DIY Outdoor Patio Furniture Makeover: From Ugly to Beach Chic in a Day!

Screen Shot 2012 05 30 at 4.49.13 PMI was so excited when I found this great deal on outdoor patio furniture at Target last fall (its called the Target Home Conservatory 4-Piece Patio Furniture Set: Blue). It was the end of the season and I was able to grab the entire set at a whopping 75% off.

Unfortunately, once I got it home and put together out on the deck, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that it just didn’t “go”. I hated that everything else was white and beachy, while this set was black and sort of dreary…

So I had a choice – I could try and sell my patio set and buy a new one OR I could just perform a makeover instead. Being on a budget, I went for the latter – and I am so happy I did! Because with just some spray paint, fun outdoor fabric, sewing machine and a sunny Saturday afternoon, I ended up with this instead :)

loveseat table before after

chair before after

*NOTE* I have zero sewing skills. This was actually my very first sewing project – so if I can do it, you can too!

Best part is I can remove and wash these when they get dirty and I can easily make them in different colors in case I feel like changing things up again!

For those of you that want to try, here is a list of what I used and a step by step guide in pictures. Feel free to leave me a question (if you have any) and I’ll answer as best as I can!

Materials Needed

Step-by-step How To in Pictures

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Cover your work area in a tarp and spray paint away. Start with the primer then apply satin or glass coat.

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While the frames dry, make the cushion covers. Measure out how much material you need. Overlap by about 5-6 inches so that you won't need to add a button or zipper.
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Hem the short ends, meaning just the ends that overlap.
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Re-wrap your cushion with the outside of the pattern facing in, and make sure its fairly tight. Pinch the open, unhemmed sides and pin.
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Remove cushion and trim edge to half inch of pins. The pins for me mark where my sewing line will go.
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I used a magnet guide to keep me straight and at half inch from the edge. I also loved the pattern because I chose a line and followed it down.
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Once you have sewn both sides, flip the cover right side out.
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Insert cushion and fold over flap. Cover should be form fitting.
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I did the throw pillows the exact same way.

11 thoughts on “DIY Outdoor Patio Furniture Makeover: From Ugly to Beach Chic in a Day!”

    • Thank you! Even though Ben looked at me like I was nuts while I stood there, armed with white spray paint…I *knew* it was for the better :)

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  1. Great job!  Spray paint is such an easy way to transform things and I love the bright, fun fabric you chose.

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    •  @Sarah BB East9thStreet Thanks Sarah! I agree. It was also the first time I had spray painted anything and it worked so well – especially with the intricate design on the backs and on the table.

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    •  @EllenLafleche-Christian Thanks Ellen. Now I always look at things and think to myself, “You know, with a little bit of spray paint I could…” :)

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