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Patio Chair Makeover

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comIf you follow along on Instagram, you already know about the wrought iron patio chairs I thrifted on Facebook Marketplace a couple weeks ago (they’re saved in a highlight here). I had been searching for a couple classic chairs to fill negative space in our side yard under two big trees. I finally found a pair and put my name on them at an estate sale, but they ended up going home with someone else… it wasn’t worth the argument so I moved on. A day later, four white iron chairs stopped me mid scroll on FBMP and were half the price. I had a vision for these chairs and it is one of the easiest, most dramatic furniture makeovers I’ve completed. I really love the way they turned out and promised you a tutorial. I’m excited to share some similar furniture makeovers and DIY projects with Krylon in the coming months! This is a new partnership I’m really excited about. These small projects are providing a nice “creative break” for me amongst our larger renovations going on. Those quick and easy ones that bring instant gratification (and allow me to thrift) are good for my soul! Click through to see the evolution of these patio chairs, how I styled them in our yard, and check out my easy painting process. 

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Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comLet’s dive in, shall we?! Emmett and I have this awkward side yard to the left front of our home. It’s actually a tremendous amount of space that we’d like to fence in someday (so it connects to our backyard), but for the time being… there is an “island” of mulched landscaping and two giant trees in the center portion of the yard. There was previously a concrete bench sitting in the center of the landscaping, which would’ve been fine- but it was broken when we moved in. One leg was snapped off and it sat crooked, looking sad. I figured it was time to replace it with something better since it’s a big part of our curb appeal, near the front of our home. Insert my patio chair idea….

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comI wanted to tackle this project on a budget since it’s not a place we typically sit and hangout. I envisioned two chairs and a table to ground the vignette. This is what you’ll need to replicate the look and start this project…

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Step 1 // Clean the chairs. I purchased four secondhand, white chairs. While they looked clean and crisp, I really had a more traditional vision in mind. Before getting started, I wiped them down and cleaned them really well.

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comStep 2 // Spray the gold details. I knew I wanted gilded accents- specifically the top finials and scrolls on the chair arms. You guys know I’m a sucker for pretty details! Gold and brass spray paint is difficult to source because there are a lot of bad color options on the market. I tested a few before landing on Krylon’s Metallic Gold Leaf.

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comComing into this project with a specific vision, I was looking for a classic gilded look. This paint was perfect for the job and gave me the high-end, decorative finish gold leaf I was going for!

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comHere is a closer look at the gold leaf. Isn’t it beautiful? After vigorously shaking the can, I applied two to three coats of gold to the finials and scrolls. I allowed those to dry overnight before moving onto the next step.

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comStep 3 // Mask off the gilded areas and spray the chair frame black. I really wanted the body of the chair to look like traditional wrought iron, so I opted for Krylon’s Fusion All-In-One Matte Black.

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comThis is a paint AND primer product, so it eliminates the priming step (no sanding required either). I’m all about saving time these days. It also bonds to difficult surfaces, has superior adhesion, can be used on outdoor products, provides maximum rust protection, and is super durable. It checked all of the boxes for my outdoor patio chairs.

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comMy biggest spray painting tip is this: apply the paint in thin, even layers. I ended up using two cans per chair, and each chair received two coats of paint. These chairs actually took quite a bit of time to paint because of their intricate lattice design. I had to hit them from multiple angles to ensure complete coverage. Because I had four chairs and wanted to allow them adequate time to dry in between coats, this project took me the weekend to complete. Ready to see the before and after?

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comPretty simple and sophisticated, right? I’m really pleased with the way these turned out. It was an easy, budget-friendly project that makes our yard feel more cohesive with our home and aesthetic.

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comI’m so glad I took the time to spray the gold leaf details because the contrast is my favorite part of this makeover! They truly do have that high-end gilded look I was searching for.

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comI know you guys are going to ask about the marble bistro table… and yes- I took that from our bedroom balcony and have already purchased a second one (which is currently on its way to me). Haha! It’s the BEST table- especially for the style and price. My plan was to “test” the one from the balcony to see what size I needed, but then decided it would just stay. Of course I had to make Cash model for me… you know, for scale (he gets paid for his modeling gigs in dog cookies, BTW).

