DIY Upcycled Deck Furniture + Accessories

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.

Deck Upcycle - offbeat + inspiredDIY Upcycled Deck Furniture – After

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.)

Table and Chairs - Before - offbeat + inspiredDIY Upcycled Deck Furniture – Before

Table and Chairs - After - offbeat + inspiredDIY Upcycled Deck Furniture – After

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.

Chair with Chevron Pillow - offbeat + inspired

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.

Table and Chairs - before and after - offbeat + inspired

For the deck accessories, I upcycled a garage sale side table to make a planter (instructions here) and an old hanging planter (see here for instructions on that project).

Hanging Planter - Before and After - offbeat + inspiredSimple Upcycled Hanging Planter

Side Table - Before and After - offbeat + inspiredDIY Upcycled Side Table + Planter

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.

Reading Chair and Table - offbeat + inspired

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.

Small Flower Pot - Before and After - offbeat + inspired

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.

Watering can and stool - before - offbeat + inspiredWatering Can + Stool – Before

Stool and Watering Can - After - offbeat + inspiredWatering Can + Stool – After

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.

Table with Citronella Candles - offbeat + inspired

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!

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  1. OMG! This is beautiful! I love it! I love all of it! Each piece is all so bright and brings so much liveliness to the deck! LOVE IT!!!!

  2. I’ve seen a lot of spray paint ideas but this is one of the best ever! My patio furniture could really use a lift. We would love to have you share this at our Saturday Link Party. Each link will be shown on two blogs, Made From Pinterest and Bakerette! It starts Fridays at 3pm, hope we see you there!

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  3. I love this!!! All those pops of colors. I have seen that exact set so many times and walked right by it thinking it was not quite my pallette. 🙂 Good luck with CWTS!

  4. Loving this look!! We just inherited a hand-me-down set that looks very similar to the “before,” and I’m doing research to figure out the best way of going about updating all the pieces.. I’m wondering — as it’s been a few months since this post — how has the spray paint held up on the mesh part of the chairs?

    • Also…. what finish of spray paint did you use — satin, gloss, matte?

    • So glad you like the look of this! This is the second season with this furniture now, and to be honest, I was surprised how well the paint held up on the mesh part. I will admit that when I first painted them, the mesh section required a ton more paint than I had thought it would. There’s been a little wear and tear, but I made sure to keep at least a can or two of the main colors (the teal and yellow) so I could do touch ups the next season. Overall, the paint has kept up pretty well – it just needed a few touch ups when I lugged everything out of my shed. 🙂

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  7. Kimberly Chickini says:

    Hello. How did the paint work on the mesh sling material? Has it lasted? I’ve seen a few others – one that used Rustoleum Universal spray paint and one that use interior eggshell paint. Thank you.

  8. Kimberly Chickini says:

    Also my table and chairs are on a patio with no cover. Do you know how the mesh would hold up in the summer rain? Thanks.

  9. This is exactly what I’m thinking of doing. How has the wear been? Does the paint crack or come off from the fabric sections on the chair?

    • Glenda Crews says:

      should I put some kind of clear coat over the painted chairs to keep from them peeling as they sit outdoors. Thanks Glenda

  10. How many cans of spray paint did it take you to do the dining table and chairs?

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  12. This is exactly what I’m thinking of doing. How has the wear been? Does the paint crack or come off from the fabric sections on the chair?


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