Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ombre Painted Bistro Set

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Summer is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor spaces! My favorite way to update a tired piece of furniture is by using spray paint. If you have been following me for a while, you will know I have been wanting to update my faded green bistro set that sits on my porch. The weather finally cooperated with my schedule so I was able to get my paint on!

Originally I was going to give it a coat of bright turquoise paint, but after seeing the ombre trend, I got an idea! I had two different shades of teal that I had bought for projects in my office space, so I decided to create a two-tone effect on the table and chairs.


I have used spray paint on several metal projects over the years and through trial and error, I think I have learned a thing or two about getting the best results. Here are my tips!

Sand the areas that are rusting:
Since my bistro set was under a covered porch, it was in pretty good condition. There was a small area on the table where the paint had chipped off and had began to rust. I peeled off as much of the chopped paint as I could by hand.

Then, I used a handheld electric sander to sand the rust off the area until I had a smooth surface.

Clean the piece thoroughly using a de-greaser:

You want to piece to be clean in order to get the best results from the paint. After sanding any rust spots, spray the piece with a de-greaser, scrubbing if needed, then rinse well. Let it dry thoroughly before painting.

Tape off the area for your ombre design:

I used painter's tape to mark where I wanted the transition to be. It does not have to be perfect because you will create a blending effect with your colors.

Apply 2-3 light coats to avoid drips:

I painted the bottom half of the table and chairs with Seaside first. Once it was dry to the touch, I removed the painters tape. I then applied a coat of Lighter Turquoise to the top half of the set.

So, here's where I confess that I underestimated the amount of paint I needed and ran out after one coat. After a trip to the Home Depot and not finding the exact color, I returned with a lighter shade called Ocean Mist. 

I sprayed a coat of Ocean Mist over top of the previous coat of Light Turquoise, blending it into the darker Seaside on the legs. Because of over-spray, you will probably need to do one more light coat over the legs. (at least I had to,m in order to cover up the light specks)

After the piece has dried for at least 24 hours, you are ready to use it. Now I can relax on my front porch with my new magazine and dream of the next project I am going to tackle!

I am so happy with the ombre look and I really like the contrast between the light and dark teal shades. In a couple of years, when I am over the ombre trend, I can change it up again! That is the beauty of spray paint, my friends! It's cheap and easy!

How do you feel about the ombre trend? Would you use this treatment on any of your furniture?

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See how I updated my other patio furniture with spray paint! 


  1. I absolutely LOVE the Ombre look! I didn't even know it was possible with spray paint. I thought it looked pretty before but the after is gorgeous!!

    1. I had seen it on Pinterest and had to try it! I love the way it turned out!!

  2. I definitely like the upcycle. I am into recycling and repurposing items right now rather than buying new.

    1. I am too and paint does wonders to update an old piece!

  3. This was a cute idea that turned out really cute!!

    1. Thank you! It was easier than I thought and turned out better than i expected!


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