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Thursday, July 22, 2010

What's Irish and Sits on the Lawn?

Patio Furniture!
Fine. I'm sorry. I don't know a lot of clean jokes.
So you may remember when I asked for your help with what color to paint my patio furniture, and we came up with THIS. 
And I definitely fell in love with your idea.
With the setee all fresh and painted, and the GARDEN STOOLS looking crisp, something had to be done with the rest of the chairs, which were molting.
These were painted last summer with spray paint meant for plastic. Let us never speak of it again.
My favorite part is how family and guests would get up with flakes of paint all over their arms and thighs. Like cupcakes with sprinkles.
It doesn't stick to outdoor wicker, but people? Like glue.
So let's drag this freak show into the yard.
Using a stiff, dry brush get the dirt and loose paint off of these suckers.
And it came up fast!
Make sure you're on a tarp, obviously, and space the chairs.
Now, the advantage, besides durability, to using plastic primer is that you are not limited in your paint choices. Go nuts!
Give your pieces a nice liberal coat
Allow to dry according to the directions. I usually wait an hour. I can find things to do.
Now, three light coats of Rustoleum Gloss Black for full coverage, top and bottom, and walk around the chair to make sure there aren't any bald spots.
Better? Are you kidding?
Now when your Mom gets home, she'll do the night time staging photos.
Because you're a bunch of teenagers.
And you did this while she was at the office from her blog instructions.
By yourselves.
My thanks to the Teen Minions for demonstrating just how simple this project is. 
Don't live with ugly furniture. Go do it.

Can't wait for those adorable toddlers of yours to grow up now, huh?


Steph @ This Organized Mess said...

The furniture looks great !! I love the cushions and pillows !! And yes the plastic primer is AWESOME !! Mom told me about it cause I was highly frustrated that there was no orange spray for plastic and I need it for my boys room project.

Michael said...

Nice job, minions :-)

Life in Rehab said...

Steph, plastic primer is the bomb! We've even made a Death Ray using it.

Why thanks, Michael!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Sunny I thought you were talking about me coming for a visit there for a second (and Irish sitting on the lawn). These look so fabuloso!! I love it all together, the cushions, the pretty grill...all looks like a great place for margaritas and fish tacos.

Life in Rehab said...

C'mon down, Heather! We'll do mango 'ritas and fire up the Weber! And thanks as always for the lovely compliment.

Mel said...

A lovely update and that table is to die for. I'll take it off your hands when you decide on something else.

Life in Rehab said...

Mel, allow me to really make you envy me...I found the table in someone's trash, still with the bubble wrap on the legs! SNAG!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the black! I see we've both been working on some outdoor furniture projects... :-)

Fuzzy Slippers said...

As a former minion myself, fabulous job!!! Love the new look. :)

Life in Rehab said...

Didn't they do well? They're starting to get into this.

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Personally, I love jokes like that.

The furniture looks great after that makeover!! Are you going to add an outdoor rug? I saw some on sale at Pier 1 recently. I think that would make the space pop even more!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

It all looks fabulous. Love the black. Great job. Can you send the teens all to my house? Hugs, Marty

Chelsea@ThisFreshFossil said...


Or else you might just find yourself spending hours spraying on 10+ coats of regular white paint onto a small piece of red fake coral decor. *coughcough* Not that anyone I know has actually done said misadventure, that would be a waste of time/money/life... ;)

Sunny, that furniture looks INCREDIBLE. And I'm super happy that you picked my color suggestion choice for them! They look great! Seriously. Totally. Awesome. <3

P.S. Now I can't wait until I can have minions of my own to do home decor projects while I'm at work.. or if I just don't want to do them. ;)Mwahahahaha!


Life in Rehab said...

Thanks, Chelsea! It was definitely a great suggestion!

And eventually, the coral came out cute. Eventually. *ducks*

Olive said...

You have superior Teen Minions. olive♥

Life in Rehab said...

I have the best teenagers on the planet, Olive, and thank you.

Pam said...

Amazing what some paint can do...looks really nice.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Too funny! I love them black, so much better.

Star @ A Load Of Craft said...

I loved reading your post... you funny lady :) And that furniture looks 100% awesome. Seriously I love it!

I just stopped by to tell you that your comments always make me smile/laugh/happy so thanks for taking the time!

Brenda said...

How awesome is that! Not only the paint job but the fact your kids did it. I was lucking to get mine, when teenagers, to do the dishes or vacuum the floors.