15 Tips for Painting Outdoor Furniture

15 Tips for Painting Outdoor Furniture

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Evaluate Your Furniture

Take a good look at your furniture and decide if painting or staining is even worth it. You can certainly fix a wobbly chair or repair scratches and dents, but if a chair is rotted or the plastic leg of a table is cracked and falling apart, it may be time for new furniture.

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Remove Rust

If your furniture is metal, you can paint over rust. First, remove all the rust before painting. You can do this without chemicals—you’ll just need to grind, scour and sand off the rust with a tool such as a sander, oscillating tool or drill.

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Choose a Finish

If you’re painting wood or metal, it doesn’t matter what finish you choose—whether gloss, satin or eggshell—as long as your paint is made for outside use. If you’re painting plastic, you’ll need a paint specifically designed for plastic to ensure it bonds correctly to the surface.

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Consider Climate

Depending on where you live, you may need more protection from the elements when painting outdoor furniture. Some paints have ultraviolet protection. If painting metal, consider using a paint that is rust inhibiting. Staining is also an option that holds up well to the elements.

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Choose a Color

Your options are endless when it comes to choosing a paint color. One easy way to choose color is to go with something that compliments your home’s exterior. If you’re unsure about paint color combinations, use the color wheel method: Pick colors that are directly across from each other.

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Remove Hardware

Before you get started painting your outdoor furniture, remove the hardware (if possible) from the furniture. If you get paint on the hardware, you can remove paint with a hot water bath.

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Avoid a Mess

To paint without making a mess, have all your supplies ready to go before you get started. Move any furniture or planters away from the painting area so you don’t get paint on them. Cover the area with drop cloths so you don’t get paint on the patio, deck or garage floor.

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Consider the Weather

If you can, paint in the fall or even during the winter when you’re not using the furniture. Paint may dry too fast in the summer heat. If you have to paint inside, make sure your workspace is well ventilated.

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Try Something Different

For a unique look, use painters tape or masking tape to create a design on a tabletop. Choose two or three colors to paint patterns.

Originally Published: July 14, 2021

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