Revamped Outdoor Chair

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to pretend like my backyard is always clean. Ha! The truth: I live in Oregon and we have moss and all the goodness that likes to take over all furniture, etc.

When buying furniture here in Oregon you need to ask yourself a few questions:

– Will moss stain it?

– Could the combo of rain/freeze/thaw/rain/freeze/thaw hurt this piece of furniture?

– Is it white? White plastic really really doesn’t work out here.

– Made of wood? Yeah, just give up.

If you answered ‘yes’ to any or all of the above AND live in Oregon, most likely you are in possession of some weathered furniture. Unless you’re one of the fancy few that remember to put their outdoor furniture away for 9 months out of the year (in case you’re wondering, I’m not one of those fancy few… it’s more like 5 months out of the year).

We have weathered outdoor furniture around here. When buying used outdoor furniture, 90% of the time it’s weathered and run down. Well, darn.

Recently I purchased a set of 6 plastic chairs from an estate sale for $3 total. They look like they have spent the majority of their plastic lives in the rain. The moss has pretty much stained the plastic. Luckily, I was able to get most of the gunk off with some Mr. Clean Outdoor Cleaner, but they still had a lovely green/brown splotch color.

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outdoor chair revamp //

I decided to revamp the chairs with a bit of paint. Plastic spray paint. First some primer, then some special pretty spray paint.

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Tape off some stripes with painter’s tape and newspaper.

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Spray with gold paint.

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Seal it all with a clear sealer. Let cure for a few days before really using (less likely to chip the paint). Done.

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Here’s what I used:

Mr. Clean Outdoor Spray to clean

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for scrubbing

Valspar Primer Spray Paint (for plastics)

Valspar Flat Mirage Spray Paint  (for the main chair color)

Valspar Gold Metalic Spray (for the fancy parts)

Valspar Clear High Gloss Spray Paint

Add a small side table with flowers, some mosquito repelling citronella candles, and some wine. Enjoy! I’m VERY happy with my revamped outdoor chairs.

outdoor chair revamp //

Also: P&G and Lowe’s want to giveaway a couple of goodies to all of you! Yeah! All the supplies they sent me to clean up my chairs + a $100 Lowe’s gift card.

To enter to win the $100 Lowe’s Gift Card + backyard cleaning supplies, answer this question: “What’s your favorite summer BBQ food?”

outdoor chair revamp //

– Chelsey

Note: P&G and Lowe’s provided the prize as part of a contest. I was also provided with cleaning supplies to clean up my chairs. I was paid to write this post, but all opinions and statements are my own. Items to win in the giveaway are· $100 Lowe’s gift card · Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Spray · Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Outdoor Pro · Bounty · Tide Pods · Duracell AA Batteries · for one winner. Winner must live in the United States. Head to to find the perfect goodies to clean up your backyard! Giveaway ends on July 31st, 2013 11:59 PM PST. 


  • Darlene on said:

    There is nothing better than BBQ ribs and potato salad for a summer BBQ.

    I have stared at the Valspar spray paint as I wanted to tackle this exact project, but have chickened out each time, but it looks like it is easy enough and the chairs came out great.

  • Tabitha Fjoser on said:

    I need to find some cheap plastic chairs asap! So chic!

    My favorite summer BBQ food is potato salad, specifically my grandma's potato salad! It's delish!

  • Desiree on said:

    I have been thinking about re-doing our chairs too. Ya'h gave me a great idea!

    Summer barbecue food: Mexican carne asada with grilled green onions! YUM!!!

  • rachel on said:

    burgers, of course! with carmelized onions. MMMMM. Awesome job on the chair makeover!

  • Lea on said:

    I love the color combination. We have the roasting sun to deal with in NC; if only we could halfsies with our weather.
    My favorite grilled BBQ food would have to be chicken followed by strawberries. If ever you have not had strawberries (covered in balsamic) off of the grill, I highly recommend them!

  • mona on said:

    I love grilled chicken and watermelon. Those are my favorite summer flavors.

  • Kasie E. on said:

    I love some grilled asparagus!! yum!! Or grilled golden beets with goat cheese!

  • Shannon on said:

    Oh man, a juicy, unhealthy, mysterious hotdog.

  • Rebecca W on said:

    Marinated grilled chicken breast

  • Amy on said:

    BBQ Ribs. YUM!

  • Jessica Medoro on said:

    BBQ baby back ribs and corn on the cob 🙂 Love the chair revamp…I need to to that asap.

  • Mandy on said:

    Mangos! With ice cream on top! (Trust me, it's amazing!!)

  • Kelly on said:

    Wow! What an amazing chair makeover. Now I don't have to spend money on nice chairs that will end up getting filthy! …What ISN'T my favorite BBQ food? I would have to go with ribs. Falling off the bone, finger-lickin ribs. Yum!

