Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Deck chairs redone!

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.

Valspar outdoor color + protection

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.

Valspar outdoor color + protection

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:
Valspar outdoor color + protection

Valspar outdoor color + protection


Valspar outdoor color + protection

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.


Valspar outdoor color + protection

We sanded down the chairs some to prepare for the spray paint. We used 100 grit (I think... or was it 120?) sand paper. We didn't sand off all the paint just the really bad chipping parts. Anything that was loose, damaged or chiped we smoothed down. Then we wiped the clairs clean with a damp rag.

Valspar outdoor color + protection 

Then came the spray paint! The handles fold down so that's why this photo looks like it's not a chair anymore. That piece of cardboard may have been a little bit too small. Poor grass & gravel. A large canvas drop cloth will be the next purchase with a spray paint project. You can see a totally awkward photo below of me looking stupid and holding the spray paint waayyy to close to the chair. This should be a 'how not to lift with your legs demonstration photo. Bad form.

Valspar outdoor color + protection
I'm still a newbie with the spray paint. I know that its bad to hold the can that close, but I was impatient. Also in this shot I think it was running out and I was trying to salvage the last drops. Also by this point my finger had cramped thus why I'm doing the two hand approach using my thumb.

We bought 2 cans to make 2 coats of paint on each chair with just a little left over for another (small) project.
Valspar outdoor color + protection

The final product!

Valspar outdoor color + protection


3 comments :

  1. They look awesome. . .new chairs from the old are my fav.

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  2. Wow, I'm impressed! They look great!

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  3. The final chairs look great! Keep us updated on how they wear/if the paint comes off on your clothes. I'm wary of spray paint, but am sure there are good ones out there (like Valspar) that you can trust.

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