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Patio Chair Makeover

Patio Chair Makeover
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Do you have some old, faded plastic chairs? We have a great project for you! Read inside for directions on this easy makeover!


I'm not a fan of plastic chairs, but they are so cheap and easy to clean. Adirondack chairs are especially popular. I bought a few of them years ago for some extra seating on my deck. They're not really looking their best any more and I own a decal company. Makeover time!

I wanted a branch with birds, but after seeing this design come through the studio, I knew I had to use the script on the chairs. I like the way it falls into the spaces and is slightly off-kilter. It's more whimsical that way. After the makeover, we have a pair of chairs that look great. My neighobr even came over to ask where I got them! 

Easy DIY instructions

1.       Find some chairs that could use a makeover.

2.       Order a decal for your chairs from Trading Phrases! I used the Relax & Enjoy decal, but you could use dotsbranches, a fun monogram...the possibilities are endless!

3.       Paint the chairs with your choice of spray paint. Once the paint dries, let it cure for at least 24 hours.

4.      Carefully apply your decal to the chairs. The decal is easy to position because it really doesn’t want to stick to the chair well at first. I used scissors to cut the letters between the slats, then wrapped the letters back against the slats rather than cutting them off. I think it works better that way.  I had to work with the spacing on “ENJOY” a bit since I had to make sure that the letters didn’t disappear into one of the slat openings. Remove the backing paper slowly and carefully. 

5.       Once the decal is on the chair, brush on a few coats of water-based polyurethane to seal the decal to the chair. Be sure to choose a finish that matches the paint you used for the chair or else you’ll have to cover the entire chair. If you don't , the chair will look funny. I only used it on the back slats for this project and you can’t tell the difference!

So far, these chairs have endured a lot of sunshine and a number of downpours. They're going strong! The lettering is holding up thanks to the seal, and everyone that sees them thinks they were hand-painted!




About the Author

Morgan Battisti IT analyst turned business owner, Morgan is the creative director at Trading Phrases--making walls beautiful one design at a time.
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