Outdoor Dining Set Makeover

I am SO overdue for a post! I know. I know. I always have a lot on my plate, but lately it feels like a load. I am heping design a house plan, decorate a friend’s home, and it’s Spring Break! We are also getting ready to feature our home in “The Ultimate Tour of Homes” here in Portland, OR this May. The public will come through our house for two weekends. Wow. That means my perfectionist self whips into overdrive, redecorating every square inch of our home that I just decorated 6 months ago. I honestly love these opportunities though because they force me to get projects done! Spring is starting to shine here. My flowers are popping up in the yard and I’m reevaluating my outdoor living space……again. I decided to swap out a fire pit table and chairs for a dining set. I began stalking Craigslist for a teak set I could paint white and shabby chic.

Outdoor furniture is slim pickings right now.  And new stuff is too over-priced. Wooden sets were cracked and covered in moss reminding me of their high-maintance character. So, I searched for a metal dining set instead. Ah ha. There it was. A fabulously ugly taupe painted set with a nice heavy glass top. The seats where a faded-out navy blue. When I stripped off the fabric, I discovered a bonus surprise. There was another layer of fabric in shades of peach and baby blue that I’m pretty sure The Golden Girls had in their kitchen. More stripping. I gave the entire set (and my arms and nostrils) 6 cans of Rust-free white spray paint.

Once the paint dried, it was time to re-upholster the seats. I stapled on some plastic to sort of “waterproof” the seat cushions. Then I stapled on some vintage coffee grain sacks over top. It’s a fun original look that should be durable in the sun and rain. If it doesn’t hold up, I’ll switch to Sunbrella fabric or Oilcloth. I get tired of things so fast anyways. The metal and glass are very durable though. Here’s the final product. Bring on the sunshine and fire up the BBQ! Happy Spring Break everyone. xox, Sarah


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7 Responses to Outdoor Dining Set Makeover

  1. This looks amazing! I love the draping fabric underneath! You did an awesome job.

  2. Tifany Bryant says:

    I was going to say the same thing about the fabric….. such a great touch!!!! Completely changes the look of the table!

  3. onedivineparty says:

    Love it Sarah….you’re brilliant as usual!!!!



  4. Mindy says:

    Gorgeous set-up Sarah!! It looks so coastal and cozy, makes me want to go to the beach for a picnic! (if only it were WARM!) I definitely would love to tour your home and get some ideas for mine! You are amazing!

  5. lucinda says:

    Generally I’m not a fan of glass topped tables but this is a great idea. Really ingenious.

  6. Kris says:

    I think the garbage bags are perfectly appropriate coming from the daughter of the ultimate recycler of garbage bags. I mean… if you can make a rain poncho out of a garbage bag and a cardboard pop case for a hat you are definitely your father’s daughter 🙂 Hmmm… would have never guessed that creative gene came from dad. Food for thought!

  7. Darla says:

    Sarah- You never cease to amaze me! I was wondering when you were going to post these and what you would do. It’s simply a beautiful transformation! You are so talented. 😉

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