Many of you know I grew up on a dairy farm in western Pennsylvania. My grandparents lived in the farmhouse and my parents had a house on the same property. The farmhouse had a sun porch with a vintage metal glider, and my grandmother and I would often sit on the glider in the summertime and talk.
I’ve been on a hunt for a vintage metal glider for my screen porch. I searched at local barn and yard sales, antique shops, Craigslist, and E-bay. These gliders are getting hard to find and when you do find one, they can be pricy – even with multiple layers of peeling paint and rust.
I really wanted a full size glider, but wasn’t having any luck finding one in my price range. When I found this two seater on Craigslist for a reasonable price, I decided it was worth the drive to take a look. The glider was in pretty good condition with only some surface rust. The price was right, so we loaded the glider in the minivan and on our way home; we dropped it off at a local sandblasting and powder coating company to be restored.
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My metal glider and chairs are on the screen porch, which was also painted. Before, it was hunter green and now is a bright white with a grey/beige floor.
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Wow… What an amazing find… and oh the memories you must have as you sit and enjoy that glider!!! They are really getting hard to find… your set is gorgeous … and perfect for your porch !!!
Linda H says
Thank you for sharing this beautiful find! It reminds me of my grandparents set. I live out west, my grandparents lived in the south. When visiting each summer, I could not wait to sit on the porch glider swing shelling peas with granny while she told stories from the Bible. Precious memories !
Hello! I have a glider and rocker and spring chair as well. Mine was from a relative who passed. My husband stripped them to bare metal and painted them red and white. So cute! But that was ten years ago and now they need to be redone. I may check into having them professionally done this time. Mine have a basket weave pattern on the back and seats. I think the solid color on yours looks great and I may do that this time! Thanks for your time you give to your blog-Linda
You have a porch that begs to sit, drink some tea and just enjoy. Congrats on the great finds…they are beautiful.
Rose Lefebvre says
Glad you restored it as it is a cool one!
These look amazing! We are looking to restore an old glider of my husbands dad. We too live in western PA near Irwin, PA. What company did you use for the restoration? Thanks!
Doreen Cagno says
I live in Lancaster County, PA. It was local to here.
Christy @ Our Southern Home says
I have always wanted one of these gliders! Occasionally I’ll see one rusted out on a front yard and I want to stop and ask if I can have it. LOL! It’s beautiful on your porch!
Doreen Cagno says
Thanks, Christy! They are perfect for my porch and so glad I had them restored!
Have a wonderful weekend!
I live in Western PA. What company did you use for the restoration? I have a glider and several chairs. Thank you.