I used to be afraid of color, but in the last few years something changed in my decor style and the pendulum has swung the other direction. Now, I’m obsessed with vivid, bold colors (probably a bit too much). When my husband and I moved into our house last year, we became the very grateful recipients of some hand-me-down outdoor furniture. The chairs are really comfortable and the table is the perfect size for our deck, but the old hunter green and tan dining set needed a little facelift.
Before I chose any paint colors, I searched long and hard for an outdoor pillow that would be summery, bright and maybe even a little out of my color comfort zone (I know I’m living on the edge here). I knew I wanted comfortable pillows for the chairs and hoped that the right pattern would be my inspiration for the rest of the deck. I landed on these Warm Venice Paisley Outdoor Throw Pillows from World Market and I love them! They were the perfect pattern that would allow me to incorporate nearly any crazy color I wanted into my deck project. I snagged a few of those paisley pillows and added a couple of these Warm Chevron Outdoor Lumbar Pillows to the mix. (The “runner up pillow” for my deck inspiration was this Laurel 20″ Square Outdoor Pillow from Crate and Barrel.)
Using the the paisley pillow for inspiration, I headed to Home Depot for Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x spray paint. The colors I ended up choosing were Sun Yellow (table, footstools, watering can), Seaside (chairs, small planter), Aubergine (hanging planter, two citronella candle holders, white striped stool), Paprika (side table planter, 1 citronella candle) and White (basket of the side table planter). I also made sure to grab a few extra cans to touch up the chairs and table if needed down the road.
The plastic-y cloth part (that’s the technical term, of course) on the chairs took a bit more spray paint than I anticipated. If you have all metal chairs, you likely won’t need nearly as much as I did. Other than that, this upcycling project was straightforward and the paint adhered really well.
My deck table has a top that conveniently pops out of the frame, making the frame super easy to spray. I just had to make sure I painted all the nooks and crevices. I had to wait for a coat of paint to dry and then flip the table around to reach the parts I couldn’t see with the table right-side-up. Word of advice? Get one of these spray grip attachments before you start. My hand was not happy after this project since I didn’t use one.
Somehow in the midst of several moves, this dining set lost a chair (there should be six chairs total). Instead of having five chairs around the table, I pulled one near the side table for a lounge/reading area. It’s the perfect spot for sipping a summer drink while diving into a good book.
This mini-planter was upcycled from an old pot I had sitting around my house. It was a super quick DIY project that took a coat of Rust-Oleum spray paint in Seaside, a bit of potting soil and a small pansy.
I used Rust-Oleum spray paint in Sun Yellow to make this watering can match the decor. For the stool, I covered the top with a few strips of masking tape, then painted the entire thing with Rust-Oleum spray paint in Aubergine. When I peeled the masking tape off, I was left with purple and white stripes.
For the final accessory, I upcycled three citronella candles I purchased last year. The wax had run out, but I cleaned out the candle holders and sprayed them with Aubergine and Paprika colored spray paint. Then I added new citronella candles inside the newly painted candle holders.
The last step to this project? Enjoying my new outdoor space with food, drinks, family and friends.
What do you think? Do you like the bold colors or do you prefer more neutral tones?
Spray Painting Tips
1. Buy a spray grip attachment!
2. Make sure all the surfaces to be painted are completely clean and dry. I tried to rush a bit when I first started painting my table and I ended up having to repaint one section. I hadn’t completely wiped the water off the table after cleaning and then the paint just adhered to water droplets instead of the table. I quickly realized my mistake and did a better job prepping the other painting surfaces after that.
3. If you have any chips in the old paint, make sure to sand those off before spraying on the new paint.
4. Don’t spray paint when its windy. Seems obvious, but yours truly now has a teal and yellow garage floor because I decided I HAD to get this project done during the breeziest week of the summer.
5. Branch out a little. Maybe try a crazy color you’ve been wanting to use but haven’t taken that leap yet. You can always experiment on small pieces like vases or pots until you find a color you feel comfortable using.
6. In my opinion, tables should be gathered around and chairs sat in. Invite the neighbors, friends or family over to enjoy your newly upcycled space!