One my favorite things about the back patio is the porch swing. I was given the swing a few years ago as a present and I am SO excited to finally be able to use it. I’ve wanted a porch swing for as long as I can remember. I could just imagine myself on the front porch sipping sweet tea from a mason jar watching the world go by. Unfortunately, the measurements of the swing and the porch columns were too close and it made hanging the swing on the front porch dangerous.
We thought about relocating the swing to other parts of the property and every idea we came up with I hated. It just didn’t have the same feel as a front porch swing. So year after year, the swing sat in the garage waiting to be used. When we committed to giving the back patio a makeover, I decided to give the swing another try. I’ll freely admit it was hard to let go of having the swing on the front porch. But it was equally as hard to know the porch might sit another few years in the garage if I didn’t get a plan together.
I was telling my bestie S about my dilemma a few weeks ago when she offered to help me find and build a solution. We found a set of plans that were relatively easy to follow and set about creating a frame for the swing. This is a job that took both of us to complete, so if you’re thinking about doing this yourself, make sure you have a buddy.
I won’t give a step by step since there are already easy to follow plans but here are a few pictures from our experience. It was a lot of work. We started after lunch and the sun was literally setting on us and we started to run out of light. You should probably start in the morning if you’re going to try to do this in one day.
After we got everything bolted and screwed in place, we had to pick this beast up. It’s approximately 8 feet tall and is super heavy. Then we had to paint it. I hung my paintbrush up for a few days after that, oh my word. My new best friend was Epsom salts.
I’m out here every day now. I use it for my quiet time in the mornings. I take my conference calls on the swing too. I read magazines and sip sweet tea from a mason jar just like I had envisioned.
Only now, I get to enjoy the birds.
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’m sharing one of my favorite pieces of painted furniture.