How to paint patio furniture the easy way

how to paint patio furniture, diy home decor, summer decor, patio decor

I mentioned recently that I am doing a quick (well, hopefully quick) makeover on
our back patio for summer.  The challenge is to clean up and restore the existing
patio furniture that has taken quite a beating over the past 5 years.  And add some
accessories, lights & pillows that will make my space feel like a backyard retreat
perfect for a summer evening!

If you are repainting plastic, just make sure and use
a spray paint that adheres to plastic as well as metal, wicker etc… I ended up using
two cans of spray paint.  Better to buy more and have a bit leftover.  The more area
you have to cover the more paint you will need.

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trending now: decorating with pastels



Pastels are super hot for Spring 2014 fashion, and it looks like the lines have blurred as usual,
with home decorating trends also leaning towards the lighter side of color.
I hope these beautiful spaces and home decor ideas inspire you as much as they have me.
I even have an area cleared out in our garage to get painting
as soon as possible, I love springtime!

twelveOeight’s BEST DIY Projects of 2013

 

There may still be a list of things to be done around our home (it would help if we all
didn’t keep thinking of new things right?) but I had a blast seeing how far we have
come in just a year.

You are the reason, by the way.
I can sand and paint, glue and create.
But what makes writing, and working, and creating all year so amazing is you.
I try to come up with ideas that are easy on the budget, and show you exactly how
I did it.  And you are fabulous about telling me what you like, asking awesome
questions (y’all keep me on my toes!) and pushing me forward to continue to make
twelveOeight a fun place for us to create, cook and party together every week.

So, here are some of our most popular DIY posts of the year:

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Dollar Store Rustic Glam Plate Chargers | Amy from The Blissful Bee

Hello Twelve O Eight readers! It’s Amy here from The Blissful Bee and I’m happy to be back again with another little fun makeover. A few weeks ago I put together my rustic Christmas tablescape,
but wanted to keep it budget friendly.

ChargerPlateMakeover_beforeafter

I wanted to incorporate blue in my arrangement but didn’t have any blue decor on hand. After visiting the $1 store, I found a ton of these gold plastic chargers. As much as I loved them in all their gold glory, I knew I still wanted a light blue color instead. At $1 per charger, I bought 4 to complete my tablescape. I brought them home with me and gave them a nice coat of blue paint. While they were still wet, I sprinkled some fine gold glitter on top and let them dry. Once the plates were dry, enough of the glitter had stuck onto the paint. I love the subtle touch of glam! What do you think??

ChargerPlateMakeover1   ChargerPlateMakeover2   ChargerPlateMakeover3  

 To see more from my rustic Christmas tables cape, click [here] and [here] for my $1 store chalkboard plate makeover. You can also follow me along [here] if you like what you see!!

OH MY GOODNESS! These are amazing Amy!! I love this idea so much, thank you
for giving us such a pretty and thrifty idea for our tables.  You rocked these!!

 

Hometalk – 18 Charming Chevron Crafts

 

Hey y’all!
It’s been crazy busy around casa twelveOeight,
hope you are all having an awesome week!
We have been painting, organizing, and preparing
for our first grand baby to arrive (squeal!) I am so
excited for him to arrive.  My daughter has about
eight weeks to go, so we don’t have much time to
finish up a few projects.

And I have been having a TON of fun and getting inspired
over at Hometalk.  Have you joined Hometalk yet? If you 
have, I would love for you to follow me twelveOeight at Hometalk!
MORE AFTER THE JUMP…
I was super excited recently when the fabulous folks at Hometalk 
asked me if I would like to curate a board on chevron.
My response:  (HECK YEAH I WOULD!)
So, I completely hooked now and  I know you will be too.  
Not only is it a great place to get inspired about all things home,
but you can ask a question.
Like, post a question and get responses back from people you
adore in blogland. 
How awesome is that?!
I could not be more excited to share some chevron love with you today:
 Here is a sneak peek at some of my favorites on my board
I love this, love, love, love 
this gorgeous green and white chevron dresser
I would freak out if I had a tote bag this 
fan-freaking-tastic!
Compliments of Gingibersnap

Love this ombre stenciled wall from
Ready for more inspiration and to have some fun? Check out the rest of 
this board on Hometalk and SO much other cool stuff you will not be 
able to contain yourself…
 

 
{fabulous places I party}

Monday

The DIY Showoff
Craft O Maniac,
Skip To My Lou

Alderberry Hill 
The Scoop @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Mod Vintage Life

Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
A Diamond In The Stuff 
Home Stories A to Z 
The DIY Dreamer 
The Winthrop Chronicles 
Today’s Creative Blog 
House On The Way
Clean And Scentsible-The Inspiration Exchange

Wednesday
Ginger Snap Crafts 
Southern Lovely 
Lil’ Luna  
Vintage Gwen
 http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/
The Blissful Bee 

Thursday
Live Laugh Linky Thursday 
The Shabby Creek Cottage  
House Of Hepworths 
52 Mantels 
Beyond The Picket Fence 
The 36th Avenue 
Stone Gable

Friday 

Vintage White and Aqua Table

I have often wondered how one would start a business selling pretty things.
Maybe the business would be the result of much planning, and research.
Perhaps it would be passed down from a family member.
But I have a sneaking suspicion that most of us realize that this is something
that we can turn into a business.
And once I begin to sell a few things, I have a feeling my space in the garage
(99.9999%) will once and for all be justified.

