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

Jul 04 2016
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Hey guys, I’m so excited to share my new outdoor furniture with you today! I have a lovely and enormous deck that I will tell you all about someday when I 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 I moved in. Outdoor furniture is expensive! And it was NOT in my 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 my 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 my 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 I 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 I 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 my own local walmart and, low and behold, there were four color choices and at only $14.99 a cushion I 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. I still have a ways to go on my deck but now I have some great places to sit and enjoy my back yard!

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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Angie @ ambient wares
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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.

John Willingham
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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.

Nancy F Lambert
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Awesome job, they are beautiful

Carol Dammer
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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!

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

Diana
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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 🙂

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

Katrin
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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!

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

kimm a
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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!

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

Leslie
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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!

Jess
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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!

Carla a.k.a Mrs. R
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Tarah, this set looks gorgeous and so comfy. You always amaze me with your creativity xo

Melissa
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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!!

Cecilia MyThriftStoreAddiction
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Such a great idea!

Julie Syl Pit Stop Crew
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Wow how creative, and How awesome to be able to do that. I genuinely would b happier paying someone to do it all for me 🙂 Must be therapeutic 🙂 Cheers for sharing at the pitstop

Kathy Moreland
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Love!!!!!! Great idea, and they look wonderful on your deck. I’m sure you will enjoy them for a long, long time!!

Oliver Painter
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Hey Tarah,

It all looks brand new. Awesome! Such a great idea Tarah. Just love all of it. Surely, you’ll enjoy to have those chairs. Thanks for sharing your beautiful ideas.

Cheers,
Oliver

Bekah
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Do you leave these outside? How do they hold up?

Annemarie
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Wonderful job. Thanks for showing and telling how to. I recently picked up a dining table and chairs that have already been painted in some horrific colors and covered in mildew…
Hope to turn it into a lovely outdoor eating set. I do not mind painting, but that was a lot of coats for priming.

Gentle Joy Homemaker
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What a great idea… tons of work, but a great idea! So glad it turned out so nicely. The colors are great…. they should last outside for a LONG time after all you did to them. 🙂

Jen Gregor
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Love the transformation! Thanks for sharing at the Friday at the Fire Station link-up!

Jenny
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These look great. I would have never thought to turn indoor furniture to outdoor with the exterior paint. What a brilliant idea! So glad you shared this.

Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled
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That is an amazing transformation! Great way to use old furniture you can’t use inside. Visiting from Friday at the Firestation party.

Crystal
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These look so good! I love the color scheme of it all. Too cute!

Mother of 3
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Those are gorgeous!! What a wonderful idea to re-purpose indoor furniture for outside.

Ann @ Live The Old Way
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Those turned out gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us on the Homestead Blog Hop

Tash
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Oh wow what an amazing transformation, I love the colours you chose. #DreamTeam

relentlesslypurple
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Great job! I love the end result, I bet your poor arms hurt just thinking about it now though haha! #ThatFridayLinky

Teresa
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So pretty! You did a great job there. Love the new colors. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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