Finally! After delays due to weather, work, and one thing after another, it’s time for our vintage glider reveal!
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We are super happy with how it turned out! It’s not perfect for sure, but I’m good with that. I didn’t want every little dent taken out of it- I kind of feel like they tell this glider’s story!
As you can see, we decided to go with red and black. Our house is (obviously) gray, and we have black columns on the front. I love how the red stands out against the gray and black!
(Please ignore how desperately the house needs pressure washing. There’s just no use in Georgia until after pollen season is over.)
I’m not using pillows or anything else to style it. I want the basketweave detail to be the star of the show!
We decided to hand paint the black and white detail. Michael would have probably taped off and spray painted, but I was actually planning to do that part of the painting myself, and I hate spray painting. Because we wanted maximum protection against rust, we used Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel Paint Stops Rust in Gloss Black and Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel Paint Stops Rust in Gloss White. We’ve used this paint before and had good luck with it.
However, Michael kind of got in the groove with this project. Remember when I said that he plows through any honey-do list? Before I even had a chance to get started with this, he had already started work on the trim and the basketweave. By the time I was able to take pictures, he had almost finished:
He used a foam brush for this and started with the white basketweave first, then painted the black. Using the foam brush made it pretty easy to stay within the lines without taping off- although you can see, it’s not perfect. That would have been fine with me- I like a little quirk and imperfection 😉 – but Michael wanted a better finish, so he ended up going over it with a craft brush. It was a quick and easy way to even out the lines for a perfect finish:
As a reminder, here is where we started:
And the finished result:
We initially priced refinished gliders like these at up to $1000. For this one, we spent:
Paint: 5 cans of spray paint: $18.40
2 cans of regular paint: $16.83
Misc. supplies (sand paper, etc): $10
Total cost of glider: $185.23
Not a bad savings! Now, I’m sure the professionally refinished gliders would be totally smooth without any little dents, but as I’ve said, I kind of like them…so that is worth the hundreds of dollars savings to me. And I love that this is a project that Michael took on and worked so hard on for me 🙂
What do you all think? Would you refinish one of these yourselves, or leave it to the pros?