Raise your hand if you wish your patio looked like the photos from Pottery Barn? Or Home Depot? Or Lowe’s?
Well, I hear ya. There’s just something about the winter that makes busting out the patio for Spring and Summer a refresh must —a dirty, time-consuming must. Ugh. But take heart. To make the job easier, a few simple ideas for refreshing several different kinds of “over-the-hill” furniture are here to help.
So let’s have a look.
8 Ways to Easily Refresh Over-the-Hill Patio Furniture
We all know that patio furniture comes in all shapes and sizes —and is made of a gazillion different products. Because of this, I spanned the gambit for easy ways to get that sad sack of a patio set ready to rock out the Spring and Summer.
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One of my super-talented bloggy friends saved her 10-year-old patio set made of woven fabric by painting it! Yes! And the change is totally amazing. To see the full tutorial, please click here to visit Leanne over at Diva of DIY.
Wrought Iron or Aluminum
Anybody have a patio table set made of wrought iron or aluminum? Is it grody from living out in the elements or faded from the sun? Does it look anything like this?
This is actually my set that had been out in the elements for about 6 or 7 years. It was in great shape except for some pitting on the arms of the chairs and fading. So last Fall, this little set got the full-monty of outdoor furniture makeovers. If you ‘d like to see how I easily achieved a do-it-yourself factory finish in two afternoons, please click here for the tutorial.
However, if your set is metal, getting the finish you need is a little bit harder. Wendi from H2O Bungalow provides an excellent tutorial for cleaning, priming, and painting so that the refresh will last. Please click here to link to her blog post.
For all sad and weary sets made from teak, just hold the phone. A great post on cleaning and sealing outdoor teak furniture by Lisa, from Shine Your Light blog, will rock your world. To read the full tutorial, please click here.
In case your heartache is broken down wicker, my friend Toni, from Small House Soul, covers repairing and painting wicker in this one post. Click here to see the before, during, and after.
— Side Table —
I continued my patio makeover by refinishing a side table that the Hubs found at a garage sale. And, based on the bowing wood, it had been wet. Really wet.
After a good cleaning and some sanding, the table was painted and sealed so that it could live outdoors. I will tell you that I do not leave it out all of the time, although the paint manufacturer assured me that it was ok to do so. To see how this little table got ready to tame the wild outdoors, please click here.
— Beverage Cart —
My friend Marie, from Interior Frugalistia, refinished an old table and, with a few easy change-ups, coverted it into a rolling beverage cart for the patio. Because the change-ups are so easy, I categorized it as an over-the-hill refresh rather than a rebuild. You can see the before and the full tutorial by clicking here.
— Weathered Wood Bench —
A couple of years ago, this wooden bench was rescued from the elements out on the back forty and given a new lease on life with a good cleaning, some stain, and some paint. To review this easy distressing process, please click this link.
— One-Hour Cushion Slip-Cover —
Then the seat cushion was recovered using a super-slick, easy-to-sew method. If you have outdated seat cushions, please click this link to check out the post.
And that’s all there is to it. Eight ways to revive over-the-hill furniture plus an easy cushion cover. What more could you ask for?
Seriously, what more? 🙂
If you have an outdoor furniture problem that wasn’t covered in these posts, please leave a message in the comments. We will see if we can figure out the problem and get your set up and running.
In the meantime,