I wanted a canopy to provide shade over our love seat on our back deck. Any outdoor canopies we found in stores and on-line were too big for our needs.
I once saw an idea years ago on Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic TV Show, Rachel had taken some of her sheets and she used grommets to attach the four corners of the sheets to four poles, then she stood the poles up in buckets of pebbles. This idea was very innovative but I envisioned something more semi-permanent, something that we wouldn't have to take down and put up each time we wanted to make use of it. I wanted something that we could put together and forget about unless I wanted to change the decor, or the canopy needed washing.
This was one of my inspiration pictures:
(Canopy Outdoor Lounger from Top Furniture Brands)
And this was another inspiration picture:
(Siesta Day Bed With Canopy available from Frontgate)
And still another inspiration picture:
(Daybed with canopy from Pottery Barn)
This is more what my husband had in mind when I told him what I wanted:
(Travelers Mosquito Net from Nicamaka)
Once he got on board, this is what we got (a happy medium between what I envisioned and what my dear husband envisioned):
My husband used PVC piping for the frame:
(He wasn't sure how well the PVC frame would stand up to the wind, so he only made the frame the size of a twin mattress, which was fine with me as I only wanted it to cover the love seat. I use a twin size sheet set, the fitted sheet is the canopy cover, the flat sheet I use behind the love seat, and I use sheer fabric shower curtains on the sides and the front.)
He cemented the four posts of the frame into planters:
Then he bought rattan shades, cut them to size, and used a hot glue gun to attach to the four posts:
Then we used river rocks in the planters to hide the ugly cement, and I bought some silk plants and used a hot glue gun to attach them to the bottom of the poles for the planters:
It's definitely not a high-end daybed from Frontgate but it serves it's purpose, and I love it (and most family and friends thought it was store-bought).
And I like this idea because changing the canopy decor is as easy as buying a new set of sheets!
This project is a few years old and the rattan on the poles probably needs to be replaced and the planters could use a coat of paint, but I like things very shabby looking anyway, so I'm just going to leave them as is for awhile.
Are there any do-it-yourself projects that you'd like to share? I'd love to hear about them!
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