From Curbside To Runway: Outdoor Furniture Makeover!

3 Hours

When we saw this set on the curb, we couldn't rescue it fast enough. We were helping some friends move into their new home and their next door neighbor had this set in a pile ready for the landfill! We couldn't see that happen. Too much potential in the set so we put it in the van and brought it home.
The set is metal, a little rusty, but in good condition. When I saw this set on the side of the road, I saw it black with wood incorporate into them. When we got it home we were ready to make this set over with materials we had on hand.
The first thing I did was clean the set. Then, I gave it a few coats of black spray paint. It covered beautifully.
Next, we cut down reclaimed wood boards to fit the seats of the chairs and the top of the table. We sanded down the wood a few times to ensure it was flat and super soft.
The set is AMAZING now! I added some outdoor pillows for the back of the chairs to make them even more comfortable.
From curbside to runway ready! Next underestimate was a little spray paint and some reclaimed wood can do! :-)
See the entire makeover on my blog post:

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Lindsay Eidahl

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Moo12079465
    on Mar 7, 2017

    Did you have to scrape or sand it down before painting?

    • Lindsay Eidahl
      on Mar 7, 2017

      I washed it well and that was it. There wasn't any paint flaking off or anything. If there was, I would have used a wire brush first.

  • Nancy Zucker
    on Mar 10, 2017

    How did you attach the wood strips to the lounge?

  • Chris
    on Apr 5, 2017

    Won't the rust just pop through the paint?
    • Lindsay Eidahl
      on Apr 5, 2017

      No, it didn't!

    • Sharon Hampton
      on Apr 11, 2017

      Use Rustoleum for outside furniture like this. It won't rust and you can paint right over former rust. It will last for a number of years before you need to redo it.

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  • Ethel Kirkpatrick
    on Apr 26, 2017

    How amazing is that! I'll never look at curb side trash the same way again... They look stunning!
  • Mary Arguelles
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Great Job, I think I would have painted the wood black to match and tried to find pillows you could recover for the seats.
    Mary A
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