Just Add Paint: Vintage Lawn Chair Refresh!

Vintage Lawn Chair Refresh with Paint | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

Happy Friday!  I finally have a painting project checked off my ‘to-do’ list, giving my vintage metal lawn chair a refresh, with paint!

Vintage Lawn Chair with enamel pitcher of flowers | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

I picked up this vintage metal lawn chair for $15 four years ago. It’s served as a plant stand, a photo prop for flowers, and as a seat to sit to watch the hummingbirds zip around the Potting Shed.

Hummingbird at feeder | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

I loved the patina and faded color on the arms of the chair. . .

Vintage Lawn Chair with flowers | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

The arms originally appeared to have been painted white and there’s also a hint of a green paint layer underneath.

Vintage Lawn Chair Refresh with Paint "Before" | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

The chair is still in good shape with mainly surface rust. I decided it was time to give it a couple of coats of paint to help protect it and give it a face lift. I gave the chair a good rinse, wiping it down to remove any debris and allowed it dry thoroughly before painting. If you have any flaking paint, you would want to sand or scrape these areas well before painting.

Note: Take proper precautions and determine if your vintage chair has lead paint before sanding and scraping.

Vintage Lawn Chair Refresh with Chalk Paint "Before" | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

I had some leftover She Shades, a chalk-based paint formulated for exterior surfaces, that I used to refresh a garden planter and a birdbath. One of the benefits of using chalk paint, is that it adheres to metal without priming. The other benefit is how quickly it dries, in an hour or less, especially outdoors in the summer heat. I gave chair two coats, allowing the paint to dry between coats.

Vintage Lawn Chair Refresh with Chalk Paint | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

I started with a base coat of “Pastoral Rouge,” a vibrant red color that’s cheery and bright.

Vintage Lawn Chair Refresh with Chalk Paint | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

I could have stopped there, but I decided I wanted to highlight the texture of the metal chair, in keeping with its vintage style. I dry brushed a layer of “Farmhouse Linens” and then “Evening Eucalyptus” on top of the “Pastoral Rouge”.

Vintage Lawn Chair Refresh with Chalk Paint | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

If you’re not familiar with ‘dry brushing’, it’s a paint technique using an almost dry brush to apply paint.

Dry brushing vintage Lawn Chair Refresh with Chalk Paint | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

Dip the ends of your brush in the paint, then blot your brush on a some paper towels or newspaper (I used a piece of cardboard), wiping most of the paint off, before lightly dragging your brush over the surface.

Dry brush painting with Chalk Paint | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

Dry brushing takes very little paint. Even after three painting projects, you can see from the jar how little green paint I’ve actually used.

Vintage Lawn Chair Refresh with Chalk Paint | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

After the paint was completely dry, I sprayed on a couple of coats of flat clear sealer to help protect and prolong the paint finish in the elements.

Vintage Lawn Chair with Sunflower Pillow | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

Here she is with her new finish and sitting pretty with a sunflower pillow and ‘Fleur du Soleil’ watering can.

Vintage Lawn Chair with Sunflower Pillow and Watering Can | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

Vintage Lawn Chair with Sunflowers and Watering Cans | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY #sunflowers

Watering cans are blooming with sunflowers, recycled from my Monday Morning Blooms’ arrangement.  They’re joining coleus, abelia and Limelight Hydrangeas.

Flowers in Watering Can | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers

Sunflower and Watering Can | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY #sunflowers

The garden is looking tired this time of year after our hot, dry summer. . .just like me. ;)

Vintage Lawn Chair with Sunflowers and Watering Cans by Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY #sunflowers

The Limelight Hydrangeas are beginning their fall metamorphosis, transitioning from their creamy-chartreuse color to the burnished pink-bronze shades of fall.

Nine inch Limelight Hydrangea Bloom | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #hydrangeas

Look at the size of these blooms. . . some close to 9-inches . .no wonder the branches are drooping under the weight!

Plant this easy to grow, low maintenance shrub in your garden and enjoy beautiful cut and dried flowers too! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #garden #hydrangea

If you’re looking for an easy to grow, low maintenance shrub in your garden that will provide you with both beautiful cut and dried flowers, read my public service announcement, Plant a Limelight Hydrangea. . .or Five.

Vintage Lawn Chair with Sunflowers and Watering Can | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY #sunflowers

Hurricane Dorian is downgraded to a Category 1 but still packing 90 mph winds, skirting the Carolinas and flooding coastal areas. Keeping everyone in Dorian’s path, as well as the Bahamian people in our thoughts and prayers. ♥

Vintage Lawn Chair Refresh with Paint | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #chalkpaint #DIY

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  39 comments for “Just Add Paint: Vintage Lawn Chair Refresh!

