How to Paint Outdoor Furniture

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This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and Scotch Blue™ Painter’s Tape.


Friday is the official first day of summer!  Are you ready?

I am partnering with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and The Home Depot  on this project. It’s part of their Ready, Set, Paint  event and blog hop that features fun DIY summer painting projects by a few of your favorite bloggers!

When I was asked what my project would be, I knew exactly what I wanted to paint…



…my 15 year old outdoor dining table and chairs. The set is in great shape, but the green color has faded and no longer coordinates with my other outdoor furnishings. It needed a color makeover.


Armed with a few rolls of ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape and spray paint, I set out to make it happen.



After some DIY’ing and a few rain delays, I am now the proud owner of what looks like a brand new set of outdoor furniture.


Without the use of  ScotchBlue Painter’s tape, I would have had to remove the seat slings from the frames – way too hard.  I simply protected the slings before I painted with the tape and newspaper.


How to Paint Outdoor Furniture with Sling Seats

Supplies Needed:

ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape  – I needed 2 rolls of the 2-inch wide tape to mask 6 chairs and used half a roll Advanced Multi-Surface tape with Edge Lock for the glass table top.  
Drop cloths
Sanding block with medium grit sandpaper
Spray paint – I used 4 cans of Rustoleum Hammered Brown for 6 chairs and the table. 
Small-tip paint brush for touch-ups
Bucket of soapy water and scrub brush to clean all surfaces before painting


Before bringing the chairs to my garage to paint, I ran a sanding block on all the metal surfaces to rough them up a bit. This will help with paint adhesion.  I then scrubbed them down with mold and mildew cleaner. I rinsed well and let them dry.

I lined my garage with drop cloths and started the job of masking the slings on each chair and the glass on the table so that no overspray paint would get on them.


I placed the ScotchBlue Painter’s tape right up to the edge of the metal frame of the chairs.  To make sure the tape is sealed and locked into place – run your fingertip over the edge of the tape.   Repeat taping on both sides of the top and underside of the chair.


I then covered the sling with newspaper and taped it on. I ran my fingertip over the edge on all the tape to make sure it was sealed.


This was the most time consuming part of the project.  Each chair took about 20 minutes to cover.   I set a table up in my garage to set the chairs on, making them easier to cover – no bending down required.


After a few hours – I had them all covered and ready for paint.


I always spray paint in my garage – plenty of ventilation and light.  Even with that, it is important to make sure you wear a mask so you don’t breathe in the fumes and overspray.


I sprayed 2 light coats on each chair, letting the first coat dry overnight before applying the second.  I let them dry in the garage for 24 hours and then brought them back outside.


I kept the tape and newspaper on in case I would see that I missed a section.  I did – of course, so I just sprayed the small areas that I missed.


After I made sure there was no green showing, I removed the tape and the newspaper.


There were a few small spots where the sling met the top of the chair frame that  were still green. I used  a small piece of  ScotchBlue Painter’s tape to mask the sling. I then sprayed the paint into the lid of the spray paint can and dabbed a small tipped paint brush into the lid to pick up some paint. I carefully brushed the paint on.


The hammered brown finish updates the set – much better than the green. I also like it since it is a neutral color – it will go with any table setting color scheme I use.


It was worth the time and effort to give this classic outdoor dining table and chairs a brand new look.


The Rustoleum Hammered Spray Paint truly provides a factory-like finish on metal.


This weekend – the first of the summer, we have a family party planned for Saturday.  Usually they comment on my projects and I think they will notice something is different right away.


Hello Summer !

Are you READY to kick-off the summer in DIY style? 


Be sure to visit the Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop

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The Girl Creative Summer Chalkboard

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  1. Yard Furniture says

    These are the wonderful information for painting the furniture.Your style of presentation is very impressive. Thanks for the excellent contribution to the discussion.

    Mathew James

  2. Cindy says

    I am so glad I found your site! We have sling patio furniture that is chipping badly, and I have been starting to sand the chips down. Your idea about putting the chairs on the table is brilliant! I also liked how you showed masking off the sling areas. That is the part I am most worried about. Your post will definitely help. Thank you!

  3. says

    Looks great!
    Too funny… I’m thinking of painting my 11 year old set teal green… and they are a bronze brown now :)

    We could have just done a swap!

    Looks great!

  4. Colleen says

    So glad this article’s message board is still open! The furniture looks great – brand new! Question: The vinyl mesh on my chairs is dingy. Yes, I’ve tried cleaning them using several different products but they remain dingy. Have you heard of anyone painting the mesh? If so, what should I use?

    • says

      Hi Colleen –

      I do not know of anyone who has painted the mesh. The problem is that the mesh moves and this can break down the paint quickly.

      If you want to give it a go, the only thing I think would work for the long run is spray paint that is made for plastic.

      I would wash the chairs well with hot soapy water and rinse well. Let dry. Spray a very light coat of Rustoleum Plastic Primer. Repeat a few light coats and let each dry. Then use the Rustoleum Plastic spray paint using very light coats until covered. If you put it on thick -it will end up just peeling off. Let it cure for a few days before using and spray it on in the shade and not on a humid hot day.


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