When I think of summer afternoons, I picture a relaxing nap in my backyard with a cool drink next to me.
But more often than not, I’m out and about, notably not relaxing or inside because of one sad reason…I don’t have patio furniture that I want to spend any measurable amount of time on. While I don’t know for sure, I imagine that bluepied felt the same way about the backyard at his lake house.
So he did something about it.
When the Redditor saw this backyard swing project on Pinterest, he knew he had to recreate it.
After searching far and wide for good pallets, he gathered three standard-sized ones.
First, he took one of them apart completely. He then attached the main supports to another pallet at an angle. This would be the place you’d rest your back against.
Then it was time to put it back together! He made sure to measure and space each board evenly apart.
Eye bolts were attached where the rope would be threaded and tied off.
After sanding the pallets down, he primed and painted the swing.
When the pad and pillows arrived, the padding was too long…
So he extended the swing just a bit!
The bottom portion was ready to go, but the project wasn’t complete.
He still needed a top pallet! This one was made from other pallets — bluepied didn’t want any warping in the wood.
He sanded, primed, and painted the wood just like the other pallets.
After looping the rope over a thick branch, getting the swing level would be a task in and of itself.
He used some ladders to level it off and tied the top pallet on first.
The swing went up…and I think everyone’s happy with the result.
I can almost feel the breeze coming off the water and the swing gently swaying in it…
If you’d like to give this DIY a try on your own, find all the steps and instructions here!
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