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Friday, July 20, 2012

Patio Furniture Update: The Bloggy Olympic - Outdoor Event

 I have had the same white "plastic" patio furniture for
a very, very long time...like 13+ years.
Every year I look, and swoon over the pretty furniture
I see in the stores...
and every year, I leave empty-handed.

On the other hand, this furniture is still in good condition.
The original cushions are long gone (think yellow flowers),
and so is the umbrella, but the chairs and table are sturdy
and well made (thank you Sears!)...
so why not spruce up these guys.
Beside, in the house we use stuff until their is nothing left to use!

This is where I started...

So, there is nothing earth-shattering about this DIY...
other than it looks 100% better,
and the lesson that just because something is old
does not mean it cannot get a makeover and be pretty again!


  • Old patio furniture (found in your own backyard, a street corner, dumpster or thrift store)
  • 8 Cans of Krylon Fusion in Black, Satin finish (it may take more, depending on the style of furniture). I used Fusion because it is the best for bonding with plastic. I will probably need another few cans to finish off the table.
  • Good scrub brush and bucket of soapy water.
  • Drop cloth/cardboard, lots of newspaper for protecting your surfaces
  • Eye, mouth, and hand protection (recommended)

1. Prep your surface - no sanding or priming needed...I just gave the pieces a good wash with soapy water and a scrub brush.

2. Let dry thoroughly.

3. Grab a chair - place it on the covered/protected surface. I found it easier to elevate mine on top of a table to work on.

4. I laid out one chair at a time - and worked on it over the course of the day. 
Begin painting/spraying in smooth even "strokes". Let dry between coats and reapply. I applied about 3 light coats - I was always finding a nook or cranny that I missed.

My chairs were of that textured plastic, so I practiced patience and took my time and the result was amazing.

5. Once dry, flip the chair over and repeat the painting process.

6. Repeat for all the chairs and table.

The results....

As for the table...it is not 100% done...I need (want) to take the glass out before I paint and really clean it good...but I need hubby hereto help with the glass and he has not been home (where we have not been at a party of kiddo function) forever!

I picked up some new cushion on clearance (about $10 each!!!!),
tied them on the chairs and love the new black chairs!

Now, I love a DIY that saves me money
(and so does my hubby!)

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  1. I love the chair makeover ... I should really do that to my set!!

  2. The makeover is fabulous! I'm always amazed at the difference a coat of paint can make! :) Its much to hot here to do fun patio stuff. I pretty much only go out back to pick up dog poop and jump in the pool. Just not, you know, at the same time. :)

  3. Your chairs look so good I wrote down the name of the paint you use and will paint my two older plastic white chairs that are grey in areas. I think they will look good as turquoise blue. Thanks for the idea.

  4. Hi Holly! I love how your chairs turned out! I did a similar project yuears ago, painting my old, dingy white plastic chairs a deep forest green to match a table I had. What a difference a little paint makes! Unfortunately, I was a day late for the Strand plant give-away but it's bneen so hot here that I haven't planted anything new so far anyway. Weeds grow well, however - argh! Have a great Sunday! Hugs, Leena

  5. I love spray painting! A+ on this project :)

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  7. Anonymous3:54 PM

    Congratulations! Your patio looks really put together. I've been planning to lay one for my desert parks vista home.


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