How to: Refurbishing an old Garden set

Happy Sunday DIY'ers!

Today I want to show you how I took an old, tatty garden set and refurbished it, making it look bright and brand new for summer. Its really easy to do, and all you need is your required garden paint colour (we chose Seagrass, which is lovely and bright), a paint brush and a warm day.

Before starting the painting, the table top was removed from its legs and placed on a decorating table to make the painting process much easier.

To insure that the paint didn't end up on the black metal between the planks of wood, I cut out some pieces of masking tape and used this to cover the metal. 

This is the colour we chose.

Here I am, hard at work, painting the first coat.

The hardest part was definitely painting the sides of the wooden slats, the colour took to the wood really well, but if your wood is varnished or treated, you might want to sand it down before you start, otherwise the paint might not cling to the wood. Our table set was very old and very weathered, so the paint clung to the wood wonderfully. 

While the first coat of the paint was drying on the table I got to work on protecting the metal on the chairs.

A couple of coats later and the table top was finished. The colour looks wonderful and bright, its taken an old, sad looking table and made it a bright piece for summer. Its given it a new lease of life. 

It took three coats to get the table looking like this, if you wanted a more distressed look one coat may suffice. 

Next it was on to the chairs, which I also gave three coats.

Even this chair that we had stashed in the shed didn't escape the painting frenzy.

The finished article.

I think you'll agree that it looks great, especially against the black, it really has brightened up the table. This table looked ready for the bin, but with a few coats of paint this table has brightened up the garden and looks brand new.