Asked on Mar 29, 2019

How do I restore faded outdoor cushions?

Faith Heath
by Faith Heath
  7 answers
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 29, 2019

    Once faded, you can’t really re color them unless you want to dye them....which they may or may take the dye. I would just make an envelope cover for them..if you don’t sew, use a double sided iron on fuseable tape to make the seams.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Mar 29, 2019

    Hi Faith,

    It depends on the fabric of the cushions. Some you can paint or dye. If there is plastic in the fabric, painting will usually work. You can even paint if they are fabric by adding fabric medium. Here's the technique for that process.

    You can also dye the cushions. Here's an article that should help you with that.

    Of course, you can always make new covers. You could remove the current covers to create a pattern then either sew them together or use the fusible tape that you'll find in the sewing aisle.

    If you want to be creative, you could paint the cushions with stencils or even create your own design using fabric paint or fabric medium with latex paint. One way to do that would be to use sponges or scrunched up plastic bags to dab on the colors until you like the look that you've created. When you do it, if you can take pictures of your process, it would be great if you'd add it to Hometalk using the +Post Project link at the upper right of a computer screen. We'd love to see how your project turned out. Posting a project is easy because Hometalk's system will "walk you through" the process. I hope this helps you. Wishing you the best!

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Mar 29, 2019

    Faith...I would use Rit dye but make sure the do not have sun damage such as tears because it would really be a waste of time and money if no chance of working.

  • Paint them. Dye them. Recover them.

  • Chris Chris on Mar 30, 2019

    I have used spray paint on all kinds of outdoor furniture cushions (blue, orange) top and sides. I leave mine outside all year in Michigan as my garage is packed to the hilt. After about 5 years the top fabric split on one cushion, so I just turned it over (zipper can be seen) and spray painted that side too when I touched up the metal table edge. Sometimes the flower pattern shows through.

  • Mary Fortune Mary Fortune on Mar 30, 2019

    We've used paint also-both brush and spray. Arizona sun is hard on fabric, so we repaint periodically.

  • Chris Chris on Mar 30, 2019

    I used the regular spay paint-'2X', bought it at ACE hardware, they have more colors that the big box stores. It s easy to do a second coat if needed. Be careful of over spray-as in your car in the garage. Just put your old clothes on-and not your nice ones-like I did last week. I'm to impatient to use the brush on kind. I have also just made a pillow case type of thing from fabric to slide old cushions into--look at your resale shop for sheets, or fabric pieces. We very seldom entertain on the patio, so I need it to only look nice for me-and I'm too cheap to buy new cushions all the time.