Thank you all SO much for sweet comments you left about my wicker sofa makeover. It was fun to attempt a project that was a challenge for me and now that I feel like I have a better idea what to do and not do, I wouldn’t be scared to try something similar again.
After such a big project, I needed to work on something simpler that was quickly rewarding and this is it. For the last few months, I’ve been wanting an old-fashioned wooden swing to hang from the tree in our front yard.
Because what is summertime without a swing?
Other projects kept crowding this one out, and I kept forgetting to buy wood to make it, but the other day I walked by “Big Blue” (if you don’t remember him, you can read about it here). I still haven’t done anything with him, other than remove the 2 huge boards that were the top of the counter, and I realized they were nice and thick and work well for a swing. I asked my husband to cut me a section off one of the boards, then I painted it with my homemade chalk-style paint. Normally, I wet distress chalk-style paint, but this wood had wonderful grain lines, so I took my palm sander over the whole thing and love the worn appearance it gave it.
I wanted to make sure I tied the correct knot on the seat, so I did what all smart DIYers do…I Googled it and found the instructions for a rolling hitch knot HERE, then used a metal rope clamp to secure the end of the rope to the main rope.
My youngest son thought it was entirely too girly and old-fashioned looking, but that didn’t stop him from wanting me to get off so he could have a turn on it. Photographing it was a great excuse to buy myself some pretty daisies too!