My daughter and I recently worked on this piece which will go up for sale soon.
Mandy and I spent countless hours of her childhood trolling vintage shops, yard
sales, and thrift stores for that next great find.  So she has a double-whammy.
Genetics and osmosis.  
Her apartment is small, but she has it filled with eclectic
goodies, a retro dinette set, and upcycled treasures galore.  
And more owls than one could count.
So we tend to think alike.
So she and I decided a good slathering of homemade chalk paint in white would
be perfect for this side table that already has really cool lines and hardware.
And the fun part is the bright aqua drawer.
Also made with homemade chalk paint.
My recipe:
               1 cup paint (acrylic or latex both work great)
               1/3 to 1/2 cup powdered Plaster of Paris
               1/3 cup cold water
If paint is too thick, add more water, if too thin a bit more powdered plaster.
Stir well and store in a sealed jar.  Mine lasts for months this way.
And the rest is just a matter of applying a couple coats, allowing each to dry
in between.  Don’t get discouraged if it looks horrible.
That’s normal, it will look gorgeous soon…
Use a palm sander in some areas for heavy distressing, and a piece of fine
sandpaper for the small areas.
Wipe your piece down well and seal with either a good wax or poly spray 
for a table top or piece that will have heavier use.
You are done, and fabulous.
And well on your way to clearing up some space in your garage.
Hugs,

 
\{fabulous places I party}

Monday
The DIY Showoff
Craft O Maniac,
Skip To My Lou

Alderberry Hill 
The Scoop @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Mod Vintage Life

Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
A Diamond In The Stuff 
Home Stories A to Z 
The DIY Dreamer 
The Winthrop Chronicles 
Today’s Creative Blog 
House On The Way
Clean And Scentsible-The Inspiration Exchange

Wednesday
Ginger Snap Crafts 
Southern Lovely 
Lil’ Luna  
Vintage Gwen
 http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/
The Blissful Bee 

Thursday
Live Laugh Linky Thursday 
The Shabby Creek Cottage  
House Of Hepworths 
52 Mantels 
Beyond The Picket Fence 
The 36th Avenue 
Stone Gable

Friday 

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DIY Stained Wood Shelving Unit {Laundry Room Progress}

Do you ever feel like you could easily renovate and/or decorate your home
if you just had a little more free time and perhaps a bit more in the budget?
Even if we really love DIY projects, (and the thought of a trip to the hardware
store makes us giddy) we all sometimes just want a project to take less than
3 1/2 years to complete.
Seriously, a girl can dream.  But maybe if the options were endless, and money 
was no object, I may not complete anything due to sheer sensory overload.
When we do the very best with what we have been blessed with, we seem to 
be able to pull off the impossible.  To create something beautiful from humble 
ingredients connects us with each, and our roots.
When I repaint a dresser for the 9th time…
Or make a pair of jeans last just a little bit longer…
I feel like my Grandma Edith is right there with me.
I think about the apple crates they sat on instead of kitchen chairs
while they saved their money and bought more land to farm.
And rinsing out a milk carton to use it again.
And the very best way to peel a peach.
While there is no peach tree in my backyard, and it’s been a while
since I saved a milk carton.  Those lessons are never far away.
And I use those gifts, just like you, in many different ways.
So for me, living well with what I have, and painting that dresser 
again is not only thrifty, but it’s fun.  And while I would love to 
have a few things DONE already around this suburban farmhouse…
there is a joy that comes from getting your hands a little dirty.
Stirring up a little dust, and making a mess.
I didn’t have to stir up much dust to update this organizer
which used to be a wire stand I kept an office printer on.

This organizer is going to be part of my laundry room makeover, and I was
able to try out a Minwax stain I have been wanting to use for a while.

I purchased a wide piece of pine lumber at The Home Depot, and the
Minwax stain in Classic Gray as well.  I had the lumber cut to fit each
shelf of the wire shelving unit I already had at home.  They sell these as
well for less than $20.

I used one good coat of stain on the wood, allowing it to dry well.
I loved the pretty gray color so much, with just enough warm pine
color peeking thru, it was perfect!

