Front Porch Furniture Makeover-Part 1

Red Outdoor Furniture Spray Paint Makeover

I recently purchased a fun rocking chair from a barn sale, and I was inspired to update it and finally revive some hand-me-down outdoor furniture I had on my to do list. Today I want to show you the very quick and inexpensive process of spray painting old, outdoor furniture and giving it new life. I am so happy with the final product, and I am not sure why I didn’t finish it sooner since it was so simple. Just in time for Christmas, the red that I chose will really pop with my wreaths that I will use from last year.

Red Outdoor Furniture Spray Paint Makeover

As you can see in the above picture, I started with a pair of adirondack, hand-me-down chairs. These chairs have beautiful bones, but I know they have seen better days. And, as I mentioned before I found a really fun rocker at a barn sale (shown below), that needed a little elbow grease and a new paint job.

*I will showcase the addition of the chair seat in a later post as part 2.

Red Outdoor Furniture Spray Paint Makeover
Red Outdoor Furniture Spray Paint Makeover

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To update your outdoor furniture, you will need:

  • Rustoleum Paint & Primer Spray Paint
  • Sandpaper. I used 100 grit.
  • Plastic Gloves. As you can see below I didn't use plastic gloves. However, my hands were covered in spray paint by the end of this project. It took two washes of a sugar scrub to get the paint off.
  • Spray Grip. I did not use one for this project, but I would recommend keeping one on hand if you like to spray paint. It saves your finger from pain and mess.
  • Drop Cloth. I didn't use any drop cloth to protect my work surface because I didn't mind that a little bit of the spray paint got onto the grass. However, if you are inside or don't want to ruin your work surface, please feel free to use drop cloth to protect it.
  • Spray Paint Mask. It is always best to be on the safe side, and wear a spray paint mask.
  • Red Outdoor Furniture Spray Paint Makeover

    Step 1: Use the sandpaper to remove excess dirt or old paint jobs. Don’t be afraid to check underneath furniture and get in between the cracks.

    Red Outdoor Furniture Spray Paint Makeover

    Step 2: Outside, or in a well ventilated area (preferably outside), spray paint the first coat of paint onto your project. The beauty behind the Rustoleum spray paint that I used is that it is a paint and primer in one. The only prep work is cleaning the furniture with sandpaper.

    I tried to spray paint about 6 inches away from the furniture. It is best to spray paint in an even motion so that the paint isn’t too heavy in one area. *If you do spray paint too much in one area and it starts to bubble, then you can use your sandpaper to even out the paint and start over in that area.

     First Coat of Spray Paint

    First Coat of Spray Paint

    Step 3: Once the first coat is dry apply a second coat of spray paint. This spray paint dried very quickly, especially on a breezy, sunny day.

     Second Coat of Spray Paint

    Second Coat of Spray Paint

    Step 4: Once the second coat is dry, apply a third coat of spray paint. I stopped at the third coat, however you can add more coats if you feel your project needs it.

     Third Coat of Spray Paint

    Third Coat of Spray Paint

    Step 5: Enjoy your final product, and the fact that you saved a piece of furniture and possibly some money in the process!!!

    Red Outdoor Furniture Spray Paint Makeover

    I love the way the red chairs pop off our gray farmhouse as I come around the corner to the front porch!

    Red Outdoor Furniture Spray Paint Makeover

    My daughter loves driving her “tractor” while I enjoy my morning coffee outside on the chairs.

    Red Outdoor Furniture Spray Paint Makeover
    Red Outdoor Furniture Spray Paint Makeover

    I hope you are inspired to take a look at some of your outdated furniture to possibly give it a new life!

    Red Outdoor Furniture Spray Paint Makeover