Outdoor Living: Give Your Outdoor Furniture New Life

It’s about this time of year when you start trying to get just a little bit of a hint of spring in the air. By the end of the month the temperatures should start rising, and now the days are getting longer. So, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about getting your backyard or garden prepped and ready to go in time for the arrival of spring.

Lawn furniture can be a tricky subject for people. Mostly, because it’s usually pretty expensive, and with all the other expenses you have around the house, it’s hard to justify spending $500 on a nice new set of table and chairs.

But, that’s why we love DIY around here. Because you can take bargain lawn furniture, pieces you might find on a Craigslist search, at a yard sale, or even an old set from a neighbor and turn it into something that looks new again.

Let’s look at some of the most common lawn furniture problems and how we can fix them.

Rusty Metal Furniture

After a few years outside, that metal furniture is going to start rusting from being exposed to the elements, leaving a gross brown flaky mess in its wake. But, before you start throwing away that furniture, it’s actually pretty easy to fix with a little bit of elbow grease.

The same is true if you pick up a bargain set at a garage sale or flea market, just because the furniture has rust doesn’t mean it’s ruined.

Take some metal wire brushes, you can get these at your local hardware store, and brush off all of the areas of rust and flakes. If you need to get into the little areas, these brushes come in a number of sizes. Once you get all the big pieces off, get some sandpaper to smooth down any rough edges all over the chair, and wipedown.

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Photo via Suburbanexperiment.wordpress.com

From there, you want to get spray primer. This will give your furniture a sticky coat that will attach to both the metal, and the paint you are going to put over it. Once the lawn furniture is primed, go ahead and pick any outdoor spray paint color you like, and get spraying. Remember to cover up any areas with paper and tape any areas you don’t want sprayed.

Once you’re done, you’re set will look brand new and ready to be shown off in the yard!

Dull Wicker Furniture

Wicker is another common material for outdoor furniture. However, after years in the sun, that old beautiful wicker chair now looks really dull and boring. No worries though, there are a couple of ways that you can liven up your wicker furniture for a low price.

If you love the natural wood look of wicker and don’t want to paint it, then we just need to brighten it up. Take out your furniture and give it a good cleaning, a lot of dirt and dust can get caught in all those crevices.

Next, get a good clean rag and use either linwood oil or tung oil to rub all over the wood. These oils will do wonders to brighten up and protect the wood, giving your wicker lawn furniture a fresh new look.

Another option is to change up the cushions on your wicker furniture. Nothing can spruce up the look of a chair like adding brand new cushions. So, splurge for a new set, or head to your local fabric store, get a few yards of outdoor fabric and and foam core and make your own cushions for the chairs.

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Photo via Rustoleumspraypaint.com/

Finally, a last option to give wicker furniture new life is to apply a fresh coat of paint. Just like above, you want to clean the chairs and make sure they are nice and dry before moving on to the next step.

Once again, we want to use our trusty spray paint. Now depending on how the base of the chair looks you might want to prime it first, say if the chair is painted a dark blue already and you want to change it to yellow. Otherwise find a great high quality enamel spray paint in the color that you choose and start spraying.

This is going to be a bit more of a process than with the metal lawn furniture, just because with the nature of wicker there are a lot of little spaces that will need to be covered, so take your time.

Once the paint is dry you are good to go.

These two projects show just how easy it is to transform your old lawn furniture into something new and shiny. You’re guests will never be able to tell they are sitting on old or used furniture, and you will be able to change up the colors for years to come.

Have you ever done a project like this? What are some of your favorite ways to spruce up your old furniture? Let us know in the comments!

  • http://www.Storage.com Aaron Mackel

    We always appreciate advice and will definitely take a look at improving the overall experience. Thanks for the compliment on the writing!