Saturday, July 7, 2012

My Rock Garden Remodel!


I was hosting a Father's Day dinner at my house for my family this year, so what do you do when your hosting? You look around and see what needs to be fixed or made presentable! My family decided to grill out steaks this year. So, I went to my rock garden where the grill is located, and to my horror I found  this... 



It was overgrown with weeds from all of the rain we had, and the chairs that were once black were now faded gray!! Not only were the chairs faded, but the print on the cushions were faded too...they were worse than the chairs!
 I sat thinking about how I could avoid spending money on new cushions that were perfectly fine other than the faded out color. I had a few ideas, researched them online, and decided to paint my cushions! Yes, thats right.... PAINT MY CUSHIONS!!  I realize you're looking at these words about the same way the Lowes associate was looking at me when I told him I wanted to buy some paint to paint my cushions! He suggested that I use a flat paint and made me promise to bring them back in so he could see this project! From my research I learned that using Textile Medium ( 2 oz to a half gallon of paint) mixed with flat paint of your color choice will leave your cushions soft and normal to the touch..





              I used a sponge roller and simply rolled the paint on my cushions..


 


Now if you have a wild print or dark colors you might want to use a primer first.. Mix the fabric medium with this primer and paint over those prints. I incorporated my little helper( my daughter) and she worked on alot of the details for me! She was bored and I couldn't think of a better way to cure that...so we painted! 

Let the cushions dry, flip them over, and paint the other side.  I chose this beautiful teal color to liven up my rock garden!




   I used a Valspar outdoor spray paint in black for my chairs.. My son and husband tackled this job for me!



Before


After!



Didnt they do an awesome job?? I love my thrifty redo!


Much better!

2 comments:

  1. Good job! I ahve things to redo, or DO in my lyard and there is always something to work on These look great! I am glad you had fun with them I use Valspar spray paint on MANY things. I love the finish!
    Hearts,
    Betsy

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  2. I love your little rock garden redo! I think a little bit of spray paint goes a long way!

    and the little planters you painted looked good too.

    Pat

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