  1. Donna C
    September 6, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Those chairs remind me of childhood. They take me right back to summer entertaining. When I was little we had a lot of them and my dad painted them in every color of the rainbow. The company who came always loved them as much as we did.

  2. Ann Woleben
    September 6, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Reading this post has inspired me to look for an old piece of yard furniture the next time I go to a flea market or yard sale. I like the idea of adding an odd piece or two to my garden. Love the paint job!

  3. September 6, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Looks amazing! Your chair is smiling back and saying… thanks for the love!

  4. Cindy Moore
    September 6, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Good job! Love the color(s)!

  5. Rita C.
    September 6, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Nothing like a fresh coat of lipstick…..er, I mean, paint. :) Looks great, and those limelights are just incredible! Happy weekend.

  6. Theresa R Keller
    September 6, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Your chair looks great, love the red!! i have two chairs that need this same thing done to them…. you are an inspiration so maybe it will happen this weekend :) Have a nice weekend!

  7. Pat
    September 6, 2019 at 8:26 am

    I love red as an accent; I am thinking about adding a red metal roof to my shed. You are always so explicit in your instructions which makes it easier for us novices!

    This is totally unrelated to this post but I have to share w/ you. I have already planned my Thanksgiving table “Mary”style after seeing some appropriate salad plates and coordinating linen sets not one but two! Thanks so much!

    • September 6, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Hi Pat, Your “Mary” style comment made me laugh! Thanks for your visits and sweet comment. I love the idea of a red metal roof for your shed❣️🏡

  8. Sandra
    September 6, 2019 at 8:51 am

    I’ve got two rocking chairs and a matching glider that need this exact thing. They were my grandmothers so they are deserving of the elbow grease required!

  9. Clara
    September 6, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Mary, You really revitalized that chair. It’s a lovely color and the dry brushing softened it so that it blends beautifully into the garden. A wonderful place to sit a spell & enjoy all you have created & the nature that God provides. Have a great weekend! Clara

  10. September 6, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Ahhh, the magic of paint, it makes everything better! Great job Mary!
    Jenna

  11. Linda 🐝
    September 6, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Love this post! I’m looking for some She Shades paint now! I love Limelights! I have one now which the deer have feasted on recently! I plan on planting more, probably in my fenced in back yard! I’d love to have an “in person” tour of your lovely yard and garden!

  12. September 6, 2019 at 9:40 am

    What an excellent transformation on the vintage chair, Mary!!! Your three colors worked so well together with your magical hands. I must say that the coleus and limelight hydrangeas accent your sunflowers so perfectly. Happy weekend, Mary!

    • September 7, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Looks great, the watering can is a perfect match! Once the rose garden is finished I will move over to the barn area and I plan on lots of red accents!

  13. September 6, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Mary, amazing what a new coat of paint does! Ha! Ha! I wish it were that easy for us humans. I could us a refresh!
    Your chair reminds me of my youth. I suspect it is from the 50s, perhaps older. Glad to know about the paint for outdoor metal. Also, I want to plant some limelights this next year. How often did you have to water the established plants? What kind of sun do yours get? Thinking I may need to keep in mostly shade here. Oak Leaf Hydrangea grows well in shade here, and in recent years I’ve been growing the Star Hydrangea with success, also in shade.
    Have a great weekend!

    • September 6, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Sarah, One of my limelights gets about 6 hours of sun, the others get full sun all day long. According to this site, “Limelight’s sunlight and planting site preferences vary with geography. In northern climates, it excels in full-sun settings with eight hours of sun each day. In southern climates, a site with full morning sun and afternoon protection yields the best show of flowers and leaves.”
      Once they’re established they don’t need much water. Happy Weekend to you. ♥

  14. avandendri@aol.com
    September 6, 2019 at 10:40 am

    How are faring with Dorian??

    • September 6, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      Hi, We’re fortunate that we’re inland and far enough from the coast that we haven’t really felt any effects.

  15. Debbie
    September 6, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Mary, your chair turned out beautifully. Where can you get the paint that you use? Also, is your pillow indoor/ outdoor, if not how do you protect it. I am having a heck of a time finding cute seasonal pillows for outdoor use. Thanks for your amazing blog. You always make my day better.

    • September 6, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you Debbie. I can’t leave pillows outside by the shed, the squirrels will chew them up! Target usually has a good section of indoor/outdoor pillows at the beginning of the season. You might check Amazon. There are some fun, colorful ones by Toland, here.

