Deck Makeover: Painting Deck Furniture

Hi everyone!  It feels like forever since I’ve posted!  What on earth?!  But there’s been a lot going on over here, and I have a lot to share! One of the most exciting things for us is all the work we’ve been doing to our deck. You might have already caught a peek if you follow me on Instagram.

Our deck has needed a makeover for a couple of years now, but the timing was just never right for us to tackle it.  All the work that needed to be done just seemed SO daunting.  And I’m not a big fan of painting, which is the majority of the work.  I love the after effect of painting, but all the prep work and waiting – oh man, it bites.  When it’s all done though, it’s so satisfying!

We also wanted to do it all without spending a lot of money.  In order to do that we couldn’t buy any new furniture, which was fine by me because I’ve always really liked the furniture we have.  It’s simple, easy to look after and is timeless in style.  All it really needed was some fixing and repainting…no problem!

So one day while shopping in our local grocery store, I saw some pillows and I immediately got a vision of what I wanted our deck to look like.  Weird how that happens sometimes!  Feeling inspired to make our deck an oasis, I got to work and made a list of all that we needed to:

First up:  tackling our old wooden furniture.


Deck Furniture Before

This set has great structure.  It’s simple.  But boy does it look sad.  And the deck…don’t even get me started. Both are getting a paint job, but first I really wanted to paint this set. I knew that I wanted it to pop with colour, because the rest of our deck was going to be dark.  So I got brave and chose a colour that was completely out of my comfort zone, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!


Painting Deck Furniture

Pre-painting Preparations:

  • First I washed all the chairs, using the hose, and let them dry completely overnight.
  • The next day I used a light sanding block and gently sanded the chairs down.  I didn’t stress too much over this part.
  • After I sanded, I used a dry cloth to wipe off all the sanding dust.

Paint Information:

  • Behr Premium Plus Ultra: Exterior Semi-Gloss Enamel
  • Colour:  Cozumel:
Painting Information:
  • I tried to avoid having to give the chairs 2 coats of paint, so I was generous with the paint on the first application (as generous as I could be without having drip marks).  But I did end up having to do a light second coat.  Overall though, this paint really applied and covered well.

When I first started putting it on I have to admit I got a few heart palpitations.  But right away I knew it was going to look fabulous! I am so happy with it, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love it!

Painting Deck Furniture

The colour pops off the deck, but isn’t at all overwhelming.  You’ll really be able to see that when I show you our whole deck (coming soon).  It’s really just the perfect punch of colour!

Painting Deck Furniture

Love love love it.  Did I mention I love it?!  😉

Painting Deck Furniture

And that deck…would you look at that stain?!  Fab-u-lous.  Can’t wait to show you that next! I’m very very happy with how it turned out.  Even after a few choice words while I was painting nooks and crannies, I’m so happy I tackled this project.  The power of paint is amazing isn’t it?!

Now, you can find me outside on my ‘new’ patio set sipping some lemonade.  Life is good.  🙂

Have an inspired day!

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  • Reply Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life May 21, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Oh, I love it too. I’m so glad you went with a bright, bold color. It looks great!

  • Reply Elaine May 21, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    I love the color — and your inspiration pillows. I need to do some old deck transforming myself and this is a good prod, thanks!
    I look forward to the post on the deck staining – that is my greatest and most overwhelming “to-do”.

  • Reply Shauna @Satori May 21, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Love it! What brand of paint did you use? That color is amazing and the pillows add the perfect graphic punch!

    • Reply Jo-Anna May 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Thanks Shauna! I’m really happy with how it turned out!
      Here are the paint details: Behr Premium Plus Ultra: Exterior Semi-Gloss Enamel – Colour: Cozumel

  • Reply Stephanie May 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Wow, it turned out stunning. I love the pop of color that the pillow add!

  • Reply Ali May 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Yay! gorgeous! My favorite color of all time 🙂 Love love love!

    • Reply Jo-Anna May 21, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Thanks Ali! I love this colour too SO much – I just never felt brave enough to paint with it before, but am I ever glad I got over that, lol!

  • Reply Elaine - Visual Meringue May 21, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Looks awesome! LOVE the colour too 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG May 21, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Looks amazing! That sure is proof of what paint can do…can’t wait to see the whole deck!!

  • Reply Melanie May 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Love it! Bright blue (turquoise? aqua?) is my new favorite color this spring and summer. 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth May 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Oh that looks so great !
    Love the punch of colour … and the deck … love the rich brown !
    Enjoy that lemonade. 🙂

  • Reply Lynda May 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Oh Jo-anna,

    It is so refreshing and you did a beautiful job on the cushions!!


  • Reply holly May 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    oh I love the blue. Your deck looks awesome! Good job!

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    Love it! What is the deck stain color?

  • Reply Chelsea @ Making Home Base May 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    What a beautiful transformation, that color is stellar! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Paula Parrish May 23, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Your deck transformation is amazing. I hope that you and your family enjoy the updated space during the upcoming summer months. ;o)

  • Reply Jeannie May 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I love that color. I’ve been thinking about using that color inside since I have metal furniture outside.

  • Reply 2Momma2 May 23, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    The thoughts going through my head were, “love, love, love!” and then I came across where you wrote the same thing. We are definitely on the same page there – that color is fantastic!!! Your fabric choice is stellar as well!


  • Reply Shanon May 24, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Love the color you chose! It’s so fun when something turns out perfect and we just want to stare at it! What an amazing redo.


  • Reply Lucy May 24, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Jo you did an amazing job…I think I have the same chairs and they so need a coat of that beautiful paint…unfortunately hubby won’t let me…he’s re-staining them….how boring…haha…
    ps. I shared it on my FB page today…xo

  • Reply Kim May 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I LOVE the color~ makes you just want to come over and hang out! It actually looks like a vacation spot advertisement! All that work is awful, but it totally paid off! Enjoy it this long weekend! 🙂

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    Wow! Now that is an upgrade! Love how it came out!
    I would love if you stopped by my linky party happening now to share this!
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    So cute! I love the colors, so bright and fun. I found you on the tatertots and jello linky party.

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    So pretty! I Looove your furniture!!! Where did you buy it from?

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    I love the blue! I also love the pillows. So cute! I would love it if you would come and link this up at my link party
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    Wow that looks awesome! Great job. I just bought some metal table bases for our house and we love them! You’ve give me a few good ideas too! Thanks for the post.

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    The furniture looks fantastic. I love the colour.

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    Wow! This colour looks fabulous on the furniture. On my monitor, the Cozumel blue on your furniture looks like a very bright fun turquoise, but when I look at the paint swatch on the Behr website, it looks darker and more teal-like. Which one is it in real life? I’m hoping it’s the bright fun colour!

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      Hi! It’s the bright fun one! I would say that the colour that you see in my post is pretty accurate – it’s very bright! 🙂

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