Monday, September 12, 2016

Just Add Color

I'm not sure what it is (there must be something in the air) but right now it seems like I'm seeing used patio furniture for sale all over the place! Be it via Facebook, Craigslist or thrift stores, my neighbors are purging their unwanted yard furniture.

Summer isn't officially over until the 22nd, so there is still have time to enjoy the outdoors. Luckily, even if it's a bit weathered, used patio furniture is fast and easy to update!

spray painted furniture

First, I gathered up several pieces of wicker furniture, all used (and/ or bought second-hand).

I chose furniture that was all made of the same material (wooden wicker), but yours doesn't have to all be the same. As long as you eventually paint it with corresponding colors, you can mix and match metal, wood, and even plastic furniture. The great thing about the paint we'll use is that it sticks to just about everything!

If you do go with wicker, check to be sure that it isn't unraveling or broken. Usually the first place you'll notice damage is on the legs. If it's starting to unravel, skip it. But, don't worry about chipped/ faded paint. We'll fix that part!

Next, I used 100 grit sandpaper to lightly and quickly remove flaking paint, dirt and spider webs from each piece. Just a quick once-over was enough to remove the worst of it. You don't need to sand everything off, just aim for the loose stuff.

Now the fun part!

Work outdoors, and cover an area about twice the size of the furniture with a protective surface (to avoid painting your patio too). I like to use old cardboard for this purpose. I find it's easier to work with than newspaper because it doesn't blow around and get stuck in wet paint.

If you have an Amazon habit like I do, then you probably have no shortage of boxes laying around! But if you are short on cardboard, I've also used large pieces of butcher paper with success (see link below).

Next gather your paint. Here is what I used for this project:

For the largest chair, I used three cans of Rustoleum "Oasis Blue" spray paint. I like the "paint plus primer" (called "2X") because it is durable and easy to use. Painting wicker soaks up a lot of paint. There are so many nooks and crannies that you go through a lot of paint (several cans).
If your chair is just wood or plastic, you could probably get by with only using two cans. 

Then, for the child size rocking chair, I used one whole can of the same brand of paint. This time I used the "Magenta" color. One can was just enough to cover the chair because it was already red. But, if your chair is white (or a very different color) to begin with, then you'll want at least two cans, just to be safe.

Lastly, I used a different brand of paint for the side table, because I liked the way that the color looked with the other two.
This time I used Krylon Paint and Primer in "Sea Glass".  It took about 3 cans to completely cover piece (inside and out). The coverage wasn't quite as good as the Rustoleum (I had to do one more layer), but the hue looked great with the other two I'd chosen.

You can use a glossy finish if you like, but I prefer a satin finish. I feel like matt (satin) finishes have a more sophisticated look and hold up better over time. 

I started painting each piece upside down first. To avoid drips use a quick sweeping motion, holding the can about 9" away from the furniture. 
Starting with the bottom will give you a chance to "feel it out" and get an idea of how to best apply the paint. And, being that it won't really show on the bottom, you will find painting the underside first to be more forgiving of mistakes and/ or drips. If they're on the bottom, then they won't show as much. Once you feel confident in your technique you can flip the chair over and paint the top. 

spray painted furniture

I like to really saturate my wicker furniture with paint, so I added 3 (and in some places 4) coats of paint. Pay attention to detail. Make sure that you are getting even the small areas like edges, corners and legs. Paint each coat from a different angel, to assure good coverage.

spray painted furniture

If it's a sunny, warm and dry day I don't usually bother to let the paint dry between coats. It dries so fast! On a cloudy damp day, you'll want to wait at least five to ten minutes between each coat of paint. 

Once covered in paint, allow the furniture to dry completely. 

spray painted furniture
Spray painted furniture 

For fun, I decided to paint the inside of the side table blue, and the outside green. It made for a fun surprise when you opened the little door.
Add a pot colorful pot of (easy to grow) succulents to the mix, and you have a fresh set of furniture that's perfect for cheering up any space! 

spray painted furniture

Lastly, I tend to be kind of a sloppy painter. At the end of this project my right hand was tinted blue from the overspray, and I had magenta spots up and down my arm. Luckily I have figured out the best way to get any paint off of your hands. Use this stuff:

And scrub it onto your hands with one of these:

It works like a charm every time, and smells so heavenly!

Before and After

Sometimes I like to use painted patio furniture inside the house for an unexpected pop of color. Or it's also right at home on a porch, patio or lawn.

Sit back, relax and enjoy!


spray painted furniture

That's all for today! Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!

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