5 Simple Steps to Refreshing Your Patio Furniture

Do you have cane or wicker patio furniture desperate for a quick and easy facelift? Before you throw your stuff out in the trash in favour of a shiny new (and expensive) set, consider saving your furniture with a DIY makeover. You can turn your pieces from blah to beautiful in a matter of 5 simple steps.

Just a little over a week ago, I had patio furniture that was destined to be trashed. Not only was the set weathered and worn, it lacked pads and cushions and therefore was completely non-functional. In other words, the patio set was just junk.

With a little bit of TLC, I managed to give my patio set a welcome makeover. Now I have a gorgeous loveseat and chair that I enjoy using. My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner!

Ready for the low down on how to turn your trash to treasure? This is how I managed to save my patio furniture from heading to the landfill.

From Drab to Fab in 5 Easy Steps

1. Clean your furniture thoroughly with soap and water. Use a soft bristle brush to get in between cracks. My loveseat was sitting untouched on a shady porch for over a year. Fungi was sprouting in super hard to reach areas. The brush definitely came in handy. Allow furniture to dry before moving on the the next step.

2. Prepare your furniture for painting by lightly sanding each piece. Start with 120 grit paper then 150 and finally 220 grit. Don’t worry too much about smoothing out every nook and cranny. The primer and paint will hide small imperfections which really just add character and interest to your furniture. My own humble opinion of course.

3. Prime your pieces with spray primer. I used Rustoleum Ultra 2x coverage primer.

Note: You may be tempted to skip step 2 & 3 and go straight to painting but putting in the extra work is worth it! Sanding and priming will provide you with a smoother surface to work with and your paint job will last longer.

4. Apply two coats of glossy spray paint. I used Rustoleum Ultra 2x coverage in gloss white. Thankfully the weather has been cooperative and I was able to finish the painting in less than a week.

5. Measure your pieces for pads and cushions. I think my set was very standard in size. I had no problem finding the right size cushions and pads at Homesense. Unfortunately, it’s the end of the season for patio accessories so there wasn’t much to select from. Instead of trying to match all my cushions, I tried to find items in similar patterns and colours. As you can see in the photo below, I wasn’t able to find a matching one piece cushion for the loveseat. Rather than go without, I chose these lumbar cushions for some support.

I had a little more luck finding cushions for the chair. These gorgeous outdoor chair pads came as a pair and are mean to be used for individual chairs. To make the pair work for my one chair, I just turned the pad so the tapered end is towards the top of my chair. Works perfectly and it’s super comfy!

Tip: Making your own cushions and pads is very easy – especially if you require rectangular or square pads. If you can sew a straight line, then you’ll have no problem whipping up a couple of chair pads and cushions. I found this awesome tutorial by Brittany (Pretty Handy Girl) who shared her work over at The CSI project.  (Both are awesome blogs by the way!)

That’s it! 5 easy steps and you’ll have a beautiful, functional patio set.

I had a lot of fun working on my furniture makeover. It was a refreshing change from some of the other things I’ve been working on. Now that I’m finished with the set, I feel like decorating the rest of the patio. Maybe little side or coffee table for drinks!

{Update} This week’s challenge at The CSI Projects happens to be Porches, Terraces and Patios! Do you have a recent project that you’ve completed? Be sure to head over and take part in the challenge.

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  2. This DIY really blows me away Shani!! The cushions really make the chairs sing! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. I love them both! I am really digging the fabrics and colors! So fresh and fun! Thank you for stopping by my blog and sharing your sweet thoughts!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! When can I come sit in them? I love the fabric that you chose.


    • Brittany – You can come visit anytime but only if I’m allowed to sit on your gorgeous bed frame turned bench! I just love your porch:-)


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