How to Paint Patio Furniture

Today we are going to update an old redwood patio furniture set with paint! 

old redwood patio chair

Mom's redwood patio furniture has seen better days.

Moldy, faded, and all dried out, it needed a paint job!

painting a redwood chair with white paint

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First we sanded to remove the mold, then gave it a coat of Kilz oil based primer.

white painted outdoor table

Next came a coat of white semi gloss paint.

woman painting chair and table white

There's Mom working away while I snap pictures.

redwood bench with center table white painted

With so many surfaces to paint we were sure it was going to be a summer long project!

a yard full of white painted redwood furnitue

We were happily surprised to find out the semi gloss coat went on quickly and smoothly over the primer... we were finished in no time.

Now Mom and Dad have a lovely new patio set to enjoy!

I added this cushion using photo shop to give you an idea of how great new cushions would look on their new patio furniture.

White patio chair with blue cushion

I'm thinking new nautical blue cushions with maybe a striped or anchor pillow on these Mom.

Now if only I had a magic wand I'd have the picnic table at my house magically painted white too.

old weathered picnic table with benches

Update: The picnic table was 50 years old and not in great shape so I turned it into a potting table.

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  1. I have my grandmother's redwood furniture that they had stained a rust color (that gets all over everything). I have wanted to paint them but have been too chicken. I am a little worried that my parent's will not like them! (crazy, I know). My furniture does not even go outside because of my screened in porch. Maybe i will just bite the bullet sometime and do it. That white picnic table would be cute with tose skinny center boards on the benches in blue!
    Hope that your mom enjoys them!!!
    Lori @

  2. You really can't beat real, redwood furniture -- you did a great job transforming it. Now get to that table of yours :)

  3. I passed by two chairs and a side table just like that FREE at the end of a driveway even the same color gray. It haunted me, now it really haunts me. Why didn't I toss them in?


  4. Love the whole set! Did that magic wand work? I need a good helper like your mom. What a great team :)

  5. I recently scored an entire set, FREE on the side of the road! I need to replace the springs and straps, does anyone know where I could find them? I am not familiar with patio furniture, but I knew I needed to get those chairs, and I am excited to get crafty with them!


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