How to Paint Outdoor Furniture

by Diane Henkler on 06/18/2013

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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

Centsational Girl – Textured Panel Dresser Makeover

Thrifty and Chic Framed Stencil Wall

The Design Confidential DIY Concrete Color Block Painted Tables

Sand & Sisal Faux Etched Glass

The Girl Creative Summer Chalkboard

PB & J Stories Dipped Effect Outdoor Bench and Front Patio Makeover


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1 Susie E June 19, 2013 at 8:46 am

I so need to do this. My old chairs are white, with a little rust thrown in for not so good measure. I would love to use this technique to convert them to ORB. I’m liking this “etched” table top, too:


2 Elizabeth June 19, 2013 at 8:50 am

I love your neutral color choice. Thank you for showing how important it is to prep your projects before painting. I also love how your attention to detail, and how you painted the small areas that didn’t get the paint the first time around. I am linking a project that I created in the spring, but is in dire need of an update because of my dog. :)


3 Beth June 19, 2013 at 9:08 am

The brown looks great – it makes the set look new! I love the way that paint can update and save an item so that it is usable for many more years, like this metal cabinet I found in my attic:


4 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions June 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

It looks like you got a brand new set, Diane! Love the brown. We had a green set similar to yours at our old house. If we hadn’t moved I would have had to do something with it, because not only was it fading, but the green from the table would come off on hands or legs if you touched it. It was too big to bring with us when we moved so we left it behind.


5 LaDonna June 19, 2013 at 9:39 am

I have learned so much from your blog! I love your idea of the outdoor candle lanterns!

A small, doable project with big impact!


6 Jane June 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

Wow! What a great look! The patio set looks new and very comfy! I am constantly looking for old things to be revamped versus new things. I think the quality of older items is much better than many items that can be purchased today. I like the idea of my posted link because I have an old dresser that has seen much better days and I will try to redo it like this.
Thanks for all of the great ideas!


7 Janet June 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

I have quite a few of these old chairs and every couple of years I repaint them with vibrant colors similar to the chairs in this link. I wasn’t able to do them last year because I was in CT instead of UT where I live, and this summer I am in CT again with my sister while she goes through chemo – again. The chairs will have to wait another summer.


8 Doray Mattocks June 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

I have 2 patio sets on my deck, one that was my parents a beige round set and then my original one in white, probably 20 years old. The white powder coating is chipping where the chairs stack, I would love to get that taken care. You inspire me, now just to find the time!


9 Barbara June 19, 2013 at 10:20 am

I would love to build a patio with outdoor fire pit to enjoy the beautiful southern nights.


10 Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe June 19, 2013 at 10:27 am

My favorite summer DIY: Tool caddy turned planter by painting our house number on the front!


11 Jennifer June 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

I have plastic patio furniture (no I am not in college, but it makes it easy to stack and put away in the garage to clear up the tiny yard when I am not using the table) :) The table is green plastic, two chairs are black, and two chars are white. I want to paint them all a nice bright glossy red so they coordinate and give my yard a pop of color. Was thinking I’d do stripes on the table top too, just to gussy it up a little…that is where the painter’s tape comes in!


12 Jackie June 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

I ventured down the plumbing aisle for the first time to make a collection of these wine bottle torches using citronella. They are conversation starters as well as being useful for light and keeping the bugs away!


13 Penny June 19, 2013 at 11:32 am

I would love to paint my kitchen cabinets white but am too chicken. I read many blog posts online where people paint them with no problems. I’ve attached one of the many links I’ve looked at. I enjoy reading your blog – thanks for the chance from Home Depot.


14 Alison June 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

I really want to stencil my powder room this summer. I’m thinking navy with white. Inspired by this blog post.


15 Jimmie June 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

This is a project I am going to do this summer:
I’ve got my frames ready. Now I’m trying to select paint colors.


16 Emily June 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I really want to make an outdoor chalkboard to go on the huge blank house wall next to my patio. It’s on my HUGE list of summer projects.


17 Sarah June 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Best outdoor project: Project Deck!

We painted it with a sealer/stain from HD. It’s holding up great a year later. Next on my list for outside is some brightly colored planters.


18 MelissaJane June 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I always love your projects. This looks great!

I love this sewing table made into a planter. I’ve thought about making over some kind of old furniture piece and plunking it into my garden.


