Do you ever have a piece of furniture that desperately needs some TLC but for whatever reason you just ignore it? That’s pretty much what’s happened over the past few years with this old, sad looking wooden porch swing we have on our back patio. It was actually left here by the previous owners when we moved in, so we basically inherited this ugly thing. But the kicker is that we needed furniture to help fill up all SIX of outdoor living spaces, so we held on to it. And it actually works perfectly fine, it’s just ugly. Anyway, I’m so excited to say that I finally did a little makeover on this swing and I wanted to share it with you guys today! So here’s how it looked before:
Obviously this swing has seen happier days. Whatever paint or stain was on it before was completely worn off and it was down to the bare wood. Plus it was really splintery (is that a word?!). I mean, if you sat on it with shorts there was a good chance you’d end up with a splinter in your butt. No bueno.
The first thing I did was sand it down to remove any last remnants of paint. This also helped with the splinter problem. Next I grabbed my Magnolia Home chalk paint in white and got to work. Here’s the finished looked:
Isn’t it so much cuter now?! It looks like a brand new swing. I think the white paint was definitely the way to go. I also sealed it with a clear polycrylic just to help prevent any water damage.
I almost put this old swing in our garage sale this past weekend, but I’m so glad I decided to hang on to it and do this little makeover. And I have to admit, I’m amazed at how much I love it now. It’s always crazy to see what a little bit of paint can do to breath new life into an old piece of furniture. Now why the heck didn’t I do this three years ago?!
Thanks so much for dropping by the blog today to hang out with me! Here are a few other DIY posts you might want to check out while you’re here: