Quick outdoor cushion upcycle

I started sprucing up my deck about 2 weeks ago.  I am always amazed at how strong the southern sun is and how damaging to outdoor cushion fabric…with or without UV protection.  Last year I splurged and bought 2 outdoor seat cushions for our cute metal chairs on the deck.  When I say splurged, I don’t mean I spent alot of money.  Rather, I actually purchased them NEW from a brick and mortar store.  In the past I’ve been lucky enough to find used outdoors cushions for only a dollar or two each since I own The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment and we have incredible dealers.  But in this case, my splurge cost me only $8 for 2 cushion.  

This year I pulled out my cushions and they were so sad!  The Alabama sun has bleached the fabric and since I “splurged” last year, I refuse to splurge again this year.  

Here is one outdoor cushion at the end of last year’s season.  Prepare yourself…they are dirty even after spritzing with bleach and water.  There is not even a sign of the cute pink and white buffalo check pattern that once rested on the surface.  Dirt and debris settled into the tufts and permanently stained the fabric.

I even scrubbed the cushions gentlywith a mixture of bleach and water.  It was after I took the time to scrub them that I decided I was still going to use them.

I get so tired of dirty cushions! So I decided to grab some paint and get to work. This seemed like a cost effect and quick solution to renew my cushions. 

I have painted other fabric pieces, most notably a sofa.  You can read about the sofa upstyle HERE.  Painting fabric can be tricky.  The best advise I can offer is to practice first.  Read up on various techniques and then actually try them yourself BEFORE you jump into your main project.  

Since these cushions will remain outside, I was not worried if they did not have a soft texture.  Actually, if you use straight paint, without diluting it with water, the final texture on the fabric will usually feel stiffer than fabric and more like vinyl.  For my outdoor cushions, this would be perfect.  A stiffer texture would allow them to be easily wiped off or hosed down…depending on how vicious our rains should be here in Alabama this season.

I had some of my sweet friend Kellie Smith’s paint left over from a previous project.  Kellie is the creative genius behind Velvet Finishes.  I grabbed some VIVID and a brush and got busy.

And here they are now, completely refreshed with VIVID, a vibrant red from the Velvet Finishes paint line.

I still have a little touching up to do and I will be painting the chairs with a fresh coat of white.  But in the meantime, these beauties are brightening up the deck!

A fabulous group of my blogger friends are linking up their projects in The Inspired Makers Challenge:  The Outdoor Edition.  Check out the projects below and enjoy the inspiration!

Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea | Kim @ Farmhouse Made | Sarah @ 1915 House
| Denise @ My Thrifty House | Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life
Kellie @ Gratefully Vintage | Sam @ Raggedy Bits |
Leanna @ Faeries and Fauna |
Victoria @ Dazzle While Frazzled

 



 

 

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Using Overlays to Transform Furniture

Today I am trying a new product called O’verlays.  O’verlays specializes in lightweight, decorative fretwork panels (overlays) that come in several patterns and sizes.  They are paintable and easily attach to furniture, mirrors, walls and glass.  The kits can be used to customize your favorite or old furniture.  In addition, they are sized to fit many of IKEA’s most popular pieces.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I signed up to receive this product.  I guess I expected stencils or a rub-on like design.  Wow! Was I ever surprised! Here are the products that I received:

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays

I selected Ruby (2 panels) and a Pipa kit (4 pieces).  They are much more substantial than I had expected.  They actually resemble a trellis or actual piece of wall art!  Oh the possibilities!

My original thought was to reinvigorate a small waterfall chest.  I envisioned the designs on the drawers.  But when the product arrived, my vision switched to wonderful mirrors behind the designs.  Or how about dressing up a plain jane dresser?

I  decided to go with a super simple piece of furniture.  I searched through my store, The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment, for the plainest and most boring item in the store.  Here is what I found:

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays before

This super boring legal filing cabinet would be great for added storage in any room.  All she needs is a little bling, some TLC…and some overlays!

I decided to go bold and use a bright coral to really make this baby special.  Since the filing cabinet is made of metal I selected Rustoleum as my paint of choice.  Two quick coats of spray paint and I was ready for the overlays.  I opted to leave the overlays white to ensure a nice contrast with the bright coral.

 I was anxious to use my overlays but was not sure about a pattern.  So I played around with a few.  Practice makes perfect, right??!

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays 1The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays 2  The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays 3
 
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The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays 8 The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays 6 The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays 9

 

 

 

 

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays 8

Which is your favorite?  Mine is below.  

What is wonderful about O’verlays is that they cut easily with a sharp blade.  I used a standard razor knife and a straight ruler as a guide.  After scoring the piece I needed to trim, it snapped cleanly apart.  I used a piece of fine sandpaper to sand the edges.  I was able to piece the overlay into a custom fit for my file cabinet.

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays tools

Next step is to install the overlays.  Per manufacturer’s instructions, the best adhesive to use is either Liquid Nails or Loctite.  I chose Loctite since I had some on hand.  I mixed the epoxy per instructions and used a toothpick to apply a small amount.  I carefully placed the overlays in place and waited 10 minutes for it to dry.

I decided that she needed to be framed in white to make the piece more appealing.  Here she is:

I had a lot of fun staging this beauty.  I’m really loving this color!

These overlays were so very easy to use…from cutting them to fit to applying them.  The most difficult part was selecting one design from their vast array of choices!  I can’t wait to use the other overlays that they sent to me!  Stay tuned for that project.

I received these products from O’verlays as a participant in The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest for April.  O’verlays sent me these fabulous products for free to use in this contest.  Contest winners will receive a prize package compliments of O’verlays.  

The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest is a monthly contest in which 20-30 bloggers each transforms a piece of furniture using products provided by that month’s sponsor.  The sponsor provides a prize package for the winner.  

This month’s theme is “Cut n Paste with O’verlays”!  Our host is Scottie from Saved by Scottie.  Hop on over to her blog to see the fabulous piece she created using O’verlays.

If you are a blogger and are interested in participating in this contest, contact info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com.  I can’t tell you how much fun this monthly contest is…from trying new products and networking with sponsors to forging friendships with blogger buddies.  

 

 

 

 

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Quick upcycle project at The Blue Building Antiques #1” is locked Quick upcycle project at The Blue Building Antiques #1

Quick upcycle project #2 at The Blue Building Antiques

I find these chairs all of the time at thrift stores and yard sales for $2 to $5.  When we were getting ready to do The Market on Chapel Hill, I bought a few to spruce up for our check out area.  This is another quick upcycle project!

Here is the chair in its original condition:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs Before

I did a little light sanding to smooth out and deeper scratches or imperfections.  I used a lower grit sandpaper since that’s what was handy.  But a finer grit will result in a much smoother appearance.  It’s amazing how a little sandpaper can increase the quality of  a quick upcycle project

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs sanding

Since the chair was metal, I used Rustoleum spray paint.  It works very well and comes in tons of colors.  Rustoleum is my go to if there is any rust on the object to be painted.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs Rustoleum

As always with spray paint, be careful to keep your can moving while applying the paint to ensure no drips or pooling of paint.  Rustoleum makes these handy little gizmos that lends some ease in handling and controlling your application of spray paint.  Here is my affiliate link to the Comfort Grip.  I find this tool useful when using the spray paint for more than a simple dab or short spray.  Sounds funny, but it reduces the strain on your trigger finger AND keeps your fingers from being painted.  Lord knows we painters get enough paint on us!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Comfort Grip

To add some fun to the chair, I taped off some areas to make grain sack stripes.  I used (affiliate link) Frogtape to mark my lines and then grabbed the Rustoleum again but in a more grain sack friendly color.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs spray paint

And here is the final chair:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs final

This was a quick and easy way to spruce up old folding chairs!  Give it a try!

 Quick upcycle project at The Blue Building Antiques #1” is locked Quick upcycle project at The Blue Building Antiques #1

 

 

 

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