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Swing into Style

Even if you don't have a flower garden, your yard or porch will bloom in style and comfort with an outdoor ensemble.


The metal glider had been sitting on a porch since 1969. Oh, what a difference bright paint and fun fabrics can make! To redeem a glider, use outdoor fabrics that resist stains and fading. Or, if you like, use purchased cushions and pillows and embellish them with ribbons, iron-on decals, or fabric paints.

What You Need:

  • Glider
  • Sand paper
  • Primer
  • Paint or spray paint
  • Industrial foam
  • Sewing machine
  • Piping
  • Grommets
  • Fabric tie or ribbon


  1. Sand the glider to remove rust and peeling paint; wipe away sanding dust. Prime the glider with a primer designed for metal. Let dry. Paint the glider using spray paint or paint formulated for metal. You also can use a sprayer to make the job faster and eliminate brush marks.
  2. For the cushions, ask an upholstery shop to cut industrial foam to fit the seat and back. If desired, cut the boxed edges of the foam to a point; this will enable you to sew together just two pieces of fabric for each cushion, rather than adding a band between them. Cut the cushion fabric slightly larger than the foam pieces. Sew the pieces together, inserting piping if desired, and leaving an opening for the foam. Insert foam, then stitch to close. Sew pillows in simple shapes and sizes, using an assortment of fabrics.
  3. For the magazine holder DIRECTIONAL, sew together two pieces of fabric; add a band of sturdy fabric at the top. Insert grommets at the top corners, following the manufacturer's instructions. Loop a fabric tie or ribbon through each grommet and hang on the glider.

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