Revamp an Old Patio Umbrella With This DIY Painted Umbrella Makeover

6 Materials
1 Hour

Often, household items past their prime end up in landfills and trash bins. This doesn’t have to be the case! I had a very old faded sun umbrella that was headed for the trash. While it was quite old, it was still in great shape, so I decided to spruce it up a bit for the summer! With a bit of paint, I was able to not only save this umbrella from the trash, I was also able to take it to the next level and brighten up my garden. Even better, this project only takes a bit of time and money to complete. Want to see how I did it? Follow my step-by-step tutorial below!

Tools and Materials:

  • Patio umbrella
  • Dixie Belle chalk paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Chip brush
  • Spray bottle
  • Waterproof sealant 
Clean the Umbrella
Clean the Umbrella

Before I could start painting, I had to clean the umbrella fabric. I unscrewed the top cap, popped the end pieces off, and threw it in the washing machine. 

Remove the Umbrella

Most materials used in umbrellas can be machine washed, but if you prefer to clean it by hand you can do that as well. If you do use the washing machine, make sure not to use a fabric softener as it will add a coating to the material. 


I considered adding polka dots to my umbrella, but once I realized just how long it would take me I scrapped that idea. In the end I decided to add some stripes. 

Spray with Water

First I sprayed the fabric a bit to help the paint go on more smoothly.

Add a Stripe

Then I added a short stripe with a chip brush. I love how you can see the bristles on the very end of the stripe.

Add More Stripes

I added different colored short stripes to the umbrella. I used four colors, a white, pale yellow, faded pink, and a turquoise that was slightly darker than the color of the umbrella. Make sure to continue spraying the surface with water before you paint to help the paint go on more smoothly.

Work in Sections

I worked in sections, curving the edges as I went because the bottom is wider than the top. Once I had finished painting I let it fully dry before reattaching it to the umbrella.


While the umbrella fabric is waterproof, the paint is not, so once I had reassembled the umbrella I went ahead and sprayed it with a waterproof sealant. Now it is ready to be used in all seasons!

Patio Umbrella Makeover
DIY Patio Umbrella Makeover

This project saved my umbrella from the landfill, and I hope that it will help you too! It’s always fun to breathe new life into old items. How have you revamped things in your house? Let me know in the comments below!

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Frequently asked questions

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  • Ruby Lear Ruby Lear on Mar 28, 2021

    What can I do with an umbrella that is still in good shape but the braces are broken?

  • Lori Lori on Mar 28, 2021

    You say in the beginning of your how to do's that you SPRAYED the fabric to make it easier to paint..sprayed with what? Water???

  • Patty Patty on Mar 29, 2021

    If I spray paint it, what type should I use? Can I change the color to any color?


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  • Kay Kay on Mar 30, 2021

    regular old exterior latex house paint works much better for a job like this on fabric. Do NOT remove it from the frame. Leave the umbrella fully opened and set it on a clean spot on your patio or concrete driveway. Have at it with a bucket of warm water and krud kutter or fabuloso and a scrub brush on the top side of the umbrella. Rinse very well and set it back up to dry. It must be completely dry before you start painting with latex paint. Any leftovers you may have in your garage will work fine.Do not spray the fabric before or after painting with anything. With this method you need NO sealant or anything when finished.. It will hold up for some years using this method and exterior latex paint. PS...You can use any finish paint desired (ie: matte, gloss, satin or eggshell) just as long as you make sure it says "exterior" on the paint can.

  • Patty Patty on Jul 01, 2021

    Love the design! Looks like it came that way. Great job!