It only took a year to make this porch swing pergola (arbor). Not a year to make it, but a year to finally get around to making it happen. Ever since we did the DIY picket fence, I’ve wanted to change out the old porch swing roof with a new pergola that matches the front gate arbor.
A tree fell on the roof years ago and damaged it. The frame will probably last for years and years.
I didn’t do much of this DIY, Rodney (my neighbor) dismantled the old pieces and did all the cutting and sanding of the boards while I was busy cleaning out the gutters on my home.
After he dismantled everything I got busy priming the existing brown base.
Rodney used the same pattern as he did for the arbor. He cut the ends and notches with a jigsaw. He chiseled out the notches, then cleaned them up.
We did a dry fit on the driveway and I was SHOCKED to see how large it was!
I primed and painted all of the pergola pieces. oops! I see a run in the paint.
After a few rainy days, it was time to put everything together. Rodney used 2x2’s on the metal support pieces on each end, securing them with wood screws.
It was so easy to put all the pieces in place after that, it was like a large jigsaw puzzle. You can see the front gate arbor in the lower portion of this photo.
The brown 2x2’s are the original frame, we used those to brace the tree limbs (dogwood tree) and hold them out of the way because I didn’t want to trim any of the branches. Rodney is in the background making one more support piece that will run atop the cross support because the 2x6’s could use a little more support. Rodney was the brains behind this, but I’m wondering (looking back at these pictures) why we (HE) didn’t rest the 2x6 on the metal brace. I’m sure he has a reason.
This is right after it was finished. Still to do—paint and freshen up the swing, clean the patio area, possibly hang 1 or 2 of the MANY wind chimes on the pergola. I love, love, love how the branches rest on top of the pergola now. I may or may not decide to put some sort of cover—I haven’t decided yet.
stay tuned. . . .
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.