Now that the weather is nice we want to spend time outside on our deck. Our rental house has a really nice brand new deck. It does have a built up "pit" but I'll get into that another day.
We don't really have patio furniture so we've been making do with some chairs that I got from my parents house a few years ago. They're normal height directors chairs. They are indoor chairs that we've been using outdoors for a while. After almost a full year of being out in the full elements it's time for an upgrade! A cheap upgrade.
I found this new valspar spray paint that is especially for outdoor use. "Valspar outdoor color + protection". It is anti rust and great in all weather conditions. It's color + protection. It protects against the sun and rain and all that grossness (ie bird poop, hey, it's true). It works well on patio furniture, garden pots & fences. I got it at Lowes in a special end cap nearby the spray paint section. It was about $4.50 for one can. They had about 5 colors to choose from - yellow, blue, red, brown & black.
Long ago we RIT dyed the fabric parts of these chairs red. They were grey colored originally. The red was nice - for about a month. Since the chairs were outside - albeit under a balcony - they faded. They turned back to grey in no time. You can see the still berry color unfaded in the cracks of the chair. We're going to leave them this color for now. Although I've seen special RIT dye for outdoor use. Could work out. This is what you get when you try to make indoor chairs work outdoors.
This are the before shots:
You can see what bad shape the chairs were. Lots of paint chipping and dirty and overall weathered. These were originally a set of 8 (or even 10!) that my parents used in our home growing up. There was also lots of pollen stuck in the cracks. One of them was in slightly better shape than the other. The wood is cracked worse in one of them. Oh well. We just left it.
We wiped the chairs down and got to work.