Over the harsh winter months and sunny summer days patio furniture that is left outside takes a beating. Let’s update your tired patio furniture. Don’t be intimidated by this project. Take it step by step and you will be thinking, why didn’t I do this earlier!
I’m kind of embarrassed to even be showing you my patio furniture. I mean it’s lacking personality, has obviously seen better days and quite honestly…it look neglected. I couldn’t even bring myself to sit in it a few weeks ago during our first sprout of warm weather. So…what does a person do in a situation like this? Chuck it? NO WAY!!! I guess I should have said …what would a DIY Diva do in a situation like this? I thought to myself…”I loved it once so I can love it again” and I came up with a plan to make my patio furniture enjoyable again!
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Update Outdoor Furniture Supplies:
- Medium grit sanding block
- Masking Paper
- Rustoleum spray paint for frame
- Amy Howard One Step Paint (I used the following colors: Indian Summer, Ballet White, Massey Hill, and Holey Moley)
- Large Wax Brush
- FrogTape (I used this one to get my design)
- Rust-Oleum Matte Sealer
Instructions for Patio Furniture Update:
These chairs have obviously seen better days. The sun and weather has definitely taken the life from what once was a gorgeous set. The first step to this Patio Furniture Makeover was to wipe everything clean with TSP (follow instructions on package). Let dry and then rinse with fresh water.
The next step was to tape off the areas that I didn’t want to become green. So I used Frog Tape and taped off the fabric both on the front, back and underneath the chair.
Next came the paint! This is always my favorite part! When using a spray can, make sure the first coat is super light so that it’s just tacky. This will ensure that there are no runs on whatever surface you are working with. The chairs I was working with on this project had a lot of curves and can cause runs very easily.
Diva Tip: Always spray from the bottom up. This also helps eliminate drips as well.
Once the frame is painted it was time to move onto the fabric. I wanted to create something super fun, bright and playful. But first…I need to fix a couple of spots on the fabric.
I have had these chairs for almost 10 years so they were bound to show a little wear & tear. No worries…I have a solution.
Bondo will do the trick. Yes…that is a picture of it to the right and yes…I did just apply it with my finger. LOL
Let it dry and then lightly sand it until smooth. Now it’s time to add paint.
I used Amy Howard One-Step Paint in “Indian Summer” and a large wax brush to apply the paint to both sides of the fabric. Let dry and then repeat.
The next step was to add Frog Tape Chevron Shape Tape to the fabric. I absolutely love using the Chevron pattern by Frog Tape because it makes creating a Chevron pattern so easy. People always ask me how I get a perfect chevron pattern and I always share my secret…the tape makes the difference!
Once the Chevron Frog Tape was placed where I wanted it…I went back over the tape to make sure that the tape was adhered properly. If you look on the bottom of the chair you can see the piece of tape is raised. If it remains raised the paint will bleed under and the chevron pattern will not be executed. This is a very important step, be sure to take your time!
Diva Tip: Here is a “trick of the trade”…Paint a coat of the Amy Howard “Indian Summer” over the edges of the Frog Tape Shape Tape to seal the edges before applying your next color…it works like a charm and there will be no bleed-through.
Using the large wax brush again, paint the “Ballet White” one step paint over the entire seat. Let dry and Repeat one more time.
Carefully remove the chevron tape to expose the beautiful chevron pattern you have created…Voila!
Once the chair is completely dry, spray 2 coats of Rustoleum Clear Matte Sealer for UV protection.
Here is the chair sitting out in front of my shop…I love it so much I hate to take it home. LOL
I will grab you a picture of my “new to me” patio set once I get back from Kansas City Live and can finish the table and other chairs…I can’t wait to see it all together.
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