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A Practical Guide to Modernizing Old Patio Furniture

I’m so happy that the weather let up this afternoon, just in time for me to finish the last two chairs of the patio set.  I’m ready to share the full patio set reveal!

I’m in the process of updating the backyard, which you can read all about here.

Remember this?  Here’s part I and part II to my DIY adventure, where I detail some tips on how to spray paint patio furniture.

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Three different sets of chairs and a rusty patio table.

Here’s how it looks now:

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I love the way the outdoor cushions brighten up the neutral grey.

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Some final notes that I need to share:

  • The cost of the paint and primer was around $60.00 CAD.
  • I needed one can of primer and one can of paint for every two chairs.  The table took nearly one of each.
  • Satin is much easier to apply than gloss.  If you do make mistakes, they won’t show as obviously.
  • I chose to do a neutral so I could accent the chairs and tables with brighter colours.
  • Most patio sets sold in stores have coordinating chairs and tables.  I chose to do the same colour on both tables and chairs to bring some sameness to the otherwise mismatched set.  You could also do coordinating colours or shades for a different effect.
  • Some of the chairs needed more paint and primer than others.  It might have been due to wear.
  • It took me a weekend plus a few hours to finish, though I could have been done sooner if I hadn’t changed my mind on the colour.
  • I still have two chairs left.  I’m planning on using them for another project instead.

Here are the products used:

  • I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2x Ultra Cover in Satin Granite.
  • The outdoor cushions are the Bernadette Trellis Square Outdoor Throw Pillow by Hampton Bay.
  • The plates are by Denby from their Denby Everyday collection.
  • The water hyacinth placemats are SOARÉ from IKEA.

I’m so excited to be able to enjoy dining outside in style!  What do you think?

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28 thoughts on “A Practical Guide to Modernizing Old Patio Furniture

  1. I love how paint can really bring anything back to life, and you picked the perfect paint color! The yellow pillow is my favorite, it adds a fun touch the patio. I will be re-doing my patio set soon and I think I want to set the table now!

    1. Thanks! It looks so inviting, doesn’t it? I was ready for a BBQ right then and there– too bad it poured like five minutes after. I can’t wait to see how you redo your patio set.

  2. I love how paint can really bring anything back to life, and you picked the perfect paint color! The yellow pillow is my favorite, it adds a fun touch the patio. I will be re-doing my patio set soon and I think I want to set the table now!

    1. Thanks! It looks so inviting, doesn’t it? I was ready for a BBQ right then and there– too bad it poured like five minutes after. I can’t wait to see how you redo your patio set.

    1. Awww, thank you so much for the thoughtful comment! It’s possible that my follow by email button got lost in my most recent design change. I will be sure to add it back now.

    1. Awww, thank you so much for the thoughtful comment! It’s possible that my follow by email button got lost in my most recent design change. I will be sure to add it back now.

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