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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.
I picked up this porch swing for $15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where is your go-to outdoor space? Please share, I’d love to hear about your space.
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