painted porch swing project

What was I thinking?


Yesterday I posted a southern table setting and gave away dishes and asked you all what you would bring to the dinner party.

And you did not disappoint.

We were on a family trip and we started reading the dish selection aloud.  And sighed.  And read them again.

One. by. one.

In Arkansas we read about pecan pie and homemade biscuits and corn salad.  In Missouri we read about peach cobbler and homemade ice cream and ice box cake.  In Tennessee we read about macaroni and cheese and freshly picked berry pie and cheesecake with strawberries.

And in Kentucky we were hungry….

….and so we stopped for ice cream.

Thanks for sharing.  If you want to check out what everyone is bringing to the dinner party (there’s even some recipes posted) or enter the giveaway….you can check it out here.

In the meantime, read on to see how I painted my porch swing. 🙂


So I have this little porch swing.

Don’t you love a story that starts like that?

Oh the stories this swing could tell.  It traveled across the miles and miles from the city to the country and found a new home on the porch.

But it didn’t always look like this all fancy and black and white with a ruffled center border.


porch swing project

It started out life a little more like this.


Gray and worn and peeling paint and a few random cobwebs.

No strawberry pie for you.


First, I started with a good coat of spray paint.

Actually two coats of spray paint.

Then I let the spray paint dry.


Next, I marked a space about 8 inches in from the sides and taped off the edges with Scalloped FrogTape® Shape Tape™.

I made sure the edges were adhered and taped off the front and the back.

I wrapped the swing to make sure the edges matched.


Next, I wanted to spray paint the scalloped center, but I didn’t want any over spray on the white part of the swing.

So I covered the part of the swing that would remain white with plastic trash bags.

Not fancy.

But it got the job done.

I used FrogTape to adhere the trash bags to the swing.


Then I spray painted the center of the swing black.

I gave it several coats of spray paint and let it dry.

Then I removed the trash bags and the FrogTape.

porch swing

This is the finished project on the deck of the work shop.

Here’s to a porch swing that went from drab to fab in an afternoon.

I think she really got into the “swing of things.”

Don’t you? 🙂

frog tape

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  1. Image for Peg Peg

    "The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation that you ever had." Love, love it! : )

  2. Image for Barbara Barbara

    So cute!! We have a swing that needs some lovin', but not enough room on the porch for it. I may have to make room and shove the rockers down a bit:) Thanks for making me rethink it all!!

  3. Image for Vicki Vicki

    She definitely got it right! Love the swing. Very fanciful, welcoming, and inviting. Thank you for sharing this painting project.

  4. Image for Beth Patterson Beth Patterson

    It is absolutely lovely! The pillows are perfect! Thanks for posting the 'how to'. I didn't know Frog Tape came in shapes. Neat!

  5. Image for Becky Becky

    Your swing is so pretty. I love it. Mine is just sitting in the back yard wanting for a makeover so it hasn't even been hung yet. We've had rain, rain, rain here all summer. You've inspired me though. I think a trip to the store for Frog tape is in order.

  6. Image for Mary Mary

    Here's something good to have while you are on your swing swinging.... No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream 2 1/2 Cups heavy whipping cream One 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk 1 t. vanilla 2 Cups fresh ripe strawberries (quartered and at room temp). In large bowl beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form (about 3-4 minutes). Add milk and vanilla. Beat just until combined. Add strawberries and beat until the berries break up a little and all is combined. Put in freezer safe container with lid. Freeze at least 8 hours. Overnight is better. Ice cream will be very hard. Let sit out about 15 min. before serving. (from on sutton place web site)

  7. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz karianne.....I wish I had your talent, your energy, your youth....hahaha...I wanna be you when I grow up, the second time around!

  8. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    I love your swing. Have to get some of the frog tape. Did you paint the back the same as well or??? Thanks, Rowena

  9. Image for Susan Susan

    Say what??? There is actually scalloped-shaped Frog Tape??? I must be living under a rock or something...I never heard tell of this before! I wish I had an old storied porch-swing to try it on...I am just all agog with awe and wonder at how your beauty turned out! Thank you for sharing her with us! I'll bet the sweet tea will taste extra sweet while sitting on your beautiful porch swing!

  10. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    Hi Karianne, this turned out beautifully. Amazing what a little paint can do, right? I have to say, I especially love your locale. The rich, wooded greens in the background are just so pretty and relaxing. I know you must love sitting outside (when it's not too hot). Enjoy your weekend, Lisa

  11. Image for ananda ananda

    wow karianne i can just picture you swinging on this , super lovely!!! and you have such gorgeous forest around you, i am green with envy!! =) xoxo

  12. Image for Gee Gee

    Luv!!! Been trying to decode how to redo the front entry bench... I think I found what I want. Daring with the Mr. I see a brown and cream version coming to Chez Newbanks! Happy weekend pretty lady! Hugs, Gee

  13. Image for Janice Janice

    Saw a swing hanging from a tree last week and have been on the hunt since to find one. Now I REALLY want one with the scalloped edging. How cute!!

  14. Image for Dianne Bell in Michigan Dianne Bell in Michigan

    KariAnne, just love this porch swing. It's a dream swing. A dreamy place to sip some ice tea,and let your thoughts justfloat up into the blue sky and fluffy clouds. Close your eyes and just swing away. Ahh...☁️☀️

  15. Image for Dale Deacon Dale Deacon

    Pretty imaginative porch swing and love the details and like many of your followers, you have me thinking of possibilities. I sure could picture me on a swing with a chilled glass of ice tea with a sprig of mint, my pug at my feet, listening to the morning chatter of song birds, squirrels scrambling down trees and waving to the many walkers in our community. I could see it all happening, even with a bowl of that strawberry ice cream from a shared recipe here in your comments..oh yum! What a fun way to dream on a very hot afternoon. Maybe one day...but sure can picture you and your family doing just what I am dreaming with little Bonzai taking a rock next to you. Enjoy KariAnne and your weekend♡

  16. Image for Barbara Neubeck Barbara Neubeck

    I love what you did with the porch swing KariAnne.... paint is so versatile. I often change the colours of some of my things..... Hugs.. Barb xxxx

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