About 8 years ago I saw a photo in an English garden magazine (an impulse buy from the magazine rack at a big box book store). The photo was small but caught my eye anyway. It showed an outdoor couch/sofa made of wood and the seating area was covered with plantings. It gave me the idea for a project (I have those ideas constantly, ask SWMBO, she'll point to dozens of my partially-completed projects! and a few of my completed projects too).
I already had a lot of left over treated lumber from a fence project that I did finish at our old home. So one weekend I cobbled together what I call a "grass couch". And I also made a grass coffee table to match it. I also bought turf and planted it. And the grass...died. Tried a second time...and the grass...died.
So, it sat. And sat. I moved it with us when we bought our current home in...2005. And it sat. SWMBO's patience with me is nearly infinite, I know. We both love the concept for this thing, and she thinks we can get grass to grow in it yet. One of the problems I identified was that the arms were too high, making a steep slope from the seat. No plantings would work there.
Finally, I went back to it, where it has sat unloved, (taunting and poking me every time I cast my eyes on it). Anyway, I went back to it last weekend and made some cuts to lower the arms and back. And since I was ready to add the white stain to our front-yard picket fence, I stained the grass couch too. This morning I cut some boards to fill in gaps and cover up the higher inside angles by the arms.
And you know what? I like it again. We've picked out a corner of the front yard for it. Yes, the front yard! I'll let you know if the neighbors form a posse to come get me, if I can still type after I'm covered with tar and feathers.
Next step, add some grass and hope the third time is the charm.