19 Tabathia B June 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I like the chalkboard paint idea for kids and found a great one that I will try

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com


20 Julie Foster June 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm
21 Jennifer Istre June 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Our bathroom is done in lighthouses but no room to add more-so I’m thinking of spilling it into the yard..which is pretty bland right now!


22 Jennifer June 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm
23 MJ June 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Nice work on the furniture! I’m also using your kitchen cabinet painting tutorial. And when we’re outside enjoying our summer “kitchen,” I’d love for my nieces to have their own portable play kitchen DIY’d from an old microwave oven table:


24 August June 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Since we have a baby due in August, our summer projects are more centered around finishing up the nursery than anywhere else. We lack a lot of storage in that room since it was just a guest room, so my husband is going to be building me some storage units to make up for it. These are what we have in mind!


25 Sheryll & Critters. June 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I love your patio furniture and wow does it look brand new now or what!!! You also have the patience of Job I believe. Looks to be a very tedious and time consuming job, but well worth the outcome. It looks gorgeous.


26 Kim June 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I would like to paint an old chair we have. Thanks for the giveaway.


27 Holly Wert June 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Summer DIY toy grill for your kids to play with:


28 Sandi Toler June 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Hoping to do this project soon:

Of course, I have another project after seeing your patio furniture redo. Love the way they turned out!


29 Margot June 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Those chairs look great!
This project seems a little big, but would be great for summer gardening and relaxing:


30 Pam June 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Your how-tos are always so good, Diane! I am getting ready to paint some outdoor furniture, but it’s wooden, so my techniques will be a little different. Something I’ve bookmarked as a “want to do this” is this beverage cooler – how fun!


31 Jessica @ Decor Adventures June 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Wow, what a transformation. It’s good to know you can do this since it’s such a money savings!

My dream outdoor project is to be able to build furniture for entertaining like this at More Like Home


32 Lesli June 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm

This DIY paint project is on my to-do list. Hopefully soon!,,20209705,00.html


33 Margaret Potter June 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I really thought that the bench at was adorable. I have a chair that I might do that to!


34 Kathi June 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I want to do this project for my yard and paint it a fun color, like robin egg blue.


35 Michellelhb June 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I want to paint my kitchenthis summer. I don’t want to begin but I can’t wait to be done;)


36 Gail June 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm

So many summer projects! This project will be great on helping me match my old chairs with my new table. Another project I would love to do is put flowers around my downspouts. Check it out here:,33286&ap=1


37 Chrissy June 19, 2013 at 11:10 pm

I love this IKEA Rast DIY project. I’ve already bought 2 Rasts to do this to!


38 Lisa M. June 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm

More cute and practical ideas for chalkboard paint:


39 Jodi Blackmon June 19, 2013 at 11:31 pm

I’m submitting the link to the first of our outdoor improvements saga. I actually tagged you in this one because I made your concrete fire columns! Now I know why RH uses gel fuel. Candles aren’t holding up so well in this Texas heat lol. I used hammered bronze on my furniture, and agreed, they look so fresh and new. Yours are beautiful.


40 Marilyn Holeman June 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Diane, I love this project. I almost put a link to it–but decided that would be cheating :-) Your table set really does look brand new! Thanks for the giveaway!

Since I didn’t use your project, I chose one by Cindy Harvey of Cottage Instincts. Here’s the link:


41 Sunny C June 20, 2013 at 12:19 am

I desperately want and need a Firepit at the Lake. I saw this and I am still looking, as I have other ideas. LOL!!!
I want to use paint, and also some old items which I have waiting to be reused. If I am the lucky winner, I will definitely have a worthy project on my hands!!


42 Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos June 20, 2013 at 12:31 am

I love how your patio set turned out. The paint really transformed it and it looks great! My favorite paint makeover is of a thrifted wrought iron piece I bought last summer. I gave it a makeover with my favorite Oil Rubbed Bronze paint and I love it!
Here is the link:


43 Rachel June 20, 2013 at 1:38 am
44 Rachel June 20, 2013 at 1:39 am

I would love to build a raised garden bed and start learning how to garden.


45 Patti June 20, 2013 at 5:43 am

Diane, I’m linking your project right back at you! I no longer have the chairs but I have 2 smaller tables that are sadly sitting on my patio waiting for a transformation. This is the idea I have been waiting for! Thanks for sharing it!


46 Laura June 20, 2013 at 6:57 am

I loved Sand and Sisal’s Faux Etched Glass table. That looks like something I could do.


47 Pam Clark June 20, 2013 at 6:59 am

i’m going to go with this post because it looks great and I learned some painting/taping techniques!


