Swing Make Over

1 Material
4 Weeks

I took a 2 person old swing and gave it a make over.
I removed the old cloth seat with heavy duty utility knife, an Allen wrenches and wrench. You may have to loosen some bolts to remove the cloth seat in some areas.
I removed the swing from the frame and placed the bolts in a zip lock bag so I would not loose them. I then used a hand sander, Dremal and a sanding block to remove rust and loose paint.
We cut 1 x 4 treated wood to fit with in the swing. I sanded the wood with my hand sander.
I stained the wood, sanding between coats. Then I added 2 coats of polyurethane lightly sanding between each coat.
I painted the frame. I decided I wanted to use 2 different colors, one for the swing and one for the frame. Remember if you want to place a cushion(s) and pillows in your swing purchase them when you pick out your paint colors.
Place all your boards on the swing before you screw them down.
Pre drill your holes.
The screw the wood to the frame using a self tapping screw for metal.
Once you place a the wood on the seat then lay the Fram on its back and do the same the last 3 steps.
Put your swing back together. Place the cushions and the pillows on your swing and enjoy.
I placed the swing on a little sitting area where I had a picnic table. The tables were metal chairs where I took the backs off. Spray painted them the same color as the swing . Making this swing is easy but may take a few weekends because of waiting for stains and paint to dry.
This is another swing I did last year. As long as it is a 2 seater swing you can transform any swing. The longer swings do not have the brace in the middle of the swing.

Suggested materials:

  • Sander, sanding block, drill, wrench, saw. Allen wrench, stain, polyurethane, spray paint, self tapping screws for metal, 1x4 treated wood,  (Any home improvement store)

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3 questions
  • Kat3217179
    on Aug 28, 2017

    Do you have to pre drill the hole in the metal frame too
    • Heatherelzey
      on Aug 28, 2017

      I did the pre drill at the same time on the frame to make sure the hole and frame stayed aligned.
  • Robyn
    on Aug 28, 2017

    I like the idea of the swing and the tables made out of metal chairs. What steps did you take to do the chairs? I have a nasty dirt and brick back yard that I'm truing to revamp.
  • Olive harte
    on Jun 4, 2020

    My swing is a double seat swing and to put on the canvas you had to unscrew each one all along each chair sides to take off the seat and fit cover. Terrible job which I did twice. Why the manufacturers do not see these flaws????

    So it ios good I spotted this sallution!n. Yes I think I will drill each hole for the screw as it needs to be a strong large one. I may paint the whole piece at the

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  • Gayle
    on Nov 30, 2017

    Awesome! This is exactly what I was looking for. I found a two-swing set on the curb and lugged it home to redo, but wasn't exactly sure how to go about it. Thanks to you, I now know!!
  • Alice
    on Jul 8, 2019

    I love this! We have the exact same swing that is in need of repair. I was looking for a quick fix. But after seeing your easy-to-follow steps, I think I'm going to attempt to do this! Thanks!

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