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comThe greek key stone planter was an old HomeGoods find. I love how it ties this traditional vignette together, and feels consistent with the exterior of our colonial-style home.

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comDoesn’t it feel like a nice little garden spot to sit and enjoy the view? Emmett and I had never sat in this area because of the broken bench, and we tested it out and realized it was really a good spot we had never really utilized. Maybe having seating here will prompt us to do that more often. We’re really lucky to have so many amazing outdoor living areas to enjoy- our bedroom balcony and our backyard / back patio. Since I have four of these chairs, I’m trying to convince Emmett that we need a pool someday. I could totally envision these poolside at a round table! He’s not biting, so I have the other two chairs stored in the shed for now… I’m not letting those go (or my pool dream) anytime soon. For now, we’ll enjoy these two.

Patio Chair Makeover - roomfortuesday.comI’d love to hear your thoughts on this quick, easy, and budget makeover in the comment section below. Don’t these chairs look wayyy more expensive than they actually were? I’m really excited to share more of these projects in the coming months! For additional details on Krylon’s specific products (and their specs), click here. I also have a giveaway planned on Instagram later today- the winner will receive a six-pack of Krylon Fusion All-In-One spray paint, in the color of their choice… in case you’d like to tackle a patio chair project of your own. Those details will be on IG in a bit.

Now, if we could just wrap up our shed build, our exterior areas will be looking pretty good. As soon as our french doors arrive, it’s game-on to finish that. We’ve had a lot of fun with projects so far this summer! Speaking of summer- since Friday posts aren’t happening during the summer months, I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead! See you back here on Monday, my friends.

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  • Reply
    Julie
    July 23, 2020 at 6:37 am

    Sarah, these look amazing – definitely high end! I’ve actually been eyeing some gorgeous outdoor furniture in the same matte-black-with-gold-accents scheme, but they’re not inexpensive. Truth be told, I’ve always been a bit snobbish about spray paint makeovers, because I never want them to *look* like spray paint makeovers. :) But, these look SO good! I’m definitely inspired, and who doesn’t love an instantly gratifying project? By the way, that photo of Cash is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a long time. He looks so handsome and proud to be seated at the table. Dogs are too good for us! Happy almost Friday!

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      Sarah
      July 24, 2020 at 10:42 am

      Thank you so much, Julie! If I’m doing a spray paint project, I definitely want it to look professionally finished and not “sprayed”. I’m glad it shows :) Cash is such a sweetie. He loves being my model because he knows the end result is snacks. Haha! Dogs really are too good for us. Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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    Peggi
    July 23, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Fabulous! I really love the gold octagon accents. And how fun to have another little spot to sit and enjoy outside. I was always a little intimidated by spray paint, but last year I tackled my vintage Homecrest banana lounger. What a difference! (And so easy!) I also enjoy a small creative project amidst the bigger ones. It feels like a little “win” that can refocus me for the next bit of work. Speaking of work, I hope that you make tons of progress in the next few days! (And maybe find some time for a little relaxing, too!) Until Monday!!💪😎💜

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      Sarah
      July 24, 2020 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Peggi! Those are my favorite part too. So cool that you gave your modern lounger a little makeover. I bet it looks amazing! These little projects definitely feel like a win. Hope you have an awesome weekend! We’re working, but are hoping to spend at least one day on the water relaxing :) Happy pizza Friday!! xo

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    Monica
    July 23, 2020 at 8:22 am

    These definitely look high-end. Great job!

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      Sarah
      July 24, 2020 at 10:45 am

      Thank you, Monica! :) Happy Friday!

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    Anne H
    July 23, 2020 at 8:24 am

    The gold detailing is *everything*, Sarah! What a vision you have. 🙌I agree, spray paint is a DIYer’s best friend, but patience and distance (to protect against runs & splatters) are key for sure. And you’re totally right about there being some terrible “golds” on the market. I went through a couple of different ones before I landed on that exact Gold Leaf for a coffee table makeover a few years ago. Too bad I didn’t have this post in my back pocket then! Happy Summer weekend, my friend! PS-I second Peggi’s relaxation idea. Between your home, your outdoor space and your new rental building, I’m pretty sure you deserve a little break to enjoy all the fruits of that labor! PPS – HELL’S YES to the pool!!! Just imagine it, E…being able to jump in to nice cool water after a long, hot day working in the yard…enjoying cocktails at sunset relaxing in those other two gorgeous chairs that should definitely be seeing the light of day…I could go on, but having grown up with one, I don’t think you guys would ever regret it. Okay, stepping off my diving board now.😁Cheers, S&E!

