Monthly Archives: June 2016

DIY Patio Chair Facelift

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My husband rescued these patio chairs from a work job where they were getting tossed out.

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At first I was like… “Really? These are so ugly.” but he insisted they were sturdier than our cheapo set (which he, my sister, and my cousin assembled out of a box, if that tells you anything). And he was right. They’re better quality. The leg joints don’t make my worried it might break the minute I sit in it. So there’s that.

I started looking around for ideas on how to give these chairs a makeover. I had a nice canvas fabric in blues and greens that I’ve moved at least 4 times and had yet to use. This seemed as good a time as any to actually cut into it and make something. I used the fabric color scheme to inspire my paint choices.

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This project has two parts: spray painting the metal of the chairs, and sewing new covers for the cushions. If you’re doing initial research like I did, let me say now: *You CAN spray paint the mesh fabric on your chairs!*

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Mini Pantry Paint Job

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I’ve mentioned The Buy Nothing Project before, and I continue to get cool stuff pretty regularly through my local group. In our new apartment, there’s a lot less cabinet space (which I happily traded for a fenced in yard!)  but after being here for a month and a half I was really losing patience with the remaining two boxes of food and kitchen utensils taking up space in the dining area.

I got a small cabinet through the group and decided to spray paint it a different color to bring some brightness into the kitchen (and because the blonde wood color really clashes with the dark wood cabinets and bright yellow countertops – yep, our new kitchen is straight out of 1972. Look, I told you, there’s a yard. I would do anything for an outdoor space, so here we are).

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Pardon the clutter and stray patches of dirt on my patio, we’re still unpacking and I’ve been doing a lot of yard work and planting (I’ve even got a raspberry plant going!)

When you’re spray painting anything, make sure you have a large drop cloth of some kind to cover the area you’re working in (I even put a trash bag over my raspberry plant so it wouldn’t get any stray mist on it). It’s also important to tape off any areas you don’t want to paint:

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Follow the directions on your spray paint for how long you should let it dry.

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Then you can take off the tape and paper when you’re satisfied.

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Pro tip: If you get any stray spray paint where you don’t want it, a little bit of nail polish remover can usually take it right off if it’s relatively fresh.

Stay tuned for another spray paint adventure soon – I have some janky patio chairs that we salvaged and are going to makeover before our June apartment warming BBQ! That’s my ambition, anyway.