When Omar and I found this patio table with chairs at a garage sale for $100, it was a no brainer that we needed to take it home with us. We liked it so much that we actually carried the table about a block to our house because it wouldn’t fit in either of our cars.
It sat on the backyard patio for several months while the winter months passed by. It wasn’t terrible looking, but it was definitely weathered and we could tell that the prior owners got some good use out of it :-) No doubt that it was in need of a face lift before the summer months.
What I’d like to share today is a super simple DIY to make old patio furniture look new again. It’s a bit tedious and does take several hours, but, if you’re up for a early summer DIY to spruce up your patio furniture just in time for all of those summer barbecues, then this will be perfect for you!
> A few cans of spray paint (I used 3 to cover the table and 6 chairs)
> Old towel
> Masking tape
> Plastic/Paper bags, or masking painter’s paper
> Plastic/Garden Gloves (optional, but recommended :-)
Step 1: Start by wiping down any surface areas that you’ll be spraying with paint. You want to remove any dust, bugs, (bird poo . . . yep, it’s patio furniture after all!) so that the paint will stick to and cover the surfaces evenly.
Step 2: Mask any of the surfaces you don’t want to get paint on with masking tape and bags/paper. I started by taping the edges of where the mesh seats meet the metal to ensure that no paint would seep in on the edges. Then I covered the rest of the areas with large pieces of paper. Once you’ve finished this, I’d like to say “Congratulations!” because you’ve just finished the most tedious and time consuming part of this project!
Step 3: Let’s get painting! If you have gloves, now would be the time to put them on. Give your chair one coat of even paint. (Tip: holding the spray can as vertical as possible allows the paint to come out evenly so you can avoid splatter marks). Wait a few minutes, or move on to doing the other chairs to allow for drying time. Then, apply a second coat of paint. Once this dries, you can do any final paint touch ups if necessary.
Voila! Finished! Wait until the paint is completely dry (I waited until the following afternoon) before removing the masking paper just to make sure you don’t damage the hard work you’ve just done.
And there you have it. See, I told you it was simple :-) A fresh paint job that will make your patio furniture look as good as new!
We will be having family over tomorrow to really break in this patio set, but I just had to enjoy it earlier this week. O got home a little late from work this night, so I decided to pour myself a glass of wine, make some pasta, and enjoy the fresh air while watching bobbling heads of our neighbor kids pop up over the wall as they did some trampoline jumping- ah, the things you miss when you’re not outside ;-)