In case you missed it, here is the laundry room before…yeah…it’s bad:

My idea board (much better right?!):

 
So a smaller version of a wire and wood shelving unit is complete, that will fit just 
perfect in this space, and hopefully make it a bit less wonky.  
{fabulous places I party}

Monday
The DIY Showoff
Craft O Maniac,
Skip To My Lou

Alderberry Hill 
The Scoop @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Mod Vintage Life

Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
A Diamond In The Stuff 
Home Stories A to Z 
The DIY Dreamer 
The Winthrop Chronicles 
Today’s Creative Blog 
House On The Way
Clean And Scentsible-The Inspiration Exchange

Wednesday
Ginger Snap Crafts 
Southern Lovely 
Lil’ Luna  
Vintage Gwen
 http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/
The Blissful Bee 

Thursday
Live Laugh Linky Thursday 
The Shabby Creek Cottage  
House Of Hepworths 
52 Mantels 
Beyond The Picket Fence 
The 36th Avenue 
Stone Gable

Friday 

23 Painted Furniture Projects-Just In Time For Summer!

 Summer is upon us, and I had to share some of my favorite
ways to refresh and update furniture.

With paint!

I don’t have to go any further than our
weekly link party to see some of the most  
gorgeous painted furniture projects around…
thank you for keeping me inspired
week after week!!

     
(please make sure you Pin from the original source, thank you!!)

 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chair Makeover-Just Us Four

 
Nautical Stools 1 - Embracing Change
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yellow IKEA bar stools
 

Our Home Tour featured on Debbiedoos!

Happy weekend friends, I hope this finds you doing well,
and enjoying your time with family and friends.

My prayers are with the families and folks in Oklahoma this
week as they struggle to deal with great loss and piecing
their world back together.

Memorial Day seems to be the gateway to summer each
year, and it also reminds me of those who have given so much
for my freedom.  I would like to thank my husband, father in law,
friends and all who have served our country to protect and
preserve the freedoms we love.
God bless our troops!

A tour of our home was featured yesterday by Debbie from
Debbiedoos! It was so much fun to work with Debbie, our
home tour featured here: Modern Country Home Tour

Modern Country style home tour
You can also see our completed Family/Play Room Reveal here too!
Wishing you a wonderful, blessed weekend friends, hugs to you

Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table

I am so {squeal} excited to share this super easy painted table with you!
Oh.
My.
Goodness.
I love the end result, and including drying time, it took less than two hours.
Told ya it was easy!

I have been experimenting with homemade chalk paint recipes, and I am now
officially hooked on the stuff.  It’s amazing.

I think I may name my little concoction something like:
“Paint Fantastico”
“Trip The Light Paintastic”
“The Last Paint You Will Ever, Ever Want To Use”
“If You Paint Or Refinish Furniture This Stuff Is Legit”
or
“Gee, Your Paint Smells Terrific”
(A Nod to those who washed their hair with “Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific” in the 70’s
I miss that stuff!)
What do you think, to over the top?
I don’t think so either and I really love the last one…

Anyways, back to today’s Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table Redo,
Here is what I did:

We have yet another happy ending for an orangey-oak table
that was staring down a lifetime sentence being either:
1. Boring (perhaps the worst thing I could think of)
or
2. Ignored and stuck out in the garage until the lady of the house mixes up a batch
of her paint and grabs the nearest victim to experiment.

Initially my daughter was going to paint this table so she sanded the top down a few
years ago, then moved on to another project.  I don’t blame her, sanding is right up
there with eating rocks.  So, because I was using my homemade chalk paint, did I
care that the rest of the table still clung to her terrible stain? Nope.  Let’s save her
and make her fabulous shall we?

First I mixed the following together in a plastic dish, and using a foam brush I
applied two coats to the table.  Allowing each coat to dry in between.

One 2 ounce bottle of acrylic craft paint (color of your choice, I used black)
One rounded tablespoon Plaster of Paris
About 1/3 cup of cold water

Next, I wanted a super-sanded finish where I could see a lot of the warm, natural
wood tones under the black.  So I busted out the electric palm-sander, testing a small
area on one side of the table told me how much I needed to sand, or how little before
I needed to move onto the next section.

After I was done sanding the table,
I wiped the table down well with a clean cloth and applied
my latest furniture BFF, Howard Feed N’ Wax
THIS stuff is amazing! It is made out of beeswax and orange oil
so I am not worried about my kiddos coming into contact with
it afterwards.   It only took about 2 tablespoons of the Feed N’ Wax
to condition and polish the whole table.
I am loving all of the warm, gorgeous wood tones
peeking through the black paint.
I told you I was beyond excited about how easy this was!

Do you have any old pieces of furniture lurking about that need some love?
It doesn’t get an easier than this, and if I can do it, I know you can!!
Sharing this project:
 http://betweennapsontheporch.net/
Have a wonderful day friends,

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties