SpRuCe Up Your Patio Furniture!
Written by on Monday, April 12th, 2010

Do you have some outdated outdoor furniture that could use a face lift?  I did!  I purchased my faux wicker patio set several years ago at a discount store.  It consists of a love seat-size sofa, 2 chairs and a coffee table.  The look was in style then, but it’s definitely no longer attractive.

Back in February, I remember walking through the patio department of a local store and they were putting out their brand new patio sets.  A black (metal frame) set with lime green cushions caught my attention because of the striking contrast in its color combination.  Price tag:  $600.   I knew this purchase wasn’t justified, especially when I had a functional (although dated) and perfectly good set at home.  After I got home and thought about it for a while, I realized that what was attracting me to the set (I saw in the store) was not the style as much as the color combination… I just loved it!  And that’s when it hit me… if I loved it, I should just renovate my existing set to reflect the very same color combination.

I knew this renovation would require finding some durable lime green fabric, a little sewing (something I’m very elementary in, so don’t be afraid to try it) and a few cans of black spray paint.  I started out by checking a local discount store that I knew sold fabric remnants (Old Time Pottery) and to my surprise, they had a 6 yard piece of lime green SUNBRELLA (outdoor, water & stain resistant) fabric for $5/yard ($30).  I decided I would close my new cushion “covers” using 6 inexpensive zippers, which I found at Walmart ($12), however, you can use velcro, snaps, snap tape, ribbon (sewn on to both sides of the cushion back, to be tied into knots or bows) or simply sew the cushion covers closed so they are not removable.  Finally, I purchased 8 cans of black enamel gloss spray paint ($20) to transform my patio set frames by changing the color from beige to black.  So, my final total was only $62.

Here are some closeup photos of the previous furniture frame color and cushion cover fabric:

The only thing left to do was spray paint the patio furniture frames black, measure the cushions to create a pattern, sew the pattern pieces together, adding in a zipper for each and slip the new covers over the old cushions.

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best seamstress in the world (I’m still working with the minor sewing instruction I received in middle school),  but it was a great inexpensive “fix” for a couple of seasons.   I was very happy with the outcome because it  transformed my existing (and very ugly) patio set into a look similar to the $600 set in the store for ONLY 10% of the cost… I’d call that an economical makeover!  See what you think:

Enjoy the Creativity!



  1. Carla says:

    I love your yard and everything you’ve done with it. I know it doesn’t happen overnight, but some day, I hope to add a few of the same touches to mine. Great job – as always!

  2. […] readers might recall that, last year, I recovered cushions, while sprucing up an old patio set  http://seasonalhome.wordpress.com/2010/04/12/spruce-up-your-patio-furniture/, so I simply used two of those cushions […]

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