Taking the house my mom grew up in, the farm my grandparents shared for over fifty years and making it a home for us to grow old in.

Indoor to Outdoor furniture – I painted until my arm fell off

Hey guys, I’m so excited to share our new outdoor furniture with you today! We have a lovely and enormous deck that I will tell you all about someday when we finish it (still gotta get those pesky railings done and stain it this fall) so you’re just gonna have to believe me for now when I say its wonderful but its been a waste land since we moved in. Outdoor furniture is expensive! And it was NOT in our budget. So, I’ve been keeping an eye and ear out for something I could buy and refinish. Remember when I mentioned scoring a bunch of furniture at an estate sale a couple months ago? Yup I finally finished it for our deck!

Converting indoor wooden furniture to outdoor furniture for our deck with exterior primer, exterior paint and exterior sealant, diy. Converting indoor wooden furniture to outdoor furniture for our deck with exterior primer, exterior paint and exterior sealant, diy. Converting indoor wooden furniture to outdoor furniture for our deck with exterior primer, exterior paint and exterior sealant, diy.
Converting indoor wooden furniture to outdoor furniture for our deck with exterior primer, exterior paint and exterior sealant, diy.

This old stuff had SERIOUS scratches from the previous owners’ cats so, when I did end up painting it, I didn’t feel too bad about it. This is one of those situations where someday I’m going to buy myself a paint sprayer and hate myself for not buying it sooner. I did THREE coats of exterior Kilz primer on this stuff and then THREE coats of Valspar Exterior paint in the color Sooty Lashes and then another THREE coats of exterior polyurethane. I hated myself and everything involving paint brushes by the end of this lol! Here is the furniture after the second coat of primer:

Converting indoor wooden furniture to outdoor furniture for our deck with exterior primer, exterior paint and exterior sealant, diy.

Once the furniture was finished drying (on day three of endless painting) I had one major problem to solve. Out door cushions are expensive too! The real shame was that we could not use the cushions that came with the set outside as they were incredibly thick and very comfortable. However, they would become giant sponges in the rain – no go. So I had to  come up with outdoor cushions we could afford. Walmart saved the day. After endless searching on Amazon I ran into the walmart website and could not believe it – these cushions were HALF of the price of anything else I could find online! So I went to our own local walmart and, low and behold, there were four color choices and at only $14.99 a cushion we could afford them. I ended up with the green because I thought it would make an interesting mix with the blue/gray I painted the furniture and it brings out the green in the cushions of our red wicker chairs that now share the deck with this new set of outdoor furniture.

Converting indoor wooden furniture to outdoor furniture for our deck with exterior primer, exterior paint and exterior sealant, diy.Converting indoor wooden furniture to outdoor furniture for our deck with exterior primer, exterior paint and exterior sealant, diy. Converting indoor wooden furniture to outdoor furniture for our deck with exterior primer, exterior paint and exterior sealant, diy.

Remember my extra seating/end tables I fixed up with barn wood and spray paint? Yup this was the set of outdoor furniture I needed them for! The missing end table “Be Merry” is not far away with the red wicker chairs. We still have a ways to go on our deck but now we have some great places to sit and enjoy our back yard!

How are they holding up? Well, they have only been outside for about a month now but so far they still look great! I didn’t even wipe them down for the pictures or anything.

Thanks for stopping by guys!

Converting indoor wooden furniture to outdoor furniture for our deck with exterior primer, exterior paint and exterior sealant, diy.Indoor painted and refinished before and afters wood working diy do it yourself furniture converted makeover to outdoor for our deck outside backyard water proof cushions

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32 Comments

  1. July 4, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    What a job! They turned out wonderful! I feel the same way about painting and I can’t imagine with a set this large! Not too long ago I bought a simple, cheap, paint sprayer from Harbor Freight (2 actually) for $10 each with a coupon but, it only cost $15 I think, regularly. I don’t use it all the time but, it sure is nice to have on hand.

    • July 4, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Angie I definitely need to get myself a paint sprayer! lol! Thanks for coming by, I’ll have to look and see if I can find some that are that inexpensive.

  2. July 5, 2016 at 7:31 am

    You did a fabulous job with old sofa structure. You turned them out a set of new sofa and loved the green color of cushions.

  3. Nancy F Lambert
    July 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Awesome job, they are beautiful

  4. Carol Dammer
    July 10, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    So very happy for you. What a wonderful job and so rewarding when you are done. Again, we can not wait to see it in person!

    • July 11, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Carol, thank you 🙂 can’t wait for you to see everything!

  5. September 28, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I love this! I’ve been keeping my eye out on craigslist for something similar for a while! Love the way they turned out.

    • September 28, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you Kaylee! I almost bought a paint sprayer after this project but even after all that painting it was totally worth it!

  6. September 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    What a huge undertaking, Tarah–but SO worth it. Wonderful makeover and the set looks great on your deck. Thanks for linking up your posts with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

  7. November 8, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    What a totally beautiful transformation!! Inspires me! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  8. November 8, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    This turned out so so pretty, i love the fresh colour you chose for those cushions and how they go with the rest of the furniture pieces! Lovely!

    • November 8, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much Katrin! I really struggled on deciding on those cushions, there were several to choose from but the green really grew on mw!

  9. November 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Wow! These turned out beautifully. I love repurposing old things into something new an useful.

  10. November 22, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Such a lovely sitting area on your deck. You’re making me wish for warm weather again, Tarahlynn! 🙂 Thank you for linking up to Funtastic Friday, Happy Thanksgiving!

    • November 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Kimm, I feel the same way! Winter just got here in a BIG way and I already miss summer!!

  11. Jann Olson
    November 28, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I would never have thought to do that. Love how it turned out! So cute!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  12. December 9, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve been wanting to have more ‘indoor’ style furniture in our outdoor spaces. Would love to see a follow-up post next spring or summer to see how they held up over a full year. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • December 12, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks Leslie, I will definitely write a follow up!

  13. December 11, 2016 at 3:10 am

    SO cute!!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  14. December 13, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Tarah, this set looks gorgeous and so comfy. You always amaze me with your creativity xo

  15. December 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    This looks great!! I need some new furniture for my screened in porch and this has given me the inspiration I needed to get going on that! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week!!

    • December 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Melissa, some old wooden furniture would be just perfect for a screened in porch! Thanks for coming by!!

  16. December 24, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Such a great idea!

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