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How to Paint Garden Furniture

Painting garden furniture can be a really fun and rewarding project that breathes new life into your outdoor space. If you fancy having a go yourself, here are some tips to help you get started: 

Grey and white garden bench with a yellow stripe
Refresh your garden furniture with a fresh paint job
  1. Choose the Right Paint: Opt for a paint that is specifically designed for outdoor use and is suitable for the material of your furniture (wood, metal, plastic, etc.). Look for paint labeled as "exterior" or "outdoor" and ensure it provides UV protection to prevent fading. 

  1. Preparation is Key: Properly prepare the surface by cleaning it thoroughly to remove dirt, grime, and any existing paint or finish. Use a mild detergent and water for cleaning, and if necessary, once dry, sand the surface lightly to create a smooth base for the new paint. Make sure your furniture is completely dry before moving onto the next step. 

  1. Protect Surrounding Areas: If you're painting near grass, plants, or other surfaces you don't want to be painted, cover them with drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect them from overspray or drips. 

  1. Prime if Necessary: Some surfaces may require a primer before painting to ensure better adhesion and durability of the paint. Check the paint manufacturer's instructions to see if a primer is recommended for your specific type of furniture and follow their guidelines. 

  1. Choose the Right Brushes or Rollers: Use high-quality brushes or rollers suitable for outdoor painting. The type of brush or roller you use will depend on the texture of the furniture surface and the type of paint you're applying. For intricate details, use smaller brushes, and for larger surfaces, use wider rollers or brushes. 

  1. Apply Thin Coats: It's better to apply multiple thin coats of paint rather than one thick coat. Thin coats dry faster and are less likely to drip or sag. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next one, as per the paint manufacturer's instructions. 

  1. Consider Weather Conditions: Choose a day with mild temperatures and low humidity for painting to ensure optimal drying conditions. Avoid painting in direct sunlight, as it can cause the paint to dry too quickly, leading to uneven coverage and brush marks. 

  1. Follow Drying and Curing Times: Allow the paint to dry and cure completely before using the furniture. Drying times can vary depending on the type of paint used and environmental conditions, so refer to the paint manufacturer's instructions for specific guidance. 

  1. Protect the Finish: Once the paint has fully dried, consider applying a clear protective sealant or topcoat to enhance durability and provide extra protection against the elements. This step is especially important for outdoor furniture exposed to sun, rain, and other weather conditions. 

  1. Regular Maintenance: To keep your painted garden furniture looking its best, perform regular maintenance such as cleaning it periodically with mild soap and water, and touching up any areas where the paint may have chipped or worn away over time. You may want to cover it up during excessive wet periods too, just as you might for wooden garden furniture anyways. 

By following these tips, you can achieve professional-looking results and enjoy your beautifully painted garden furniture for years to come! 

And if this is all a bit much, just get in touch and I can do it for you. Email Anniken on 

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