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 (see that post here), I decided I could no longer live one more day with the burgundy floral cushions on the love seat on our front porch.

It wasn’t horrible, I’m just really not a fan of burgundy. I have red hair and generally just rather find myself unattracted to most versions of the color. It could also be living in Virginia there is that 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…?

None the less, I’ve never loved this couch- it was an insanely good deal at the end of the season a few years ago, we need some furniture for our front porch, so I bought it anyway. Fast forward to my new-found love of paint and here we are.

I wanted to try the Simply Spray. I noticed if water won’t absorb into the fabric, it isn’t recommended. I didn’t want to take the chance and have to paint it black so I decided to use something else. Tulip makes a fabric paint in a plastic bottle. I knew it didn’t have the softness the Simply Spray would- It’s an outside piece which was never what you’d describe as soft anyway.

I liked the Caribbean Blue color and so I got the closest thing I could find:

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

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.

It was super easy and I just used a paint brush and painted the turquoise on avoiding the trim as much as possible. It takes forever to dry- 4 hours (a lifetime for impatient me), which is 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 WA LA! New sofa!

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

I tried to paint the pillows and use a stencil to put a pattern on them. It was a disaster because I didn’t want to take them apart first so I threw them aside and bought these at my local hardware store. 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 (too flimsy, would require at least 3 coats and have YOU ever tried to pain the old style vinyl shutters?). I’m hoping they’ll be here soon so I can show off the whole effect. The old ones were of course burgundy… can’t wait to repaint the front door too. Maybe this weekend? At some point we have to re-do the whole porch, that will certainly be quite the project. I think a few of the columns have to be replaced… ugh.

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  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Shoved to Them
    September 18 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.

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      September 18 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 at 9:55 AM

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

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      September 18 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 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 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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