Spring is here and its time to get the outdoors ready for hanging out. I had been on the lookout for a good patio set. We were driving down the street one VERY lucky Saturday morning (and it was Valentine’s day too!) when I saw this awesome patio set on the side of the road at the end of our block!! It had good bones and it just HAD to come home with us! My very wonderful husband was such a good sport when I made him help me carry that bench all the way down the block because it wouldn’t fit in the trunk of the SUV. Here is what it looked like when we got it into the garage.
Wood Patio Set Before
The first thing I did was to give is a good clean. It had lots of grime and dirt and also some spiders in the corners! I went over it with a vacuum cleaner first. Then gave it a scrubbing with dish soap followed by a shower on the back patio.
Some parts of the chairs were a little wobbly and I simply tightened all the exposed screws. That made it absolutely solid! I decided I was going to paint it and so I got about a dozen paint chips and taped them to the bench. I was leaning more to the red but I was not sure.
While I deferred the decision on the color, I got to work on getting everything ready to be painted.
Painting outdoor wood
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This was my first time painting outdoor wood so I turned to the internet for a ton of research. This is how I went about painting outdoor wood.
I gave the entire chair/bench a light sanding. Then I followed it with one coat of Zinsser oil based primer (needed to block any old stains seeping through) and a couple coats of the Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 White Water-Based Primer. While I was in the middle of it I had an embarrassing set back. Once I got that sorted out, apart from losing a week over it, it was smooth sailing.
I picked Glidden “whisper white” color matched to Behr Marquis Exterior Semi-gloss paint. I gave all the chairs 3 coats of paint, followed by exterior poly in semi gloss. It was a lot of coats of paint but my Homeright finish max paint sprayer is the best! It took me about 4 hours total to prime/paint/poly the entire thing.
Here is the final set! Love the fresh look and having a spot to hang out and enjoy summer evenings!
Every cool patio set needs a coffee table too, so I built one. Check out the tutorial here!
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Thanks for reading! Here is a quick before and after comparison. Please pin it if you enjoyed this makeover! I love you for it!
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