  • Ali Mackin on said:

    Ah you did a great job with this chair! I have a computer chair I want to get reupholstered wonder how that is going to go. Cute blog. Following via Bloglovin.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I have a rolling chair to redo on my list…. let me know how your chair makeover goes!

  • Katie Contests on said:

    I loooooove watermelon!

  • Shannon on said:

    I LOVE the chairs….hmmmm I have a few plastic kiddie chairs that need to be revamped.

    I love grilled peaches!!! So many people haven't tried grilling peaches and I tell you what, they are missing out!

  • RHadley on said:

    Such a great idea!
    My favorite BBQ food is a big fat juicy burger on the grill 🙂

  • danielle on said:

    super cute – I have a set of chairs in dire need of TLC. I love me some BBQ ribs, as long as someone else has made them! 🙂

  • Laura on said:

    Chicken! All day every day…
    BUT our new favorite thing to grill is bacon-wrapped pineapple. Amazing. We just take a skewer & weave bacon around pineapple chunks then cover with salt, pepper, a little chili powder, & lots of brown sugar. I can not stress enough how heavenly the combination is. 🙂

  • Lindsey E on said:

    I never thought to revamp stained plastic chairs! So pretty!
    My favorite BBQ food would be grilled corn! No butter needed!

  • terri on said:

    corn on the cob and chicken kabobs. mmmm…grilling.

  • Harmony B on said:

    Love bbq chicken,

  • Kristi on said:

    great give away! I love making ribs on the bbq!

  • rusthawk on said:

    Love the chair! Steaks are my favorite. With grilled veggies.

  • tcarolinep on said:

    Grilled wild salmon and Zucchini.

  • Mana on said:

    My favorite summer BBQ food is grilled Barbeque Asparagus, my dad soaks them in BBQ sauce over night and then grills them on a charcoal grill and they come out amazing.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Ashley on said:

    I love the chair makeover!

    I'm really easy with BBQs…burgers are my favorite!

  • Anna on said:

    This is the cutest revamp ever! I would have never thought of spray paint! You're right – Oregon definitely takes it's toll on our outdoor stuff too…

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      From Winter – Spring our garage is full of our outdoor furniture/goodies.

  • lauren petrick on said:

    This is an amazing tutorial! Now all I have to do is enlist my darling husband to help me :). My favorite summer food is Kabobs

  • Joni on said:

    I LOVE this chair! I wonder if I can ask for the chairs back that I gave away on freecycle? This will teach me to get rid of my stuff.

    Kabobs are my favorite on the grill! I could seriously eat them every night!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I do that all the time…. "Dang, why did I get rid of that?"

  • Barbara on said:

    I found this on pinterest and love it. I have several white chairs that I've kept stacked in my garage because they look awful but the plastic is still in good condition. Can't wait to do this!

  • pinkbears on said:

    Brilliant! I never would have thought of doing this!

  • Brooke Tollison on said:

    Corn on the cob of course!!

  • stephanie on said:

    I freaking love this! I have some plastic adorandak (sp? you know what I mean right?) chairs that I seriously don't want to be royal blue anymore. They were only like $20 a piece but I would love to make them unique instead of buying new ones.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Spray them! Make sure to get the plastic spray paint. Maybe even rough up the plastic chair with steel wool? Let me know how it goes!

  • Courtney on said:

    What a cute DIY idea! Thank you for sharing!

    xo, Courtney

  • Jennifer on said:

    I will never look at outdoor plastic chairs the same again! Love this little makeover. Such a difference!

  • Jennifer W on said:

    Those chairs are adorable now. We have ugly green ones. I may have to revamp those ones.

    My favorite summer BBQ food is BBQ ribs. I hardly ever have them because they take sooo long to make…but they are so good.

  • Ashley on said:

    My favorite BBQ food is that yummy, charcoal-grilled steak! With Strawberry shortcake for dessert ;). Thanks for this giveaway and DIY!

  • Mel on said:

    I definitely love to grill asparagus on my BBQ. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  • Mary on said:

    My favorite summer BBQ food is definitely grilled corn!

  • Christina on said:

    SOOO cute! We just bought our first house and the previous owner left some old chairs (like the one you used) in our backyard. I may need attempt this! 🙂

    ANd of course, with a new house, I would love to win the giveaway! 🙂 My favorite BBQ food is just a good ol' fashioned hamburger on the grill. YUM!

  • Lisa on said:

    oooo! Great chair makeover (you have to look closely to see it's plastic!) and fun giveaway! thanks for the chance!

    I loooove fresh, farm grown corn on the cob.

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