In early spring days, the weather warms enough to make me consider spending all day outside. That’s when I start to think about how to make my gardens comfortable and enjoyable for the season ahead.
I walk around my house, I look at what I have, make my list and head to the Home Depot. I’ll visit the garden center, of course, but first I head to the painting aisle because spray paint is my new favorite garden hack.
Coincidentally, this spring, I rescued these green plastic Adirondack chairs and a metal side table from my dad’s backyard. They were, clearly, ready for a refresh. At the store, I selected Rust-Oleum Espresso in Satin Gloss to give them a rich, neutral look that will blend in with my garden landscape.
With a little bit of time and under $15 invested, I got all new furniture for my outdoors.
Pro tip: pay $4 for the economy comfort grip handle. Your future self will thank you.
How to Refresh Plastic Furniture with Spray Paint
- Pick an area outside to clean and paint the furniture. Put down a paint cloth or paper to protect the surface.
- Wipe down furniture surface with a soft cloth.
- Clean with a detergent (I used Oxi-Clean dissolved in water)over the entire surface of the chairs and table.
- Wipe with a clean cloth and let dry.
- Shake the paint can for at least 60 seconds.
- Wear disposable gloves and protective eyewear, if needed.
- Spray with a steady back and forth motion, making sure to get the under surface.
- Let dry overnight.
You can add a second coat of paint for a richer tone and for longer protection. I’m going to take my chances with a thorough single coat.
I completed my recycled furniture project with beautiful pots from Wakefield Handmade and a fresh planting of Ruby Slippers coleus and a dusky sweet potato vine.
Painting the chairs and table was just the beginning of my spray paint odyssey. See how I transformed some seriously worn out and downright ugly pots into elegant planters with just a coat of spray paint.
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