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DIY Upcycled Outdoor Patio Set

Learn how to upcycle old furniture into a modern outdoor patio set, perfect for a DIY summer project.

At a Glance:

Project #16542 Skill Level: Intermediate

This project features these great brands:

  • FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Logo
supplies

Plaid Supplies

FolkArt Home Decor Chalk - Nautical, 8 oz. - 34161

Number Needed: 1 $9.99
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FolkArt Home Decor Chalk - Maui Sand, 8 oz. - 34932

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FolkArt Home Decor Chalk - Java, 8 oz. - 34165

Number Needed: 1 $9.99
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FolkArt Home Decor Chalk - Oatmeal, 8 oz. - 34166

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FolkArt ® Finishes - Varnish - Satin, 8 oz. - 49907

Number Needed: 1 $16.99
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FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Brushes - Deluxe Small Chalk Brush - 34746

Number Needed: 1 $7.49
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Other Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Aleene's Wood Glue
  • Power Tools
  • Water
  • Plastic Cups
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Paper Plate
 
For Bench
  • Old Dresser
 
For Planter
  • Old Dresser Drawers
  • Wood for legs
  • (Optional) Two Rectangle Wood Scraps
  • (Optional) Alphabet Letter Stencils
 
For Table
  • Old Coffee Table
 
 

instructions

Bench

  1. Transform an old dresser into an outdoor patio bench by taking out the drawers, cutting away any excess material, and lowering the top to form a sitting area.
  2. Wipe your surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust before painting.
  3. Working in small sections apply 1-2 coats of Nautical to the bench surfaces.
  4. For the drawer fronts sand off any finish and wipe with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
  5. Create 3 wash mixes with a 3:1 ratio of paint and water using plastic cups and popsicle sticks. Create a separate wash of each color - Maui Sand, Java, and Oatmeal.
  6. Apply the 3 washes in layers over raw wood on the drawer fronts.
  7. Allow to dry completely.
  8. Add 1-2 coats of FolkArt Satin Varnish Finish to protect the painted finish.  Allow to dry completely.
 
 
 
Planter
 
  1. Remove any hardware from the drawers.
  2. Cut wood to create a stand for the drawers and attach on either side.
  3. Wipe your surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust before painting.
  4. Create 3 wash mixes with a 3:1 ratio of paint and water using plastic cups and popsicle sticks. Create a separate wash of each color - Maui Sand, Java, and Oatmeal.
  5. Apply the 3 washes in layers over raw wood.
  6. Working in small sections apply 1-2 coats of Nautical the drawer fronts.
  7. (Optional) Using Aleene's Wood Glue attach two long wood scraps to the front of the drawers and stencil onto. In this example we used the words "Bloom" and "Thrive".
  8. Allow to dry completely.
  9. Add 1-2 coats of FolkArt Satin Varnish Finish to protect the painted finish.
  10. Allow to dry completely.
 
 
 
Table
 
  1. Sand off any finishes from the top and sides of the table.
  2. Wipe your surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust before painting.
  3. Create 3 wash mixes with a 3:1 ratio of paint and water using plastic cups and popsicle sticks. Create a separate wash of each color - Maui Sand, Java, and Oatmeal.
  4. Apply the 3 washes in layers over raw wood.
  5. Paint the table legs with 1-2 coats of Nautical to the table legs
  6. Allow to dry completely.
  7. Add 1-2 coats of FolkArt Satin Varnish Finish to protect the painted finish.
  8. Allow to dry completely.

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Related FAQs

Yes, FolkArt Home Decor Chalk mixes easily to create any color you desire. Begin by mixing a small amount of the darker color into the lighter color first. Continue adding the darker color a little at a time until the desired color or value is achieved.

No, FolkArt Home Decor Texture Chalk is for indoor use only.

Yes, it is highly recommended that you seal your project to ensure maximum protection.
Use Wax to achieve a soft, smooth finish with your choice of Clear, Antique or White. Wax should be applied every 6-12 months or as needed for high traffic surfaces. It is for indoor use only. An alternative to Wax is Matte Varnish. Use this on heavily used furniture. It can be used for indoor or outdoor projects.
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