affordable easy upgrades: red tree swing
Photo: Andrew McCaul

1. Paint and Swing

Hang a tree swing and paint it a fun color. Catching the breeze on this backyard classic will make you feel like a kid again. 

Unfinished cedar adult-size rope swing, about $60; breezyswings.com

WeatherAll exterior semigloss in Hot Rod, about $12 per quart; truevalue.com for stores
 
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