Furniture re-dos

Porch furniture makeover

My neighbor says don’t stand still at my house or I might paint you. She’s not entirely wrong… it just depends on the day. Right around the time I decided to pull the carpet off the stairs and paint them, I decided I could no longer live one more day with the burgundy floral cushions on the front porch sofa.

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fake wicker outdoor loveseat with burgundy floral cushions and solid burgundy pillows on porch with railing in the background.

It wasn’t horrible, I’m just really not a fan of burgundy. I have red hair and generally just rather find myself un-attracted to most versions of the color. It could also be that, living in Virginia, there is red clay everywhere and it makes a yucky mess. The burgundy color that is so popular here is pretty close to that clay color and maybe it reminds me of that…?

Nonetheless, I’ve never loved this porch sofa- it was an insanely good deal at the end of the season a few years ago and we needed some furniture for our front porch, so I bought it anyway. Fast forward to my new-found love of fabric paint, and here we are.

I really wanted to use the Simply Spray. While researching, I noticed if water won’t absorb into the fabric, it isn’t recommended. I didn’t want to take the chance and make a huge mess, so I decided to use something else.

Tulip makes a fabric paint in a plastic bottle. I knew it wouldn’t have the softness the Simply Spray would- though as an outside piece I was banking that no one was expecting soft anyway.

I liked the Caribbean Blue color of the Simply Spray, so I got the closest thing I could find:

Bottle of Tulip fabric paint in Turquoise Matte on top of paint cans in a workshop setting.

Kind of reminds me of Fiestaware, don’t you think?

two bottles of Tulip fabric paint in Glacier White Matte in a workshop setting.

I didn’t want it to be too boring, so I thought I would use a different color for the piping: Yep, just white. Seemed easier to work with for accessories and decor.

The paint was super easy to use. A simple paint brush to paint the turquoise on, avoiding the trim as much as possible. It does take forever to dry- 4 hours (a lifetime for impatient little me), which is then why it also took forever for me to finish this project. After the blue dried, I grabbed some black tape I had lying around (I thought it was duct tape, I think it was made more of a fabric. It was really easy to use and didn’t peel off the paint. I wish I knew exactly where it came from). I taped as closely as I could to the edges of the cushions. (I of course forgot to take a picture of the cushion all taped up- sorry) and then I just painted the white on the piping parts.

When that was dry (4 MORE hours…), I pulled off the tape and just like that- NEW PORCH SOFA!

Outdoor sofa after painting with fabric paint. Cushions are now blue with white trim. On outdoor porch with green grass and railings in the background.

It looks way more blue than teal in that photo – this one shows the color a little more accurately:

close up of painted cushion in a more realistic teal color.

I tried to paint those burgundy pillows, and use a stencil to put a pattern on them. It was essentially a disaster. (Probably because I didn’t want to take them apart first) So I tossed them aside, and bought what you see at my local hardware store. Gratefully it was the end of the season, and they were a steal.

We ordered new shutters for the house after we tried to paint the old ones (they were too flimsy, would require at least 3 coats and have YOU ever tried to paint louvered-style vinyl shutters?). I’m hoping those will arrive soon so I can show off the whole effect. The old ones are of course… burgundy.

At some point, thanks to rotting wood, we will have to re-do the whole porch. That will certainly be quite the project. I think even a few of the columns have to be replaced… ugh.

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  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Shoved to Them
    September 18, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    I love it! The blue looks exactly the same color as my fiestaware dishes, which means I like it even more! I love you, crazy creative girl.

    • Reply
      September 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      Thank you so much- I love you too! I’m so excited you finished your book!!!

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    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    September 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Love that! Way better than the print…
    You are serious about your paint!

    • Reply
      September 18, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      lol- It’s just fun to change it up! My father was in the Navy and we moved every three years. I’d love to move now… since that’s not in the cards at the moment, I am hoping making it all feel different will dull the “gypsy” pangs for now.

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    September 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Wow! I had no idea that fabric paint would do that good of a job on something that big. I always thought of fabric paint as the stuff to decorate t-shirts. I’m really impressed, and can’t wait to see the rest of the front of the house when you’re done.

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      September 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Me too- I’m very anxious for the shutters! It could probably use a second coat to fully cover all the pattern- in the interest of full disclosure. You have to be pretty close to see it though so I opted not to wait on more paint drying since I don’t have that kind of patience.

      I’m thinking of trying my hand at growing actual flowers on my porch- I generally have a black thumb…people can change though, right?

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