Swing Set Renovation. Learn how I renovated and revived our old, worn out swing set with paint, stain, elbow grease, and some TLC.
I have been working on our swing set renovation for about a year (nothing like a speedy project, huh?) and I am so happy to finally get to share pictures of the finished product.
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We got our son a swing set from Walmart when he was 3 years old. After a year or two, the swing set really began to show a lot of wear and tear. We live in an area of Arizona that has hot summers, and very windy weather throughout the year. The canopy got completely shredded by the wind. The wood and plastic pieces became extremely faded by the sun. Plus, we have been slowly working on landscaping the backyard, and I knew I wanted a special design around the play area. We are doing all the work ourselves, so it has been a slow process.
Swing Set Renovation
Following is a list of what I wanted to accomplish around the swing set area:
- spray paint the plastic pieces
- stain the wood
- lay a brick border around the perimeter
- lay down weed barrier and mulch
- new canopy
Add Landscaping to the Area
Paint all Plastic Pieces with Krylon Fusion
I took all of the plastic pieces off the swing set. I purchased Krylon for Plastic yellow and blue. This stuff works great. I gave each of the pieces a good scrub, allowed them to dry and applied 3 light coats of paint.
Helpful tip: Be sure to allow the paint to cure for the recommended amount of time – this will be listed on the spray paint can. Mine required seven days for the paint to cure. Since all of these pieces were going to be seeing a lot of use from my kids I made sure to wait the full seven days. The kids were so restless about not being able to use their swing set for a whole week! But, I can happily say, I painted these last November and they still look as good as new!
Stain Wood Components
While the paint dried on the plastic pieces, I stained the swing set to match our deck. It was a little darker than the original stained wood, but I like how it now coordinates much better in the backyard. It took a lot more time and stain that I originally anticipated. I think I used about a gallon and a quart. Since it was so faded, the wood just sucked up the stain!
Create a New Canopy