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Refreshing Old Patio Furniture - How to Create a Fresh New Look For Your Dingy Patio Table and Chairs

Do you have an old but, good quality patio table and chairs set which just looks like the typical old set - done in either white or green?

Would you like to update your patio set for the upcoming spring and summer weather EASILY? Why not, I say!

Even if your patio furniture does not look old or dingy, you can still opt for a new look for your outdoor decor.

There are a few ways you can update your patio furniture. I have opted for a simple paint job. Spray paint is a miracle diy product.

Note that in my typical frugal fashion, this complete patio set cost me $10. The table was snatched from the side of the road in someone's garbage... oh that word is much too nasty...how about we call it someone's unwantables instead. So, the table came from someone's unwantables that they decided to put at the side of the road and hence, it was a great price - FREE!

It is a solid lightweight metal table base (probably aluminum - no rust, yeah!) with a glass table top. This table will literally last forever. (The only issue was getting it home as I do not own a truck so, in true unwantables diving fashion, it was strapped to the top of the car with a cord from another piece of unwantables - an old VCR cable. We got it home pretty much unscathed and glass unbroken - whew!)

The chairs which came from a garage sale costing a total of $10 for all 4 including the cushions. These chairs are very good quality lightweight metal - probably aluminum because in the 10 years that I have had them, they have sat outside all 4 seasons (including good Canadian winters) and there is no rust anywhere on them.

So you can see that your first step to frugal decorating is getting good quality items for a low low price or preferably free. Check your local Freecycle. It is a great source for free unwantables.

You can see in the photo that this patio set is lacking in style or pizazz. No wait...let's get real here...the set is plain ugly. Remember, the table was dark green and in the photo has already been painted black. The chairs have been painted orange - an idea I had some years ago to spice up the chairs with something a little different. I had also made covers for the cushions which looked great with that orange color - not looking so good with the yellow chair cushions and black table.

Let's go back to the beginning life of this patio 'set'. The table was brought home with a dark green paint finish. The chairs were plain white with the same yellow and white cushions.

As part of this do-it-yourself patio set update, the only update we will be doing is using spray paint. Yes, spray paint.

Simply...I decided to paint all of the set black. Yes, this may seem boring considering all of the various colors available in patio furniture today. They are beautiful and normally, I would have been a little more adventurous and colourful in my color choice. However, because I have another (non-free) patio set on my lower deck, I decided to keep the colours more consistent so they could be mixed and matched for better use when we have larger crowds for company.

Patio Set - Before Spray Paint DIY Project

The patio furniture before it was revamped. The chairs and cushions cost me $10 at a garage sale and the table was free. Spray paint cost about $6. Take a look to your right for the finished project.

Patio Set - Before Spray Paint DIY Project
Eh voila! The patio set after a spray paint redo and some new cushions. It looks beautiful - at a total cost of less than $20 (less the cushions). That is my kind of cheap chic style!

Get Outside and Start Spray Painting

Ok...now for the actual work involved. Yes, there is a bit of work as with any home diy project. And yes, as with most home decor projects, preparation is probably the most important step. With that said, prepare your patio furniture. That means scrape or sand any old paint off and if plastic, you may want to just scuff up the surface so that the paint adheres.

I do recommend priming your furniture first so that the paint adheres better. There are plastic paints out there specifically for plastics which do not require primer. If you do not prepare your patio table and chairs, you may find that the paint will chip off soon after. Why waste your time and money if you only have to repaint after 1 month or 2.

My next step will be to purchase...or make...new patio chair cushions. The cushions have seen better days and will need to be updated to make the set chic and sleek. However, for now, this set works great for around the pool area. It is lightweight, not too big and if it is mal-used (not mentioning any kids names), no big deal.

So get outside this summer and spruce up your backyard for less.

Shelly Whitney - About the Author: Inspired Interiors.ca - Home Decor Specialist. Copyright 2013 - may not be reproduced without written consent.

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