Project Notes: Garden Color

A few weeks ago, we were having beautiful weather here in Portland and with summer on the horizon, we started getting the backyard ready to enjoy.  Mother’s Day brought a new umbrella for our outdoor table and Tyson tackled power washing all of the hardscape.

As he was prepping to power wash, he asked if it was time to retire these chairs. They are the first pieces of patio furniture we purchased forever ago.  They have seen A LOT of sun and have held up surprisingly well for being plastic.  Last year no one sat in them.  They are just really sad.

As I was about to concede that it was time to part ways with them, Tyson said “or you could paint them”.  And that my friends, is one of the many reasons why I love that man!  I immediately knew what I wanted to do.

After cleaning them off, I grabbed some Rustoleum…

A little primer…

And a little pop of color.

I was having a hard time finding just the right red that was in my brain and then I saw this post by Natalie at Detail-Oriented Diva!  She did some amazing candlesticks the exact color I was looking for: Sunrise Red

At the store, I kept going back and forth between the Sunrise and Apple Red; at the last minute I chose Apple.

Several light coats later and we have “new” chairs to enjoy just in time for summer.

This was such a fun project since I really had nothing to lose.  The chairs were on their way out the door, so if I hated the color, I was only out a couple of bucks on spray paint.

Also, because of their age and condition, they allowed me the freedom to throw my perfectionism out the window.  It was a good project to practice spraying and not fret over drips.  They just didn’t need to be perfect and I could go for it with the spray can.

During the final coat of spraying, the wind kicked up and since I was wearing flip-flops, my toes ended up looking a bit sunburned.  All a part of the DIY experience.  Since I’m in BAD need of a pedicure, I’ll spare you the photo.  Let’s look at the chairs some more instead.

I’m keeping my eyes open for some fun cushions; I have something new in my brain that I’ll have to see if I can find.  But even without them, I love looking outside at the bright color!

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  1. Makaila says:

    These are AMAZING! I absolutely love the color you went with! In fact. I have two metal garden bistro chairs that I was wanting to do Red and I am totally going to copy you!

    • Storypiece says:

      Yay… I can’t wait to see how they turn out! I love the red, especially when the weather turns all dreary. Oh… and it took me about 5 cans of spray paint and a few trips to the store since I wasn’t expecting it to take that much. 🙂 Good luck!

  2. Stacey says:

    I love a lady with a spray paint can… she can change the world! Or at least make it so pretty. Man, did you! I LOVE THEM. They just really pop on the pebbled concrete pad and the green lawn and plants make a perfect background for these “new” chairs. Makes me want to grab a lemonade and kick back for a giggle with you on your porch. Really fun ….. and great that you didn’t throw them out.

  3. northofseven says:

    Apple red by Rustoleum!!! love it! Did my bench in that colour. LOVE THESE! They’re sexy red. Were you going for sexy red? If not they’re happy red. LOL

    • Storypiece says:

      Ha! That’s a great question. That’s probably the difference between the Sunrise and the Apple Reds… one is sexy and the other is happy. Now, which is which? I bet the bench is amazing! I’ll have to look for it.

    • Storypiece says:

      Thanks! Couldn’t have done it without seeing your pretty candlestick holders. I was truly stumped trying to make a decision on paint color. Thanks again, Natalie!

  4. Jenn says:

    These look great! Isn’t it amazing how a couple coats of spray paint can bring old furniture back to life? I love that you chose a fun bold color too 🙂

    • Storypiece says:

      Thanks, Jenn. It is amazing! I need to keep this in mind more often. And it was really fun to do something bold and a little (for me) over the top. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. coboll says:

    Nice job on the chairs!
    I have these same exact chairs with a table that someone left at a cabin we purchased.
    I spray painted the chairs a deep marine blue and the table a lime green. I should have used primer though because I need to touch them up every spring. They are so colorful with all my flowers.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Connie! I bet the deep marine blue and lime green is really fun and cheery. Ours have held up pretty well, but we put them into storage every fall because of the weather we get in Oregon. We occasionally get a wind storm that I know would blow them around the yard. They probably only end up with about 6 months of yard time otherwise I’d be touching them up too. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Cheers!

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