48 Robin June 20, 2013 at 6:59 am

I really love how your table and chairs turned out, looks like a brand new set. I love painting older furniture to give it a new look. I recently bought a bed for my daughter at an estate sale for $10 and repainted it. I was inspired by this article and others I have seen on Pinterest. . Thanks for your ideas!!


49 Amy Orvin June 20, 2013 at 7:05 am

This summer, I’d really like to repaint an older metal table in my garden. Here’s an example DIY link:

Thank you for the chance!


50 Karen June 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

Your projects are always great and informative. I would love to create a butterfly garden. My daughter Alea loves butterflies. Winning the gift card would get us started on the right foot. Thanks.


51 Teresa June 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

This current post is my favorite as we have a similar table that needs updating and I can’t wait to get to Home Depot to get this paint. Love to have the gift card to add perennials to my work in progress. Great giveaway!


52 Laura B June 20, 2013 at 8:39 am

I LOVE the new color on your outdoor furniture!!! I would love to get the chance to try this technique for painting chevron patterns on walls, etc…


53 Angeline June 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

So many great projects! I can see lots of outdoor tables with this DIY:


54 Mami2jcn June 20, 2013 at 8:55 am

This DIY painted peacock chair is beautiful!–


55 Carla June 20, 2013 at 9:22 am

We are planning on updating our deck as well. Our plan is to add a pergola/covering to it, like this one … and that gift card to Home Depot sure would help us get it done!! Thanks for a GREAT giveaway!!


56 jules p June 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

first of all…love,love,love your chairs and table. Looks gorgeous.

My project that I would like to do ( and can if I win this gift card) is this:

I would love this in my front yard!!!


57 GinaE June 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

Great post, Diane. I need to paint my patio furniture too and your post has
given me a push to get it done! Actually this post is what I wanted to use as a link for, as it is now my favorite, but since I didn’t know if linking to this same post was allowed I’ve selected another.


58 Melissa June 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

Wow I just got even more projects added to the list after reading through the comments above. One of the many summer projects on my DIY to do list is making my own outdoor rug by either painting a stencil or coating a table cloth like seen here:

Thanks for all the inspiration Diane! LOVE YOUR BLOG!


59 Cynthia June 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm
60 Bex June 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm

thanks for the reminder of how important prep work is- sometimes I want to rush to the finished product- here’s my diy for this Summer- I’ve started.. now just need to finish:

could really use some home depot $$


61 Sandy P June 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Great project as always! I have a chair that is in need of a paint job and now I feel inspired and obligated to get it done!

Thanks Diane!


62 beth June 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Along with painting my outdoor furniture like you did this is want I want to do next . Isn’t it GORGEOUS!


63 Paula Williams June 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm

On my list of summer projects. I like the set that I have, I just don’t like the color. Great way to keep what you have with a new look. Can’t wait to try it. As always I love your site. Such wonderful ideas.

Thanks for sharing,


64 Janet June 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the reveal photo since I fully expected the furiture to have been painted white. HA HA!

I LOVE WHITE EVERYTHING and that’s probably why I have spent the better part of my morning at your blog after finding you via Pintrest. I’m enjoying your home tour and LOVE that sideboard and hutch you have in your kitchen. I’m a HUGE carrara marble fan so seeing you faux-create it was a real treat!

Before I leave you I must say you are SO RIGHT to have restored your 15-year old patio furniture set. They just don’t make them (anything!) the way they used to so repainting it was brilliant. More old things should be restored to new instead of being cast aside. So… Bravo and well done!

I’ll be back to visit your blog every day!



65 Janell June 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Great post, I love how the chairs turned out. I’m with you when it comes to disassemble or tape, I go the taping route, too. I would LOVE to have a fence or gate like these colored pencil ones on this blog. So cute!

Also, great giveaway, I clicked on a lot of the links to see all the outdoor projects everyone commented on, lots of great things for summer!


66 ashley@ design build love June 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

that looks absolutely amazing!!! The set looks brand new! I painted my parents 15-year old wrought iron set about 8 years ago with Rustoleum black satin and it’s held up amazing and made the set look brand new! It’s finally due for a re-coating. AMAZING! I’ve avoided painting my sling set out of laziness… this is motivating me to get it together and get it done! Thanks for sharing!


