Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Old Is New Again

The beauty of the spray paint can. Ahhh, the stink of the fumes. The over-spray. The dust. Painting something using spray paint can be a hassle, but sometimes the hassle is well worth it.

This past weekend I spent some time debating my "vintage", i.e. really old, patio furniture. I really like it because it is comfortable, but it looked terrible. I have been trying to decide if I should just buy new or figure out how to jazz up the old. I found this cute bistro set in red (pictured on the left) but it was $199 for just the three pieces. I have a table with 4 chairs, two rockers, two bouncers and two side tables that match now. It would cost me my first-born and then some to purchase all those new. Ultimately the cost of 9 cans of spray paint prevailed and now I have made old new again.

Yellow/White is Old -
 Brown is New
Halfway finished
I am not well known for having great patience, however I tried my best to go slow, use thin coats, and get all the nooks and crannies. I managed to get all four chairs and a side table done before the wind kicked up and I felt I should stop. Over-spray would not be a good thing on the neighbors car!

I am quite pleased with the results and plan to finish the glass-top table this coming weekend. Hopefully this set will last a long while more. Painting the old set has saved me a substantial amount of cash. It took just over a can of paint per chair/item. I will need to buy more paint, but the cost of even 20 cans of paint is a fraction of replacing the entire set.

Updating the old to be new again. As Martha Stewart says, "It's a good thing."