Did you know that the average patio set sells for about $800? That’s crazy! What’s even crazier is that we as Americans dump over 28 million tons of furniture — and some of that is patio furniture. Instead of throwing out your old, worn-down, sunbleached or mildewed set, you can actually rescue and restore it. Check out our Before photo - hard to believe, right?
This week on Finish Friday, Amy Howard walks you through how to paint patio cushions with One Step Paint, as well as how to seal your cushions and furniture so they can withstand the elements, your next barbeque, or your kids’ popsicles. This week’s video is really going to make a difference in how you use your outdoor furniture, so check it out.
Tools You Need to Paint Your Patio Furniture Cushions
Are you already looking at your outdoor cushions and chairs, daydreaming about how you can make them beautiful once again? Our Outdoor Furniture Bundle will help you get started on your own outdoor fabric and furniture project, so make sure to check that out.
You’ll also need a couple of synthetic brushes and, if you want, a complimentary One Step Paint color (or three!) to match your color scheme. You can also use Mind Your Own Beeswax to seal patio cushions if you prefer that! Once you’ve got all your materials, it’s time to get started.
Restoring Furniture Cushions and Furniture
First, you’ll need to use the Clean Slate to clean your cushions and/or furniture pieces as much as possible. It’s okay if you don’t get it all, and it’s also fine if there are still some stains or discoloration from sun bleaching and dirt. We just want to get up the majority of the gunk before we start painting.
Once your Clean Slate has dried (about 15-20 minutes), you can get ready to paint. Because cushions are fabric, you’ll need to water down your One Step Paint: scoop out a bit of paint into a bowl and water it down to 20% paint/water ratio. Then, dip your synthetic brush in the thinned paint and start applying it to your cushion or furniture. Work in long, clean strokes, making sure to go the same direction and work with a wet edge. Don’t try to put it on too thick, either. As Amy says in the video, it’s okay to not have complete coverage; you’ll come back and do a second coat. Once your first coat is done, set it aside to dry. It will dry kind of rough, so you will need to sand between coats with 220 sandpaper. Of course, Amy mentions, make sure to sand in the same direction that you painted.
To protect the painted finish, you can use Matte Sealer or Mind Your Beeswax. If you use beeswax, just shake it up and apply it with a lint-free rag, rubbing it evenly across your entire cushion. If you want a more hardy sealant, the Matte Sealer is great. It’s water-based, VOC-free, and you can apply it with a synthetic brush. Amy explains that, as you do with the One Step Paint, it’s important to keep a wet edge and apply the sealer with long, clean strokes. Don’t leave it in the direct sunlight, as that will cause it to dry too quickly.
If you want to add a design or accent to your pillow, tape off the area with painters tape. Make sure to cover piping or anywhere you may paint that you don’t intend to. This way, you get a clean edge that looks 100% professional.
Beautify Your Outdoor Space With More Restoration Ideas
While Amy shows you how to paint outdoor cushions in the video, she also gives you a few tips when you start painting your outdoor furniture, as well. Make sure to check out the video if you want to learn from Amy directly as she gives new life to an old and dingy patio cushion. Then, tune in next Friday at 12 noon Central for another segment of Finish Friday. You can Follow and Like the Amy Howard at Home Facebook page to get notified when she goes live!
You can also join the Before and After Amy Howard at Home group to get inspired by other DIYers who use Amy Howard at Home products. This group is a treasure trove of rescue and restore ideas, so make sure to join!