67 Jessica W June 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm
68 J June 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Loving your ideas. Don’t remember whose link I followed to find your site (Roadkill Rescue? Infarrantly Creative?). I almost bought a green metal outdoor set but thought ahead 10 years and bought black to spare myself another paint redo. However, when the stupid plastic umbrella ring broke, I headed off to the hardware store and found a pvc pipe flange that was the right diameter since I couldn’t see buying a new table just to replace the ring. Didn’t even bother to paint it. So far, the best summer project I’ve seen is for the DIY tiki torches ( Brilliant idea. I will be making some for my backyard as soon as I collect enough tins!


69 Lori June 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I never considered painting my outdoor furniture! What a revelation to think I don’t have to throw it out in a couple years when the chips are just TOO many, and I want to change the color. I’m definitely bookmarking this for reference! I love the way you showed touch-up techniques, too. Here’s my favorite outdoor summer diy:


70 Sharon H June 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm

wow, love how this turned out! My patio set is traditional round table and 4 chairs….green…with the little hummingbird design. Not only am I weary of the green, but I hate where it’s started to peel off and is now rusting. It is going to get painted this summer if it’s the last thing I do! just have to find somewhere to do it…no basement, no garage, no shop….*sigh*. But I am encouraged by your success.

Currently, I have all my ASCP and brushes bought, and I want to transform my small, antique walnut kitchen table and chairs. I like several of your make-overs, and I enjoy Marian at Miss Mustard Seed. She recently used her milk paint on these bar stool/chairs. I like the way she distresses, and this post is especially tutorial. Check it out:


71 Lynn June 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I am working on a white outdoor set that has lost its sparkle and has some rust spots starting. Not my fav job but I only have four chairs and a round table – so easier than your project!


72 Karen H. June 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Diane, your furniture looks great and does, indeed, look brand new!

This post is very timely for me, since I am at the very beginning of painting two wrought iron patio sets. One is black and we have had it since we built our first house back in 1994. The other is green and we inherited with our current house. They are not exactly the same but similar, so I want to spray them with Rustoleum Hammered Bronze spray paint to give them some consistency. The one chair I have partially done looks great! The green set, however, has a lot of rust on it. I’m hoping that by spraying a primer and using the Rustoleum paint, it will last a few more years!

One of my very favorite paint projects I have ever seen is a dining set done by Reloved Rubbish in ASCP Coco and Duck Egg Blue. I would LOVE to have that in my home!


73 lori June 20, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Absolutely love these. They add so much character and so easy to do.


74 Kim June 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Do you think it’s possible to spray paint cast aluminum patio furniture? I bought an expensive set 5 years ago and it has oxidized and paint has worn off where the winter cover touches the furniture. The warranty has expired so I’m stuck with expensive, ugly furniture. So disappointing. Professional electrolysis painting is suggested but very expensive for a DIY’er.


75 Diane Henkler June 21, 2013 at 12:41 am

Hi Kim – Yes you can paint it – it will work fine. I would go over the surface with a sanding block to remove any oxidation that may have become raised. Clean it well and if it is bare aluminum, use a metal spray primer on it first, then use your spray paint color of choice. 1 light coat of primer and 2 light coats of paint – let each coat dry before applying the next. Keep the nozzle about 10 inches away from the surface when spraying to get a nice smooth finish.


76 MK June 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Yes, I too am the proud owner of a 13 yr old hunter green patio set. When we moved 18 mos ago, I was sooooo close to posting the set as “free” on CraigsList to keep the movers from loading it on the truck. I don’t recall if I forgot to do so in the craziness of moving, or if I decided that moving is too expensive to add buying a new patio set. Whatever the reason, the hunter green set has been sitting on my patio looking SOOOOOOOOO outdated and I have thought about repainting it. Now after seeing your post, maybe I will get motivated to get busy:)


77 Melissa June 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm

What a beautiful job! My patio set is a lighter green, but desperately needs a redo, too! I’ve been thinking about painting it and getting new cushions (I wish it was the sling style).

I’m in love with this desk over at Mud Pie Studio. It amazing what paint can do!


78 Jelena June 21, 2013 at 2:22 am

Love this project, and everything else you do.
Here is what’s next on my list to do :)


79 DeDe@Designed Decor June 21, 2013 at 8:06 am
80 Suzan June 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

What I would love to do this summer is a backyard fire pit.
I love the look of this one!


81 Jane June 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

Oh how I needed this! We have an 11 year old set which, like yours, was in great shape except for some peeling paint. I haven’t done much DIY and thought I’d have to remove the slings to repaint…thank goodness for your tutorial…I am now encouraged and ready to tackle it!
My favorite DIY this summer (and future project) is to make a “Little Free Library” — a first in my area. Here’s the link:
Thank you!


