If your garden furniture is looking a little tired or you’re looking for something to help brighten up your backyard – upcycling is your answer. Turn your basics into a designer set with a little bit of paint and elbow grease. Just choose your colour and you’re almost ready to go.
If you’re looking for something on trend, big bold colours are the ideal choice. Lemon yellows and zesty orange are a great idea to help the furniture ‘pop’. Or if you’re after something more low key – but very stylish - try black.
What you need
- Damp cloth
- Dry cloths
- Sugar soap water
- Paint (with primer)
- Wooden Chair
- Sander with 180- 220-grit paper (if you’re unsure which sander’s right, take a look at your options here)
What to do
Clean the chair with a damp cloth and sugar soap water - this will help to reduce any shine from previous paint or gloss coats. Dry well using your dry cloth to get rid of any water collected on the surface as well as any stubborn muck and grime.
Using a sander with a 180- 200-grit paper, sand the chair. You’re not looking to sand it right back to the original wood, just getting rid of any paint to the point where it’s no longer shiny. This creates a good surface for the paint to stick to. Once you’ve finished sanding, wipe the whole thing down with a dry cloth to remove the dust.
Apply primer to the chair, or if you’re using a paint that includes a primer, apply a coat. Make sure this is fully dry before you put another coat of paint on. Once you’ve done this, simply wait for the paint to dry before you get lounging. Simple!