I have a couple of quick and easy spray paint projects to show you. Not only am I going to show you how to spray paint plastic chairs, I'll also show you how to refresh metal patio furniture with spray paint.
If you're looking for tips and ideas, you can find more projects here: The Power of Spray Paint
First, let's talk about the ugliest chairs ever!
Spray Paint Plastic Chairs
Do you have some of these cheap plastic chairs that are ridiculously stained and ugly? I had 4 that I had so long, I don’t even know where they came from. Did you know you can spray paint plastic chairs?
So, I had all this spray paint . . .
Can you believe this stash? My sister gave it to me when she quit crafting. Years later and I still had some left because I had been trying to make it last.
How To Paint Plastic Chairs
- Clean your old chairs. This may just need a hose, as in my case. Or you may need to use a cleaning or degreasing product.
- Allow the chairs to dry thoroughly.
There are two main enemies of spray paint. Those would be dirt and water.
I hosed down two of the ugly chairs, and left them in the sun to dry.
Then I painted them! It was just an experiment, the chairs were so ugly, I really didn’t have anything to lose. Each chair did take an entire can of paint.
So, I’m not sure it’s all that thrifty to paint your chairs. However, it did keep them out of the landfill. At first, I wasn’t sure how well it would hold up, but it's actually been years since I painted them.
They held up so well, that when I no longer needed them, I put them to the curb and a neighbor took them.
Would you believe, that they are now being used by a second neighbor?
The paint seemed to cure over the first few days to where I thought they could actually be stacked. That is something that is important with all paint--you must let it cure thoroughly.
At least now when I sat in them after painting them, I didn't get that nasty white film on my clothes.
Now, how about another quick paint project?
Spray Painting Metal Furniture
Years ago I traded my cousin Terry this patio set for a concrete table and benches. I definitely got the better end of the deal. I think these chairs will last forever! They had been a cream color in their younger days. When I got them from Terry, they were black. But the black paint had been peeling a lot, so I thought it was time for a makeover.
I used this Dual paint from Krylon. It’s a paint an primer in one. It took several cans to do this project.
I painted this small table to match the chairs.
Do you love the new color as much as I do? So much better than the peeling black paint. Isn’t spray paint amazing?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.