Painting | Trash to Treasure

Swing Bench

September 18, 2013

Swing Bench

Another treasure from the barn. It’s so nice to be able to find things now that the barn has been cleaned. 😉

Even though I have had this swing for a bit, I still remember acquiring it. It was a freebie at a yard sale. It was late in the day and the owners were sooo done. Yes, it was rough, but it had great bones.
The chain was attached with bolts that I COULD NOT loosen. Meh. I borrowed bolt cutters and they did the trick. 🙂

I used a wire brush and sander on the swing to remove the peeling varnish and to smooth out the worst of the rough weathered surface. I had some leftover blue/green/gray paint I had mixed together for my screen door potting bench. It seemed like the perfect color for this bench. I have since sold the potting bench, but who knows, the buyer (Hey, Nancy..) may want a matching set.

The legs were a quandary. I had originally thought 4x4s would work wonderfully until I auditioned them with the bench. Ugh! They were not a good match. It kinda looked like wearing clunky work boots with a sun dress…not that I would know anything about that. 😉

Remember all the headboards I found that I had been hoarding when I cleaned the barn? As I was looking around the barn for leg possibilities, a headboard, foot board set caught my eye. I loved the turnings on the legs, so I cut them off.

I trimmed them to bench height…

…and painted them the same color as the bench…

…and then attached them. Touching up the screw heads with paint took seconds.

That’s my biggie tip for this project. Painting the legs before attaching them saves you from awkward painting positions, and you’re able to reach all the crevices with ease.

I also found a pair of old chair arms in the barn.

I used them as a practical solution to cover up the chain holes in the swing, but I also thought they added a touch of whimsy.

Just like the potting bench, I dry brushed white paint over the entire surface.

By the way, I did not throw away the leftover portion of the headboard. Something is already in the works that I hope to show you soon.


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  1. Love how your swing/bench looks, the legs and added arms are perfect. The color is very nice for an outdoor bench. Maybe the person will buy this piece also. You must have had a lot of aha moments cleaning out your barn, i.e. “aha I forgot I had that”, etc.
    We have an old suburban that needs work on it we can’t afford so it has become a storage place for me. I keep my seasonal clothes (among other things ) in it so I can find them, as the person that “thinks” he is the gate keeper for our messy shed puts things in it that are never more to be seen if you need them, hence I keep seasonal clothes in the sub. Not only that, mice can’t get into the suburban. Been wanting to sell the sub but then where would I keep my “stuff”? Anyway I went to find my Fall decos box but they’re not in there anymore. I did find some items I forgot I had which was lovely as I was wanting to restyle our l/r niche shelves and my shutter shelf. I always believe things happen for a reason not planned by me. Have fun with all your awesome goodies you found. You’ll miss that barn. Happy days

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