

Five Friday Favorites: Fun rainy day activities for kids

I don’t know about you, but we have had a rash of rainy days recently. Rainy days in themselves are not bad, but entertaining small children during bad weather days can be difficult.

We have some tried and true favorite toys and activities that work like a dream when you can’t go outside and get your wiggles out.

1. Melissa and Doug Modern Multilevel farmhouse

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My girls got this dollhouse for Christmas- it’s all wooden, easy to put together, and it comes with 19 pieces of furniture. My kids love it and they play with it all the time, especially my little one. You will have to buy some people to go with it, as it doesn’t come with people. You can also buy more furniture for it if you choose to. It is rather large, so you may want to keep that in mind if you have a smaller space.

2.Colour Talk DIY Oil Painting, for kids 

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Just like Colour Talk Paint by Number kits for adults, these color by number kits for kids are amazing! And who doesn’t want to paint this super cute little panda?

3. KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker 

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The KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker is a lot of fun for your older child. My daughter is very artistic and loves to create things. She has three different bracelet making kits that she uses. She has even started to make and sell some of her bracelets. It’s easy to use, but it does contain a lot of small pieces (in case you have young children in your home).

4. “How to Draw” books for kids 

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My oldest daughter loves to draw and is constantly learning how to draw more things. She and her younger sister have enjoyed this drawing book. There are many choices, if you don’t want to learn to draw animals. The book is inexpensive at only $7.

 

5. Work a puzzle! 

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Kids love puzzles! At my house, we all love puzzles. We work them together in our family room. You can work a puzzle like this one that has a little something for everyone. There are large pieces for smaller hands and smaller pieces for adults. The entire family can work on this puzzle together.

What are your favorite rainy day/cold weather activities?