Garden Furniture Makeover

Thursday, 23 May 2019

If you know anything about us then you will know we love a wee makeover project and saving things from landfill and giving them a new lease of life. Let’s face it we’ll all get a bit old and rusty one day but we’re not ready for the rubbish heap yet! So when we came across this sad, rusty old bistro set we thought, “Hey, we can turn you into something beautiful and functional again”. And so we did. Here’s our guide to a simple wee garden furniture makeover…

A rusty old bistro set needing some TLC

A rusty old bistro set needing some TLC

You will need:

  • Garden furniture
  • Sandpaper / sanding tools
  • Primer
  • Paint

What to do:

1. As with all these types of upcycling projects, the “prep” stage is always the most boring, ahem I mean important! We spent a lot of time rubbing down the tables and chairs and removing rust and making the furniture as smooth as possible.

2. Next came the coats of primer. You will need to give at least two coats – the more the better really and the less chance of the rust coming back through.

The primer stage is crucial to helping keep the rust at bay and the new paint hold

The primer stage is crucial to helping keep the rust at bay and the new paint hold

3. And finally, the exciting part, the top coats! We chose a mustard yellow spray paint. You could equally used a brush on paint if you prefer. Again, you will need a minimum of two coats for a good coverage.

A lovely yellow paint adds a colourful splash of colour to the table and chairs

A lovely yellow paint adds a colourful splash of colour to the table and chairs

And now it’s time to sit down and enjoy your hard work and pat yourself on the back for saving more rubbish ending up in landfill.

Our "new" furniture fits perfectly on our wee balcony

Our “new” furniture fits perfectly on our wee balcony

I wonder what we can upcycle next…

Vialii


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