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      Sarah
      July 24, 2020 at 10:50 am

      Thank you, Anne! It’s the best “gold” I’ve found. Lots of them almost look champagne or silvery. Happy Friday! Hope you guys have the best weekend. It’s actually a holiday in Utah today, so Emmett is off work and we’re getting a long weekend. Hoping to work, but spend at least one day on the water relaxing :) Hells yes to the pool!! Fingers crossed for that someday. Haha! I would never leave our house if we had a pool. No convincing needed! xo

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    Dale
    July 23, 2020 at 10:55 am

    The chairs look great!
    Are the seats iron too or vinyl strapping? My patio furniture is a quality brand but a combination of materials. It looks faded and I’m uncertain about using spray paint on the strapping but sure would like to refresh the color. Thanks for any suggestions.

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      Sarah
      July 24, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Thank you, Dale! The seats are actually the strapping, but I painted them anyway (they had previously been painted white anyway). We might swap it them iron someday, but for now- they’re great… especially with the cushions! I’ll let you know how it holds up. Have a great weekend!

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    Diane
    July 24, 2020 at 3:29 am

    The chairs look fantastic. I have a wrought iron patio set consisting of 1 large round table and 4 chairs. It is faded from the sun but has no rust. It certainly needs a fresh coat of paint but am reluctant to paint. My Mom had the same set and painted hers numerous times and now has a build up of paint. Sounds like I would need quite a lot of cans to tackle this project.

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      Sarah
      July 24, 2020 at 10:54 am

      Thank you, Diane! The key is definitely thin, even layers (to avoid gunky build-up). I wouldn’t imagine the need to paint it numerous times, as a paint job should last for years. It’s obviously not as durable as powder coating, but can easily improve the look for a long period of time. You’d definitely need quite a few cans if your iron set has a die-cut or lattice detail, because you have to spray from multiple angles. Hope this helps :)

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    Melissa
    July 24, 2020 at 7:24 am

    The chairs look amazing! This is my favorite kind of makeover for sure. It’s quick, inexpensive and gives new life to a “tired” piece. Hanging out in your front yard is a great way to meet your neighbors.

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      Sarah
      July 24, 2020 at 10:56 am

      Thanks Melissa! I also love these “instant gratification” projects- so fun and quick :) Our neighbors are the best! We live in a cul-de-sac and everyone in “our circle” is amazing. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them hanging out in these chairs. Haha!

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    Kate
    July 24, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    The table and chairs look fantastic! I am so impressed that you can leave them out without them being stolen!!!

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      Sarah
      July 24, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks Kate! We live in a very safe neighborhood. It’s mostly deer roaming around over where the chairs are. Haha!

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    Becky
    July 25, 2020 at 10:45 am

    You do such beautiful work!

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      Sarah
      July 27, 2020 at 11:02 am

      Thank you so much, Becky! :)

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    Danna
    July 27, 2020 at 8:17 am

    The chairs looks amazing but can we just mention that Cash stole the whole post! He is adorable. The best model.
    Love the gold accents. Your seating area looks so cozy under the shade with that beautiful marble table. Great job Sarah!

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      Sarah
      July 27, 2020 at 10:48 am

      Haha! Thanks Danna :) Isn’t he a cutie? He is due for his second quarantine haircut. Haha! He’s looking a little poofy. I’m so happy with how this one turned out. Have a great week! xo

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    Lauren
    August 5, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    I adore everything about the look of these! They look so completely high-end and amazing! You definitely have a vision. I have one of these paint projects I’m dreading…the play-set! It’s huge and has tons of pieces that need painting, but it needs to get tackled before it starts looking like an eyesore… I think I’ll be looking into Krylon paint products after seeing this. Thanks for such an awesome post Sarah! Enjoy your set; it looks beautiful in your yard!

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