My parents gave me their old outdoor furniture when I moved in with John, and it was in pretty bad shape...
The green color was all worn out, and the seat cushions didn't match (I think one of them was a replacement for one that was lost...)
They definitely needed a face-lift!
First, the cushions. A squirrel tried to take the stuffing out of the striped one on the right, and I really wanted both of the cushions to match. I don't have a sewing machine (nor do I know how to use one), and my hand-sewing is okay (at best). So I had to think of another option.
John and I made a run to Goodwill and I found these brightly colored pillowcases!! They were $1.99 for the pair, so I snatched them up.
I stuffed the pillows into the cases (they fit just about perfectly - woohoo!), then taped over the ends with extra-strength Gorilla tape (about $4).
I know - I'm so classy.
Fudge helped watch the process. ;)
Yes, it looks a bit silly from the bottom, but you won't see that part! Also, I figured it'd be a bonus to have the pillowcases removable, because at the beginning of every year I could wash them and then just slide them back on again. Pretty smart, huh? I was pretty proud of myself for thinking of that. Haha!
Next thing to do was to spray paint the furniture.
We went to Home Depot and got a couple of cans of purple outdoor spray paint. I totally underestimated how much paint it would take - so I had to go back and get a couple more cans. Everything below took 4 cans of spray paint total (that includes a partial 2nd coat on both chairs for any spots I missed the first time over).
I sprayed them in the garage (with the door open), but I will definitely use a mask next time!! I didn't think of it initially, and I had purple boogers the rest of the day. Probably not the safest idea, and I'm kicking myself now for not wearing one!
But the chairs turned out great!!
4 cans of spray paint at about $4.50 a piece = $18.00!
I waited a full hour and a half or so for them to dry.... then....
The finished product!
Don't they just look wonderful?! I love the bright and happy colors they bring to the front porch now. They look so amazing, and I feel like I got all new furniture - but the update only cost me a total of about $25.00. It was SO EASY - and it just took a few hours' time to complete.
That's pretty darn awesome. :)
Here's a side-by-side picture just for fun! What a difference, huh?? :)