    • September 6, 2019 at 1:02 pm

      Hi again Debbie, click on the link to find the She Shades.

  16. Sheran
    September 6, 2019 at 11:18 am

    LOVE the red chair! I admire your dedication to work in the heat! We are finally going to get a break in the heat here in California. The forecast shows less than the 100’s whew! Hope all will be OK in the aftermath of Dorian. And yes, I finally ordered a limelight hydrangea!!! Thank you!

  17. Bonnie Morgan
    September 6, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the painting tips. I have a metal table that needs painting and I like the idea of not having to prime it if you use chalk paint.
    I love the vintage chair. It looks so nice as a photo prop.
    So glad you are far enough inland to escape the bad weather. I googled and checked your location as I was concerned for you. The reports and pictures from the Bahamas are horrific.
    Blessings.

    • September 6, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Bonnie, Yes the devastation in the Bahamas is heart-wrenching. Thank you for thinking of us. ♥ Chalk paint will work great for your metal table without priming, just make sure you use one formulated for exteriors.

  18. marion
    September 6, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Very nice . Mary you did a great job on the chair. The flowers are beautiful.
    Marion

  19. Marilyn
    September 6, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    The chair looks lovely. Wonderful job. We picked up a few of these chairs curbside many years ago. They are green. Love your flowers.
    Marilyn

  20. Joan
    September 6, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Terrific job on the chair. Mary those pink flowers are gorgeous.
    Joan

  21. September 6, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I have a similar chair that was a road-side find two years ago. Someone had spray-painted it with multiple colors in a very non-appealing way. I took it home and I’ve been waiting to figure out what to do with it ever since. This was the inspiration I needed to finally do something about it! Thank you for the timely post.

  22. September 6, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Very nice Mary! G-Mom-B had four ~very~ heavy metal chairs like this… I remember many after dinner evenings outside with the Phillies game on the radio:@)

  23. Paula
    September 6, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Mary~ HI !!

    Your chair looks great !! Thanks for sharing the paints, I may need to up date a little bench I have !!

    I too love LimeLights, and today I cut the lower branches off that were crowding the walkway, I sure hope it doesnt hurt next years blooms!!??!! I never know when the right time to prune my shrubs, I just hack away , haha .probably why my Lilac isnt blooming for me in the springs.?!

    Im glad you are safe !

    Paula
    Indiana

    • September 6, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you Paula! Limelight Hydrangeas bloom on new wood, so you can’t hurt next year’s blooms. 🌸❤️

      • Paula
        September 7, 2019 at 8:26 pm

        awwww Thank You MarY for letting me know !! I always said “I would rather have a gardener, then a housekeeper!!

        xo Paula

  24. Nancy Brantley
    September 6, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    You did a great job on the chair. I’m going to try this paint. I’ve always used Professional Rustoleum and the paint will chip off. I’ve sanded and primed before painting??? My stuff is cast iron/or aluminum. And the aluminum I etched??? I have to paint every year. If I didn’t have so many pieces I would get a company to paint.

  25. Cyndi Raines
    September 6, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Looks so nice! I remember these type of chairs well, my aunt had a few. Very inviting to sit and rest, enjoying your beautiful flowers lake, and shed! Enjoy!

  26. September 7, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Your vintage chair has a new lease on life, Mary! I love the dry brush technique, I use to stencil and a dry brush was necessary! My garden and I are also tired, we need rain desperately. Happy weekend!

  27. Virginia
    September 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Good Morning Mary, now that our power has been restored I could read your post from yesterday. My grandparents had o set of these chairs and I can remember being bounced in the chair by my Granddaddy. I love how you refreshed it with a vintage look. I too have limelight’s in my garden and just love them. I have already dried some but still need to spray them with a floral preservative.

  28. Rachael
    September 7, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Hello from Northern California! I recently discovered your blog and I just love it. I wish I could sit down with you and pick your brain about styling, merchandising, Home Goods, just about everything! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and expertise with us all.

  29. Linda L Hovgaard
    September 11, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I passed up two of these chairs at a second hand store a few years ago and really regret it. They’re comfortable, durable, very vintage and fun. I love your makeover Mary. Thanks again for your tips of the trade! I did score a beautiful vintage metal mesh rocking chair that has flat arms with a drink holder on one arm. It sits in front of the wood stove in my potting shed. My granddaughter loves it as much as I do. I need to bring it out of the shed once in a while and place it in the garden…..I love how you’re always thinking out of the box!

  30. dalegreenearts
    October 12, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    What a lovely idea. I hate throwing things out.

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