Giving your painted outdoor furniture a makeover is an easy way to refresh your patio, porch, deck and other outdoor spaces for the season. Using a paint sprayer makes the job quick and easy.
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After several years in the elements, our painted outdoor furniture was in need of a makeover to restore its former beauty.
Sun, rain, snow and just general use had been particularly hard on the outdoor buffet server we built for our patio. The original stain and milk paint finish had almost completely washed away and faded in the sun.
Here, you can see a side-by-side of the potting bench server when it was brand new, what it looked like after two years in the elements and what it looks like now, after a fresh coat of outdoor paint applied with my Wagner FLEXiO 4000 sprayer.
Such a transformation, and it was finished in an afternoon!
I’m excited to be partnering with Wagner and some blogging friends to show you how quick and easy it is to give your outdoor furniture a makeover with a paint sprayer.
You’ll find links to their painted outdoor furniture projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit them all for lots of tips and tricks on how to use a paint sprayer with all different types of paints, stains and finishes. You’ll also find lots of good paint sprayer tips in this post of mine.
I used the sprayer to make over two different pieces of furniture for our patio entertaining space.
I was actually thinking of throwing this old bench away and replacing it, but I’m so glad I didn’t. It looks fabulous now, nothing like the grungy before pic!
Before beginning an outdoor painted furniture makeover, it’s important to do a little prep work. I recommend wiping down the furniture with water and a cleaner like TSP to remove any dirt, grime and spiderwebs.
I also sanded the potting bench a bit to even out the finish and remove any chipping paint.
Make sure your furniture is completely dry before painting it. If it’s been rainy or particularly humid, wait a few days so the paint can properly adhere to the surface.
I prefer to paint in the early morning or in the early evening, once the sun has started to set. This is partly so I don’t overheat in this hot North Carolina summer weather, but also so that the paint doesn’t dry too quickly. I also avoid windy days to reduce overspray.
For these painted outdoor furniture makeovers, I was excited to try the lightweight, compact and powerful FLEXiO 4000 sprayer. (I also have Wagner’s FLEXiO 890 sprayer, which I’ve used for lots of projects, including painting our kitchen table and chairs and some wrought iron furniture for our the front porch.)
The compact sprayer is really easy to set up and use, and the 15-foot cord makes it easy paint all around a piece — front and back — without having to move lots of cumbersome equipment or cords.
The sprayer comes with two different nozzles. The larger iSpray® nozzle and paint cup is designed for larger surfaces, like walls and ceilings. The detail nozzle, which is what I prefer to use, is perfect for furniture. I used it on both the bench and the outdoor server.
For the loveseat bench, I used DecoArt Americana Deco Curb Appeal Paint in New England Navy. The fade-resistant exterior paint is designed for front doors and doesn’t require a sealer. I didn’t have to thin the paint at all when using it with the Wagner sprayer.
If you’re using a thicker paint, you may have to thin it slightly so it doesn’t clog the sprayer. (You can use water to thin water-based paint.) You can also control the flow of paint through the sprayer by adjusting the air compressor.
I’ve used a variety of different types and brands of paints in my Wagner sprayers –including latex, DecoArt Chalky Finish, DecoArt Curb Appeal, DecoArt Color Stain, DecoArt Outdoor Paint, General Finishes Milk Paint and other brands of chalk paint. I’ve never had to thin the paint with my Wagner sprayer, unlike other sprayers I have used. Depending on the type of paint you use, you may have to adjust the air pressure to ensure an even flow.
I was finished with the first coat on the bench in 15 minutes. (That’s when I called my husband out to hand model!)
In between coats, make sure you wipe the sprayer nozzle clean. If you’re working outdoors in the sun, I recommend detaching the paint cup and nozzle from the air hose and storing the paint out of the sun so it won’t dry out or thicken. (This takes only a few seconds to do with the detachable hose on the Wagner sprayers.)
The sun came out, hot and bright, the morning I was painting the potting bench, so it was definitely important to move the paint cup out of the sun between coats. (Ditto for the painter!)
After two coats, the color was still a little too bright blue for my liking — even as a Carolina grad! So I sprayed on a thin coat of DecoArt Color Stain in Ash Gray to tone things down a bit and add a little “age” to my painted outdoor furniture.
I love the muted color.
It even matches my new outdoor dishes from Christmas Tree Shops!
I’ll admit, I was not looking forward to repainting this server because it was such a chore originally. The first time we painted it, my husband and I spent hours in the hot sun layering on milk paint and stain. It took so long to paint between all those slats using a brush. We were hot, sweaty, tired and irritable when it was done.
This makeover, by comparison, took little more than an hour of hands-on time, including cleaning, sanding, taping off the hardware and painting.
Once again, our patio looks and feels so inviting.
We’ve been enjoying hanging out in this outdoor room on long summer nights!
It’s the perfect place to relax, read, entertain and enjoy nature.
For more painted outdoor furniture makeovers with Wagner sprayers, be sure to visit my friends’ blogs to see their projects:
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