I am SO excited to share yet another playhouse makeover with you guys!! We have been planning on doing a painted swing set all spring, but needed a good dry weekend with NO chance of rain to make it happen.
We had your typical backyard swingset that really needed to be stained or painted this year so there was no time like the present. Read below to check out how we did our DIY swingset makeover.
If you want to see more of our love for playhouses check out this post for an understairs playhouse, and this post for a plastic playhouse update, and follow along with #ArinsCuteCottages on Instagram!
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DIY PAINTED SWING SET MAKEOVER
I think it goes without saying that first things first you need a swingset. We personally have the one in the image below. I will talk about the structural changes we made on ours, but yours could be slightly different based on your original structure.
Getting It Structurally Ready
We took off the climbing wall the was originally attached to where our slide is. We then took off the slide and attached that where the climbing wall was before. That was easy as can be, and moved the slide to the side of the structure.
We then used some boards to close up the hole where the slide was. This gave me a pretty “house front” and also relieved some stress for me because we had less holes high up for our young kids to fall from.
Now that those steps are done it’s all about clean up. You need to get as much of the old stain, and dirt and stuff off before you start painting. First you will want to power wash the swing set.
Remove all the accessories you can. Handlebars, swings, slide and so on. Remove the door.
Now to Paint!
Now for the fun part. You will be amazed at the difference the first 10 min of this next part makes!
One thing to note – you need to paint with an OUTDOOR PAINT!
Personally, we purchased this paint sprayer, which allowed us to paint the whole playset in 2.5 gallons of paint and just an hour per coat. To us that was TOTALLY worth it, and the paint sprayer was AMAZING!!
We started by paining everything white. We taped off the metal corner brackets on the swing bar because those couldn’t be removed and we wanted them to stay green. We did the whole thing, inside and outside.
The door was painted black separately while removed with a can of black spray paint.
Re – assemble
Attach the slide and handles where necessary and re-hang swings
Add accessories if you so choose. This is where you can get creative. I personally left ours pretty plain because I know I will have fun decorating it for the seasons. I added this thermometer that I love, these planter boxes, and a magnolia wreath that can be changed out seasonally.
Re attach the door – we did a new handle also.
Fill inner under portion with mulch or rock. Grass will die In there so you’re better off doing something to keep from muddy feet. We personally chose small pebbles and it has been perfect!
Update on the Painted Swing set
I get asked A LOT how this is holding up. It has been roughly 2 years since this DIY and stockingly it is doing well. I would say that the overall swing set is holding up just as well if not better than it would have if it had been stained.
The bottom where the trimmer and lawn mower get it has had the hardest time, and we have had to reroller the roof one time, which is about a 10 min process. Over all I have been very impressed with how it has held up and would definitely recommend it!