I’m going to modernize that little saying just a tad:
“Insanity is painting the same piece of furniture over and over again and expecting different results.”
After its awesome makeover where I hand-painted a flower on the top, it got totally ruined from the elements because my patio used to be always be shady, moist, and icky.
It looked so bad that if I had seen this on the side of the road??–dude–no way in the world I would have even dreamed of stopping! LOL
I washed it and sanded it down and started over this summer and turned it into a pretty plain patio table. (Click here to see my pretty patio makeover).
But just recently, after sitting out in the elements, it most recently looked like this. I just couldn’t win!
THEN IT GOT RUINED….Again….
So I decided to paint it this week one.final.time and squash all the insanity. HAHA!
How to Paint Outdoor Furniture
Here’s what you’ll need to paint outdoor furniture that is going to be exposed to the elements.
- Simple Green – The recommended cleaner and degreaser
- RECLAIM Beyond Paint – I used the colors Off White and Nantucket
- Small roller and brush
- Floral Damask Stencil by Royal Design Studio
STEP 1 – Scrub and Scrub Some More
Make sure that your outdoor furniture is super clean. I love using Simple Green and an old scrub sponge to make sure I’ve gotten all the gunk off!
Let it dry for 24 hours if your outdoor furniture is porous. Mine’s not, so a good drying with towels was okay.
STEP 2 – Mix Your Paint Very Well
And since you can use it on outdoor furniture, too, I wanted to use it again. I like that there’s a sealer to help protect it. Just what I need!
RECLAIM Beyond Paint is a non-toxic low-VOC “hearty” paint (I totally made up the “hearty” word, but it’s true). It goes on really smooth, has lots of pigment and body, and I like that it’s got a bit of sheen to it. It’s got a little sheen to it and lots of pigment, so it’s a full-body paint for projects that you want full-coverage.
No sanding, no primer needed.
It’s self-sealing, so when I did my china cabinet and dresser, I was able to skip sealer and wax. WOO HOO! (P.S. I hate waxing furniture. Just sayin’…).
But since this table is going to be outdoors, it was going to need sealer.
Oh, and before I forget–use a roller with this paint. It’s got some texture to it, and the texture responds well with a roller.
If you’re doing a piece that has lots of nooks and crannies, then you can use a brush, but you’ll just need it for pushing the paint into the crevices. Otherwise, just use rollers!
STEP 3 – Apply Your First Coat
Don’t go all paint crazy here :). Keep the paint on your brush very light and use long, even strokes.
STEP 4 – Always Add a Second Coat
Most paint is going to require two coats. You can see here that with that second coat, it really covered the first coat really good!
STEP 5 – Stencil on Top Color
I looooovvveee me some stencils on painted furniture. LOVE.
They just add a bit of flair without needing to do much more work!
Here, I placed my stencil down on the table and used the RECLAIM Beyond Paint Nantucket on top.
I also painted the sides of the table in the Nantucket!
I decided to keep the legs green, which match the seat cushions that I have for the chairs.
STEP 6 – Seal It In!
The last step is to seal the table. You’re supposed to wait 24 hours before sealing. But for the sake of time, I waited just a few hours. EEK! I hope that doesn’t screw me up down the road!! But….do as I say……not as I do. Okay? 😉
It will go on milky, but dries clear, so don’t be alarmed.
Apply it with a roller, too. I just washed out the same roller I used for the paint and used it with the sealer.
If you think you’re going to get rain, move it indoors to dry. Any water that touches it before it’s had time to fully cure (3 days) could make the sealer cloudy.
(And don’t you know it’s calling for rain tomorrow?! I better make room in my cluttered garage. HA!).
Watch the Video – How to Paint Outdoor Furniture
Here’s the table in action!
Let’s see the BEFORE again.
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This post was brought to you by RECLAIM Beyond Paint. This project and all writing and opinions are my own! Enjoy!