Now that summer’s here, I’ve been longing to have the windows open, plant flowers, and just generally be outdoors in the sunshine. However, my outdoor spaces -the front porch and back deck – seem rather uninviting. They look a little sad this time of year with empty flower pots, dried-up old leaves, and sticky spider webs covering every square inch. So, I decided it was time to get outdoors and do a little front porch re-design! This week we’re talking about how to update outdoor furniture. (It’s easier than you think!)
Our story begins with these worn out rocking chairs. They aren’t really white or off-white. To me, they just look dirty. And although, their shabby chic, tired nature would be perfect for a farmhouse front porch…they just weren’t working for me or my style. I wanted a clean, modern look. I wanted to add some contrast as everything on my front porch was blah and beige – the siding, the pea gravel floor, the rocking chairs, even the side table! So, I grabbed some spray paint, sanded the chairs down and set to work updating my outdoor furniture.
How to Update Outdoor Furniture
Step 1: Decide what method of paint you want to use
There are lots of options out there from spray paint to latex paint to chalk paint. All are good options for updating your outdoor furniture. It just depends on the type of furniture you have and the finished look you want. I wanted a high gloss black finish for my rocking chairs to really make them pop! So I chose to spray paint my chairs.
Spray paints works great on metal, plastic, or wood furniture. It’s easy and gives you a nice finish as long as you take your time building up layers rather than spraying on one heavy coat.
A brush and some latex paint work too for painting outdoor furniture, but you’ll need more drying time between coats.
I’ve heard really good things about using chalk paint! And although it can be expensive, I’m excited to try it out.
Step 2: Clean and Sand your furniture piece
If you’re working with spray paint or latex paint, you’ll need to sand your furniture piece first. Then clean it up and allow to dry before applying your paint.
Step 3: Paint
For my chairs, I chose Rust-oleum Paint & Primer in One Gloss Black Spray Paint.
Spray paint is quick to dry. Its best to apply it in light layers, allowing a few minutes for each layer to dry before applying the next. To avoid splatter marks or “stop and start” points on your furniture piece, start spraying your paint off to the side of the piece and then move across your furniture piece slowly and continue spraying until your spray can is past the furniture piece. This will leave your “stop and start” points on your paint area rather than your furniture piece.
Step 4: Enjoy!
I was able to update my rocking chair in one day…while doing other things. So in between coating the piece, I would run in and change the laundry or check my e-mail. It really doesn’t take a lot of time! In one afternoon, you can have a fresh, modern update to your outdoor furniture piece.
These rocking chairs are the first pieces to be updated as part of my Front Porch Re-Design. I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks what other pieces I am working on – like the front porch wall sconce, our house letters wall sign, and even an ombre side table! Stay tuned for more exciting design ideas and DIYs!
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