Let me introduce you to my favorite place to sit outdoors. This is my swinging gazebo! I received this as a gift from my husband many years ago. I think it was back in the late 90's, at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, when we walked past the display of Amish Oak Furniture. This gazebo caught my eye and we went to investigate the price.
All of this furniture was made right here in Ohio. That was a great selling point because we always try to support our local vendors. This gazebo was in a natural wood color. They told us that we should let it sit out one full year before we treated the wood. So we paid for the gazebo and a few days later they delivered it to our backyard. It has had two resting places in the backyard. Previously, it was in the back, right corner of the yard. It was surrounded by bamboo, which got out of control, and we needed to move it. Now it rests in the middle of the yard a few steps from my deck.
My gazebo has a swing inside that glides through the openings on both sides. Each of the seats will hold two people. The seat backs have cut out hearts on them. This was such a nice detail! The inside of the gazebo has corner seats too. They are small triangle seats and honestly they aren't all that comfy. One feature of this gazebo I really love is the archways on each corner of the gazebo. They are a great place to hang potted flowers or wind chimes. I installed hooks in each of the openings and I will put flower baskets in soon for the summer.
We treated the gazebo with a cedar paint after it had sat for one season. It has weathered and I really like the distressed look it has now. We have only treated it since that time with a clear sealer. It has a shingled roof on the top. This adds a nice texture to the gazebo. The entire tip of the roof is removeable. That came in very handy when we had to remove a bee's nest one summer.
This is my place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. The swing inside is why I decided on this model of gazebo. Who doesn't like to act like a kid and swing!