My little back seat driver shouts “slide” every time we pass a playground and after the week we spent Up North at Half Moon Trail playing daily on their swing set it was obvious a swing set would be a good addition to our backyard. I started researching and shopping around… have you checked out the prices? OH MY GOODNESS!!! A brand new Rainbow swing set starts around 3-4k! (Gasp!) And it lives in my backyard… not my living room! I looked online at a few retailers but wasn’t sold on the quality of the discount sets. I pondered building our own but even the part kits were several hundred dollars, plus the cost of wood. (Ugh).
As I have shared in the past about my love for hunting down great deals! I buy used when it makes sense and cringe at paying full price… between garage sales, Craig’s List, and second hand stores, I’ve found great pieces for our home and classic kid toys for Little J. I was scrolling through my usual garage sale pages on Facebook and was so excited to find a Rainbow play system just 15 minutes away!!!
I wanted to see it in person before I decided to make the purchase, it needed a little bit of love but for only $400 I had no problem investing some energy and elbow grease to transform this beauty back to its former glory. We let little J test ride the slide a few times and he was one happy little guy climbing and sliding and climbing and sliding…
The hubby and a friend of ours took the swing set apart and muscled it to our backyard where it currently sits in million pieces. Dear Jesus, please help us remember how to put this thing back together.
As you can see, it needs a good power wash, a new coat of stain, and a few boards replaced but overall the wood is in good shape with very little rot. I started by power washing each individual piece with our Karcher pressure washer which is one of my very favorite tools. From patio furniture to plastic toys I am always impressed how new each item looks after a good washing. If you were wondering about my outfit, I am modeling my “painting pants” they are one of a kind and took several years and several projects to make. I suggest making your own if you would like to replicate this look.
After allowing the wood to dry for 24 hours we started painting yesterday. I was hoping to continue to paint today but scattered rain showers decided to give everything an additional rinse, which means we wait another 24 hours for the wood to dry.
Stay tuned, painting reveal coming soon!
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