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Refinished Porch Swing with White Stain

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I receive product complimentary to complete this project. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Summer is winding down and fall will be here before we know it.  Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year.  I love the crisp air and beautiful colors.  I am looking forward to spending time in my backyard enjoying the weather and looking out over the river that runs behind our house.  It is lined with trees and just breath-taking in the fall.

To enjoy the season even more I created a little sitting area where my lower patio will some day be.  We have a deck and walk out basement below.  The lower walk out is just an empty grassy area, but it could be so much more. In lieu of laying concrete this week I decided instead to add some seating to tide me over until next year.

Wood porch swing makeover with white stain

I picked up this porch swing for $15.

swing before

It was solid, just weathered.  It needed some love.  I started by hanging the swing from the underside of my deck. To brighten it up and protect it from the elements I chose to stain it with Olympic Maximum Stain & Sealant in One.  This is a stain so it seals and protects the wood while also giving it color.  Yes color!  I chose Outdoor White, but honestly I could have done just about any color. There are a ton of choices.  I knew this was the product for me and so excited that Olympic was willing to give me the stain to refinish my swing.  (thanks!)  If you have a staining project on the horizon you need to check this out.  A colored stain is a neat opportunity to create an outdoor statement piece.

stain can

Here’s how I brought some life back to my swing.

This swing did not have any stain on it but it was dirty.  I used a hard bristle scrub brush and a hose to clean it several times.  I did this while it was hanging so I could get every side.  Once clean I let it dry on a hot sunny day.

To stain this I started on the back to test a small area and make sure it was what I wanted…it was.  I used a quality brush and applied 2 thin coats, letting the swing dry in between coats.

stain coat

Now this swing has exposed metal between the slates.  unlike paint, I could not use stain on the metal.  I chose not to tape the piece and instead carefully stained the wood trying as best I could to avoid the metal. Once the stain was dry I scrapped off any that got onto the metal and then painted the metal white with a small brush.

Swing makeover with white solid stain

I absolutely love how this turned out.  The white stain allows the wood grain to show through just a bit.  It’s such a nice contrast to the otherwise dark and dull space.

We pulled our fire pit a little closer and we are all set for late summer and fall nights.

wood swing makeover with white stain

Where is your go-to outdoor space?  Please share, I’d love to hear about your space.

Want to see more outdoor inspiration? Check out Olympic Paint and Stain on Facebook and Pinterest.

Thanks for visiting!

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I received complimentary  product to complete this project however, the opinions expressed are 100% my own.  You can view my full disclosure policy here.  

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Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Hi, I get intimidated by power tools, I always think I'll hurt myself? Not sure where I got this fear? What kind of tools do you use; drill, circular saw with laser?


Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Totally normal fear. I would suggest starting small and working your way up to the bigger tools. I use a battery powered drill for everything. I also use a miter saw to cut most of my wood. This is a fixed saw on a stand and has some great safety features. I have a circular saw but I don't use it often. Go with what you are comfortable with and take safety precautions.

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Michelle from Weekend Craft

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

Hey Sarah! What a great project! I had to feature it on this weeks Creative Spark Link Party. Stop by and check out your feature and link up again!


Wednesday 27th of August 2014

Thank you so much Michelle, I linked up this morning. I am in very good company with those features. Love your party.

Kristy gd

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

Oh man, I love this Sarah! What a great way to use that space in the meantime! Actually, I quite like it the way it is (without concrete). Ah, the grass between my toes. What a lovely feeling. :)


Wednesday 27th of August 2014

I do agree, it's a quaint little without anything else. Thank you so much.

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