How I Brought Life Back to My Old Swing

Disclaimer: This is one of my earlier projects when I first got started, so please excuse the lack of photos in some areas.

Hey there, Mea here!

Last week, I worked on revamping my old yard swing. During this project, I took a worn-down old yard swing and turned it into a fun piece of yard art. My mom was cleaning out the yard, and she gave me a call to ask if I wanted the yard swing before she put it out for heavy-duty pick up (trash). I jumped on the opportunity, and by next weekend, I was at her house picking up this monster so that I can begin to revamp. The plan was to convert the cloth chair covers to wood, give it a color uplift, and finish it off with a little shine. In this post, I am going to walk you through the step by step to getting it done. Let’s begin!

Determine the Material:

First, we must determine the material. Is it metal, solid wood, plastic, etc. Knowing the material plays a big part in your supply selection. For instance, in this particular project, I am working with metal and cloth. I can tell you that it wasn’t pretty, but within all that rust and deteriorating cloth, I saw potential.

Materials:

  • Wood (for this project, I chose to work with 6 -1x3x8 Pine boards)
  • 3 – Cans of Rustoleum Spray Paint (2 in 1 Primer and Paint that is good for metal, wood, plastic, etc.)
  • Seat Covers
  • Plastic Tarp
  • Socket Wrench Set
  • Drill and Drill Bits
  • Metal Twist Bit
  • Teks Wood to Metal Screws
  • Replacement Screws (Missing pieces)
  • Steel Wool
  • Face Mask
  • Latex Gloves
  • Lemon Juice
  • Permanent Marker

Breakdown:

Breakdown and Transport

Now that I have everything that I needed to get started, now it was time to break the item down, throw it in the Jeep and take it home. Since this was a larger project, I had my children help me get it down. Looking at it as a puzzle, I made sure that I took pictures to keep track of how it looked before. Considering that the cloth was well beyond destroyed, I threw those away and rinsed the swing parts off to remove any additional dirt.

Prep and Paint

Once I got the swing home, I started working on painting the pieces. I cleaned the dust and rust off of the swing with steel wool and lemon juice. After the pieces dried, I placed them down on a tarp and painted the pieces. I aimed for two coats of paint (2-3 cans). To make sure that I got an even layer, I let the paint dry for about a day and then stood it up to do some touch-ups. Considering that the paint is rather strong, I recommend spraying the swing outside to keep the fumes under control and wear a mask for protection if possible.

Creating the Seat:

Now, this took some creativity on my part. Considering that the previous seat was cloth, I was aiming for something more sturdy, and to me, what’s better than wood? 🙂 Using pine boards, I decided to lay the panels on the seats horizontally. I measured the seats from end to end and cut each board to size.

To properly attach the metal to the wood, I bought a drill bit that breaks through metal. Using a permanent marker, I measured and marked the areas where the panels would go. Then I pre-drilled through the pieces of wood and the metal frame using a twist bit that would go through metal and wood. It took some time initially, but once I got everything pre-drilled, then it became easier to connect the wood pieces to the metal frame.

Finishing up:

After I finished attaching the wood, we took the swing back outside to place a coat of poly on it so that it would hold up against the rain.

After it was dry, I put everything back together, applied some decoration, and enjoyed my beautiful up-cycled yard swing. It took some time, but it was well worth it!

Thanks for tuning in and Happy Revamping!

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