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Backyard Makeover Chronicles – Patio Furniture Refresh for Under $20

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Hi friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We spent a bit of Saturday morning helping family move and then the rest of ours starting in on the beginnings of our backyard makeover. Chris was busy cleaning up the landscaping while I gave some hand-me-down patio furniture a simple, DIY refresh for under $20! I love how it turned out and am really excited to share the project with you!

Here’s how the furniture looked when we brought it home last weekend:

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It is a lovely, metal set from World Market, but after sitting out in the weather all winter (and here it’s been raining for like 6 months…) they were definitely needing a bit of a face lift. It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the cushion covers were really dirty and the metal frames were starting to fade. Since we don’t have a huge budget for this makeover I decided to try washing the cushion covers and see if they would clean up well enough to still use. Luckily, after two bleach soaks and two intense washes, they cleaned up nicely. As for the frames, I new I was going to spray paint them, but it wasn’t until I found these fabulous pillows at Tuesday Morning that I decided to do the chairs in a bright color. (The love seat will get a fresh coat of black paint and it’s on my to-do list for this week.)

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Aren’t they splendid? And only $11.99 each! What a steal. 😉 I think I’ve decided they will be my color palette for the entire patio makeover. The light blue matches our exterior house color and the darker blue is almost the exact color of our trim that I’m also using to paint the deck. Anyway, I took this pillow with me to the hardware store to pick a bright color paint for the chairs and I initially thought I wanted to paint them a coral or red color, but my husband convinced me to do this Key Lime color from Rustoleum and I’m so glad I listed to him, because the color is fantastic!

The process of painting them was pretty simple – I washed them with soap and water, dried them completely, sprayed a coat on the entire top side, flipped them and painted the bottom side, then turned them back over and gave them a final touch-up coat on the top. The two chairs took 5 cans of paint (at $3.87 each that gives us a total cost of $19.35!) and with the dry time it probably took about 3 hours.

And now, after just an afternoon of work and less than $20, here’s how they look!

I also knew I wanted a white table or garden stool in my final makeover, so when I spotted this one at Tuesday Morning (with a tiny scratch on the top that got me 20% off) I snatched it up!


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I love the way the vertical slats on the back look with the green paint. They really pop!

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Wasn’t that easy? And they look so fun! I’m excited to get the love seat painted black and add in a few other pillows on it with blues and greens. Our next major task for the backyard is repairing the deck where boards were dry-rotted and building out the corner that’s missing. Then it’s on to painting! Eek! (If you’re just joining us, see this post about the updates I plan to incorporate in our backyard makeover and a “before” picture of our deck/pergola.) It’s also been really nice to have some sunny and warm weather lately too – gets my spirits up, for sure.

 If you try this simple patio furniture refresh, let me know how it goes! I hope you too are enjoying the sunshine, and as always, let me know if you have any questions.


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