Welcome to the DIY Furniture Girls Monthly Challenge. This month’s theme is all about “Glitz and Glam.”
And honestly, I thought I was going to miss this one. Then one of the Glitz and Glam girlfriends pointed out that I was in the middle of doing a glitzed and glammed project. She was, of course, referring to my outdoor table set that was getting a refresh using metallic paint.
I’m not sure how I missed that connection, but I’m so happy for the fellowship…and wisdom…..of friends. 🙂
In case you’ve missed some of my earlier posts, this Fall has been all about the patio. We’ve been cleaning, repairing, painting, and refinishing the furniture.
The porch swing got a jazzy new updo in a fun aqua (click here to see).
The fireplace grouping was set in an early fall tablescape that featured color (click here to see) and
again in October to feature neutrals (click here to see).
Today, I’m sharing the long overdue outdoor table set refresh.
Outdoor Table Set Refresh
The outdoor set lives out in the elements all year. It’s pretty amazing that there was no rust, grime, or mildew. The main problem was fading paint that looked really awful.
Step 1 – Clean and Prep
Although the chairs were super faded, they didn’t seem to have a great deal of dirt, grime, or mildew. But since it can be difficult to detect these on dark surfaces, I did a thorough prep anyway.
- Combine chlorine bleach with liquid dishwashing detergent in a 1:1 ratio. Only bleach will remove mold/mildew and the detergent is needed for dirt and grime. When combined, the detergent increases the viscosity of the bleach so that it is like applying a gel product.
- Apply the bleach/detergent combo on the entire chair with a small plastic scrub brush. Just pretend you are icing a cake.
- Rinse the chair thoroughly with water. I used the power washer, but you may be able to rinse the residue away with the power nozzle on the hose.
Because these steps are so dangerous to the camera, I didn’t get photos. Sorry!! 🙁
Remember to wear protective face, eye, and clothing when working with bleach, paint, and/or power washing.
Step 2 – Apply Two Coats of Paint
Once the chairs are completely dry, apply the first coat of paint. I used Rustoleum Metallic Paint & Primer in One Spray. The color is Flat Burnished Amber. Shake the can and spray the chair in even strokes to get full coverage. Just imagine the rhythm of a swing going across the piece. Left to right to left to right. Same rhythm with every crossing. This is how to get complete coverage while avoiding paint runs.
Notice, too, that even though the name includes the word “flat,” the color has a bit of glimmer.
Once the first coat is completely dry, spray the second coat of the Rustoleum Metallic Paint & Primer in the color Oil Rubbed Bronze. Except this time, don’t spray the chair to get complete coverage. Spray this coat so that a “cloud” of paint is created. This is accomplished by holding the can further away from the chair and move the can in circles to create a mist (AKA light fog) over the chair.
When the cloud settles, the finish will have flecks of the first paint showing through the second. This creates a shimmering, factory-like finish with great depth of color.
I didn’t need to refinish the table legs and was pleased that this combination of paint color and technique worked so well to match the legs. Copper would have been a little bright, but the amber had just the right amount of coppery depth.
The table and chairs sit adjacent to the fireplace grouping and we have lots of family BBQs in the combined space. This is especially the case during the fall. BBQ and football. College and NFL. My guys don’t really care what game is on as long as the ribs are good. 🙂
And now, I’m so pleased to have a table set that looks like new.
After only one afternoon for prep and another for painting.
Seriously, that’s all there is to it.
I do hope you’ll use this handy graphic to pin this idea for later…. 🙂
Now let’s see how The Girls Glitzed and Glammed…