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Back Patio Furniture Makeover

About 10 years ago I purchased my first 'grown up' patio set. About two years ago they started showing their age. I was going to replace them, but I was having a hard time finding something affordable that fits my true personality - something bursting with color. I decided to make them over. [caption id="attachment_1212" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Before"][/caption] The paint on my chairs were chipped and unattractive - plus the chairs were brown:(  A little elbow geese will take care of that issue. I used a wire brush remove the old finish, then I sanded the chairs with my Sander Next I primed the chairs, then spray painted them with outdoor/indoor paint. [caption id="attachment_1213" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="My Blue Patio Chair"][/caption] I could not decide on a color, so I painted each patio chair a different color. [caption id="attachment_1214" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="My Red Patio Chair"][/caption] There was a toss up between painting one of the chairs orange or yellow. Orange won - it was more vibrant. I will paint something else yellow, I'm sure. [caption id="attachment_1215" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="My Orange Patio Chair"][/caption] Looking back, I should have chosen yellow over purple. [caption id="attachment_1216" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="My Purple Patio Chair"][/caption] Now I needed to address the chair cushions. The brown stripe was not doing it for me. [caption id="attachment_1219" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Before - The brown stripe seat cushion"][/caption] At first I was going to purchase new ones, but I did not want to pay the high prices you tend to see at the beginning of the summer season. I decided to cover the existing cushions. I can get new ones at the end of summer when they go on sale. [caption id="attachment_1220" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Afterish"][/caption] I used painters drop cloth to make a simple cover for the chairs. I basically made 4 over-sized pillow cases and slipped them over the seat cushions. But, they were a little underwhelming. May be adding pillows would help... [caption id="attachment_1224" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="See how I made the pillow here"][/caption]

No, It needs something more... May be a painted yellow daisy...

[caption id="attachment_1225" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Yellow Daisy"][/caption] But, as usual, I cannot decide on an image. So, I painted a red butterfly on the other chair cover... [caption id="attachment_1226" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Red Butterfly"][/caption] And a dark red/maroon poppy - The poppy pattern started off as an embroidery patter I designed (you may download it from my Facebook page). [caption id="attachment_1227" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Poppy flower"][/caption] A peach tulip completes the set. [caption id="attachment_1228" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Tulip Seat Cushion"][/caption] Now all I need is a larger patio to house all my plants - and I need to make some lumber pillows for my patio chairs - maybe, we'll see. xoxo Al

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