The Tale of Refinishing a Glider

Some projects take hours from start to finish.

Some take weeks.


A month or three can go by before it is finally completed!

It all started one day, when ‘Adorable daughter’ decided she did not want her Glider anymore.

You know the one …

The one that sat on the patio area that I made for her and her ‘adorable family’.

You can read about it {here}

Anyway, after years of sitting out in Minnesota seasons …

It looked like this.

Actually, in all fairness, it did have a top piece.

I just forgot to take a ‘before’ picture, because I was so excited to redo this beauty!

Demolition is always the easy part because the  creative juices are flowing with endless possibilities!

I have a creative mind that just doesn’t want to wait until a project is completed before I am dreaming about the next one I want to do.

Removing slats and sanding them down, does not take a lot of brain power …

THAT, my friends, is when I get myself into trouble!

I start dreaming of the next project I want to do.

Case in Point?

This was my view in my make shift workspace …

My view got me started thinking about the area around my mailbox and the unsightly utility boxes.


And then …

A new camper was bought and camping trips happened.

Thunderstorms, work, grand daughter fun, and holidays took my mind and time away from this project.

Miscommunication is what finished this project!

Yup, You heard that right.

I wanted to work on a cute little bench, that I bought at a garage sale for $3, and asked Mr Man to get it out of the garage for me.

He thought I meant the bench I had been working on … and,

put the glider out on the driveway for me.

I am so glad he did!

I dedicated this to my dad who passed away last September.

He is gone on this earth, but forever in my heart and memories I have of him.

With any project, it starts out one way but at any point can change and become something unexpected.

The dedicating it to my father was not in the plan but evolved as an idea toward the end.

I say … some things are worth the wait!

(Another way of saying the same thing … Some things get put on the back burner!)

I had all my supplies on hand, so except for time, this project cost me $0.

Gotta LOVE that!

Before and After

Don’t you just love it when a project is completed?

I know I do!!!

Hugs and make it a great Monday,

18 Responses to "The Tale of Refinishing a Glider"

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  1. Bonnie

    July 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Beautiful! I’m confused with the death date, because Sept 2013 is not for another 2 months.

  2. Joy2Journey

    July 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Oh shoot! Good catch! Here I go to redo it!!! Geesh, Just when I thought I was all done 🙂

  3. Sis

    July 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Beautiful idea of dedicating it you your dad

  4. Marci

    July 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    So cool. When can I come and sit with you and chat on your repurposed glider? 🙂

  5. Joy2Journey

    July 15, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Thanks Sis! Mr Man helped with that idea 😉

  6. Joy2Journey

    July 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    You always have an open invitation! Would love to catch up with you!!!

  7. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads

    July 15, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Joy, your glider turned out beautifully. I love the little designs that you stenciled on the attached trays (those are really handy!) and how sweet that you dedicated the glider to your dad. I’m sharing your bench on FB!

  8. Joy2Journey

    July 15, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Thank you Jane. So sweet of you and it is nice to have a remembrance of him! He is missed!!!

  9. Bliss

    July 16, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Excellent redo, your dad would be proud.

  10. Joy2Journey

    July 18, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Thanks Bliss … He was proud of the things I did and told me that I exceeded his abilities. It meant the world to me! I miss that man!!!!

  11. Roeshel

    July 20, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I loved reading your story! Yes, some things are worth the wait. lol My line is “I work better under pressure.” when I’ve been procrastinating up until the last minute before a deadline. You did a beautiful job and I love the dedication.

  12. Joy2Journey

    July 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Your kind comments mean the world to me. My “deadline” is getting some projects done and out of the garage so that we can get a camper in. Mr Man is super patient but this is something that needs to be done!
    Hugs and have a great Sunday!

  13. Shelly-

    July 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    This turned out beautiful!! And I love the in memory of, on it! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!! I will be pinning this to our showoff board!!


  14. Joy2Journey

    July 21, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Thank you so much!So sweet of you. I look forward to many more amazing parties with you 🙂

  15. debbiedoos

    July 22, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Truly the sweetest project ever Bj! I bet your daughter wants it back now. I was cracking up how your mind works, I know the feeling. XO

  16. Joy2Journey

    July 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Thanks Debbie,
    Surely a project done with LOVE! Yup, somedays my mind is a very scary place to be!!! LOL Nice to know someone can identify 😉

  17. west furniture revival

    September 24, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    your bench turned out gorgeous and I would love if you would let me feature it, let me know if this would be ok with you,

  18. Joy2Journey

    September 25, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Thank you for the compliment! I emailed you a separate email so be on the look out for the response in your in box.

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