Recently my next door neighbors and friends upgraded their patio furniture and I convinced them to pass on their old stuff to me. We had been wanting a set for awhile since we only had a table out there and figured this would be a nice way to get some cheap! It was in pretty rough shape but that didn’t scare me, I knew with a little elbow grease I could make it look like new again. This drab to fab easy patio furniture makeover was simple and a HUGE success!
The set they had a love seat style bench, two chairs and a coffee table. They were all made of wood but had seen MUCH better days! The bones were still in good shape and I knew with a little hard work they could definitely have a few seasons left in them. I’m no DIY professional but what I did seemed to work just fine and I am very happy with the results!
Step one: Fix and Clean
When we got the furniture, it was a little wobbly so the first thing I did was tighten all of the legs and chairs with an allen wrench. That seemed to fix the problem simply.
Next, I got rid of the cushions they had on there because they were yucky! I knew I was going to buy new ones anyways, so I just tossed them out in the trash. After that, I washed down the whole set to remove any dirt, dust and cobwebs that were on them and be sure to let them dry in the sun.
Step two: Sand
Once they were dry, I gave them a light sanding with a handheld sander. I just used what sandpaper was on the machine but it was a finer one. It didn’t have any paint flaking off of it, so I just wanted to sand it slightly so it was smooth and the new paint would stick to it.
After sanding, I used a towel and wiped down the whole set to remove all of the dust from them and again, made sure they were clean and dry. Then it was time to paint!!
Step three: Paint
Picking the color was the fun part, but it took me awhile to finally decide! Originally I was going to do a dark brown, so it has a wood effect but then I thought it would be fun to paint them a brighter cobalt blue- BUT then when I was shopping for cushions, I really liked the navy cushions (from Target) so I decided to paint them a dark gray so they would have a more neutral effect and I could add pops of color with the throws and accessories.
The color I decided on was Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams. It was a nice darker gray but not too dark. It looks so great!
I did one full coat on them using a brush and then let it completely dry for like 6 hours. Then I did a second coat on just the parts you’d see, like the chair backs, legs and the arm rests and let it totally dry overnight. I used a quart of paint and it was just enough with a little bit to spare.
I asked the experts at Sherwin Williams what type of paint they suggested and they recommended All Surface Enamel. It’s great on a variety of surfaces and it weather resistant. The furniture is under my awning so it doesn’t get poured on but it does get wet slightly. Also, we plan on brining it into the basement in the winter so it won’t be piled up with the snow. One quart was enough for two coats on all of my pieces and I went with the satin finish so it wasn’t super glossy.
Step four: Decorate
Last but not least, it was time to decorate. I got the navy-ish cushions at Target and went with the thicker style. I got four and used two on the love seat. Then I got some throw pillows in their dollar section for some pops of color and would like to grab some more when they change out their selection.
I grabbed an old table runner I wasn’t using and folded it on the table. I brought out my succulents from inside the house and placed them on the table and got some citronella candles (also from the Target dollar section!) for some color and to help keep the bugs away.
Overall the project was pretty simple to do and didn’t cost too much! I’d have to say my total time was a few hours of work and then drying time and my cost was under $100, the bulk of it going to the the cushions since they were $21 each on sale. I love, love, love how it looks and have been getting so many compliments on them. They look great and almost brand new! They really add the perfect touch to the patio and know we will get a lot of use out of them.