Patio and Deck Decor on a Budget / DIY Style
I love pretty things...but, I'm rarely willing to spend a lot of money to get them. Sometimes a good 'decorating on a budget' personal challenge is just what I need!
Hint. This time it involved spray painting outdoor furniture. Get comfortable. I have lots of photos to share for inspiration for your deck or patio decorating projects!
When the weather started to get warmer here in Missouri, I spent some time shopping around for new patio furniture hoping to find a steal of a deal.
Unfortunately, it was beyond expensive!
It's hard for me to justify spending money on new things when I have something that is still working well and in decent shape, no matter how old it is.
Some might call this "cheap", but I prefer to think of this as frugal.
The "bones" of our metal patio/deck furniture were still in good condition, just outdated in terms of style.
A little spray paint could give our old furniture a nice face lift.
DIY for the win yet again!
Our Outdoor Space Before:
It certainly wasn't bad before. But, the metal chairs had scratches all over them.
Everything just needed a good refresh!
Our outdoor space has really had a great transformation over the past couple of years.
We had concrete poured under our deck last year when we had a roof installed over our deck.
Our backyard faces the hot, west summer sun. So this has been a wonderful addition for us.
Read all about that process below.
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What Kind of Paint to Use on Outdoor Furniture
Fire Pit High Heat Spray Paint:
I used Rustoleum High Heat spray paint for the fire pit. This paint was just used on the top portion of the fire pit.
Spray paint for body of outdoor deck and patio furniture:
For the body of the fire pit as well as the furniture, I used Rustoleum Paint + Primer Spray Paint in black.
Spray Paint for Outdoor Storage Box:
If I'm being honest, I forgot to take pictures of the exact spray paint I used for the outdoor storage bins. BUT, I feel fairly confident it was Rustoleum Paint + Primer in Perfect Gray.
Blogger fail. Sorry, guys!
Tips for Using Spray Paint to Restore Outdoor Furniture:
1. Paint in a well-ventilated area
I attempted to paint outside in our backyard, but it was way too windy the day I worked on this project.
Even in the garage, the fumes can occasionally get a bit overwhelming.
2. Wear a Mask:
Part way through my patio furniture painting, I realized a mask was necessary to prevent me from breathing in the paint fumes.
Even in the garage, I found this to be an issue.
Save your lungs. Just wear a mask!
3. Don't paint in high humidity
I get it.
Sometimes you have to complete a project when you have a free moment to do it.
Prompt Painters out of Florida (something tells me they know about high humidity) recommend spray painting when relative humidity is between 40-50%.
It was pretty muggy the day I did my painting. As you can see below, the high humidity caused my paint job to bubble.
But, it was a fairly easy fix.
After it dried, I sanded it down, wiped it well, then applied another light coat of spray paint.
This took care of most of the issues.
If you are like me, you have to work with what time you have. I knew this was the only day I was going to have to get this task accomplished.
Not perfect, but good enough!
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4. Cover any areas you Do NOT want paint
Spend the extra time to tape off and cover any areas you do not want the paint.
The prep work with painting is my least favorite part of the project, but it makes all the difference.
I didn't want to take out all of our fire glass. So I covered it with an old cloth and used painter's tape around the firebowl portion of the fire pit.
The high heat spray paint was only used on the top surfaces of the fire pit.
In the above and below photos, notice all of the scratches on the body of the fire pit.
That is mostly my doing!
When the concrete was being poured for our patio last year, I didn't have our lawn furniture moved far enough away.
Unfortunately, the concrete splattered all over the furniture.
When I tried to sand it off (somewhat unsuccessfully by the way), I scuffed up the furniture pretty badly.
Spray paint to the rescue!
Since I was planning on replacing the old, mildew-covered rug, I completed the fire pit repainting directly on the rug.
As I mentioned before, it was probably too windy for spray painting.
But, it was too heavy for me to move around from my backyard to my garage by myself.
So, it worked!
New Rug for the Outdoor Space
I did have to spend a little money on updating the patio.
This 9 x 12 feet Lulu Pine Indoor / Outdoor rug in gray was found at Wayfair.
Other outdoor rugs you might love:
Spray Painting Outdoor Storage Box
I didn't realize just how nasty our storage bins had gotten until everything else looked fresh and new.
After a really good scrubbing with soap and water, I allowed them to dry well.
Then they both got a nice coat of paint, too!
Yes, the before picture below is after I cleaned it!
What a huge difference spray paint made on these outdoor boxes!
The interior got cleaned thoroughly, but I didn't paint the inside.
Don't forget to decorate your deck or patio with flowers!
I've mentioned it several times before, but I'm a huge fan of geraniums for spaces that get a lot of sun.
Bright red is my personal favorite!
They take some intense heat and sun during our Missouri summers and still manage to look pretty.
Low maintenance is a friend of mine!
I also love these evergreen shrubs in large planters. They are left out all year round and do great.
They rarely get any water unless it rains and they've managed to survive for quite some time.
Did you notice the sky chair in the background?
That is a family favorite around here.
So relaxing and cozy. I highly recommend getting one if you have a good space for it!
Even though they cost more than I wanted to spend, I did grab some new gray outdoor cushions from At Home, Home Decor Store.
It was time.
BEFORE AND AFTER OF MY PATIO SPACE ON A BUDGET PROJECT:
Notice the exterior roller shade below. It's perfect for when we want to be on the patio late afternoon.
More day time shots of the deck and patio:
Aw, string lights;-)
All lit up at night! Have you noticed I have a thing for string lights?!
The high heat spray paint is perfect on our fire pit!
My husband got a TV mount for the patio so we can watch shows outside at night.
We bring in the TV when it's not in use. Totally worth the extra few minutes it takes!
It's great for movies, Sporting KC games, or any other family TV!
Do you see our sweet dog photo bombing the picture?!
Just for fun, I thought you might want to see the before and after from last year's roof addition and deck remodeling project!
Before and After of Last Year's Deck Project:
Yes, that is the exact same angle! It's so different.
I love outdoor string lights and fire pits as I'm sure you've noticed!
We have some on our deck AND patio. The lights are fairly inexpensive for the impact they bring.
If you are interested, here is a link to our table top fire bowl.
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Thanks for stopping by Love Our Real Life today!
Grab some spray paint and transform some of your outdated outdoor furniture!
I bet you'll be glad you did!
Spray painting outdoor furniture can make all the difference;-)