Painting Plastic Patio Furniture--a trash to treasure makeover

Posted on April 9, 2013 – 00:00

This is a true story of trash to treasure. It was trash day and as I was out walking Tinker and Pumpkin, I saw this lovely chair next to the trash cans across the street. Now, in our city, they won't take anything that isn't in the trashcan itself. So it was fate! This patio chair was meant for me! I've painted lots of furniture, but this was a bit of an experiment to see if I could paint Plastic, PVC. So I dragged it home and decided to use paints I already had and see what happened. I'll let you know how it holds up!
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Treasure After
Trashy Before

This is the patio chair after I scrubbed it with cleanser and a scrub brush. My before picture doesn't show all the grunge that was on it.I figured the paint would stick because the surface was so rough from years of being in the sun. Don't a lot of us have those pvc patio chairs? They don't look so great after a few years, but they're still usable and they won't break down in a landfill for a zillion years.


The seat part was especially rough, but that's what allowed it to hold the paint well.
Next, I got out the supplies. I already had this orange exterior paint in a semi-gloss finish. It was made from a Ralph Lauren paint chip called 'Bitter Orange'. I love the shade of this! Do they even have Ralph Lauren paint anymore? Anyways, I set up and started painting.

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So, everything is off to the chopping block

2008-05-01 09:27:21 by FionasMum

Well, slowly anyways. I started putting my stuff on CL for sale. Started with the garden stuff (including the dog house) and hanging planter baskets. Got some small statuary type things, and a plastic table/patio chair set.
Listed my bedroom furniture, entertainment center and coffee/end tables. Once I get rid of the big things, I will start going through boxes and putting my books on e-bay.
It feels strange but somewhat calming to know I am going to be free of clutter.

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Leisure Accents Leisure Accents Bistro Set, 30-Inch Round with 4 Stools, Portabello/Beige
Lawn & Patio (Leisure Accents)
  • All plastic construction
  • Easy assembly
  • Weatherproof and UV resistant
  • No hardware
  • Cleans easily with soap and water

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