How to paint a porch swing

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If you saw my last post, you know I’m working (ever so turtle-like) on my front porch.  The boys were away at Scout camp last week, and although my schedule was jam-packed with  binging watching VEEP and stuffing my face with Hibachi Shrimp, I did manage to squeeze in a little update!

Life is so hard. ?????

Buh-Bye blue swing! Here are a few tips on how to paint a porch swing including the best paint for the job!

If you are new here, this is what it looked like before:

pallet porch swing

A bold, bright blue to match the front door.

But as the white walls take hold inside, the blue just started to get old, and I just wanted a cleaner and more sophisticated look.  She may be a pallet swing, but she’s got style like Jackie, baby.

How to paint a porch swing

First, here are the paints I used:

  • White paint and primer spray paint from Rustoleum
  • Gold Mettallic Spray Paint
  • Picket Fence from DecoArt’s Outdoor Living line

First, I took the swing down by sitting in it with Morgan.

Yep.  She finally bit the dust and crashed down with us in it.  There happened to be two 2x4s and the bolt was screwed into the middle.  I’m surprised it stayed up as long as it did.  No one was seriously injured except for a sore tailbone and a bruise on my calf.  ?

Next, I set it in the yard on my two plastic sawhorses.

They are vital to keep from having to bend over and break your back while painting!

I gave it a good coat with the white spray paint.  I didn’t want to spend forever painting the base coat with a brush, and spray painting it made the process a mighty load easier.

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After the spray paint dried, I painted two coats of the Picket Fence Outdoor Living paint. I love the color. It’s a very clean and fresh white.

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It’s a little hard to tell, but I spray painted the chains with the gold metallic spray paint to match the Gold and White DIY Doormat I made in the spring.

It’s all about the bling these days!

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What do you think?

It’s a breath of fresh air if you ask me.



P.S.  We made SURE to get the bolts into the center of a stud this time.  Morgan, however, has sworn he will never be swinging with me again.  His loss, I say.

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