Yes, just four months ago I gave this backyard patio a refresh, but I found a great outdoor dining set at an estate sale!
The set was pretty rusty looking. I bought the set for $175 (at 50% off because it was the last day), then paid $75 for delivery once I realized the table wouldn’t fit in my car, and $50 on spray paint, and $80 on fresh black and white stripe outdoor cushions from Amazon and voila! We have a cute new set that is unique and fits my personality way more!
To remind you of what happened, here’s what I had in early April – and the wood fence is in the photo which is now cinder block.
BEFORE – APRIL REFRESH (4 months ago)
I put in a lot of elbow grease into this table and chair set which is probably mid-century modern. It had faded paint, rust, and needed a fresh coat of spray paint. I used rust remover gel (totally works) on the chairs and the glass too. I used a wire brush attached to an electric drill to smooth any areas that had the paint chipped and the rust to make it a little smoother.
I didn’t anticipate this to be completed right now because of the heat and the surprise humidity we’ve had in Phoenix with the excessive summer rains (yay!) but the temps dropped enough for me to work on it!
I also used a popup tent that looks like it’s for a spray tan to spray my chairs! I wore a mask as suggested by the ACE hardware guy, but it didn’t work because inside my nose corners was black because I was breathing it in and then blowing it back out and it was all back inside my mask. Then I blew my nose and all this black stuff came out from inside my nose. You can’t use a paper medical mask for paint, you have to use the ones with the two holes on the side for particles. So that was just a nice science experiment that showed how even large particles in air still got in my nose ugh. Once I saw that, I took the mask off.
I said no more glass tops but this is not super clear so I like it. I also know better than to buy things from Target. The only thing I don’t regret buying from there are those outdoor couches! Now those are comfortable!
I am keeping the table and chairs but I moved the plastic stackable chairs to inside the photo studio for extra seating when needed. I don’t regret buying them but they were pricey for $100 a chair. The table will be used elsewhere or I will give it away but I do need an extra table for the fall party so I’m keeping it at least until then.
You might be wondering what that dove clay thing is! I bought that from another estate sale and it’s from Guatemala. It’s not an ash tray, at least think it is… I plan on putting water and flowers in it when I host parties.
I used Krylon’s spray paint in a satin finish. No shiny for this because I think it would give it way too much of a sheen and I didn’t want it too flat, so satin was a good middle ground. It was a gray color before and I was planning on matching it but I couldn’t find the right shade for spray paint.
I know most would spray it white and in the middle of spraying it I thought the same, maybe I should have gone white, but now that I look at it, I’m glad I sprayed it black. There is enough white outside and I just don’t love too much white on white on white.
The chair pads are from Amazon and I didn’t tie them on. I just placed them on the top of the chair and the bows are placed perfectly where they should tie but I will just bring them in and out when I need to. I hope this helps with longevity.
I think the glass will be fine since it’s not super clear glass so I won’t be freaking out over dust like I did with the last patio set (which was larger). I’m totally in love with it!
Also, there was a leg of the table that rusted off but I took the rusted piece home with me and I figured out how to fix it with some super glue and a grommet and no one can tell! I am pretty creatively handy when it comes to DIY – so if you see bits or pieces of your item take it with you even if you aren’t sure how you’ll fix it one day. You’ll figure it out.
LINKS TO PRODUCTS
- (former) Acacia Wood table – teak finish, grey finish, also comes in oval version, Matching side table
- (former) Stacking patio chairs – comes in 4 colors
- Lantern Pendant: Pottery Barn
- Target Fernhill Threshold Patio Furniture
- Outdoor sconce: Pottery Barn (similar)
- Scalloped jute rug: eBay
- Pink hose
- Brass utility hook (careful the screws break off so buy your own screws)
- Teak trellises: Gardeners (see blog post on trellis tips and links here)
- Black outdoor pillows: Lauren by Ralph Lauren, recently found at Home Goods
- Vintage iron chair: Antique Gatherings
- Leopard bench: Christopher Knight Home find at Target, and Amazon
- (new) Black dining table set: Estate Sale
Diana Elizabeth wants one more seating set with no glass and no cushions needed for the front of their house. She’ll probably be on the look out for the piece at future estate sales.