Furniture Makeovers

Outdoor Wood Furniture Makeover

Hello Friends,

Y’all know that Fusion Mineral Paint is terrific for indoor furniture. Right?

But did you know that it can be used on outdoor wood furniture, too?

Outdoor Wood Furniture Makeover

When this solid wood table was refinished the first time, it was just slathered with a home-made, chalk-type paint.

And it looked all lovely and bright and white.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.

A coffee table makeover in white chalk paint is accented with an aqua checker/chess board | #outdoorwoodfurniture |

But over time, daily use and abuse took a toll.

BEFORE: An outdoor wood coffee table is screaming for an update | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

And the once pristine white table became a dingy, dirty and drink-ringed mess.

I knew I had to do something, but what?

BEFORE: A desperately dirty outdoor coffee table is getting a makeover | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

Color Inspiration


I already knew that, for Fall, I wanted to use fresh flowers and Fall perennials on the back patio. So, my first stop was at a local nursery to figure out which perennials would pop against the gray stone.

And for my fellow flower children, this is a 2-gallon Coreopsis grandiflora. I brought home six of these little beauties.

An outdoor coffee table makeover inspired by the colors in flowers | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |


Then I rummaged through my stash of fabrics to find a “fall-looking” combo.

An outdoor coffee table makeover begins by pulling inspiration from flowers and fabrics | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |


With flowers in pots and fabrics in hands, it was time to circle back to the Fusion color chart.

And I gotta tell ya, it was a close call between Prairie Sunset and Mustard. Both of these colors would look fresh and definitely “fall-like,” but I finally settled on Mustard.

Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Mustard | Perfect for outdoor furniture makeovers | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

I mean, really. Doesn’t it look just sooooo good and sooooo Fall-like with the accessories?

AFTER: A solid wood outdoor coffee table makeover in the color Mustard | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

Outdoor Wood Furniture Makeover

And the makeover is so super-easy to do. Here’s how:

Step One: Clean

  • As with any makeover, the first step is always to clean every square inch of the piece with a cleaner/degreaser.

  • This includes the bottom of the feet. Sounds crazy, but you’ll thank me later.

  • I like to use Simple Green or a TSP-like product made by Fusion Mineral Paint.

  • The Fusion product is so ecofriendly, it doesn’t even need to be fully rinsed off.

  • Simple Green is also really good and available everywhere, including Amazon.

  • But regardless of which cleaning product, just follow the directions on the container to get the best result from the cleaner. 

Change the color of your outdoor wood furniture as often as you change your mind | Color shown - Mustard | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

Step Two : Sand

  • Depending on the finish, a light sanding with 80-100 grit sandpaper will knock away rough places and give the old finish a bit of tooth.

  • When a piece has tooth, it means that the old finish isn’t super-slick so the new finish can grab hold easier.

  • Most pieces do better with a bit of light sanding. It took about 10 minutes for me to sand over this table and then wipe away the dust with a tack cloth.

  • A tack cloth can be found on Amazon or in the paint section of the home improvement store. It’s a clean, soft cloth with a bit of sticky so very fine dust is picked up without needing cleaners or water.

A rich color (Mustard) adds a pop of interest and warmth to this outdoor solid wood coffee table | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

Step Three: Add Paint

  • First, flip the table over and paint the bottom of the feet and the under sides.

  • Let it dry and do it again.

  • I know….ordinarily, we don’t paint the bottoms of the feet, but this table will be outside. So yea, seal up ALL the wood, especially the bottoms of the feet.

Bring a fall color palette together with an outdoor wood furniture makeover | This coffee table is painted Mustard | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

  • When the feet are dry, flip the table over and give the topside a couple of coats.

  • The paint dries in about an hour so two coats can be easily applied in one day. 

Make outdoor wood furniture last longer by sealing the wood with paint | Fusion Mineral Paint adds color and sealer in one step | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

  • Because Fusion is self-sealing, it does take extra time for the paint to fully cure. Although the paint is dry to touch in about an hour (or less), it takes about 30 days for the hard seal to completely cure. So I didn’t leave this coffee table outside without a covering or let the use and abuse resume until it had fully cured.

  • Now I only keep it covered to protect from bird droppings and tree debris. LOL…ewww.

  • But no more dingy and dirty….and definitely no more worries about sweaty-glass rings.

  • And best part? All of that glorious Mustard color will last through the use and abuse, even in bright sun.

Let the color Mustard break up fall browns and oranges with a rich pop of golden color | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

And that’s all there is to it.

Painting and protecting in one easy step.

What could be better?

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Outdoor wood furniture color and care made easy | This post shares a makeover and includes tips for extra waterprotection | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

This table will be part of the patio transition (to early Fall) reveal on September 20 as part of a week long celebration with other bloggers. 

I’d be thrilled to have you stop by then.

In the meantime, here are two more pieces painted in FMP Mustard.

DIY Milking Bench

DIY this milking bench to the size of your choice | A complete tutorial is shared | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

Wicker Chair Makeover

Old wicker should never die. It should simply get a makeover | Check out the easy tutorial here | #outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetable #fusionmineralpaint #ad |

#outdoorwoodfurniture #coffeetablemakeover #fusionmineralpaint #diy #furnituremakeovers




  • Reply Susanne September 10, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Fusion Mineral in Mustard is my favorite color!!! It looks wonderful against those accessories and the beautiful flowers you chose! You space is just so welcoming!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 18, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Suz! It’s waiting for you!

  • Reply Tonya Redmond September 11, 2019 at 9:15 am

    It looks beautiful! I love that color!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 18, 2019 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Tonya! It’s a great color for Fall.

  • Reply Marie InteriorFrugalista September 11, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Oh, I remember that cute little checkerboard table. It looks lovely painted mustard yellow for Fall. Can’t wait to see your patio decorated for Fall.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 18, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Hi Marie and thanks so much! I did save the checkerboard….hence the drape….so it could go back to game table in the Spring.

  • Reply Denise - Salvaged Inspirations September 17, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Love this color. Perfect for Fall and from the little I see your patio looks amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 18, 2019 at 8:41 am

      Thanks so much, Denise. It’s fun to change furniture colors with the seasons.

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