82 Aubrey June 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

I could really use a gift card…we just moved to a new home and it is projects galore around here! The one I can’t get out of my mind right now is putting plank on the walls of my kid’s bathroom…like seen here at Thrifty Décor Chick:
I can’t wait to get that done! Along with painting the kid’s rooms as well.


83 Lorie June 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

I could have sworn you repainted them blue, not brown! How many cans of spray paint did the job take?


84 Diane Henkler June 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm



85 Steph S. June 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I want to paint a cabinet I bought on Craigslist (for $20!) that resembles the shape of the cabinet in the link below and match the blue and white colors in the link as well. Love the color scheme! I would love to win this to buy painting supplies and new cabinet hardware!
I also want to tackle painting my newer nightstands as well, so this will definitely help out!


86 Jo @ Let's Face the Music June 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm
I just finished painting this old cabinet for the second time. Now it’ll be used everyday instead of sitting in the Cottage collecting dust and clutter. And I’ve got tons more to paint so a win would really be appreciated. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music


87 sarajane June 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Your “new” patio set looks gorgeous!


88 JD June 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Helloooo :) Really like what you’ve done with the furniture.

Here is my favorite DIY project…and it’s yours :)


89 Barbara June 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I’ve bought the wood for this project but not the paint……maybe I won’t need to buy it! Thanks for this opportunity Diane – and Home Depot.


90 angela v. June 22, 2013 at 1:58 am

Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve been kicking around refinishing the outdoor furniture but wasn’t sure if I’d need to remove the mesh seats. This is way more cost effective than buying a new set!

Next on my list, repainting the dining room chairs.


91 Margrita June 22, 2013 at 8:43 am

I love this idea…I also have the green iron furniture outside and inside! I think I’ll do this and update my faded patio umbrella, too!


92 Jamie June 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I SO need to paint my patio furniture too! All of our furniture come for free with the house, but it’s pretty crusty! A Home depot gift card could spruce it right up!


93 Kim June 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I scored an amazing patio table, chairs and umbrella with stand on craigslist for next to nothing! I was actually wondering if spray painting it would work with it sitting outside. I am going to follow your instructions and try it out! In the meantime, one of my favorite summertime paint projects has be from Emily of DecorChick. She painted her bathroom vanity coral and it is gorgeous. Check it out at


94 Karalane June 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm

We’re preparing our home for resale on a shoestring budget.
I need to repaint 2 old patio tables, a side table, and 2 plant stands. Goodbye rusty green, hello bronze!
Our big DIY effort this summer is all about concrete. We’re making our own embossed and stained concrete pavers to create an 18′ round fire pit patio on the sand where our above-ground pool used to sit, inspired by this site:
I also plan to make a couple of your decorative concrete fire columns to place on the patio:


95 Katie Contests June 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm

My summer project will be a revamped breadbox! I’ll make an old breadbox into a nifty charging station for all my gadgets:


96 Lauren Olgine June 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

My husband and I just bought our first home. We move in next month! This ombré wall is going to be our first project. We plan to do it in our office the has two store windows


97 Sandra Chavez June 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Cool idea !! Pick me ;)


98 Corynn F. June 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Spray painting ANYTHING is my favorite summer project (long Minnesota winters prevent spray painting much of the year…)


99 Deborah Morgan June 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Found you today via hometalk…lucky me. This article is by far the best thing I have seen this summer!! I have 2 13 year old patio sets that are desperate for an update and 2 brown sling chairs that are calling for some style!!

So I pick your post and I so hope your random picker…picks me!!

Blessings, health and CAKE!
Deborah and the furry gang in OK


100 Kendra S June 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Yet another project to do!


101 Kathi June 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I’m new to the painting scene so I would like to start with something small. I have a milk can that I would like to try this on


102 Mickey M June 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I’ll make the chalkboard when I find the time!


103 Debbie June 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Wish Home Depot carried Chalk Paint!


104 Jason Franich - JM Painting June 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Absolutely wonderful step by step example of how to paint outdoor furniture like this the correct way. The end result is beautiful, and you chose an outstanding color.


105 Yard Furniture August 27, 2013 at 11:44 pm

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


106 Sarah from WI September 2, 2013 at 11:54 am

great fresh look.


107 Cindy December 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm

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!


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