I hope you aren’t tired about me talking about spray paint ,because seriously spray paint has become my best friend in the last few years! And yet again it has won my affection for refreshing something old and worn out and saving me some major $. I should have just declared this spray paint week because I think I could have filled every day with a different spray paint project – starting with my spray painted coffee filter poofs I posted on Monday.
Today, I am sharing another spray paint project that the before and after pictures amazed even me!
At the beginning of spring this is what my deck patio furniture cushions looked like. Beautiful, right? …. NOT!
I know you are thinking, I just saw her deck in her reveal post and they looked great? That is because they had already gone through a major makeover the day before I shot those pictures! I even hinted about it on over on facebook – “You are not going to believe what I am spray painting now! ;). It is something outside! Will share on the blog soon…”
We have only had this set 2 years and the cushions are supposed to be fade resistant, sun resistant, weather resistant – blah, blah, blah! Well, they have held up well to the weather and they do wipe off very easily, but they have faded a LOT over time.
We do have covers for the furniture and keep them covered all winter and try to remember to cover them when we are not using them during the summer but we forget most of the time. Or we just used the deck, then it rained, so we have to wait for them to dry out before we can put the covers on.
Technically, this type of furniture should be used on more of a covered porch or patio, but we didn’t want an umbrella table and chairs out there so this was really our only other option. And it was over 60% off, and pretty, and I loved it!
The resin wicker is holding up great! (And if it ever faded, I know some spray paint could refresh it too.) And now that I have seen that I can refresh the cushions I am a lot less worried about this set holding up for many more years.
So I had thought I would just flip the cushions to the good side when we had company or were using them, then flip them back to the faded side the rest of the time (but I knew if I didn’t remember or didn’t bother with putting the covers back on, I probably wouldn’t remember to flip the cushions either.) A few weeks ago, Sherry at Young House Love spray painted the fabric on her her upholstered chairs with oil rubbed bronze spray paint. And she said it didn’t rub off and held up well! And that got me thinking? Could I spray paint my outdoor cushions?? (In fact I almost stole her post title for my post – “You spray painted what?” )
I had a can of Cherry Red Krylon spray paint and Burgundy Krylon spray paint and decided to see which one matched the best. After trying a few methods what worked best was spraying it with the burgundy first, then the red on top of that (after the burgundy dried for a few minutes) to brighten it up. Using just one color didn’t seem to block the “white” from showing through – but both colors did.
Here’s the seat cushion for the couch after one light coat of paint – already looking better!
And here is the top of one of the back cushions done. The one on the left is spray painted – the one on the right isn’t done yet.
And here’s the after! (I took these pictures in early morning so there is a little dew on the chairs making them look a little wet and splotchy, but they aren’t splotchy once they are dry.)
Here’s the 2 chairs with the cushions spray painted:
And now for some before and after pictures – chair on the left:
And of course the couch which was the biggest change.
I did have to buy a new can of red and burgundy Krylon spray paint as mine had already been used for many projects before and didn’t have much left in them. So even if you factor in $6 for 2 cans of spray paint this was still a very frugal refresh that saved me tons of $ than if I had gone out and bought new cushions (that would eventually fade too.)
I will have to update you later in the summer if the spray paint fades on the fabric at all or not?? I am thinking that it might not as bad as the fabric did – but if it does I still have my 2 almost new cans in the garage ready to fix it back! And for those of you wondering – it doesn’t not rub off on your hands or clothes. I have rubbed them and nothing comes off and we have sat on them and nothing comes off. The fabric does feel a tiny bit stiffer, but not much at all. It was outdoor material which already has a heavy textured feel to it so I don’t notice much difference at all. Then again, I did light coats of spray paint too.
And if you have wicker or metal furniture that has faded or weathered or if you even just want to change the color, spray paint works wonders for that too!
Have I inspired you to pick up some spray paint yet? I hope so! I am going to be doing lots of it in the driveway over the weekend on a big project I am working on so yes, another spray paint post is coming!
What have you spray painted recently?