How to DIY Makeover / Renovate Outdoor Furniture Before After

Wed 9th, Oct, 2013

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Morning ladies from the deck and a white sun lounger… a little Beach Cottage blog makeover this morning and how to DIY makeover / renovate outdoor furniture, well at least how I do it. 


This is an old sun lounger, I thrifted it ages and ages ago and when I found it was in a sad and sorry old state, needing some love for sure, but the best thing about timber is that it can be loved and up-cycled.   I’m such a good blogger that I forgot to take a before but you can see what it was like underneath – that old timber…

So when we did the deck which still is wearing a yellow floor, really really hope that is changing this weekend, I started looking for new furniture and I’ve already said on here that there’s not much out there that’s not either very modern or black wicker or modern creamy wicker.


As an interim and with a very large deck to fill I decided to give this old girl a DIY day at the spa, she came up looking mighty fine and I’m now actually loving her.  Funny how that happens and most certainly good for the environment and I’m very very happy that she won’t be joining others in the sad crushed up party they call landfill.


I get asked a lot about white paint and renovating furniture, can’t imagine why ;-) but I am not expert and to be honest an expert is far from what I want to be, this for me is a little hobby that I love away from mummy duties and life stuff and all that jazz…

..to be honest though it’s super easy as long as you are not too fussy – for me it’s about makeovers for my own home and loving furniture that I have come across for a unique look for our old cottage, it’s not about it being perfect, I think that is one of the first things that may stop you from having a go – people say to me that they are worried that they are ‘useless’ and ‘cannot paint’ – ahem neither can I, we all know about my drips and droops ;-) but I do love saving myself a heap load of money and I love having things in my home that I have given a new life to that come with a bit of a story…


So here are a few tips on what I have learnt, these are skewed to renovating old outdoor furniture with a lick of paint…


How to DIY Makeover / Renovate Outdoor Furniture

1. make any repairs – I’m not very good at this so hubby get’s to flex his power tools

2. rub down with sandpaper or a hand sander very quickly to get rid of any flaky paint ( I am not big on prep but on outdoor furniture, especially if you are in a climate like Australia, you need to go over where the elements have been working)

3. give it a quick go over to get rid of dust and grime, I usually do this with the hoover but a damp rag will do too

4. paint with a specialist outdoor paint – I use an all in one paint for outdoors so there is no need to prime but sometimes I prime anyway because it always gives a better finish and makes the job easier.

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(would you look at that geranium! grown from a cutting, woot)

Hope that helps anyone looking to refresh their outdoor stuff….I’m pretty pleased with how an hours work and a can of paint turned out for this old cottage.

See you soon, I have a table to show you and would you believe it there are rather a few roses in the house, oh yeah now I have to show you those don’t I, hello pretty peachy roses smelling of England, come to mumma

Yours in up-cycling, white paint, makeovers and old un-loved furniture and all the best from the beaches…I think there may be a woman with a cup of morning coffee who may be going to sit in the sun on a white bed ;-)

Sarah x



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11 Responses to “How to DIY Makeover / Renovate Outdoor Furniture Before After”

  1. Love this!! And oh so much prettier than black wicker I believe!!! Enjoy many snoozes on there…..xx

  2. Deb says:

    Thanks for the helpful DIY tips. The lounger looks marvelous, especially with all those pillows. And the flowers are bee-yoo-ti-ful!! Can’t wait to see some more of the roses!
    Enjoy your time in the sun.

  3. Georgianna says:

    Those are great tips, my favorite being not to worry about perfection. (the drips and droops line made me laugh). I truly love your blog!!!!

  4. Neen says:

    I just luuuuurve your style, beach cottage foofing-lady !!! Neen ;)

  5. Selby says:

    Lounger looks great! Thanks for the DIY tips:)

  6. merilyn says:

    it looks great on your deck sarah!
    it is much more satisfying to give an old piece new life!
    hope everyone is on the mend “in your neck of the woods”
    lol m:)x

  7. Natalie says:

    Lovely again. Can you please tell me what brand and colour of paint you used on the deck privacy screen and the lounge chair. Many thanks!

  8. alison says:

    You got me thinking about your white paint expertise. Isn’t it interesting how people look to you for serious advice when what you have done many times is bought the paint, opened the tin and applied the paint without worrying if it’s going to be perfect. We can all learn from this approach. I’ve learnt that at times we need to just have a go at things. Simple as that.

    PS Not a drip in sight.

  9. Fleur says:

    Well done lovely lady….you had me giggling at the drips and droops!!! Xx

  10. Thanks, I’ve been thinking about paiting an outside table that’s not looking so great nor so beachy lately… A project for when spring will come back to Brittany.

  11. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    It came up great Sarah I love giving things a bit of a makeover and I totally agree with you about them not being perfect I actually prefer them a little imperfect they have more of a character x