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Spray Paint Fixes Everything – DIY Patio Furniture Makeover

Spray Paint Fixes Everything – DIY Patio Furniture Makeover

Ok guys… I feel like I am failing at life right now. With all of the false labor I have experienced within the past few weeks, I was hoping I would have given birth to this baby by now, but it looks like I may be pregnant forever.

While I have mainly been tired as hell, I did have a short burst of “nesting” energy the other day and decided to spruce up my patio furniture with some spray paint. I truly believe spray paint fixes everything!

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This odd burst of energy was a nice reprieve from the sloth-like state I have been in for almost a month which consists of Netflix binging,  stuffing my face with whatever my heart desires, and waiting on this baby to make his escape from my womb. Given I had my first son at 38 weeks, I have never been this “pregnant”, and I am not loving what it has done to the normally fitness-oriented and productive Erica.

Enough of my bitching.

So, last summer I bought some vintage, wicker patio furniture…..


And while there was nothing wrong with its original state, it didn’t match my contemporary vibe or my other outdoor decor. So, I decided to spray paint the furniture black  and, GASP,  I also spray painted the cushions. Yes, you can spray paint cushions!!!!!

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For the cushion’s, I applied 3 coats of Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Spray Paint in dark gray. For your convenience, I have listed the affiliate link below.

For the remainder of the summer, I was very pleased with the results. Just keep in mind, the spray paint will change the texture of the cushions, and it will temporarily give them a “stiff” feel, but it was not enough to bother me.

So here is how the spray painted cushions held up for an entire year……


Not so great, huh? Mind you, for a year,  they have been completely exposed to the elements…sun, rain, snow, dogs….

In fact, they actually held up well until the dreary days of winter storms approached. At that point, I should have drug them inside, but instead,  I completely neglected them. Shame on me!

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So the other day, with my nesting hormones running wild, I bought 3 more cans of the Rust-Oleum 249115 Painter’s Touch Multi Purpose Spray Paint, 12-Ounce, Dark Gray  and got to spraying the outdoor cushions like a pregnant maniac.

After all, investing in 3 cans of spray paint is still much more cost-effective than purchasing new cushions for my patio furniture.

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I also found these galvanized steel tables from Ross for $25. …score!!

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Throw in a $10 area rug from Hobby Lobby and some outdoor pillows I found at Marshalls, and I will be ready to do some serious margarita drinking once I get this baby out of me (which I am starting to doubt will ever happen).

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And  did I mention, I am still loving my “bird” wall art I purchased from Crate and Barrel years ago?!

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So guys, this will probably be my last post for a while. I am taking some time off to enjoy my newborn baby, but I plan on getting back to you all as soon as I have the time and energy to devote to my creative interests .

Much love to you all!!!!

Now get out there and design some good vibes.

I spray painted my patio furniture cushions and here is how they held up after one year.






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Mary-The Boondocks Blog

Sunday 24th of April 2016

Congratulations on the little one Erica! I had the opposite problem. My first one was 40 plus weeks and the other three came out sooner and faster. Great news mama! I can't believe you actually went out there and did all this in your state. So now we'll call you super mama! Needless to say the patio looks great. I am hosting a new link party, Sweet Inspiration and would be honored if you joined us, it runs Friday through Tuesday.

Designing Vibes

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

Thank you so much. Mary! I have really been slacking on my link parties. I will have to check it out! :)

Mary Hunnicutt

Thursday 21st of April 2016

It looks great! We recovered our cushions when I painted our patio furniture. I never thought to paint the cushions too!

Designing Vibes

Thursday 21st of April 2016

Hi Mary! I think if your patio is covered, the spray paint will hold up much better than mine did. Still, I am pretty pleased with how they have done. Thanks for stopping by!

Lynn Spencer

Thursday 21st of April 2016

Oh Erica, I feel for you. Had the same experience with my second just not wanting to come out! Ugh. But, so proud of you that you mustered some creative energy! I am a spray paint queen for just about anything, but still haven't gotten on the 'spray paint fabric' train yet. But posts like yours keep pushing me closer. And I love those tables!!!! I may hightail it over to my Ross to see if, by chance, they have them. Good luck dear!

Enjoy your time with the new one.

Hugs, Lynn

Designing Vibes

Thursday 21st of April 2016

Hi Lynn~ The idea of spray painting fabric is defiantely a little intimidating, but I figured it was less expensive than buying new cushions. I am pretty pleased with how they turned out. By the way, my baby finally arrived last week!! Thanks for stopping by! Much Love, Erica


Monday 18th of April 2016

I never thought to spray the cushions! Did the paint come off on your clothing after sitting on the cushions? Great idea. Thanks for sharing! xx Neelam

Designing Vibes

Tuesday 19th of April 2016

Hey Neelam! I never noticed that any of the paint came off onto clothing. The paint would wear off during periods off heavy we werent using the furniture when the paint came off. I should have brought the cushions in during rain, and they would have held up better.