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Outdoor Table Set Is Glitzed and Glammed

Outdoor Table Set is Glitzed and Glammed | The Chelsea Project |

Hello Friends,

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. 🙂


Old furniture will look like new with this clean and paint method | The Chelsea Project |

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.

Faded outdoor furniture before | The Chelsea Project |

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Apply the bleach/detergent combo on the entire chair with a small plastic scrub brush.  Just pretend you are icing a cake. 
  3. 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. 

Outdoor furniture after one coat of paint | The Chelsea Project |

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.

The right application technique is just as important as the right paint for getting a factory finish | The Chelsea Project |

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. 

A factory-like finish is possible when the right application technique and paint are combined | The Chelsea Project |

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.

Fall neutrals work with the natural colors of the surroundings | The Chelsea Project |

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.  🙂

See how this outdoor set goes from blah to beautiful | The Chelsea Project |

And now, I’m so pleased to have a table set that looks like new.

When outdoor chairs are as comfortable without cushions as they are with cushions, refreshing is better than replacing. Click through for the easy how-to | The Chelsea Project |

After only one afternoon for prep and another for painting.  

From faded to fabulous. Click through to see how this outdoor table set got its quick and easy refresh | The Chelsea Project |

Seriously, that’s all there is to it.

I do hope you’ll use this handy graphic to pin this idea for later…. 🙂

Outdoor Table Set Refresh | How to get a Factory Finish with Spray Paint | The Chelsea Project |

Now let’s see how The Girls Glitzed and Glammed…

DIY Furniture Girls



  • Reply Karen Marie Kedzuch October 20, 2016 at 4:32 am

    I love the way you refreshed your patio furniture. It sure sparkles pretty.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 6:41 am

      Thanks Karen.

  • Reply Lucy @ Patina Paradise October 20, 2016 at 6:13 am

    I love how the light reflects all the different flecks of color like it has diamond dust on it. They are looking great all glitzed up in your patio. Can’t wait to see it all finished! ;o)

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 6:41 am

      Thanks Lucy.

  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 October 20, 2016 at 6:15 am

    I love your outdoor space. The table looks great.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 6:40 am

      Thanks Debra.

  • Reply Heather K Tracy October 20, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Wow…I thought that once the factory finish had begun to wear, we were doomed to a boring spray paint DIY attempt that would always fall ‘flat’! Thank you for proving me wrong, Susie! Love the way you layered the ORB over the base coat to get a really dimensional finish. This is great…Pinned!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Thanks Heather! Your kind and encouraging words are so special to me.

  • Reply My Creative Days October 20, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Such a pretty table and chairs! Love your outside area as always!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Thanks Lindsay!!

  • Reply 1915house October 20, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Absolutely love how this finished turned out! Fabulous job – as always!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Thanks Sarah. I’ll be sad when the weather turns and I can’t work outside anymore. It’s been a very dry Fall. Perfect for all of these projects. 🙂

  • Reply diy180 October 20, 2016 at 8:48 am

    It looks beautiful and I love the color. Great finish.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Vanessa.. XO

  • Reply Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY) October 20, 2016 at 8:50 am

    That outside area is just Stunning and now it has a glitzy and glam set to go with its beauty! Great job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Karin… XO

  • Reply Amy | Canary Street Crafts October 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

    You have the most beautiful outdoor space! I’m envious of it every time you share photos. Your table set looks fabulous and I love the shimmery, oil rubbed bronze look.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Thanks so much, Amy. You are such an encouragement to me.. Appreciate so much!

  • Reply Carolann October 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Love it Susie. I did the same color to my outdoor bench and it’s so pretty. Another great job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks Carolann. I so glad you love the color, too.

  • Reply Marcie Lovett October 20, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Love this look! I have an old wrought iron bench that I spray green every other year or so, but I’m thinking it may be time for a new color….

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks Marcie. A change of color can make the whole space feel new. Maybe it is time..??? Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply doodletllc October 20, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Love the shimmer – it totally refreshed the table/chairs….very nicely done.

  • Reply Sue October 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Your how to tips to spray paint are very unique and you are a treasure to follow. The chairs do look fantastic now and the table and patio area should be on the cover of House Beautiful or Handyman or any magazine really.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks Sue. You are so kind to me. Thank you so much.

  • Reply Nancy October 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Great project Susie! It looks beautiful in your backyard. I miss you my friend! We need to catch up soon.


    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Hi Nancy! Thanks so much! Miss you, too. Yes! We must get together soon.

  • Reply Kim Jones October 20, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Susie, I think the finish you created is just perfect for your patio or anybody’s patio for that matter! Cleaning sound like the worst part but the end product looks wonderful! Great job.
    Kim @huntandhost

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks Kim. Yes! Cleaning was awful, but totally worth it. Now, bring on the BBQ.

  • Reply Christy K James October 20, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I love how the paint sparkles in the light! Your set looks brand new in your gorgeous outdoor space! I update our set on the deck each Spring with a quick coat of Rustoleum and I swear it looks brand new every time when I’m done. I love this sparkly one though…might need to change it up next year! XO

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 20, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks Christy! I look forward to seeing your set next Spring.

  • Reply Wendi@H2OBungalow October 21, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Beautiful backyard and makeover! You guys are going to spend many lovely hours relaxing and enjoying your peferct outdoor space! Good job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 21, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Thanks Wendi. Whatever would I do without your encouraging comments? XOXO

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul October 21, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Wow, it turned out so beautiful! And burnished Amber is one of the colors I love to use and have used it on my new shelf brackets my living room. I didn’t know about creating the cloud technique with the paint and will definitely be trying that very soon. Your patio is looking so beautiful and relaxing, I wished I could join you there for a cup of coffee and a nice long chat!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 21, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Toni. Someday…. yes! We will start the day on the patio with coffee and end it with BBQ… looking forward to that!!! ♥️♥️♥️

  • Reply Paula October 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

    You made this set look like new! The paint colors that you used are perfect for this set. I hope you family enjoys many happy meals around this refurbished table and chair set.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 21, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Paula. Yes, I think we will….it’s a beautiful Fall in our area this year. XOXO

  • Reply Marie from The Interior Frugalista October 22, 2016 at 9:26 am

    It really does look like a factory finish, Susie! I’ve pinned it to my Painting Techniques board. Clever idea layering the different finishes. What I would do to have an outdoor living space like yours!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 22, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks Marie. Love having you visit the blog!!

  • Reply Sam @ Raggedy Bits November 1, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Your outdoor set looks like it has just walked straight out of the shop!!! Your outdoor living area is just so beautiful and I bet you and your family have spent lots of wonderful time out there!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Sam! And yes! We love being outdoors.

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    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Thanks so much for the feature!! XO

  • Reply Mary-The Boondocks Blog November 2, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Susie that is one gorgeous table. What is the top made of? The chairs look brand new after you tackled them.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thanks so much, Mary. The table is made of slate tiles.

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    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Thanks so much for featuring my little table makeover!! XOXO

  • Reply ARod November 9, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Love the new look and life you gave this set. What an awesome job. Such an inspiration thanks so much

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks so much. It’s always so nice to have you stop by.

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