DIY: Spray Painted Patio Furniture
When my friend Ryan recruited me to help her make over her 30+ year old patio furniture set, I instantly started having spray paint fantasies.
That sounds a little weird.
Spray painting is a really quick, cheap, and easy way to accomplish a DIY paint job. It leaves a ton of room for human error (always important), and the fact that it is never too permanent is a great way to dip your toe into DIY projects, always knowing that you can just spray paint it back to whatever the original color was.
We decided to take her black wrought iron patio furniture set and spray paint it a glossy white to brighten up the whole set and modernize it a bit. This project took about 3 hours with the two of us – not bad in a days work!
Although we went with simple white – which is a great blank canvas to then get creative with other decor – I can’t wait to try some other spray paint crushes like these:
She’s planning on adding some fun colored cushions to these chairs, a planter in the corner (I love this ombre blue one from Target), and maybe a Turkish towel on the top of the table to act as a runner. I’ll keep you guys updated!
DIY: SPRAY PAINTED PATIO FURNITURE
6 cans of white spray paint + primer (much easier to do it in one step) – this covered 4 chairs and a large table (we used Valspar Paint + Primer Premium Finish Exterior/Interior with a satin finish)
4-5 sheets of coarse grit sandpaper
4T apple cider vinegar + water
A sense of humor
1. The number one rule when doing any kind of paint job is to protect your surface. Unfortunately, we were dealing with a little bit of wind, so this took us a few minutes. Drop cloths are super cheap – always buy 1-2 more than you think you need.
2. Mix together 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with warm water into a small bowl. Wet a few paper towels with the mixture and lightly rub all over the furniture. The apple cider vinegar helps to remove any rust build-up, which is especially helpful when dealing with wrought iron furniture. Let dry.
3. Take the coarse grit sand paper, and rub over the furniture in circular motions. Take special care in areas where any paint is peeling, rust has built up, etc. Don’t worry so much about what it looks like (the spray paint will cover all of the imperfections), but when you run your fingers over it, you want it to be smooth.
4. When you’re done sanding, use some damp paper towels and do one more quick cleaning of the furniture to remove any dirt from the sanding process (just with water this time, not the apple cider vinegar solution). Let dry.
5. Hold the spray paint can about 6-8 inches away from the furniture, and use sweeping motions. Don’t get too close or stay in one spot for too long, or the paint will start to drip. Think of it like blow drying your hair – you always keep the blow dryer moving. Don’t get too hung up on making it look perfect everywhere – you’ll do 2 coats, it will even out by the time you’re finished.
6. If your spray paint does pool up and drip in any spot – no worries! Just grab a piece of your sandpaper, lightly scrub that spot until it is bare again, and start over in that area! My favorite thing about spray paint. There really is no messing up.
7. Let the first coat dry for 15-20 minutes. Then, if necessary, move the chair (flip it over, tilt it against the wall, etc) to get to any spots you couldn’t reach during the first go around. Do your second coat, this time focusing on making sure you have a nice, even color.
8. Once you’ve completed your second coat, let it dry completely before moving the furniture around – even if it is dry to the touch, if you scrape it against something the paint may come up. Leave it overnight, and then pull up your drop cloth and enjoy your new furniture!!!