It is no secret that I love spray paint! Every time I walk into my local True Value store, the owners remember that I tend to stock up on spray paint and paint supplies during every visit.
It’s an affordable, quick and nearly foolproof way to bring new life to items that have great bones—like my patio set.
Oddly enough, the patio set was something I negotiated into the offer when we bought the house five years ago. The previous owner had owned it for about four years, so at this point it’s nine-ish years old? I love the style, the trestle base and the comfort, so I am not willing to part with it for a new one. Plus, it’s still functional!
However, time and the Texas heat have caused the dark gray finish to flake off in places or fade away:
Using spray paint I brought it back to life and it looks as good as new. I do need to replace the cushions, so I’ll be scouring the outdoor clearance sections this August.
Supplies needed from your local True Value:
-Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint (I used 2 cans for the table and 1 can per chair)
Here’s a rundown of how I achieved this factory finish look:
1.) Remove cushions, glass, etc. and give your patio set a thorough wash. Let it air dry. For areas where paint was peeling, we gave it a quick sanding to ensure a smooth finish.
2.) Once your furniture frames are dry, lay down a drop cloth and prepare for spray painting. Remember light, thin coats are better than heavy coats. Plus, you want to avoid paint drips! The first coat is always the most rewarding because you can instantly see how awesome it looks.
3.) I worked by painting pieces in pairs so that while one item was drying, I was painting another and so on. This system made the project fly by. I was done in about 3 hours. On parts where there would be a lot of contact, such as armrests, I did 4 light coats. Everywhere else I did 3.
4.) I didn’t use primer because I bought a heavy duty spray paint just a shade darker than the current finish. If you were going from dark to white, I’d definitely invest in primer.
5.) I let the furniture dry for a full 48 hours before reattaching the cushions and glass top. While your cushions are off, take time to really clean them. I used some borax to rid of pesky stains, and I gave them a thorough vacuuming.
Pee Wee was of ZERO help during this process, FYI:
Ta-da! It’s done. I know it’s not a drastic before and after, but I think I brought this patio set back to life. I enjoy sitting out here reading magazines and listening to the waterfall in the pond. The chairs are my fave part. The chairs are so classic and remind me of the pool chairs I love to lounge on at my fave hotel.
A new throw pillow and outdoor blanket also help distract your eye from the boring beige cushions.
But for now, I have a gorgeous patio set to enjoy my iced tea and the rest of my summer. And Pee Wee has a place to give me cute looks from.
For more inspiration, visit True Value on Pinterest, where they’re working with My Pin Life to fill their Summer DIY Board with tons of great ideas for the rest of summer!
What projects are you working on lately? Do they involve my BFF spray paint?
I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.