*** UPDATE *** As suspected, using emulsion on outdoor furniture is a poor choice if a) you plan to leave it out all year and b) you don’t want it to chip.
Three years on, the chairs are now almost devoid of paint, they’ve peeled so badly, but what did I expect?
The original finish I was going for was “chippy”. I certainly got that! Ha! These are really solid chairs and they could be sanded down and refinished but I’ve decided they have to go.
So… lesson learned. No more renegade painting.
Until next time… *wink*
Remember how I told you I’ve become the go-to person for doing something with stuff? Well that’s exactly how I happened to be the proud owner of 4 MAHUSIVE bags of tester paint pots.
When I practically ripped off my friend’s arm for them, I had no idea there would be so quite many, but hey! She needed the space and I ain’t one to look a gift horse in the mouth! And let’s face it… what do multiple small pots of paint make?
BIG pots of paint!
Among the arctic lorry load of house we moved from Kent to Staffordshire, were two garden chairs.
There was also an 8ft eucalyptus tree, but that’s another story.
When we bought them, they were great quality wooden chairs. You know, the kind with fancy brass labels that other, more diligent people, lovingly store, clean and oil every year?
Alas, as is the way with anything left outside under British skies, they faded to grey after a few years and consequently, ended up shoved in the back of the shed. You can just about make out the original colour on the underside of the chair at the back.
No biggie. I have paint!
Lots of it!
I fancied something bright and summery, so I raided the bags and produced several pots of Kitchen & Bathroom soft sheen emulsion in Willow.
On outdoor furniture.
I’m such a rebel.
Once they were dry, I gave the chairs a coat of Annie Sloan wax just to seal in that paint.
If I’m honest, if it hadn’t been for the fear of paint transfer when the chairs got damp, I’d have skipped this step, as I was keen for the chairs to weather down and distress naturally. Having said that, I really do like the way they are now.
You can’t beat a happy accident!
All in all, I used the sum total of 2½ 75ml tester pots and some wax. Aside from a little elbow grease, this project cost me nothing. Free. Gratis. Nada! And now I have two gorgeous garden chairs on which to sit and contemplate life, The Universe and everything.
And drink wine.
Well of course.
We don’t have a matching table, but that’s ok. That small bistro is doing the job just fine for now. However, I have just taken delivery of another wonderful bit of “stuff” that needs “something doing with”.
Anyone for a fabulous metal table with glass top?
Watch this space.
I wonder if B&Q does Willow spray paint…